Tag Archives: Google Book Search

iConference 2012: The ethical (re)design of the Google Books project

I’m currently in Toronto, Canada for iConference 2012, presented by the iSchools organization, a worldwide collective of 33 Information Schools. The theme of the conference is “Culture-Design-Society”, and I will be presenting a paper titled “The ethical (re)design of the Google Books project”. The paper is available in the ACM digital library; the abstract and […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Jeremy Mauger: Google Book Search – The Decision Not to Digitize

[This post is authored by SOIS PhD student Jeremy Mauger; access other student posts here.] Section 3.7(e) Google’s Exclusion of Books Google may, at its discretion, exclude particular Books from one or more Display Uses for editorial or non-editorial reasons. However, Google’s right to exclude Books for editorial reasons (i.e., not for quality, user experience, […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Google Book Search Privacy Policy Mirrors Web Search, with One Hopeful, albeit Limited, Difference

The proposed Google Book Search Settlement Agreement has been the target of numerous criticisms, not the least of which has been its incredible impact on — and incredible silence about — users’ intellectual privacy. After pressure by the FTC and advocacy groups, Google published a Privacy Policy for Google Books. In announcing the publication of this privacy policy, Google notes that “Google Books has always been covered by the general Privacy Policy for all of Google’s services”. Unfortunately, the fact that Google repeats that Google Books will follow the same privacy policy of general Web searching means the norms of data collection of the Web will likely prevail over the norms of the library. All the reasons we are concerned about the privacy of our Web searches are now amplified with the possible emergence of a large-scale infrastructure to track and monitor book searches.

1 Comment Continue Reading →

An Objection to the Google Book Settlement by Academic Authors

Dr. Pamela Samuelson has been one of the most vocal, and most intelligent, critics of the proposed Google Book Search settlement agreement. She has written, for example, on how the settlement threatens orphan works and represents a “major restructuring of the book industry,” largely to the benefit of Google, the Authors Guild and AAP, and […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Privacy and the Google Book Settlement

I shared my thoughts on privacy and the Google Book Settlement at the “Google Books Settlement and the Future of Information Access” conference organized by the UC-Berkeley School of Information. My remarks focused on my desire to trust Google when they say they’re “thinking hard” about these issues and promise to “protect readers’ privacy rights”, while noting their track record is reason enough to cause us some pause, which is why we’re pushing so hard as advocates on these vital concerns.

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Will Google Use "Editorial Discretion" to Exclude Books from Book Search?

[Note: please be sure to read the comments with responses from Google's Alexander Macgillivray] Joris van Hoboken recently brought this section of the Google Book Search Settlement Agreement to my attention: Section 3.7(e) Google’s Exclusion of Books Google may, at its discretion, exclude particular Books from one or more Display Uses for editorial or non-editorial […]

5 Comments Continue Reading →

Google Book Search Settlement and Reader Privacy: Questions & Answers

As the possible approval of the Google Book Search Settlement Agreement looms, various advocacy groups have brought attention to the fact that Google might gain even greater ability to monitor the books you browse, the pages you read, and even the highlights and marginal notes you make on digital copies of books.

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

The Public Index: A Website to Study and Discuss the Google Book Search Settlement

New York Law School professor (and fellow Yale ISP alum), James Grimmelmann, has launched The Public Index: A Website to Study and Discuss the Google Book Search Settlement. From his announcement: The Public-Interest Book Search Initiative at New York Law School presents: The Public Index A Website to Study and Discuss the Google Book Search […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Stutzman: Google exposes Book Search patron records

I’ve written frequently about how the shift from accessing information in offline spaces to online spaces has particular privacy implications. For example, strikingly different privacy norms and expectations emerge when comparing information-seeking activities in libraries vs. bookstores vs. Google Book Search. Today, Fred Stutzman revealed a particularly troublesome example of how relying on the “My […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

More Concerns with Google Print Library

Siva Vaidhyanathan (a professor in my department, btw) has posted reader comments from his original request for feedback as to some of the concerns with of Google’s plan to digitize library books. He was kind enough to include my repsonse, as well as the insight of Jessamyn (who Siva describes as a “major voice in […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
 how to get free itunes gift cards . Better Parts LTD . Eczema Cure . Distracted driving in Michigan