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Wednesday, 25th April 2012

Battle for the Internet

By Adrian Janes

Source: Guardian (UK) 

This is an excellent series of highly topical articles on the current state and possible future directions of the Internet. In-depth pieces cover such subjects as social media, privacy, Big Data, intellectual property and the political use of the Net by both governments and activists.

The week of articles has the following themes:

The New Cold War

The Militarisation of Cyberspace

The New Walled Gardens

IP Wars

'Civilising' the web

The Open Resistance

The End of Privacy

In addition, some key thinkers and innovators give new interviews or talks. These include:

Tim Berners-Lee
Cory Doctorow
Sergey Brin

Other special features are an interactive map of government interference with the Internet, and Tracking the Trackers, a crowd-sourcing project using data supplied by users to get a better idea of who is behind cookies and web trackers and just how ubiquitous they are.

The whole series can be accessed from this page


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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