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An unfortunate coincidence

An unfortunate coincidence

Long ago, I did a post called “Machine Readable“. It was about algorithms for search and ads and finding related content that fell into the gap of context and nuance. At the time, I picked on Google because … honestly, it was fun and relevant at the time. Well, after all that time – it’s still kinda relevant, and not just an issue with Google. A friend of mine recommended a particular book, and I looked at the Amazon record…

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Going Dark

Going Dark

Like a lot of other sites, this blog will be going black tomorrow to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Now, this blog isn’t active, isn’t popular, isn’t necessary in the larger scheme of things.  But I believe that SOPA, and its Senate analogue, Protect IP Act (PIPA), would do serious disservice to the open exchange of information and knowledge on the Internet. So, I will stand with EFF, with the Internet Archive, with Wikipedia, and more.  See you…

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Social Media and Privacy Presentation

Social Media and Privacy Presentation

Yesterday, at the joint CLA/CSLA conference in Sacramento, I gave a very, very early presentation on privacy and social media. Way, way too early. Trust me. I’m making the slides available as a PDF for now – hope to put up an HTML version once I get home. And I may add and take away some info to make it a short but useful guide on how to evaluate and navigate social media with an eye towards intellectual freedom issues….

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A Failure to Understand, Part I

A Failure to Understand, Part I

Quoted in entirety, the AALL Action Alert that came out today: AALL ACTION ALERT June 21, 2010 IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Call your Senators and urge them to vote NO on Coburn Amendment No. 4331 On Thursday June 17, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) offered a package of amendments to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 which, according to him, would pay for implementing all the provisions of the bill. One of the amendments would drastically cut funding…

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News, community and the hyper-local

News, community and the hyper-local

On Tuesday, at SLA, I attended a rather interesting panel: State of the Revolution: Constant innovation in the local news landscape While the format adapts and morphs – journalism will endure. The news just keeps coming. The question is: what do communities need to know? How can we get as many people as possible to these stories or provide the best information? How best to connect citizens with this information? Join new media pioneers Ben Ilfield and Geoff Samek, co-founders…

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Bad maps, mushrooms and the Shallows

Bad maps, mushrooms and the Shallows

I am in New Orleans for the Special Libraries Association’s Annual Meeting. One of the things I’m looking forward to (besides the food and seeing old friends, of course) is hearing the remarks of keynote speaker Nicholas Carr.  Carr has written a new book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. The central thesis seems to be that ” the Net is having such far-reaching intellectual consequences,”[NYT] or even more ominously, “computers are destroying our powers of…

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Latest battle in the ongoing Serials Crisis

Latest battle in the ongoing Serials Crisis

I have to admit, I wasn’t able to keep track of a lot of library news and trends while I was in law school.  So … the news that the serials crisis has reared its head again (if it ever left) is a bit surprising to me.  Looks like UC libraries (and perhaps the faculty) will draw a line in the sand once again? From UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library Blog: Informational Update on a Possible UC Systemwide Boycott…

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Sony & EFF come to an understanding

Sony & EFF come to an understanding

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced a prelim settlement with Sony BMG: “Sony agreed to stop production of these flawed and ineffective DRM technologies,‚Äù noted EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. ‚ÄúWe hope that other record labels will learn from Sony‚Äôs hard experience and focus more on the carrot of quality music and less on the stick of copy protection.‚Äù Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joined in this preliminary settlement agreement with Sony BMG this week to settle several class action lawsuits…

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Yahoo! goes into digitization biz (with a little help from the Internet Archive and UC)

Yahoo! goes into digitization biz (with a little help from the Internet Archive and UC)

It’s official: An unusual alliance of corporations, nonprofit groups and universities plans to announce today an ambitious plan to digitize hundreds of thousands of books over the next several years and put them on the Internet, with the full text accessible to anyone. The effort is being led by Yahoo, which appears to be taking direct aim at a similar project announced by its archrival, Google, whose own program to create searchable digital copies of entire collections at leading research…

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