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from Mashable! by Jolie O’Dell
Open access legal scholarship is 50% more likely to be cited than material published in proprietary journals
A paper from James M. Donovan (U Kentucky) and Carol A. Watson (U Georgia) analyzes the pattern of citations in law journals and finds that legal scholars who publish in open access (free and freely copyable) journals are 50 percent more likely to be cited in subsequent papers than those who publish in traditional journals, which can be very expensive
Sacramento, CA – California Senator Leland Yee has introduced the Reader Privacy Act of 2011 (SB 602), with backing from the California Affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The law would bring a much-needed upgrade to match Californians’ reading habits. Under SB 602 the government and other third parties would need a warrant or court order for access to sensitive reading records. This would establish protections for book records?both e-books and in physical bookstores?in line with long-established protections for library records and other expressive material. The bill mirrors the privacy and free speech safeguards in the California constitution and other areas of California law.
In 2008 when Barack Obama won the US presidential election, a lot of folks said that it was because of his and his team?s embrace of social media. The Obama campaign reached out to millions of people using social mediums like Twitter and Facebook. Some even say that his campaign helped bring social media to the attention of a lot of people who had never thought anything of it previously.
In a recent piece for The Next Web, I detailed how Alan Rosenblatt from the Center for American Progress aided Nadine Wahab in protecting the ?We Are All Khaled Said? Facebook page. ?Because Facebook does not allow anonymous users, there was fear that Mubarak?s supporters could use this rule to either oust the page?s creator or get the page shut down completely,? I wrote. ?Rosenblatt has connections with Facebook employees and after introducing Wahab to them they were able to secure the page while also protecting her identity.?
Social media and new technologies can be without doubt an important tool for politicians and governments to create a direct relationship with the public. Using Facebook, YouTube or even creating a personal blog to go direct to the people could be a step towards defeating the sense of distance people feel towards politics.
For my latest piece for Harvard?s Nieman Lab, I interviewed several big players in the display advertising industry about the obsession with click-through rates and what this means for AOL?s content strategy
Since Barack Obama successfully tapped into social media during his run to the White House in 2008, every political group has tried to use the digital world to bring in revenue and votes.