Data Privacy Day

The Office for Intellectual Freedom Blog is celebrating Data Privacy Day on January 28th, and will continue to post entries about webinars, special events and data privacy tools all week long.  The organization StaySafeOnline has also put forth a number of free (and almost free) resources that address privacy, web safety, and cyberbullying for kids, teens and adults.  Do you know where your data is?

The cyberSF author William Gibson has come out with a new book collecting his nonfiction essays on technology and cultural change over the last 30 years–

William Gibson Distrust that particular flavor

A cyberpunk pioneer, Gibson’s books (Zero History, Burning Chrome, Mona Lisa Overdrive) have been mainstreamed on fictions shelves in recent years, as reality caught up to many of his early speculations. His works dovetail well with Neal Stephenson’s writings on the cyberfrontiers.  Still, many of their concepts were anticipated by earlier SF authors such as Cordwainer Smith (Scanners Live in Vain, When the People Fell) , Philip K. Dick (The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) and Alfred Bester (The Stars My Destination.)

Check out some speculative fiction–our Science Fiction section has some hidden gems, old and new.  The Gibson book is our featured book of the day on our new Twitter account, @librarydenizenk (k for our home base, Ketchum.)  We welcome comments on our BookOfTheDay and other posts!




Published in: on January 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. That’s interesting timing as most of us Gmailers just got a message today from Google saying they are “improving” their privacy policies in the coming months. The New York Times reported this week that it amounts to less privacy, however. If I understand the changes correctly, they will now link your searches and emails in a way that tells them more accurately what you are likely to be interested in viewing (and buying) so that they can rank search query returns customized to your interests. How convenient for them! Here’s the link to the new and improved Google privacy policy:

  2. I agree–I received the same austere notification from Google in my own account. I’d prefer to conduct my own searches, thankyouverymuchGoogle. Their rankings often amount to suppression of sites I would be much more interested in perusing, while pushing their commercial favorites to the top.

    Unfortunately, ‘ranking’ really amounts to a commercial form of censorship. It takes a lot of GoogleFu and the creative use of minus signs in a search to eliminate the ‘ranked’ returns and bore down to honest data, at times.

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