The DigitalDivideNetwork.org has released the results of a survey on using tax money for net access.
The survey, which polled 1900 respondents nationwide, found that over
three-quarters (76%) of those surveyed support the use of tax dollars to
train teachers to use the Internet. Additionally, 65% said they would
support the use of tax money to fund Internet access for libraries, and 60%
supported the government\'s role in bringing access to America\'s schools. -- Read More
Click2houston.com has a story on The Santa Fe Independent School District\'s vote to ban certain books containing profanity or homosexual references. This is the dictrict that is discussing banning books with even a single word of profanity.
\"This is a school board that has succeeded once again in making me embarrassed to admit where I live and pay taxes,\" one resident of Santa Fe said to the school board.
Yahoo! News was one place with this.
J.K. Rowling has annouced that Book 5 will be called \"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix\". Rowling has no deadline for the book and said it would probably
not be ready by July, as had been rumored. Two other books will be out soon ``Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them\'\' and ``Quidditch
Through the Ages\'\' - will benefit Comic Relief.
``Fantastic Beasts\'\' is a title on the boy wizard\'s school
supply list in a previous book. The second new volume will be an
anthology of Harry\'s favorite sport, quidditch.
Wired for Books has begun to encode the Don
Swaim collection of author interviews and is making them available on the
Web in RealAudio. In the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s, most of the best of
American authors (and a few from other countries, as well) found their way
to Don Swaim\'s New York radio studio.
We expect to have several hundred of these interviews online within a year.
Now, we have interviews of Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, James Jones,
Louis L\'Amour, William Manchester, and William Styron. Let us know what you
Wired for Books is an educational, noncommercial project of the Ohio
University Telecommunications Center.
Feedmag has an Interview with André Schiffrin, Dave Eggers, and John Donatich on the state of publishing, and the impact emerging technologies might have upon it. They talk about how Amazon.com, ebooks, and print-on-demand will change the role of the editor, and if large corporations will change fundamentally the way we read and what books are available to us.
\"More people are literate, college educated, and book buying than ever before. We have a greater number of publishers in business, and stats released just last week revealed that independent presses produce seventy percent of the books in a U.S. market that generates more than forty billion dollars in sales annually. \"
Bob Cox sent in This Story from Nola.com that marks the return of Police Chief John Doyle.Ring any bells?He was on the now famous Dr. Laura \"Lewd Libraries\" Show. In his part of LA if you are caught viewing sexually explicit or obscene Internet sites on library computers you may be arrested, fined and jailed.
Parish President Tim Coulon called the parish\'s new Internet policies a \"great first step,\" adding that more can be done later if necessary.
I\'d be afraid of the second step, what could it be? Electric chair?
The Legendary Don Saklad writes:
\"Our regional and Massachusetts Library of Last Recourse
City of Boston Public Library Departments have denied
substantive reply. Our MLLR BPL departments have not
complied with state FOI principles.
Reply has not been made until an appeal is filed, then
reply has been delayed beyond the limit given
A requester is not supposed to be conditionally
required to file an appeal as a requirement for reading
the requested information. -- Read More
CNET News has a Story on COPA and the HR 557 bill that has made it to the house.
It includes an interview with Marvin Johnson, legislative counsel, ACLU on the legislation that will force schools and libraries that. Some have called filtering a \"No-Brainer\", but he says filtering Violates the preceprt of the 1st ammendment. A private company is doing the censorship for the governemt, not based on anything that means anything, but can be simply due to the companies dislike for a website. The filters are clumsy and block more than they should, he says, and they also miss alot of porn. He proposes to teach how to live in this \"internet\" age, and be a wise consumor, to know good from bad, and be a cautious consumer. They have tried to work an ammendmant on this bill to provide more education for all. Remember the AFA ACLU and christian assoc have all come out against this bill. Very libreral and very conservative groups are coming out against this, it can\'t be good.
The Economist has a Story on A group of researchers at the School for Information Systems and Management at the University of California, Berkeley have doen an interesting study. They say the estimated amount of unique information the world is currently producing each year has reached about two exabytes. While unique content on paper and film grows slowly, shipments of optical and magnetic storage media are doubling each year. In uncompressed form they total 1.4m terabytes.
Wired has a nifty Story on E-Journals. With the big puch to E-Publish Journals some insist that simply publishing electronically is not enough --and that open, free access to the full content is needed. Critics insist that peer review is critical to ensure quality control and patient safety. Without peer review, researchers may exaggerate their findings. Some people say that faster publication time compromises quality, others insist that the benefits of electronic publication remain unparalleled by print. So far, few online-only journals have managed to survive.
\"These new online journals will give scientists an alternative,\" Cockerill said. \"They will finally be able to publish their research in high-quality journals, with full peer review, but without surrendering control to a publisher that will limit the subsequent distribution of that research.\" \"There\'s already a threat to paper journals,\" Kassirer agreed. \"Unless journals get on the Internet, their life is threatened.\"
The COPA Commission has released it\'s Report. No endorsement of filtering programs was included. Also be sure to read the Personal Statements of the commissioners. They recommended 12 things:
Government and Industry Should Effectively Promote Acceptable Use Policies.
The Commission recommends allocation of resources for the independent evaluation of child protection technologies and to provide reports to the public about the capabilities of these technologies.
The Commission recommends that industry take steps to improve child protection mechanisms, and make them more accessible online.
The Commission encourages a broad, national, private sector conversation on the development of next-generation systems for labeling, rating, and identifying content reflecting the convergence of old and new media.
Continued... -- Read More
Some suggested this story.A group has created the Independent E-book Awards.
Wired has the Full Story, on The e-book-awards.com, the new site is open to independently published electronic books and includes categories for both hypertext and digital storytelling.
\"One should take into account the suitability of the work to be in e-book form and the quality of the complete presentation which often includes multimedia arts,\"
Wired has a Story on the Digital Dividends conference. A gaggle of important rich geeks and bankers got together to talk about using information technologies to spur development and create markets among the world\'s poor [Read: How to make money off the 3rd world]. It took Bill Gates to set them straight. He says to fix problems of disease and literacy first, then maybe worry about computers later.
\"The percent of growth that an IT firm like Hewlett-Packard will get from people who make less than a dollar a day is minimal,\" Gates said. \"Do people have any concept of what it means to live on less than a dollar a day? There\'s no electricity. Do they have PCs that don\'t use electricity?\"
Sorry about last week (no updates). This week, the updates include Goosebumps, Harry in China, online research, the fired librarian, dad\'s pen pal, the weak image, books coem to life, illustrations in kids\' books, and much much more. See you next week (same LISNews time, same LISNews channel) -- Read More
In other Net News...
The NY Times has a Story on the a Florida appeals court that declared Internet service providers must divulge the identities of people who post defamatory messages on the Internet. This could be a big can of worms!
\"\"We didn\'t recommend any mandatory practices,\" said Donald Telage, chairman of the commission and an executive at Network Solutions Inc. \"We did consider them, but not even the most-conservative members of the commission felt that was the road to go down.\"
A related Story at the NY Times says the overwhelming majority of Americans say schools should install filters, according to a new national survey commissioned by the Digital Media Forum. 92% said pornography should be blocked on school computers, while 80% said filters should be used to bar hate speech.
The Pfeiffer Report has an interesting Report on online publishing. They say all is not well in the online world, no one is making and money, and that spells trouble. They say since there is no way of supporting the considerable cost of on-line publications, they will begin to fold up shop. Now in the fututre the online versions of magazines and newspapers will simply be an extension of the print versions. Could on-line content really be on the verge of going out of fashion? Is it all about profit?
\"Traditional publishers will be able to incorporate on-line activity as part of the overall publishing project; some major sites will be able to survive with ad-revenues and associated income streams. But for most publications (in other words, the on-line equivalent of the thousands of magazines which fill newsstands around the world) it is still not quite clear what a valid on-line business model could look like\"
Wired has a Story comparing the 2 major candidates positions on filtering. It turns out they both want them. They just differ a bit on how they want it done:
\"I\'ve been involved myself in negotiating and helping to move along the negotiations with the Internet service providers to get a parents\' protection page every time 95 percent of the pages come up,\" Gore said.
\"We can have filters on Internets where public money is spent,\" Bush said. \"There ought to be filters in public libraries, and filters in public schools, so that if kids get on the Internet, there\'s not going to be pornography or violence coming in.\"
In the pay-for-expertise category, services range from frivolous to professional. The same goes for the free services. We argue that recently released Yahoo! Experts leans toward the frivolous side... not that there\'s anything wrong with that. -- Read More
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship has a rather interesting Article on electronic journals. This is very interesting, they say with well over 1,000 free journals out there, there are several high-quality and useful journals available, free.
\"A fairly comprehensive list of free scholarly electronic journals in the science, technology, and medical fields was compiled and was examined using citation analyses. The results indicate that, unlike the situation five years ago, there are several free scholarly electronic journals that have a significant impact on their respective fields.\"