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‘The Cloud’ and Other Dangerous Metaphors

'The Cloud' and Other Dangerous Metaphors - The Atlantic

As a concept, data constantly eludes crisp definition…

The collection of personal data is now ubiquitous, and people are starting to pay attention. But data-collection policies have been built primarily on what we technically can do, rather than what we should do.

Underlying the discussion has been a tangle of big, thorny questions: What policies should govern the use of online data collection, use, and manipulation by companies? Do massive online platforms like Google and Facebook, who now hold unprecedented quantities of sensitive behavioral data about people and groups, have the right to research and experiment on their users? And, if so, how and to what extent should they be permitted to do so?

‘The Cloud’ and Other Dangerous Metaphors – The Atlantic.

It’s time for a unified ebook format and the end of DRM – O’Reilly Radar

Imagine buying a car that locks you into one brand of fuel. A new BMW, for example, that only runs on BMW gas. There are plenty of BMW gas stations around, even a few in your neighborhood, so convenience isn’t an issue. But if one of those other gas stations offers a discount, a membership program, or some other attractive marketing campaign, you can’t participate. You’re locked in with the BMW gas stations.

This could never happen, right? Consumers are too smart to buy into something like this. Or are they? After all, isn’t that exactly what’s happening in the ebook world?

via It’s time for a unified ebook format and the end of DRM – O’Reilly Radar.

Web site of the Week: ProCon.Org

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The library subscribes to a database called Opposing Viewpoints that is really helpful for finding information on controversial issues.  However, sometimes it can be hard to think of a topic or lay out your argument for a persuasive paper.  Procon.org can help you.  You can either select a topic from the homepage or type in a subject to search.  From there you can choose to look at the top ten arguments for the topic or delve deeper into the issue.  It even has a page that shows you how to cite your work.