Obama highlights open education in U.S. Open Government Partnership National Action Plan

Yesterday at the United Nations, President Barack Obama marked the Open Government Partnership‘s (OGP) third anniversary by announcing that in addition to the commitments outlined in the current U.S. OGP National Action Plan, “The United States will take additional steps to make our government more open, transparent, and accessible for all Americans.” Among the multiple new […]

Posted by on 25 September 2014 | 11:34 am

CC Colombia and School of Open celebrate the Web We Want

It’s time to celebrate the Web We Want / CC Colombia / CC BY-SA This Friday, School of Open and Creative Commons affiliates in Colombia are throwing a celebration of the Web We Want that will highlight open licensing, copyright reform, and free culture. The event takes place as part of the Creative Commons Film […]

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 12:00 pm

Hewlett Foundation extends CC BY policy to all grantees

Last week the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced that it is extending its open licensing policy to require that all content (such as reports, videos, white papers) resulting from project grant funds be licensed under the most recent Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. From the Foundation’s blog post: “We’re making this change because […]

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 6:05 pm

School of Open Africa launch event in Kenya tomorrow!

Following on the heels of School of Open Africa launch events in Tanzania and Nigeria last weekend, School of Open Kenya is hosting its own tomorrow to kick off training for four high schools in Nairobi. (SOO logo here. Earth icon licensed CC BY by Erin Standley from the Noun Project.) Called Popjam, this SOO […]

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 5:45 pm

Why are we prosecuting students for sharing knowledge?

In July the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote about the predicament that Colombian student Diego Gomez found himself in after he shared a research article online. Gomez is a graduate student in conservation and wildlife management at a small university. He has generally poor access to many of the resources and databases that would help him […]

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 12:30 pm

Daily awesome from the internet: CC presents the Thing of the Day

When you go searching for Creative Commons–licensed content, you never know what you’ll find. Sometimes you’ll find the exact photo or piece of sound you were looking for, and sometimes you’ll find something you never could have imagined. We’ve created a new Tumblr blog to celebrate those unusual, beautiful, and quirky CC finds from around […]

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 4:55 pm

Hey, CC musicians! Enter the Free! Music! Contest!

Every year, our friends at Musikpiraten e.V. host the Free! Music! Contest to find the best Creative Commons–licensed music of the year. CC is proud to serve as a partner in this awesome tradition. This year, anyone who preorders the album of winning selections earns the right to vote for their favorite entries. From the […]

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 4:06 pm

Creative Commons launches School of Open events in Tanzania and Nigeria

Today and tomorrow the School of Open launches in Tanzania and Nigeria in conjunction with Mozilla Maker Party! (SOO logo here. Earth icon licensed CC BY by Erin Standley from the Noun Project.) In Tanzania, CC Tanzania is hosting a creative event for kids at the Open University of Tanzania, the first university in the […]

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 11:51 am

Time is running out: We all need to support a fair and neutral Internet

Today a large group of companies and organizations are raising awareness about the importance of net neutrality by joining the Internet Slowdown campaign. The action asks what would happen if large internet service providers (ISPs) and cable companies get their way and are able to squash net neutrality. Net neutrality is the concept that ISPs should […]

Posted by on 10 September 2014 | 9:18 am

MapWorks Learning combines OER and open data to protect threatened biodiversity

Mangrove forests have been described by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems. In an effort to protect and raise awareness around this problem, MapWorks Learning launched the first of what they plan to make an annual Mapathon for ecological preservation and learning. The inaugural event engaged schools, universities, […]

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 11:25 am