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Voluntary Perils Ahead?
While there are certainly plenty of enterprises making money off the
internet, the “all information wants to be free” doctrine still seems
to rule. But, bq muses, what would happen if that were to change? Who
would rescue the masses seeking knowledge?
Tools of the Trade
Reboot: A Gook's Life Cycle
Can a one-time computer geek who
no longer has the upper hand on technology still be a viable source of
assistance to savvy Searcher readers? That’s the question
Dave Rensberger asks — and answers — in a reflective look at his past
Tracking the Crackups: News on the Net
Breaking news from all corners
of the globe seems to happen 24/7. So how to keep up? Irene McDermott
provides an A -to-Z list of internet sources, from Al-Jazeera to
Twitter, in the form of news aggregators, online newspapers and the
international media. She throws in some news analyst sources as well.
Configuring the 'Future Textbook'
Gerry McKiernan looks at the
“Future Textbook,” especially focusing on the digital textbook, from
its experimental phase in the early 2000s to its current status, and
what the short-term future might hold. He also brings the academic
bookstore community into the discussion.
Urban Agriculture (UA) Is No
Longer an Oxymoron
What exactly is urban
agriculture? Barbie Keiser provides a primer on UA and includes one of
her famous tables that breaks online UA resources into news,
organizations, government-related agencies and research institutes, and
The New Conversation
Staying in touch has come a long
way since the days of cave drawings and smoke signals. Rich Oppenheim
provides a brief retrospective of the evolution of communication
through the centuries and up through today’s “disruptive” messaging. He
specifically highlights tools for consolidating tweets and feeds, as
well as options for incorporating video and pictures into messaging.
A Glossary of Enmity
Deborah Liptak has produced an
extensive list of terminology covering all forms of malicious computer
attacks that will appear in the upcoming book Web of Deceit:
Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media. Liptak
has divided these security threats into two headings: how attacks are
carried out and by whom. This will be an invaluable resource for
keeping up-to-date on these dangerous web scams.
Find the postal and electronic
addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and
people mentioned in this issue.