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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #153

(Posted early by direction of The Producer) This week's episode features an interview with Patrick Frey of Patterico's Pontifications about the recent Blogger disruption and an unseemly incident that arose from it. An essay and a news miscellany are also featured. Related links: Ed Bott: Blogger outage makes case against cloud-only strategy Instapundit on the outage at the Ann Althouse blog Patterico: On nitecruzr and the memory hole Patterico: The full support thread saved from expurgation Google's copy of the support thread with expurgations bin Laden and mechanical backhaul for e-mail The Register on the bin Laden e-mail cache Wizzy Digital Courier, a lab set-up solution that can use mechanical backhaul Evan Prodromou highlighting the launch of Open Font Library and Open Clip Art Library 3.0 Dave Winer on super-injunctions GigaOm on super-injunctions Dave Winer on Web 2.0 Expiration Date National Review Online's Media Blog on New York Times online traffic Library of Congress press office announcing awards in federal librarianship CBC News: Kutcher to join Two and a Half Mean

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BILL CLINTON IS A XXXXXXXXXXXXX -- Midwest Conservative Journal
Coyle's InFormation: Dystopias
"Really, if we don't do this, the future of libraries and research will be decided by Google. There, I said it."
Voices for the Library» Blog Archive » Are volunteers happy to run libraries?
Senate bill gives feds power to order piracy site blacklisting
Rutgers team proposes Net alternative
Rutgers team proposes Net alternative
Spammer-in chief? | Gene Healy | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner
New graphics engine imperils users of Firefox and Chrome
CILIP | Clear messages
New resources to demonstrate value of further education libraries
The Business Rusch: Writing Like It’s 1999 | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Business Rusch: Advocates, Addendums, and Sneaks, oh my! | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
How Robber Barons hijacked the "Victorian Internet"

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This Data Isn’t Dull. It Improves Lives.

The private sector can often reformat government information in ways that help consumers, workers and companies.

Full article in the NYT

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Unnumbered Special Edition (23 February 2011)

This episode talks about information architecture in today's situation of dysfunctional nation-states that have shown no hesitation in terminating or curtailing Internet access within their territories.

An example of a plug computer mentioned in the program (click to enlarge):
A plug computer

Data Seen Overwhelming Cell Networks

As the popularity of smartphones continues to grow, the challenge, on a global scale, may only get greater.

Full article

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Smartest Machine on Earth

NOVA website: Smartest Machine on Earth Episode premiered last night. I watched it and I think librarians will find this episode interesting and thought provoking. If you search the schedule at your local PBS website you should find other times this shows. For example Iowa Public TV shows these times: Thu, February 10, 3:00 PM on IPTV World Thu, February 10, 5:00 PM on IPTV World Thu, February 10, 8:00 PM on IPTV World Fri, February 11, 1:00 AM on IPTV World

The Lights Are Going Out

Things are apparently developing in Egypt. There is an unconfirmed report that Egypt is totally offline. The Electronic Frontier Foundation posted to Identica about a separate report about the Internet being cut off in Egypt. Caroline McCarthy at CNET notes that Twitter is presently being blocked in Egypt. Later reporting by Elinor Mills at CNET notes that blocking is on the rise in Egypt and Associated Press reporters are unable to communicate. Nina Shea at National Review Online's group blog The Corner notes that these reports of disruption are not anomalies which is echoed by Matthew Shaffer there as well. Agence France-Presse notes that cellular telephone service is disrupted in addition to the reports of Internet disruption.

The situation in Egypt, much like the recent case in Tunisia, illustrates fundamental flaws in the nature of Internet access. Even though the system is purportedly designed to route around outages like this, failure seems to be easily caused. In conjunction with the proliferation of computer sound cards and software like fldigi, the deployment of radiofax service by outside powers to distribute information may be advisable. Examples of what this might look like are available online. Though such would have required specialist equipment twenty years ago that method for information distribution can take advantage of consumer-grade computer and radio hardware.

This situation continues to develop...

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Harvard announces research/planning initiative for a “Digital Public Library of America”

A National Digital Public Library that Harvard Library Director, Professor Robert Darnton has been talking and writing about for many months and others (for example, TeleRead Founder David Rothman have been talking and writing about for years) will soon be the topic of a research and planning initiative that will be hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard University Law School.

More at Teleread.org

Questioning Longitude

Blog post looking at the issue of what libraries should do (if anything) to connect readers to information that is critical of a particular book or article.

Wasted Data

Why not use the information collected on our buying habits to help us get rid of stuff?

Full article in the NYT

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