I am not trying to deny the transformative nature of the Internet, but rather that we’ve lived with it long enough to ask tough questions. … I’ve tried to avoid the Manichean view of technology, which assumes either that the Internet will save us or that it is leading us astray, that it is making…

I consider myself a fairly technically adept person, even at the advanced age of 52. But yesterday I was listening to an album on my laptop using iTunes — something I actually fairly rarely do, as I mostly only use iTunes on shuffle on my phone — and after I tried to figure out how…

Elsevier has released a new scholarly article sharing policy which is definitely more disappointing than really any cause for cheer. Basically the crux is that the only place that authors are allowed to have the final publication version of an article in a non-open access Elsevier publication is on the Elsevier website itself. Of course,…

A bit unusually for me, I’m reviewing a novel as part of my Reading Diary series. Usually the closest I’ll get to a novel is a fictionalized science graphic novel of some sort, kind of like the Survive! series or Lauren Ispsum. But no, this ain’t one of those. It’s a good old fashioned novel.…

What is digital governance in the first place? Digital governance is a discipline that focuses on establishing clear accountability for digital strategy, policy, and standards. A digital governance framework, when effectively designed and implemented, helps to streamline digital development and dampen debates around digital channel “ownership.” — From the Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design…

Being a librarian and not really being eligible for any Nobel Prizes, this probably isn’t the most practical advice I’ve ever highlighted here on the blog. But some of you readers out there are scientists, though, right? Right? On the other hand, I see no reason why librarians can’t be eligible for the Ig Nobel…

This roundup includes reviews of a bunch of recent and not-so-recent reading about Canadian politics, in particular the Harper government and how it controls information. Some of the books are pretty directly related to science policy and some, not so much. These are all worth reading, some kind of overlap while others present fairly unique…

This one’s pretty funny, if only in the so-funny-it-hurts category. I’m one of those dinosaurs that tends to actually want to own a good part of the culture I consume, books and music mainly more than TV or movies. Enjoy the squirmy discomfort of this one. Local artist paid with, dies from, exposure TORONTO –…

There’s kind of two theories of the web. The first theory is that it’s the best thing ever, the culmination of human civilization, incapable of being anything negative in anyone’s lives. Proponents of this theory can’t stand it when anyone says anything mean about the web (or usually any technology) in public or especially online.…

Colin Adams’s Zombies & Calculus is one of the coolest, funniest, most creative science books I’ve read in a very long time. What’s interesting about that statement is that we’re not talking a non-fiction book here. We’re talking a novel. Yes, a novel. Zombies & Calculus is pure fiction. Fortunately. Now I’m a big fan…

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