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Steal This Book

Friday, September 30, 2005

Last year, Google announced its intention to digitize millions of books from the collections of five major libraries in the U.S. and Britain. Last week, the Authors Guild announced its intention to sue the internet behemoth for copyright infringement. Is the so-called Google Print Library project fair use or theft? ...

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Restricted Neighborhood

Friday, September 30, 2005

It seems that every time we turn a corner here at On the Media, the Chinese government has passed new restrictions on internet communication within its borders. Bob discusses the latest - and potentially most effective - attempt to curb internet speech with Xiao Qiang, Director of the Berkeley China ...

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not dot gov

Friday, September 09, 2005

As authorities scrambled in the wake of Katrina, media technology was being harnessed by ordinary citizens to assist the displaced. With no official mandate, central organizing principle, or pay, Internet users compiled lists, message boards, and lists of lists and message boards. BuzzMachine blogger Jeff Jarvis tells Bob about Recovery ...

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The Unasked Question

Friday, September 02, 2005

Early in the week, discussions began online about the way much of the TV coverage of Katrina's impact was ignoring obvious questions of race and class. On Wednesday, Slate media critic Jack Shafer accused TV news of skirting one of the most visually clear aspects of the story – that ...

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Dot Triple X

Friday, September 02, 2005

What's in a name? For the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), domain names are the way to organize a chaotic global internet. But when ICANN proposed a .XXX domain for adult-content, it sparked a political fight. Those debating the new .XXX suffix are an uneasy alliance of ...

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A Superhighway of One's Own

Friday, August 26, 2005

Earlier this year, Business 2.0 writer Om Malik noticed that Google was buying up surplus fiber optic cable all over the country. It got him to wondering what Google was up to, and whether the company may be quietly building a parallel Internet of its very own. Malik tells Bob ...

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Watching What You Pay

Friday, August 26, 2005

PayPal, the online financier, did what few of its contemporaries were able to do. It weathered the dot-com boom and bust, and become the most popular choice for websites looking to do business with the public. But its success and sale to eBay gave it a newfound muscle that PayPal ...

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Legal Padding

Friday, July 15, 2005

Local governments are obligated to inform the citizenry about new speed bumps, traffic lights, and the recycling schedule via public notices published in the local paper. In a few states, legislators have suggested that the Internet might be the logical place for public notices in the 21st century. But local ...

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Get Me Rewrite

Friday, July 08, 2005

Internet users searching for news on the London bombings had plenty of mainstream media sites to turn to. And they had Wikipedia. Within hours of the attacks, the ever-dynamic website had developed one of the most comprehensive sources of information on the bombings, which, like everything else on Wiki, was ...

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Darknet

Friday, June 03, 2005

For every move that media industries have taken to protect their copyrights, there has been an equal and opposite countermove by consumers. In Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation, J.D. Lasica explores the realm in which so-called pirates operate - slicing, dicing, and sharing media to their hearts' content. ...

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Buzz Kill

Friday, May 27, 2005

For several years, marketers have been rediscovering the power of the world’s oldest advertising technique: word-of-mouth. And a company called BuzzMetrics thinks it s found an effective way to track it. Researchers there sniff out cyberspace's most influential visitors and monitor everything they say. They then sell that information to ...

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Who's Books? Our Books!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Google's ambition to digitize the world's books is raising the hackles of Europe's cultural guardians, some of whom fear that American control of the digital library will exacerbate American cultural imperialism. Leading the chorus is Jean Noel Jeanneney, president of France's National Library, whose call to arms inspired the European ...

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Stranger Than Paradise

Friday, May 20, 2005

The world's smallest country is roughly the size of a basketball court, and located on an abandoned anti-aircraft deck in the North Sea. In 2000, Sealand's rulers leased its territory to HavenCo, a company that wanted to use the nation's sovereign status to evade Internet regulations. Brooke talks to Jonathan ...

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Internet Rules

Friday, May 20, 2005

The world does not necessarily agree on issues like cyber-crime, intellectual property rights, privacy, and free speech. So when it comes to governing the Internet, whose rules should apply? John Palfrey, executive director of the Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, talks with Brooke about the possibilities and impossibilities ...

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Inside the Great Firewall

Friday, May 20, 2005

Last month, the Chinese government was spooked by a wave of anti-Japan street protests. Not because of what the protesters were demanding, but rather by the decentralized way in which they were organized. Using online chat rooms, text messaging, and email, the leaders appeared to be everywhere and nowhere. Bob ...

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Mayor May Not

Friday, May 13, 2005

Recently, the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, hired a computer expert to pose as a teenager in an Internet chat-room. His target was Spokane mayor Jim West, who was rumored to be offering favors to sex partners he met online. The sting has since met with sharp criticism from editors around ...

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Broadband Gap

Friday, May 06, 2005

We've heard plenty about the so-called digital divide in this country between haves and have-nots. But what about the digital divide between this country and the rest of the world? In the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs Magazine, Thomas Bleha argues that when it comes to developing the broadband infrastructure, ...

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The Internet Forever

Friday, April 22, 2005

Nine years ago, Brewster Kahle embarked on a project of massive proportion - archiving the Internet. When Bob checked in on how the project is going, he learned that it has grown even more massive. Kahle doesn't want to archive just the Internet, he wants universal access to all information. ...

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Will the Circuit be Unbroken?

Friday, April 08, 2005

If all goes according to plan, the summer of 2006 will see Philadelphia become the largest wireless internet zone in the world. The citywide initiative will allow Philadelphians to affordably access internet as easily as they can any other public utility. Internet service providers have nearly sidetracked the project with ...

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Cold off the Presses

Friday, April 01, 2005

This month, the Associated Press advised its 17-hundred member news organizations that it will now offer two versions of many of its big news stories. The second version will be much the same as the original, except for its lead, which will be filled with imagery, narrative devices, and creative ...

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