Concerns with Google Print Library

Siva Vaidhyanathan is working on a paper/talk about the social implications of Google’s plan to digitize library books, and asks for feedback.

The broadest issue is the widespread acceptance of the “Google paradigm” for organizing, distributing and accessing information. Google has become the “center of gravity” for information navigation and knowledge acquisition, a situation that requires critical examination.

Additionally, privacy advocates fear Google’s ability to track user’s library usage as they access texts via the Google Print project, compounding the privacy concerns related to personalized search.

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