Despite hopes that social media like Facebook and Twitter might provide new places for the discussion of political issues and the sharing of different opinions, a new survey has found that people were less willing to discuss one such issue—revelations by Edward Snowden about the U.S. government’s surveillance programs—in social media than they were in person. And social media users were less likely to share their views in many face-to-face settings, especially if they felt their social audiences disagreed with them.
Yesterday, we revealed details at The Intercept about the New Zealand government’s secret plan to access data from the country’s main internet cable. The government has sincedenied that the project was ever completed — but its statements in the past 24 hours have raised more questions that they have answered and deserve some closer scrutiny.
jfruh writes The top European court has ruled that libraries have the right to digitize the contents of the books in their collections, even if the copyright holders on those books don’t want them to. There’s a catch, though: those digitized versions can only be accessed on dedicated terminals in the library itself. If library patrons want to print the book out or download it to a thumb drive, they will need to pay the publisher.