Topic: Digital Rights
Remember the smell of old books from your first visit to a library? For many, it brings back fond memories. Unfortunately, in the mad dash to create the future of publishing, libraries are misunderstood and often overlooked. In this keynote, Barbara Genco, shares the results of research to better understand the relationship between libraries and their patrons. So far, the research provides powerful evidence that libraries are a key piece in the future of publishing.
In a relaxed interview, Allan Alasdair gives us his take on geolocation today as the Where 2012 conference opens. Alasdair pursues concepts he set forth in the 2011 Where Conference that addressed Apple's iPhone sensors which now allow near-ubiquitous data sharing. He describes a new tracking system being prototyped at the University of Exeter, where data sets can shed light on how campus facilities can be used and student performance evaluated.
Do you remember hearing about the massive opposition to SOPA and ACTA? It was a surprising show of unity, and helped temporarily defeat these efforts. Joe Karaganis has been studying global copyright infringement. In a recent report, Joe explains why "piracy" is too easy to stop. He also describes a global problem where less developed countries are prohibited from gaining access to information. In response, he recommends establishing "shadow libraries" to help students everywhere.
With the vision of making it a center for research in a variety of areas, MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte founded the MIT Media Lab in 1985. Joichi Ito, the new director at the MIT Media Lab, spoke during the recently held Web 2.0 Expo. Ito discusses how 'The power of Pull' is changing the internet world and talks about the diverse set of innovations coming out of the Media Lab.
In this fiery speech, Christian Bahls speaks out as a voice of reason against the WhiteIT project. WhiteIT is a German initiative that seeks to reduce child pornography on the Internet. Bahls' warning is to look carefully into objectives and goals of the project. His concern is that the initiative is trying to use child pornography as a cover to implement intrusive technologies. In addition, he suggests that the initiative misses the larger problem of preventing child abuse and exploitation.
"Right now we are in a shooting war between users and the analytics people, except the users aren't armed." Cory Doctorow argues that users and Internet companies are performing a transaction. A transaction where users give personal information in return for use of products or services. The transaction right now is lop-sided and unfair. To balance the transaction, Cory offers some suggestions.
In a time when iPad apps may become as popular as the Barbie dolls or Hot Wheels toy cars of the past, there are only a few that rise to the notoriety worthy of a closer look. Peter Myers briefly interviews two people associated with unique successes on the tablet and touch-device landscape.
The issue of copyright continues to be a major problem over the life of the personal computer. Companies have consistently tried to limit the ability of users to make the most of their machines, using a variety of protection schemes. In his talk at the 28th annual Chaos Communication Congress (28c3), Cory Doctorow reviews the history of the copyright fight and discusses how developers and political organizations will continue to limit the use of the general purpose computer.
Jim Fruchterman of Bookshare believes accessible books can become a profit center for publishers, while still protecting copyright. Formerly, preparing accessible books required an extra step. Now, accessibility can be generated as a by-product of book production. Bookshare has been serving the one percent of individuals qualified through federal funding for free access for the print disabled. But there is an untapped market of others who would willingly buy accessible materials.
Everyone knows that books have been a cornerstone in our society for millenia. But according to Kevin Kelly, we're moving away from them at a rapid pace. Through a mix of powerful trends, Kelly takes a look into the future. What he finds are more tough questions. He predicts a questionable future for producers everywhere. He also offers a few ideas that may drive the market to services in what Kelly calls our new vizuality.