openness

Today I read an article about open education: How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education. It sees open education which means education outside of institutions as an upcoming reality, especially with the background of the immense costs of higher ed for the individual in the US.

Against theses positive perspectives stands the title story of Germany‘ main political magazine „Der Spielgel“: Net without Law, Why the Internet needs new Rules. It describes the Internet as a shiny surface with rotten content underneath, crime and pornography, bad manners, the language of the underprivileged and so on. Existing legislation cannot keep up with it, that is why new rules are needed. But so far there have only ambitions to control the Internet, at various degrees in different countries. The free cyberspace is seen primarily as a threat.