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Apple Chooses to “Scratch” Scratch Access

April 30, 2010

Really, Apple? REALLY?

Mitchel Resnick, director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Media Laboratory. Photo: Donna Coveney

FROM MIT NEWS (David L. Chandler):  “The free, open-source Scratch programming language, developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab by a team led by Mitchel Resnick, has found great popularity around the world as a way for young people (and adults) to learn about programming by manipulating colorful onscreen modules to create games, slideshows, interactive storybooks and other creative projects. More than a million such projects have been uploaded to the Scratch website for public sharing. But Apple this month, in a decision that immediately stirred controversy, rejected an App (developed independently by a programmer in Canada) that would allow viewing of these projects on iPhones and iPads.

In an interview with MIT News, Resnick shared his thoughts about Apple’s move — and what might happen next.”

One more blow to popular creativity and content control? <scowl> You can read the full text of the “3 Questions” interview here.

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