I filed a request under the Access to Information Act, for “All Information Available” – mostly, I was curious to see if my fraternization with Open Content Hippies or Open Source Radicals had placed me on any lists. I’d followed a link on Facebook (which I can’t find now, yay for no searchability in FB-land) with the link to the Government of Canada web page with the request process and form, and a note suggesting that the form would be disappearing soon.
So, I filled in a web form, gave them my credit card info (to pay for the processing fee), and 6 weeks later I get a boilerplate non-response in my mailbox. It states that there is either nothing on file about me, or there might (or might not) be something on file, but declaration of that fact (or non fact) would possibly (or not) fall under a possible exclusion from the Act due to possible relation to efforts of Canada towards detecting, preventing or suppressing subversive or hostile activities. I would never want to thwart suppression of subversion1.
Here’s the response in full (with my address and file number redacted):
So. Either they don’t have anything on me. Or I’m being monitored closely to prevent suppression of subversion. Or something in between. Which can neither be confirmed nor denied.
- I assume they aren’t just declaring a REALLY strong preference for source code version management systems… [↩]
Still on the road – attended and presented at D2L Fusion this week. It was really great to see team members presenting about what we’ve done at UCalgary to finish successfully migrating from Bb to D2L. I’m still going through my notes from the conference, and may post something after I get back into the office. Lots of interesting stuff. Lots of stuff we were able to learn as a result of being able to meet with several people in the company1.
- Doug pete – Save Those Blogs
- Cory Doctorow – Doctoral dissertation in graphic novel form
- Robson Fletcher – Funnel clouds spotted over Calgary as Environment Canada issues tornado advisory
- George Couros – Change is an opportunity to do something amazing.
- Nick Shackleton-Jones via Stephen Downes – Adaptive learning is a dead end
- Nick Heer – iCloud Photo Library Can Consume a Lot of Data Over a Cellular Connection
- Phil Hill – An Example Why LMS Should Not Be Only Part of Learning Ecosystem
- Andrea Kingwell – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine celebrates 10 years
- Marjan Eggermont – Zygote Quarterly – zq issue 13, vol. 2 – 2015
- Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology – Designing Learning Spaces for Both Online and On-Campus Delivery
- Michael Feldstein- The EDUCAUSE NGDLE and an API of One’s Own
- David Hedley – Countdown begins for Congress 2016 in Calgary
- Phil Hill – About The D2L Claim Of BrightSpace LeaP And Academic Improvements
- Michael Feldstein – 68% of Statistics Are Meaningless, D2L Edition
- Malcolm Brown – Expectations for the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment
- Cyrus Farivar – Fueled by Snowden and Apple, private search engine DuckDuckGo rapidly grows
- Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology – U Arizona Adopts Video Management for Lecture Capture
- Jared Cooney Horvath, PhD Student – Neuroscience, Psychology, and Education at University of Melbourne – It’s not PowerPoint’s fault, you’re just using it wrong
- via Stephen Downes – GitHub’s hackable text editor, Atom, hits version 1.0 (I’m downloading a 70MB installer for a web application. but it could be interesting)
- via Stephen Downes – Skrypnyk et al, Roles of Course Facilitators, Learners, and Technology in the Flow of Information of a CMOOC
- Sam Machkovech – Disney to ban selfie sticks at all of its theme parks worldwide
- Phil Hill – Release of Empire State College Case Study on e-Literate TV
- University Venture – The University is Not Flat
- Mike Murphy – Watch this crazy video of an engineer riding a human-sized drone
Just wrapping up a couple of vacation days tacked onto the work trip to Orlando. Did some more Disney stuff. Battled crowds and heat and crowded heat. Starting the travel home after posting this.
- I wrote a kind of snarky, pointed, difficult email before the conference, and as a result we were able to meet with several people within the company that we likely wouldn’t have been able to talk to otherwise. we all learned a lot, and left the conference feeling much more confident in our relationship with the company. [↩]