Annotation (Harper's Magazine): Keyword: Evil Ginger Strand annotated a blueprint of a Google data center in Oregon. It's very interesting.... continue reading "The Google Electric Bill" »

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Leslie Johnston at Digital Eccentric has a couple of helpful links that tell the story.... continue reading "What's happening with the Semantic Web?" »

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David Weinberger asks: Google Maps now (well, I just noticed) lets anyone add a place marker that is visible to all other users. Their example is a spot in a SF park where there’s open air dancing. I’ll be interested... continue reading "Some good questions about Google Maps" »

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As regular readers know, I left New York University last summer for the University of Virginia. I left NYU for many reasons, and I bear deep resentment against many of its policies and leaders. However, one part of NYU that... continue reading "" ... they keep pulling me back."" »

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globeandmail.com: Patriot Act haunts Google service SIMON AVERY From Monday's Globe and Mail March 24, 2008 at 4:05 AM EDT Google Inc. is a year into its ground-shifting strategy to change the way people communicate and work. But the initiative... continue reading "Use Google Mail, violate European and Canadian privacy laws? Thank USAPATRIOT Act" »

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Tech Crunch reports:: Google has recommended a no vote against two shareholder proposals to be put to their annual general meeting May 8 that relate to free speech and human rights. Proposal 4 comes from the The Office of the... continue reading "Google shareholders want company to codify human rights principles; Google opposes the move" »

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I put no faith in privacy policies issued by Web service firms. For one thing, they always reserve the right to change them. So only one side of the user-provider relationship can change the terms of the deal without notice... continue reading "A Model Privacy Policy" »

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I blogged about this special issue of First Monday already. But Seth reminded me to pull out and highlight Michael Zimmer's particular contribution: The Externalities of Search 2.0: The Emerging Privacy Threats when the Drive for the Perfect Search Engine... continue reading "Zimmer on privacy and the "perfect search"" »

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I have a pretty good list of people I would like to interview for this book. It's on a note card on my bulletin board in my office. I have done a few interesting interviews already. I am in the... continue reading "Who should I interview for this book?" »

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IP Democracy: Expert: Google Owes Success to Carrier Discrimination (Washington, DC) The idea that broadband carriers might discriminate in favor of a particular service or application is generally considered to be a bad notion, but some experts say broadband carrier... continue reading "Did Google benefit from discrimination (i.e. non-neutrality)?" »

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From Tom Friedman back in 2003: ... Since 9/11 the world has felt increasingly fragmented. Reading the papers, one senses that many Americans are emotionally withdrawing from the world and that the world is drifting away from America. The powerful... continue reading ""Is Google God?"" »

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From Jeff Jarvis' BuzzMachine: WWGD? - The book I'm delighted to tell you that I just got a contract to write a book: WWGD? - What Would Google Do? I'm reverse-engineering Google, taking the lessons and rules I find in... continue reading "Competing books: What Would Google Do?" »

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Frank Pasquale writes: ... A collective commitment to privacy may be far more valuable than a private, transactional approach that all but guarantees a "race to the bottom."The big question, of course, is whether such rules would effectively "cripple" innovative... continue reading "Why privacy "self help" is not the answer" »

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This is pretty scholarly/geeky. But power Google users might find this interesting and funny. My colleague Bryan Pfaffenberger wrote: Dear colleagues: The following is an instructive, and I think hilarious, example of the need to proofread computer-generated bibliographies. I like... continue reading "A funny thing happened while using Google Scholar ..." »

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Boing Boing has a good and ongoing summary of this crisis. I wonder if this will change Google's attitude toward China.... continue reading "China blocks YouTube access in Tibet" »

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Bruce Schneier explains: When I write and speak about privacy, I am regularly confronted with the mutual disclosure argument. Explained in books like David Brin's The Transparent Society, the argument goes something like this: In a world of ubiquitous surveillance,... continue reading "What's the relationship between power and privacy?" »

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From Fast Company: It's too good to be true. That's what Andy Rubin was thinking back in 2005. He'd worked for more than a decade at various tech outfits, including a stint at Apple, and now Google was interested in... continue reading "What's it like to work at Google?" »

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Greg Lastowka wonders: ... But despite my concerns about the easy way reporters seem to associate Google with the greater body of useful knowledge that it indexes, I’m actually starting to see a closer connection between Google and the Web.... continue reading "Are Google and the Web becoming one?" »

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Frank Pasquale explains: I have a paper forthcoming on how some regulatory moves now could help assure that the “leveling effect” of companies like Google persistently helps society generally–rather than just transferring wealth from creators to new intermediaries. (I’ll get... continue reading "How to make Web 2.0 a little less exploitative" »

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From if:book: Good news. Google has finally released an API (?) for Google Book Search: Web developers can use the Books Viewability API to quickly find out a book's viewability on Google Book Search and, in an automated fashion, embed... continue reading "Google Books API finally released" »

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From a blog called Capitol Bill: Who is Jacob and who is Esau? I'm doing week 10, on line applications. While I wait for my after registration Google e-mail invite, I wrote a poem. We thought it was free So... continue reading "Google User Agreements and the Old Testament" »

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Kembrew McLeod broke this story and has been organizing widespread protest to it. Here is the Chronicle of Higher Ed Story about it: U. of Iowa Writing Students Revolt Against a Plan They Say Would Give Away Their Work on... continue reading "U of Iowa stealing student work and forcing Googlization" »

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From Publisher's Lunch: Siva Vaidhyanathan's THE GOOGLIZATION OF EVERYTHING: How one company is transforming culture, commerce and community - and why we should worry, showing how Google is taking on governments, organizations and entire industries - and the implications of... continue reading "Big News: This book-in-progress must (contractually) become a real book!" »

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Editorial: Shape Shifters: Librarians Evolve Yet Again in the Age of Google: Editorial: Shape Shifters: Librarians Evolve Yet Again in the Age of Google Mariana Regalado Reference Librarian Brooklyn College Library Brooklyn NY 11210-2889 Jill Cirasella Reference Librarian Brooklyn College... continue reading "Helpful Summary of resources on Google and Libraries" »

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Hey folks. Both Sivacracy and The Googlization of Everything will be down until Monday because the Institute for the Future of the Book is migrating everything to a new server. Have a nice weekend!... continue reading "this blog will be down until Monday" »

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Whimsley: Mr. Google's Guidebook: ... Was I surprised! The biography was a revelation. I don't get out often these days (it's the gout) and I am now woefully out of touch, but it turns out that there is more to... continue reading "This is odd and funny" »

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The March 2008 issue of First Monday (volume 13, number 3) is now available at http://journals.uic.edu/fm/ ------- Table of Contents Volume 13, Number 3 - 3 March 2008 Special issue: Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0 edited by Michael Zimmer Preface:... continue reading "Essential issue of First Monday now available" »

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A couple of weeks ago, when I spoke at Duke University, I met a smart dude named Andy Russell. He is a historian of technology and Research Fellow at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. After my... continue reading "Andy Russell's experimental boycott" »

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Check out Cory Doctorow's new article, "Put Not Your Faith In Ebook Readers."... continue reading "Why E-Book Readers Fail" »

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The Common Datatrust Foundation is an interesting new project devoted to the following: Raise awareness of the privacy challenges we face today. Broker the exchange of data between individuals, institutions, businesses, and government. Advance new solutions for securely storing and... continue reading "What's Google's REAL mission statement?" »

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michaelzimmer.org: More (Limited) Peeks into Google Health Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 12:36 pm Google has provided some more information about their beta eHealth product, including this claim regarding privacy and security: Privacy and Security - Due to... continue reading "Michael Zimmer looks at Google Health and sees major privacy pitfalls" »

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Chronicle.com: Google Plans to Expand Book-Scanning Partnerships Marissa Mayer, vice president for search products and user experience at Google, says the company will expand its Book Search project, which has scanned more than a million books in conjunction with several... continue reading "Google claims preservation IS one of the goals of Google Book Search" »

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Monthly Archive

March 2008

This page contains an archive of all entries written between March 1, 2008 12:00 AM and March 31, 2008 11:59 PM, listed from newest to oldest.

Other Topics

Like the Mind of God (22 posts)

All the World's Information (26 posts)

What If Big Ads Don't Work (10 posts)

Don't Be Evil (9 posts)

Is Google a Library? (43 posts)

Challenging Big Media (18 posts)

The Dossier (19 posts)

Global Google (3 posts)

Google Earth (3 posts)

A Public Utility? (19 posts)

About this Book (16 posts)

Other books by Siva:


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Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)


The Anarchist in the Library (Basic Books, 2004)


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Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001)

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