August 14, 2020

Coming Thursday: House Ways and Means Subcommittee Will Hold Hearing About Access to Social Security’s Death Master File

UPDATED: Prepared Testimony from Hearing (February 2, 2011) From the Subcommittee Chairman: U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security announced today that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the accuracy and uses of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File.  The hearing will […]

Two Journals Mull Publishing Killer Flu Virus Details

From Discovery News: Two top scientific journals said Tuesday they were mulling whether to publish details of a man-made mutant killer flu virus that has sparked concerns of mass deaths if it were released. A US government’s science advisory committee urged the US journal Science and the British journal Nature to withhold key details so […]

"Remembering the Rights of Others" by Peter Brantley

In his latest PW post, Peter Brantley discusses the National Federation for the Blind filing to become a defendant in the Author’s Guild v. HathiTrust lawsuit. He writes: It seems to me that in the AG’s aggressive pursuit of the copyrights of their membership, they have forgotten that rights might have been created for others. […]

New York Times: India Asks Google, Facebook to Screen User Content

From an India Ink Blog Post: The Indian government has asked Internet companies and social media sites like Facebook to prescreen user content from India and to remove disparaging, inflammatory or defamatory content before it goes online, three executives in the information technology industry say. Top officials from the Indian units of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo […]

Seminar Summary: Brewster Kahle, “Universal Access to All Knowledge”

The Internet Archive has posted a text summary of Brewster Kahle’s Long Now Foundation seminar titled, “Universal Access to All Knowledge” that was presented on November 30, 2011 at the Cowell Theatre in Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California. The summary was written by Stewart Brand, cofounder of the Long Now Foundation and many […]

London, Ontario: Library walks tightrope as info provider vs. censor

An editorial from the London Free Press. From that Editorial: And so, for London Public Library, the balancing act continues. Caught between pressure from city hall to keep porn off library computers and its own mandate to provide unfettered access to information, the library walks a fine line. The library board this week opted to […]

Access to Information: "Letter: Open Government Groups Urge Senators to Restore Funding for Transparency Efforts"

Full Text of a Letter from OMB Watch and Sunlight Foundation to U.S. Senate. We are writing to urge you to protect funding for the Electronic Government Fund at the General Services Administration in H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. As currently written, H.R. 2354 would not provide adequate […]

Feds Reopen Malpractice Database, With Caveats

UPDATE: “How Complaints From a Single Doctor Caused the Gov’t to Take Down a Public Database” (via ProPublica) Via Reuters: The federal government reopened public access to a database of malpractice claims and damages paid by doctors, with new restrictions that would prohibit using it in any way to identify the physicians. Consumer advocates and […]

Maryland: "Timely Government Info Will Now Cost $190"

As publishing becomes easier and cheaper the State of Maryland begins charging for a publication that was free. What’s going on in Annapolis? From The Daily Record: Instead of a service that was once free, Maryland citizens and businesses will now have to pay a $190 annual subscription fee to the Secretary of State’s office […]

Workplace Learning Annotated Bibliography

Workplace Learning Annotated Bibliography (PDF) You might be asking yourself “Why an annotated bibliography on Workplace Learning and why now?” And that’s a fine question to ask! So much has changed just in the last 10 years in the area of what we know and understand about how people learn and how it applies in […]