Publishers Proposing Surveillance Tech on Libraries

Gautama Mehta’s recent article “Proposal to install spyware in university libraries to protect copyrights shocks academics” is an important read. I appreciate the many issues it raises and the great links to additional commentary about Elsevier’s and Springer’s problematic Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI). Although the article mentions digital rights advocates and scientists, I did not se ... continue reading

A right for privacy is getting confused with…

A right for privacy is getting confused with a “right” to censor. I think there is a point when a person puts something into the public’s grasp that it ceases to adhere to that person’s control. This article on French archivists makes a case against extending some types of privacy control. That’s not to say that we don’t need better privacy rules. A lot of information gets abused ... continue reading