Thursday, December 18, 2008

Geeks wanted

Do you have tech skills and a social conscience? Instead of money, are you willing to donate your time and design, programming, coding, artistic, or other abilities to help NGOs and other organizations with their technical needs? has created the Feed a Need project, which asks those with a bit of time and energy to help non-profits with some of their IT projects and problems.

Not only can you do good, but there's a chance for some schwag and other cool treats.

ars technica article

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pew "Future of the Internet" report

The third annual Pew "Future of the Internet" report was released today. These annual reports summarize perspectives and offer points of view about advances in technology and the future of the Net from various Internet gurus, activists, and others. The full report is online here.

Of particular interest for IF and SR advocates within LIS are the sections on:

Have a look, and share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Access to government information

Some legal wrangling about whether access to government information is a right or a privilege is happening in the Supreme Court of Canada. The Ontario Criminal Lawyer's Association (the other CLA?) is challenging that province's FOIPP Act.

Some media groups have voiced their support for the challenge.

For more info, some articles: Globe, Toronto Star,

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Oh, it's been a while.

This one came to me through the PLG listserv.

A lengthy New York Times article on Google, censorship, the appropriateness of content (eg, on YouTube), and international laws and perspectives.