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Information for All Programme Annual World Report 2009 available online

(portal.unesco.org): Assistance to UNESCO Member States in the formulation of national information policy frameworks has been the main focus of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) in 2008-2009. The IFAP Annual World Report 2009 offers an overview of major international and national policy documents and highlights the most important trends of the information society during the last year. The Report outlines cultural and geographical aspects of the digital divide and highlights solutions offered by the information society, such as broadband Internet and mobile technology. It also analyses the link between social and technological changes, which vary from country to country.
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Google-China Talks to Resume

(online.wsj.com): Google Inc. representatives are scheduled to resume discussions in coming days with Chinese officials about the fate of Google's China business, said people briefed on the matter. The schedule and the status of the talks, which are being picked up after a break for the Chinese New Year holiday, are unclear. Any resolution to the matter of whether Google will be able to operate an unfiltered search engine in the country is likely to be at least weeks away.
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Repositories in the Cloud? Why on Earth Not?

(ajax.sys-con): These frequently under-populated aggregations of academic papers produced by 'research active' employees of a particular university appear aligned almost exclusively to vaguely expressed institutional imperatives, and seem largely unrelated to either the selfish aspirations of the contributing authors or the tangible relationships they painstakingly construct with others across their chosen discipline. The 'repository' all too often appears a bureaucratic solution to a problem that the supposed beneficiaries do not recognise; a technological aberration that sits outside the conversational flow of the Web to which it is only tenuously attached.
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Publishing industry enters new era as 'e-books' come of age

(mdn.mainichi.jp): The resistance readers have to e-books is really an expression of their attachment to print on paper, with which they are deeply familiar. The first and foremost concern of such apprehensive readers is the readability of e-books, but the Kindle 2 screen is comparable in size to printed books, and unlike computers and cell phones, uses an electronic paper technology that makes reading easy on the eyes.
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Could the Kindle and iPad Kill Quality Content?

(gigaom.com): Amazon recently delivered a beta version of its free Kindle for BlackBerry e-book app, a quick download that provides access to more than 420,000 books. It marks just the latest example of how the publishing industry is facing seminal changes. Will the end result be the death of quality content? Amazon has been in the crosshairs of the traditional publishing industry for some time now, with regard to numerous issues. Its standard $9.99-per-title charge for e-books is the same kind of clear and present threat to existing business models in the publishing industry that the music industry faced as low-priced music became available on ubiquitous digital players.
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