News this week

Our regular summary of news in education and technology, and you can contribute. Submissions of tips and stories will be gratefully appreciated (Contact Us), and don’t forget to tell us your name and sources.

Technology

In the US, there are moves by certain internet service providers (ISPs), particularly AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and Verizon, to end net neutrality. Fortunately, groups like Battle for the Internet, Fight for the Future, Electronic Frontier Foundation and others are trying to protect net neutrality. Net Neutrality matters. Without it, companies like Comcast can slow down and even blog American’s access to certain websites, information, and even services. It could also make some services very expensive. Right now, you might pay about $10 a month for Netflix, can you imagine having to pay a lot more to Netflix, and then an extra to Comcast? It also means that ISPs can bias information access to certain political candidates. See this now famous 2014 video by John Oliver, which is still relevant today.

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Conferences

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JALT Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) annual conference will be 16th to 18th June 2017, at Matsuyama University, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there. We’ll be there, come and talk to us, or see our presentation on Why & How to Blog on Saturday 2.10pm in room H3A. Details at JALT CALL.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions was 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

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