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Google working with U.S., European officials on censorship trade case

(afterdawn.com): Google Inc. is working with the U.S. State Department, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department and European officials to help build a case arguing that censorship acts as a trade barrier, according to Robert Boorstin, Google's director of corporate and policy communications. The company shut its Chinese-language search engine this year because of a cyber attack and concerns about censorship.
   
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The Open Science Movement

(physics.about.com): As the internet becomes more diverse, there continues to be intense debate about how to best leverage it for both productivity and fairness. This debate extends to many areas - politics, journalism, design, and also science. The move to post scientific research data online is part of a movement called "Open Science" (although it has other names as well - see our article on Open Science Terminology).
   
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Iraqi Scientists Now Downloading 30,000 Papers Each Month

(sciencemag.org): After years of conflict that has wreaked havoc on Iraqi higher education and research, scientists and scholars in the country appear to be slowly rebuilding Iraq's scientific enterprise. One sign, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials, is the rising number of papers published by Iraqi researchers, which went up from a miniscule 80 publications in 2005 to 250 in 2008. Another indicator is the nearly 30,000 papers being downloaded every month from the Iraq Virtual Science Library, a Web portal created in May 2006 to give Iraqi researchers and students free access to thousands of journals.
   
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Serious Games, Science Communication, and One Utopian Vision

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Over the course of the next 15 years, this community of users who experience content versus strictly reading it will comprise the community of scientists, researchers, and society members who are our customers. It may be difficult for traditionalists to make the conceptual leap from journal or book publishing to scientific simulations and instructional gaming. However, as economics and culture align, these will become part of the fabric of the industry.
   
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Synopsys, IEEE push open source modeling standard

(eetimes.com): EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. announced the open source availability of its Interconnect Technology Format (ITF) for parasitic modeling and the formation of a technical advisory board (TAB) under the auspices of IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). Synopsys has said that the Interconnect Modeling TAB would facilitate the evolution of ITF and promote an interoperable interconnect modeling format to address the industry's advancing process technology and design needs.
   
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