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UPDATE from August 1st, 2017: Horrific: Reports that Bassel Khartabil Has Been Executed in Syria

Bassel Safadi, photo by Joi Ito (CC BY).

Bassel Safadi was at the CC Asia Conference 2010 in Seoul (South Korea). Photo by Joi Ito (CC BY).

After more than a year, no one has received yet any official explanation or reasons to the detention of Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-Syrian well-respected computer engineer, 31 year old, specialized in open source software development who volunteered on Internet projects like Creative Commons, Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia or Open Clip Art Library.

Khartabil, who is better known online and in technology communities as Bassel Safadi was detained on March 15, 2012, in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh, district of Damascus (Syria), no trial.

Friends and family started on July 2012 the campaing #FREEBASSEL to to raise global awareness about Bassel’s situation and fight to see him free.  Continue reading

Boundless and Opening Education: CC-licensed digital textbooks

Boundless

Boundless is one of the companies that offers digital textbooks, now under Creative Commons licenses (BY-SA)

The textbooks publishers have found a digital nightmare. Maybe is not right to talk about enemies but they are fearful opponents, indeed. Internet and access to new and portable technologies (laptops, tablets, smartphones…) have increased the usage of digital textbooks instead of printed and expensive unupdated encyclopedias.

Startups such as Boundless or BC Campus’ Opening Education project offer students and faculty digital textbooks under Creative Commons licenses that can be used wholly or partially at no costs, where traditional textbooks are usually expensive and unupdated most of the time. Continue reading

Creative Commons 10th anniversary #cc10

Image found at CIPIT (Strathmore University) blog

Image found at CIPIT (Strathmore University) blog

If you landed in this blog post by chance and never heard about Creative Commons before, you missed your chance to celebrate its 10th birthday last month. As part of the party, on December 6-17th three posts were published daily in a website specially created for the occasion: from a review of document-sharing platform Scrib (with 80% of CC-licensed content) to the explanatory video of CC Qatar or the usage of Creative Commons licenses as for open government resources, among others. The celebrations were taking place offline too, with parties all over the world: Costa Rica, Germany, Venezuela, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zeland…

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