Free Basics, Facebook’s free, limited internet service for developing markets, is neither serving local needs nor achieving its objective of bringing people online for the first time. That’s according to research by citizen media and activist group Global Voices, published this week, which examined the Free Basics service in six different markets – Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and Philippines – to see whether it was serving the intended audience. Free Basics is a Facebook-developed mobile app that gives users access to a small selection of data-light websites and services. The websites are stripped of photos and videos and can be browsed without paying for mobile data. Facebook sees this as an “on-ramp” to using the open internet: by introducing people to a taster of the internet, they will see the value in paying for data, which in turn brings more people online and can help improve their lives. However, the Global Voices report … [Read more...] about ‘It’s digital colonialism’: how Facebook’s free internet service has failed its users
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Staff Photo Nick Brothers As Dana Louise and Adams Collins —a.k.a. The Glorious Birds — performed sweet sounding folk songs under the warm lights of the Fayetteville Public Access studio on 101 West Rock St. Saturday, Jan. 24, a team of video producers worked around them. Diana Shepherd was on camera duty. As the folk duo continued to play their soothing music, Shepherd framed a close up on Louise, grooving to the rhythm as she worked. “Nice shot,” Martell Jackson says from the studio control room. The two communicated via headset. With another click of a button, Jackson advised Shepherd to frame a new shot. After watching the “preview” screen zoom to a new angle, Jackson crossfaded camera one to camera two, giving a close up on Adams Collins’ jazzy vibraphone playing. The two were working to make The Glorious Birds look and sound as good as possible, and they were doing it for free. The ensemble involved in the production were there as … [Read more...] about Public Access: City of Fayetteville Provides Free TV Services
I have written about Drop.io before as I think it is the simplest way for teachers to post assignments, outlines, and notes online. Last week Drop.io announced and made public an awesome feature, the ability to call into your drop web page and record voice messages! Now when you create a drop using Drop.io you're assigned a phone number (drop.io's answering service) and an extension number. Simply call the phone number, enter your extension, and start talking. Refresh your browser and your message appears as an MP3 file on your drop web page. This is the easiest way to create MP3 files that I've ever seen. Click on the image below to see and hear the drop web page I have created for Freetech4teachers.Applications for EducatorsDrop.io is a great way to post your assignments, outlines, and notes online. Creating a drop only takes a minute and adding to a drop takes only seconds. The option to call into your drop is perfect for those last minute sick days when you need to give an … [Read more...] about Free Tech For Teachers: Drop.io Update- Easiest Way to Podcast
Facebook hasn’t been selling your data, folks. Instead, it’s been giving it away free — and for a long time, that was part of the plan. The New York Times published another long and damning investigation into the social giant’s data practices late Tuesday. That story, which was based on hundreds of documents reviewed by the Times, focused on Facebook’s extensive data partnerships with some of the world’s largest tech companies, like Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft. “Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages,” the New York Times reported. “The social network permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends, and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this … [Read more...] about Facebook doesn’t need to sell your data. It has been giving it away free for years.
The internet is no less than a blessing. It is bringing the world closer and has successfully reduced both time and geographical barriers. It is like a global village that connects people around the world and provides an easy solution to their problems. And one such advantage that it brings to the millennials is online consultation from doctors all around the world. It saves your time in running from pillar to post to fix an appointment or meeting a physician in person. Not every time, it is possible for an injured or sick person to visit a doctor’s clinic and wait in the queue. And this is the very idea behind the launch of quick and accessible online health services. Online doctor consultation is a boon for people who have a hectic routine and are not able to or willing to waste time to get an appointment with a doctor. They can avail medical help from the comfort of their home. It is also a feasible option for those who are hesitant to share their medical condition by meeting … [Read more...] about 8 Benefits of Online Doctor Consultation