In recent years, reporting the news has become an ever more dangerous activity. Between 2002 and 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists(C.P.J.), five hundred and six journalists were killed worldwide, as opposed to three hundred and ninety in the previous decade.
Why the Press Is Less Free Today – The New Yorker.
The Internet Archive has updated its website.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit library offering access to millions of free books, movies, and music, plus an archive of 400+ billion web pages
Check it out: archive.org
Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine.
“Terms of Service” is a nonfiction web comic by Michael Keller & Josh Neufeld (Al Jazeera) on understanding our role in the world of Big Data.
Terms of Service | Al Jazeera America.
“Between 1893 and 1919—a three-decade run that librarians refer to as the Golden Age of the American public library system—Carnegie paid to build 1,689 libraries in the U.S. These seeded the DNA for nearly every American library built before the end of World War II. That may explain in part why there is no central accounting for Carnegie’s libraries, which were built without any oversight from a formal program or foundation: Even libraries that aren’t historical Carnegie libraries share their aesthetic philosophy.”
How Andrew Carnegie Built the Architecture of American Literacy – CityLab.
One of the convictions that drew law professor and former EFF board member, Lawrence Lessig, to co-found Creative Commons was that a narrow and rigid application of copyright law made no sense in the digital age. Copying digital information over long distances and at virtually no cost is what the Internet does best; indeed, it wouldn’t work at all if copying wasn’t possible.
If all online copying requires permission—a worldview that Lessig has termed permission culture— then a huge part of our modern systems for conveying and creating knowledge will always require explicit and prior permission to operate to avoid risk of future lawsuits. It is permission culture that leads to absurd results such as the criminal charges levied against Diego Gomez for sharing an academic publication with colleagues online.
Creative Commons—and by extension, the broader open access movement that often relies on Creative Commons licenses—pushes back against this worldview, in favor of an alternative vision of free culture, in which creative and knowledge works are freely exchanged, and where demanding permission for re-use and sharing can be the exception, rather than the rule.
via Where Copyright Fails, Open Licenses Help Creators Build Towards a Future of Free Culture | Electronic Frontier Foundation.