It seems almost paradoxical, but online communities require a lot of offline work. Although they exist in virtual space, digital communities are created and maintained through the hard real-world work of people like Brenda Rose, project manager for PLEI Connect, an interactive online public legal education (PLE) website. Rose works at Courthouse Libraries BC, one of four partners along with PovNet, Éducaloi, and CLEO , who have made PLEI (pronounced ‘plea’) Connect a reality.
Canadians watch a lot of online videos. In fact, we’re second only to the UK in online videos views with the average Canadian taking in an impressive 291 videos a month. According to StatsCan nearly 80 per cent of Canadians aged 18-64 watch videos online.
Thinking of using online videos as part of your educational outreach? The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) and Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) share their video experiences.
Online privacy is a source of constant tension in our wired world: is online banking actually safe? Should I add my phone number to Facebook? Are my smart phone apps tracking my location? In light of the recent revelations about the extent of the National Security Agency’s wiretapping and wire splitting operations in the US, I thought it would be interesting to see what Ontario’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) might have to say about online privacy issues. Jason Papadimos, a Communications Officer at the IPC responded to my questions on behalf of the organization.
Move over smartphones, 2013 is the year of the tablet computer. Lightweight, easy to use and slickly designed, tablets are now ubiquitous in business meeting rooms, lecture halls, and living rooms. And despite being slightly unwieldy, on a recent holiday I even witnessed young and old alike brandishing their iPads at waterfalls and canyons as they snapped scenic photographs.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: smart phones are changing our lives! By now it’s not exactly breaking news that mobile devices and their social networking capabilities are changing the way we work, live and play. Even the resistant-to-change legal profession has not escaped this barrage of connectivity.