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Is there any policy to create and offer safe educational online content?

Knowledge is the only well that shared by humanity through frontiers, barriers and cultures for education and development. During centuries books and paper content with oral knowledge where the main source for education and learning. Thoses sources where known by location and authors and trusted by all communities.

Actually, the educational online content is rich and available anywhere. Is that true? Can we trust all online content? Is there any policy against malicious content? With other questions and inquiries can be asked to be discussed at the global to local levels to create and offer a safe and trust educational environment for learners and mainly pupils.

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    Oct 24 2012: Mohamed,
    "Actually, the educational online content is rich and available anywhere. Is that true? "
    It is true. It is not necessary to go to a particular location/person to access educational content. There are many non-university websites that offer rich educational content.

    "Can we trust all online content?"
    This is the main caveat. It depends on the sites. Some of the information may be outdated. The websites with domain names ending with .edu ,.org are considered more reliable. Most of the websites especially the 'health related' ones have disclaimers stating that we may need further expert opinion.

    "Is there any policy against malicious content?"
    I am unaware of a policy against malicious content..please correct me if I am wrong. However, there are policies against republishing or sharing copyright material.
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    Oct 27 2012: As far as demand goes, it is increasing, because of the flexibility.
    Mohamed, I am not well acquainted with the regulations governing the online educational content. A web developer/publisher may be able to give you more information.
  • Oct 26 2012: Certainly, veracity and quality of online educational content is the real challenge for a secure and safe use.
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    Oct 25 2012: Malicious intent is not the only unsafe aspect of online information. Consider the effects of inaccurate, untruthful information online. Who checks this stuff? Verification and accountability for content did not make the transition from print to cyberspace. Anyone can post anything. When you say "safe" I hope you are including veracity as an essential component.
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    Oct 25 2012: There are so many charlatans and imposters posing as experts online. I dont know how I can make a case for the regulation of online education without seeming like one making a case for censorship.
    But anyone interested in helpful learning and productivity should ensure that information assessed online is from credible educational institutions and reliable publishers. One could start with institutions that are known for the quality of their services, then one could check out the references from such sites.
    • Oct 25 2012: I think the only regulation trusted are UNESCO, UNICEF and other UN organisations who have experience to work with NGOs and have a real knowledge with a various events through the world. The idea is to reach person who can mobilize widely around a realistic vision to make educational online content safe and secure.

      For the second part of your answer I think it is true for experienced user but for children, pupils and disabled people they need to have a secure and safe environment to learn like books, CD's etc.
  • Oct 24 2012: Certainly that's true for people like you, but what you think about pupils, youth and disabled people? What you think concerning learners whose can't differentiate between trust site and suspiciouse ones? This is only open debate and questions and inquiries can be furthers.
  • Oct 24 2012: No need for a policy. People just have to learn who is serious and who is not. For example, nature has a lot of educational material online (search for scitable). Since nature is a serious institution, I know I can trust that they are making an honest effort to provide good material.
  • Oct 24 2012: Madhavi,,

    Thank you for your prompt answer, digital era is going on in all human activities. Developed world have it's strategie and it's tools to protect their educational online content mainly for kids and youth but there is no vision outside those countries, I'm also unaware any global vision in this field. I've presented a communication during the WSIS forum 2012 and 2011 (World Summit Information Society) titled : THE PROTECTION OF THE ONLINE EDUCATIONAL CONTENT : FOR A SECURE AND SAFE USE, the target is to launch debate at the global level to have a frame and vision for all policies. I'm also unaware of any policy or debate in the global level.
    For republishing or sharing copyright material there is a business and money behind and a maximum of protection tools were set on. But is there any business behind use of educational online content? The debate is launched for further ideas.
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      Oct 25 2012: " is there any business behind use of educational online content? "
      Mohamed, do you mean to ask if there is a demand/if there are regulations behind educational online content?