||Lessig: 'We're Losing the Idea War'
||January 16, 2001
||Standford law professor Lawrence Lessig is interviewed
in regards to the ruling against Napster by the US Court of Appeals of
the 9th Circuit. Lessig criticizes the RIIA lawsuit, stresses the need
for experiementation with technology, and compares the current debate to
the 1995 ruling of the Supreme Court concerning online pornography. "[the
Napster case] is not about what the law was. It's about what the law
should be. "
||Searches bringing up more pay-for-placement
||February 14, 2001
||Discusses the increasing commercialization of the
Internet as it pertains to search engines. With the faltering of the
dot-coms economy, many search engines are increasingly relying on
paid-placement as a source of revenue. This presents a dilemma to
librarians who uses these navigation tools for their online searching.
||Net filters strain to block sites
||February 15, 2001
||Consumer Report states that four years after its initial
testing, filtering software continues to be not up to snuff. It rates
AOL Young Teen filter as being fairly effective and only failing to block
14 objectionable sites. Yet at the same time the filter blocked out 63
legitimate sites. Other question raised included issues of what constitutes
objectionable? Aborted fetus?