Premium courses and e-learning should be FREE
I've always thought of it as a very stupid thing to purposefully block people from information that will enable them to be a better resource, person, professional, etc.
This is true for things like closed-off library/journal databases, course-ware sites like Udemy and LinkedinLearning, etc.
(ISC)2 keeps listing numbers in their magazines about how companies keep falling prey to cyber attacks and about how so much of the workforce is lacking in infosec knowledge and or stature (there's probably a conflict of interest there but let's not visit that).
I shouldn't have to pay (ISC)2 to learn about CCSP concepts, I shouldn't have to pay Cisco or Juniper to learn IOS or JunOS, I shouldn't have to pay courseware "instructors" for learning things like Linux, programming, etc. These things and "products" should be readily available to the public where even top quality platforms and solutions should be FREE.
This is not to argue that there aren't free solutions everywhere. Anyone with an internet connection and access to the majority of the web can see practically anything. The problem with this is that speed-reading through random information alone does nothing for anyone. That's why FB has seen such a fiasco that it has. There needs to be format that can be used, much like e-learning and e-courses. This is also not to suggest that free options available now are lackluster, but rather that the ones that are PREMIUM and therefore NOT FREE should be in fact FREE if they have been created with the intent to actually pass on knowledge to people. Nobody should have to pay to have knowledge transferred. Nobody asked people to create top-notch course-ware on Udemy. They did so on their own volition. Why then charge people for this work? You could benefit so many people by just making it readily available from the internet WITHOUT a paywall. Yet, all these organizations and countries wonder why on earth they can't obtain people with valid credentials, knowledge, experience, etc. Maybe if companies like CompTIA and ISC2 stopped putting a paywall on their magazines, club-only resources, and CBKs, maybe people wouldn't be so out of the loop.