Law and Order
by Donovan Griffin
Among the many subjects that deserve her attention, today’s information professional should keep one eye on the law, especially as it pertains to her field. This month, we have a feature from George Pike—“States Working to Fill Privacy Gaps”—that lays out the way individual states are working to curtail privacy abuses by corporations, hackers, and employers by implementing new laws. On the order side of things, Corilee Christou sits down with Robert Kasunic of the U.S. Copyright Office in “Copyright for You and Me” to discuss the third edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices , which brings the office’s advisement on copyright into the 21st century.
Additionally, in a keynote speech for the Australian Library and Information Association’s Information Online conference, Siva Vaidhyanathan took aim at Google’s now decade-long book-scanning project as related in Ray Lewis’ latest feature.
On page 16, Mick O’Leary immerses us in the Web Index, produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, which has a startling report about the current state of the web and its relation to global inequality. And don’t miss John Charlton’s “Substantive Proceedings” on page 9, in which he details the legal goings-on of the Dutch secondhand ebook website Tom Kabinet.
We’ve got a lot in the issue, so if you need to keep up with intellectual property, privacy, or copyright laws—keep reading.
— Donovan Griffin