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Travelogue 3 – spoiled for choice

Here are my suggestions for the third travelogue…

1) I’d like to dig deeper into the of surveillance tools and digital censorship. I am quite perplexed by a device developed by Cisco called Service Control Engine (isn’t that already an evil name? ) that allows to filter content. It’s no surprise that China is a major client, so one way of addressing the topic would be examining the role of companies in the construction of China’s Golden Shield. However, no need to go to the other side of the globe: could Peer-to-Peer blocking be legalized in the United States? Companies like Comcast have already been accused of deliberatly degrading Peer-to-Peer broadband traffic…This calls for a follow-up!

2) The saga continues! No decision was taken last Thursday at the highly anticipated federal hearing that sought to settle a legal dispute over Google’s plans to digitize millions of books. As the hearings take place in New York, I’d like to cover the case that will certainly write history.

What do you think? Thanks for your feedback!

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4 Comments

  1. ElzbthMllr 18:44, Feb 21st, 10

    Both of these are really interesting. I thought about doing the digital books thing as well. I think you’ll run into a lot of interesting issues around copyright that could be worth exploring. I think there are also some cases right now that have to do with the patent technology surrounding digitizing books? That could be worth exploring as well. The issue of surveillance online is something that is scary and I think we could spend a lot of time discussing. I know the Electronic Frontier Foundation has some good takes on this if you’re interested: http://www.eff.org/.

  2. Jimena 20:46, Feb 21st, 10

    I also like both! But I am very interested in the digital books issue. I think it’s a great topic because whatever gets settled (or not) here will directly affect all other fields of copyright and intellectual property.

    Here’s a chronicle of the actual hearing by a student from New York Law School that was present yesterday at the courtroom since 8.30 am. It might help!
    http://laboratorium.net/archive/2010/02/20/gbs_fairness_hearing_report

  3. Alexandra 22:04, Feb 21st, 10

    I think the digital books issue is very interesting, especially in light of the copyright issues we have discussed. I read a good article recently about the price of ebooks that might be good background for you: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/technology/11reader.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

  4. niharika 14:19, Feb 23rd, 10

    I think the digital books issue is quite interesting, and one of significance to us as students as well. For example, consider (the controversial) long term plans NYU has, to digitize material from its vast library for remote access to its new Abu Dhabi campus.. any thoughts ?

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