Internet memes proliferate online. They catch on and spread via social media because they’re funny or they hit a nerve. Often, cats are involved. In using images taken from creative works or private life, memes show how copyright law intersects with issues of internet use and privacy.
The Freedom of Information Act, an invaluable tool for democracy, is under attack. New Interior Department regulations are targeting those who use it the most–journalists, academics, researchers and more. Furthermore, the shutdown is compounding the issue and allowing the possibly-illegal and definitely-unethical change to happen unnoticed.
Reclaim the Records pressures reluctant repositories with personality in order to make public records freely available online.
By: Allyson Mower I reviewed Part I of Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future in the New Frontier of Power in a previous […]
This third season of More Perfect podcast offers up episodes focused on each of the 27 constitutional amendments, and they have also compiled 27: The Most Perfect Album, with commissioned songs reflecting on each amendment. For intellectual freedom lovers, episode 1 offers a new perspective on the First Amendment, and in episode 3, privacy plays a central role in their discussion of the Ninth Amendment.
We live in an age of information and that world is made up of both information rights and information capitalism. The book aims to define this new market of surveillance capitalism, how it originated, and what this type of capitalism means for the information rights of individuals in the digital age.
Many of us have probably seen news articles raising privacy concerns regarding home DNA test kits, but now evidence indicates that choosing to take one of these at-home DNA tests may have privacy implications for not only you, but also your family members.
Like a good proportion of the country, I have been doing my best to catch bits and pieces of the Senate hearings regarding the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court. When I sat down to write this blog I wondered, what impact might Kavanaugh’s confirmation have on intellectual freedom issues?
It would feel strange if a library started taking fingerprints of patrons who entered and exited just for the purpose of matching them against a state or federal database containing fingerprints of criminals.
Society has evolved to expect personalized recommendations from providers like Amazon and Netflix. (Who doesn’t love the suggestions for what to read or watch next, right?) I think most of us have even gotten used to seeing personalized advertising in our Facebook feeds or Google ads. However, a Library Journal article on OCLC Wise points out that this level of personalization requires data collection. Data collection by libraries can risk compromising patron privacy.