“Open Access at Duke

Global Pulse 2010: An invitation to talk to decision makers online

from Global Voices Online by Lester Bolicenni

global_pulseFrom March 29 to 31, Global Pulse 2010 aims to gather over 20.000 individuals and representatives of organisations in an online conversation dealing with topics ranging from human development to science and technologies.

Open Access at Duke

Posted by Kevin Smith

Yesterday the Academic Council at Duke University unanimously adopted an Open Access policy for scholarly articles written by the Duke faculty.  The policy was brought forward by a Provost-appointed committee of faculty and librarians that was chaired by Professor Cathy Davidson (whose earlier post on the subject is here) and Paolo Mangiafico, Duke?s Director of Digital Information Strategy.  I also serve on the Task Force and participated with Cathy, Paolo and others in many discussion sessions where questions were raised and adjustments made to the final documents.

For those who would like to see the policy as adopted, which consists of a preamble, the policy itself, which is a single page, and a nine page FAQ, here is a link.  There was also a news story that describes the policy quite well published by Duke News and Communications two weeks ago………..


Cyber wars

from Eurozine articles by Ron Deibert, Rafal Rohozinski
The “next generation” controls with which authorities aim to manage the Internet mark a shift from heavy-handed filtering to sophisticated multi-pronged methods that seek to normalize the exercise of power in cyberspace, write Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski.

Brits: last chance to demand debate on Digital Economy Bill — act now!

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

We’re in the final days for the British Digital Economy Bill. This Thursday, the House of Commons will decide whether to subject the bill to line-by-line debate (which will probably kill it or at least delay it until after the election), or whether to pass it without any real scrutiny or debate. Given that the DEB will touch every part of British life, from education to civic engagement to health to law enforcement to justice, it’s insane to think that Parliament might pass it without even examining what it says.

The ECJ?s Ruling on Google Adwords

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Zohar Efroni

The closely watched battle over the use of trademarks as keywords for purpose of triggering advertisements on Google?s search result pages (AdWords) reached high pick today with the release of the European Court of Justice?s ruling on the French cases. In what appears to be a resounding win for Google, the ECJ managed to avoid some of the critical questions in a decision that, in fact, projects little new light on the multibillion dollars question: Is AdWording that involves marks as keywords legal is Europe?

European Court of Justice rules in Google?s favour

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler

Google aims to provide as much information as possible to users so that they can make informed decisions. For this reason, we have been awaiting a series of decisions by the European Court of Justice that explore the extent to which trade mark rights can be used to restrict information available to users. The first of those decisions was delivered today.

Google not guilty in Vuitton row

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
The EU’s top court rules that Google did not violate the rights of Louis Vuitton with its advertising keywords policy.

Sony Feels the iPad Heat, Lowers Price of its E-Reader

from Daily Bits by Arnold Zafra

Over at 901am, I?ve been covering some hot news about the Apple iPad which as you all know by now is about to be released on April 3.  Lately, the iPad has been getting some news mileage with emphasis mostly on how good the iPad would be as an e-book reader. Yes, that?s despite the fact that it was not made solely for the purpose of reading e-books.

Basic Mathematics for Internet Advertising

from Daily Blog Tips by Daniel Scocco

I used to do consulting work in the past, and most of my clients had trouble understanding the mathematics behind Internet advertising models. I figured it could be useful to explain some of the basic formulas around.

60% of Americans Use TV and Internet Together

from CyberJournalist.net by Jon

Nielsen reports that in the last quarter of 2009, simultaneous use of the Internet while watching TV reached three and a half hours a month, up 35% from the previous quarter. Nearly 60% of TV viewers now use the Internet once a month while also watching TV.

5 Facebook-Related Crime-Fighting Wins

from All Facebook by Raj Dash

The New Era of Digital News Consumption

from CyberJournalist.net by Jon
ClickZ: ?In today?s news marketplace, the average adult faces an overwhelming amount of information. The average city-dwelling adult sees more than 7,000 messages a day, or about 500 messages per waking hour.?

WordPress Founder: Open Source Is About People, Not Technology

from Mashable! by Ben Parr

Online Dating Is Bigger Than Porn [Infographic]

from Mashable! by Jennifer Van Grove

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