When one considers the level of corruption in Russia, it's sad to see that economic growth is not the only thing the BRICS countries have in common. Unfortunately it is going to take a long time for governance principles to change (or at least be observed!)
I imagine that this access restriction follows the mandate of the BBC, but surely there is a greater responsibility that the BBC has around preservation of language here. I dread to think of a world where everybody starts "meeting with" and "talking with" others!
I'm curious to know what the relationship is between the BBC K&L product team and the UK education department. Given the emerging product set, I imagine there is a close tie-up between the two? I've also been through the education ontology post you mentioned and I'm interested to know if the K&L team focus exclusively on the school curriculum, or is there some work being done in the adult education space too? (This is a significant issue in South Africa in particular, given the country's history).
For me, the factor of attitude is the key one in bringing about change through the social media medium. In Pakistan social media seems to be used more for pranks rather than the distribution of news. The trend in the Middle East on the other hand is more towards treating social media as a source of citizen journalism.