Publishers file suit against Internet Archive for systematic mass scanning and distribution of literary works

(1 Jun 2020)  Today, member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (“IA”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit asks the Court to enjoin IA’s mass scanning, public display, and distribution of entire literary works, which it […]

June 3, 2020 - 9:40 am

Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay domestic media to use content

(20 Apr 2020)  Australia will force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to share advertising revenue with local media firms, the country’s treasurer said on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to require digital platforms to pay for content they use. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the move comes after talks with Facebook and Alphabet failed […]

April 30, 2020 - 9:55 am

Information professionals share how they’re adapting during COVID-19

(14 Apr 2020) In the face of the global pandemic, information managers in R&D intensive organizations remain vital to the advancement of science.  Some are adjusting to the new realities of providing quality information services from their homes to colleagues around the world.  Some work for companies on the front lines of COVID-19 research and […]

April 15, 2020 - 1:19 pm

Google redraws the borders on maps depending on who’s looking

(14 Feb 2020)  Google’s corporate mission is “to organize the world’s information,” but it also bends it to its will. From Argentina to the United Kingdom to Iran, the world’s borders look different depending on where you’re viewing them from. That’s because Google — and other online mapmakers — simply change them. Here’s the story in […]

February 19, 2020 - 4:20 pm

UK government’s social media archive is now fully searchable

(13 Jan 2020)  From the National Archive of UK: our social media archive is now the first of its kind in the UK to feature a search function, allowing users to easily navigate our growing collection of tweets, Flickr images and YouTube videos from a range of central government departments and arm’s-length bodies. Through newly-designed […]

January 14, 2020 - 3:04 pm

Google says it wants to elevate original reporting in search

(14 Sep 2019) The search giant Google said on Thursday that it has made changes in its search rater guidelines that will “better recognize original reporting, surface it more prominently in Search and ensure it stays there longer.” If true, and if it can work, this would be a boon for news organizations doing original […]

September 16, 2019 - 9:35 am

Iranian hackers hit over 60 universities to get library access

(12 Sept 2019) Between July and August of this year, Iranian state-backed hacking group Cobalt Dickens (aka Silent Librarian) targeted over 60 universities across four continents as part of a phishing campaign designed to obtain unauthorized access to university libraries. Secureworks tracked the campaign and recently revealed all known domains linked to the threat group, […]

September 16, 2019 - 9:31 am

Exposure to incorrect information is widespread in most emerging economies surveyed

(10 May 2019)  Exposure to false or incorrect information is a key concern for people in 11 emerging economies, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Many social media users report being regularly exposed to misinformation when using the platforms. In most countries surveyed, more than a quarter of social media and messaging app users say they frequently […]

May 14, 2019 - 10:58 am

Confirmed: our collective attention span is shrinking

(10 May 2019)  From Curiosity – The average human attention span has fallen to eight seconds — below the average attention span of a goldfish. At least, so said a recent wave of debunked press coverage from outlets including The New York Times and, uh, us. The factoid, which had no clear source, felt true. New research suggests this may be because […]

May 14, 2019 - 10:33 am

Fears over Singapore’s ‘fake news’ proposal

(25 Apr 2019)  Academics fear global reach of new Singaporean legislation could result in censorship of international academic journals. New Singaporean legislation that is set to ban “false information” online hosted anywhere in the world poses a “severe threat” to academic freedom across the globe, scholars have warned. Earlier this month, the country’s government introduced a […]

April 30, 2019 - 8:50 am

China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage

(22 Apr 2019)  Sina, which had 462 million active users on Weibo at the end of 2018, was chosen as first partner for the initiative because of its enormous trove of data. The National Library of China will archive over 200 billion public posts on Weibo, the country’s popular Twitter-style microblogging site, as part of an […]

April 24, 2019 - 9:10 am

The Australian Web Archive is a momentous achievement – but things will get harder from here

(14 March 2019) The National Library of Australia has just launched its Australian Web Archive – a massive, freely accessible collection of content that provides a historical record of the development of world wide web content in Australia over more than two decades. The new archive is a momentous achievement. Containing annual captures of all […]

March 22, 2019 - 8:49 am

Books: why the Internet hasn’t killed them off

(24 January 2019) We stand amazed by the vitality of printed books, a more than 500-year-old technique, both on and offline. We have observed over the years all of the dialogue which books have created around themselves, through 150 interviews with readers, bookshops, publishers, bloggers, library assistants, 25 participant observations, 750 responses to an online questionnaire […]

January 29, 2019 - 9:32 am

Project launched to improve web archiving worldwide

(13 July 2018, Issue No:514) Virginia Tech is leading a project to make web archives more valuable to researchers worldwide by developing course materials and cyber infrastructure to teach librarians and archivists internationally how to collect, extract and analyse archived information from the World Wide Web. The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently awarded […]

July 16, 2018 - 2:20 pm

Ten reasons libraries are still better than the internet

“Thanks to the internet, we no longer need libraries or librarians.” You most likely hear some variation on that theme pretty regularly. (19 December 2017) Sixteen years ago, American Libraries published Mark Y. Herring’s essay Ten Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library (April 2001). Technology has improved exponentially since then—social media […]

January 2, 2018 - 10:27 am