The role of libraries in preserving intellectual freedom, as well as the integrity of our collections and interactions we have with patrons, is based on critical thinking and clear-eyed reasoning, not the convenience of a hyperlink.
Due the widespread adoption of digital materials, dwindling budgets, and economies of scale, more library collections aren’t under the control of librarians, who in many cases have essentially ceded control and collection development to outside vendors. Most of the time, the system works well and offers a wealth of material, but it has troubling implications for intellectual freedom.
Is Facebook’s offer of free internet access a boon to schools or a ploy to control curriculum?
Last week marked the 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology and the only one to be hosted by a college–California State University, Northridge (CSUN). It is a critical source of inspiration and information for multiple handicapping conditions, but especially for the visually impaired or blind.
Starting last November, Facebook began refining an artificial intelligence tool to analyze photos. As Mark Zuckerberg explained to an audience in Delhi, “If you are blind and you can’t see a photo, we can have our AI look at the photo and read an explanation of that photo to you.” And, as Zuckerberg pointed out, using machine interpreters instead of humans means that photos can be interpreted at any time, in any location, for anyone with visual limitations.
A quick 10-question quiz earlier in the week checked on your knowledge of the ethics of music downloading. Here, as promised, are the facts.
Ten thought-provoking questions test your knowledge of US and international laws on music performance and downloads.
Ten minutes into “Cyberphobia”, I was pulling out little post-it tabs to mark the passages with crazy stats or eye-opening information until the book looked like a psychopaths notebook!
By Marshall Breeding Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week Concern for keeping records related to the details and borrowing activity of patrons has been a longstanding priority for libraries. We expect […]
Via Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), next Friday is April 4, aka 4/04, or 404. On that day, the EFF is sponsoring a “digital teach-in” about internet filtering in libraries and […]