Chronicle: “As Libraries Go Digital, Sharing of Data Is at Odds With Tradition of Privacy”
Nov07

Chronicle: “As Libraries Go Digital, Sharing of Data Is at Odds With Tradition of Privacy”

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an excellent article by Marc Parry on “As Libraries Go Digital, Sharing of Data Is at Odds With Tradition of Privacy,” noting that as libraries are beginning to collect and share patron data to build tools for recommending and discovering books, important concerns over patron privacy emerge, which threaten to hinder attempts by libraries to evolve into the digital age. The article...

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New Survey Confirms Librarians’ Commitment to Protecting Privacy Rights
May01

New Survey Confirms Librarians’ Commitment to Protecting Privacy Rights

In celebration of Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association‘s Office for Intellectual Freedom has released preliminary findings from a new survey on “Librarian Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Informational Privacy” that I conducted on their behalf with generous support from the Open Society Foundation. The press release with preliminary results is copied below; the full report will be released in the...

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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 copy of my slides are below. Zimmer, M....

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Intellectual Freedom vs. WikiLeaks (Feb 24, Brookfield Public Library)
Feb15

Intellectual Freedom vs. WikiLeaks (Feb 24, Brookfield Public Library)

Building from the successful event on Minding the Gaps: WikiLeaks and Internet Security in the 21st Century held at UW-Milwaukee, I will be joining my colleague Dr. Joyce Latham to discuss Intellectual Freedom vs. WikiLeaks at the Brookfield Public Library on Thursday, February 24th from 7 to 8 PM. Registration for this event is requested, but not required. To register or to request further information, please call 262-782-4140....

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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, legal or other non-editorial reasons) is an issue of great sensitivity to...

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