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April 9, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Infotopia

Infotopia : how many minds produce knowledge / Cass R. Sunstein, Oxford University Press, 2006

Much can be learned from how wikis, prediction markets and open source can generate correct information based on input from many people.  “This extraordinary work synthesizes the latest in how we know, with the latest in what the web has become, to map more compellingly than any other book the promise and risk of the information society.”
–Lawrence Lessig

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October 15, 2008

Rick Leir
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» Access denied

Access denied : the practice and policy of global Internet filtering / edited by Ronald Deibert, MIT Press, 2008

This is an important book about freedom of internet access worldwide. The authors are academic leading lights. It reports a detailed survey of counties around the world: what do they attempt to control, how do they do it, and how effective are they. Further, when Google, Yahoo and other companies do business in controlled countries, how should they handle this issue.

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