The Week That Was
by Barbara Brynko
As the legendary baseball great Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà-vu all over again.”
When my computer terminal started shaking on Aug. 23, I figured the construction crew at the front of our building hit a pipe or cable. But when the shaking continued, it brought back memories of my years in Anchorage, Alaska, when earthquakes were nearly a daily occurrence.
Right on the heels of the earthquake was the arrival of Hurricane Irene, which triggered more preparation than devastation for us in Medford, N.J. And to round out the week, I journeyed to California to help my daughter set up her apartment for grad school. Amazingly enough, when we were having dinner at a local oceanfront restaurant, I overheard a person at the next table mention the name of one of Information Today’s columnists … in the context of this person being the leading expert in the field. Small world, big changes … and there’s more to come.
This month’s top features take a closer look at the regulations and guidelines shaping the world of information technology. “Legislating the Cloud” explores how key players in the information industry are rallying for laws to mandate the usage and security of cloud computing. Then, “Google’s Antitrust Woes Continue” traces the FTC’s investigation of Google in violating U.S. antitrust laws. Finally, in “Armstrong: The Voice of Copyright,” Tracey L. Armstrong, CEO of Copyright Clearance Center, shares her insights into copyright protection, permissions, and licensing for the global economy.
But there’s more news and views of the information industry as we highlight business trends and corporate milestones. And hats off to IT’s columnists and writers who are—literally and figuratively—the talk of the town.
— Barbara Brynko