Student Posts: Information Policy Seminar ‘Public Scholarship’ Assignments

This week I attended the annual conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), where the keynote address was given by Jorge Reina Schement, Dean of the School of Communication & Information, at Rutgers University. The address…

Two Open Information Policy Faculty Positions at UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

The School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is hiring two open rank faculty positions in information policy. The first position is looking for applicants with a strong background in one or more of the following areas: information…

Digital Due Process: Modernizing Surveillance Laws for the Internet Age

I am pleased to announce that I've joined a diverse coalition of privacy groups, think tanks, technology companies, and fellow academics in an effort to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to better reflect the realities of modern communication…

Google’s “New Approach” to China isn’t to End Censorship, But Simply to Leave

Starting today, users visiting Google.cn will be redirected to Google.com.hk, Google’s Hong Kong search portal, where search results will be provided free from the filtering Google had previously been performing on Google.cn. Google is touting this as ending censorship in China, but, as Siva Vaidhyanathan has pointed out, that really isn’t the case. It’s an end-around. A slight-of-hand. While Google is trying to do the right thing here, and it hopes it can deliver unfiltered results to China from Google.com.hk (or force China to take some kind of action against the Hong Kong site). But I fear this move will instead result in further failure to serve the interests of Chinese Internet users, and another lost opportunity to fight oppressive online censorship.

Google Bows to German Data Privacy Demands, but Only Germany

Last month I noted that Google's Street View service was being challenged by German data privacy authorities, who insisted that Google must permanently remove personally-identifying images from their databases (not just blur them in the user interface). Google argued that…

Universal Music Group on Tumblr: Social Marketing Gone Wrong

A few months ago I contributed to a news article about businesses increasingly participating in social media platforms for marketing and management of customer relations. Seems the recording industry behemoth Universal Music Group was listening, as they've recently joined the…

Google + China + Free Music = A New Business Model for Online Music Distribution?

News reports indicate that Google will begin providing free music downloads in China. Apparently Chinese Internet users have grown so accustomed to downloading music online, that piracy and illegal downloading has impacted music sales there more than even what the…

Information Society Series: An Interdisciplinary Book Series on Technology, Law, and Society

I'm delighted to announce the launch of a new book series I am co-editing with Laura DeNardis, Ph.D, the Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project: Information Society Series: An Interdisciplinary Series on Technology, Law, and Society Series Editors,…

Position Announcement: Yale Information Society Project Fellowships

The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is seeking applicants for 2009-2010 postdoctoral fellowships.  The ISP resident fellowships are designed for recent graduates of law or Ph.D. programs who are interested in careers in teaching and public service…