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London leads the digital information age

(iwr.co.uk): Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, Carlo Ratti and Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer Washington DC, encouraged the Greater London Authority (GLA) group to continue moving forward with plans to release all of its data into the London Datastore launched earlier this year. The experts evaluated the opportunities and benefits the release of public information could bring to London at the event "Possibilities of Real Time Data". They highlighted the positive impact freely available real time transport, crime and mobile phone data has had on improving public services in the US.
   
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Let's Review Everything

(americanlibrariesmagazine.org): For many years, readers' advisory has been a fundamental and valuable library service that has helped library patrons and others decide what books to borrow from a library or to buy from a book dealer. Librarians have also been prolific writers of book reviews, which have helped other librarians make purchasing decisions and helped readers decide what books to check out or purchase.
   
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Google battle over Internet censorship goes far beyond China

(latimes.com): Google Inc.'s fight with China over Internet censorship made headlines around the world, but it has been engaged in similar battles around the globe. At least 25 countries, many of them with repressive regimes but even those with democracies, have at times blocked the public's access to Google over the last several years. All told, more than 40 countries actively censor the Internet, compared with a handful in 2004, which is when the OpenNet Initiative, a group of academics, began tracking global censorship.
   
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IP Watchlist Report 2010

(a2knetwork.org): Copyright laws and enforcement practices around the world are changing rapidly. But most often, the changes are for the benefit of rights holders only, disregarding consumers' interests in fair and affordable access to educational and cultural materials. To help map global trends in this area, Consumers International surveyed 34 countries for its 2010 Intellectual Property (IP) Watchlist. None of the countries surveyed scored the top mark, for affording their consumers fair treatment in copyright law overall. Particular concerns included enforcement practices that infringe upon consumer rights, and compulsory copying levies that offer poor value for money.
   
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New Hope for Open Access

(insurancenewsnet.com): Publishers have raided library budgets for decades with absurdly excessive prices for the fruits of scholarly research already purchased by funding agencies and the compensation programs for scholars in the universities and institutions that conduct the research. The college and research library community has fought this exploitation with new strength and energy in recent decades. We are slowly winning back some of the access we lost to publisher profiteering. (See "Seeking the New Normal," p. 36-40.)
   
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