October 21, 2018

New York Times: 2018 Digital Misinformation Roundup

From The NY Times: The midterm elections are 17 days away. Here is a collection of coverage from The New York Times and elsewhere on efforts to mislead voters on social media and the wider internet. To help readers better understand the information landscape, journalists at The Times have collected five examples of active disinformation […]

Video Recording: “Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier” (Presentation by Christine Borgman at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center)

Christine Borgman, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA spoke at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center on October 9, 2018. A video recording (embedded below) of the talk is now available. An audio only version is also available. From Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center For Internet and Society: The growth in availability of digital […]

Report: 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules State of Georgia Cannot Copyright State Code Annotations

From Law360:  The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that the state of Georgia cannot claim copyright ownership over annotations made to its official legal code, ruling that people should have “unfettered access to the legal edicts that govern their lives.” [Clip] The ruling is the second big appellate win this year for Public.Resource and founder Carl […]

Libraries Say Kentucky Senator Tried to Pressure Them Into Canceling Opponent’s Forums

From the Lexington Herald Leader: State Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, protested the use of public library meeting rooms for “Teacher Talks” forums held by his Democratic challenger, and he tried to pressure the libraries’ directors into canceling the events, according to interviews with the directors on Friday. [Clip]     “Basically, he said if the […]

Books: City of Thieves by David Benioff Removed from Fort Myers, Florida High School

From the National Coalition Against Censorship: Fort Myers High School in Florida has removed City of Thieves, a novel by David Benioff, one of the creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones, from the 10th grade curriculum. The Florida Education Defenders, a group of education and free expression advocates led by the National Coalition Against Censorship […]

Saturday Evening Post’s Archives Now Available Digitally


From The NY Post: The Saturday Evening Post, for the first time in its nearly 200-year existence, has its storied history available digitally. “We’ve been scanning the editorial since 2009,” said Joan SerVaas, president and CEO of the current publisher, the not-for-profit Saturday Evening Post Society. [Clip] To gain access past the paywall requires a […]

Fourth Annual WeDigBio (Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections) International Transcription Event Now Underway


From the WeDigBio Website: Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections, or WeDigBio, is a global data campaign, virtual science festival, and local outreach opportunity, all rolled into one. The annual, 4-day WeDigBio event [October 18-21, 2018] mobilizes participants to create digital data about biodiversity specimens, including fish in jars, plants on sheets, insects on pins, and […]

FTC Releases Staff Perspective Report on Examining Informational Injuries

From the Federal Trade Commission: Staff of the Federal Trade Commission released a new paper today outlining key takeaways from a December 12, 2017 workshop examining injuries consumers may suffer from privacy and security incidents. According to the Staff Perspective on the Informational Injury Workshop, participants discussed examples of harm that consumers have suffered as a result of […]

October 2018 Issue of IFLA Journal Devoted to Digital and Library Privacy


IFLA Journal is published quarterly by the International Federation of Library Associations. The current issue (Vol. 44 No. 3; October 2018) features six articles about digital and library privacy issues and can be downloaded for free (88 pages; PDF). In This Issue Guest Editorial Privacy, libraries and the era of big data by Louise Cooke Articles […]

News Roundup (October 19, 2018)

1. Cambridge University Press Issues Public Statement on Plan S 2. Elsevier Opens AI Lab in Amsterdam   3. Copyright Office Seeks Public Comment on Digitization Efforts (via Bloomberg Law) 4. Tumblr Fixes Security Bug that Leaked Private Account Info (via Bleeping Computer)