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The Net Is Watching

There is quite a bit of breaking news today regarding Regin: a very sophisticated surveillance malware. Malware is nothing new to many of us, but the wrinkle here are the words "nation state" or "state sponsored."

And it's not anything new. Best estimates based upon the articles that I have read thusfar place its age somewhere around 6 years. According to Larry Seltzer at ZDNet, "This back-door trojan has been in use, according to the security company, since at least 2008, and has stayed under the radar since."

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Content Design And Why Remote Controls Fail

This post is more of an open letter to all developers. Software developers, database developers, and any developers that develop anything. Including mouse traps.

Three words: Keep. Things. Simple.

Why? Well, that reason is also simple. The key to the answer is when you’re attempting to design something keep the end user in mind, and by that I just don’t mean how you perceive they will use your product, widget, or application. Try to envision the process. The system.

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Upcoming events: Fall Sharing

I would just like to remind everyone that my colleagues and I will be presenting at the School Library Association of Western New York (SLAWNY) Fall sharing event tomorrow.  We will be speaking on RDA and how it will effect cataloging and school libraries as we move forward.

Session: MARC Records, Cataloging,  and YOU! Improve and enhance your MARC records. Topics discussed will include 658 fields, RDA standardization of prefixes,  and reading levels. Appropriate for users of any library automation system.

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The Privacy Battle

In keeping with the privacy theme this week here is a link to a NPR interview with Mikko Hyppönen -- described as a "white hat" hacker. The NPR article identifies the moniker as one of the good hackers.


He makes a clear distinction on what this privacy battle is all about. He states,

This is not a question of privacy against security. It's a question of freedom against control.

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Privacy vs eBooks

This is a great blog post regarding privacy vs. eBooks. Specifically, libraries adhere to a privacy standard of users circulation:

The nature of the electronic book almost precludes this notion. Anything electronic it can be tracked -- by someone. If it can be tracked it can be analyzed, repackaged, and sold off to third parties. So then, what happens to the privacy of circulation records?

See blog post:


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