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Three case studies from Switzerland: Smartvote, Electronic Voting, and Political Communication

The phenomenon of electronic government (e-government), and electronic democracy (e-democracy) more specifically, is a relatively new subject of study. However, with the globalization of Internet use, the deployment of technology to improve democracy has rapidly gained worldwide attention. While scholarly analysis of recent and potential...

Journalism and public information in Brazil

Brazillian journalist, Fernando Rodrigues, assembled a database with some 25,000 records of Brazilian politicians showing electoral information and personal data ?including the list of personal assets of each politician who ran for office in the three past general elections in Brazil (1998, 2002 and 2006)...
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Google Book Search, orphan works and the public domain

Google Book Search has inspired passionate feelings and responses from many people since Google announced the project. Some, like Larry Lessig, view its scanning and indexing of copyrighted books as a legitimate activity under Fair Use. Others, like Siva Vaidhyanathan, are more skeptical of Google...

Lawrence Lessig on the Google Book Search Settlement

Larry Lessig, Professor of Law and founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society speaks at the Berkman Center workshop "Alternative Approaches to Open Digital Libraries in the Shadow of the Google Book Search Settlement".

An evaluation of private foundation copyright licensing policies, practices and opportunities

This study looks at the extent to which charitable foundations are aware of and have begun to use open licenses such as Creative Commons or the GPL for the works they create and that they support with their funding. The authors surveyed foundation staff and...

Reluctant gatekeepers: corporate ethics on a filtered internet

Corporations are increasingly finding themselves caught in the crosshairs as they are asked by local authorities to carry out censorship and surveillance online. This chapter describes this growing, thorny problem and some possible means to resolve it. The most promising approach is neither local law...

The future of books in the digital age: conference report

Technological innovations - digitization in tandem with network computing ? have changed the information ecosystem. From what we've learned so far, it's safe to say that at least some of the changes are tectonic in nature. These structural shifts in the way in which we...

The principles of distributed innovation

Distributed innovation systems are an approach to organizing for innovation that seems to meet the challenge of accessing knowledge that resides outside the boundaries of any one organization. The authors provide an overview of distributed innovation systems that are achieving success in three different industries...

Overcoming the achilles heel of copyright law

With the recent proliferation of international, regional and bilateral treaties associated with copyright protection, the Three-step Test has been hailed as the panacea for measuring the legality of all limitations on copyright. I will challenge the legitimacy of the Three-step Test as a one-size-fits-all standard...

Distressed properties, on and offline

The problem of distressed properties in the wake of the slump in the US housing market and the sub-prime mortgage crisis has a parallel in cyberspace. Failing to maintain a wiki is like leaving an abandoned building unlocked and unguarded.