Links for 6th June 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. 20 Abandoned Cities, Towns and Places

    Nice. I'm a sucker for this stuff.

    Tagged with: historyarchitectureurbancityabandonedpicturesexploration

  2. The state’s faltering grip on secrecy

    "Digital technology is making life increasingly hard for governments (and corporations) partly because the tools for suppressing news operate at speeds defined by our Victorian and Edwardian forebears. When Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick inadvertently revealed plans to arrest 11 terrorist suspects to a snapper in Downing Street, Whitehall attempted to halt coverage by issuing a so-called D-Notice. The Defence Advisory Notice system, set up in 1912, allows the government to request that media owners refrain from publishing stories that “might be of value to a future enemy”.

    This Edwardian solution – much demonised by erstwhile critics of the secret state – failed to stop publication. By the time the D-Notice arrived at Getty, the photo agency responsible for the scoop, the images had already been distributed to a range of news outlets around the planet. In a networked world, some things rank higher than the national interest."

    Tagged with: UKgovernmentelectronicmediainternetsecrecytransparency

  3. Berners-Lee: We no longer fully understand the web

    "The web is now a massive system of connected people and technology and we have to study it as one. It connects people as they make and follow hyperlinks to a degree that results in complex properties no one expected. It has something like 10^11 web pages in it and there are a similar number of neurons in the brain. The brain is something very complicated we don't understand – yet we rely on it. The web is very complicated too and, though we built it, we have no real data about the stability of the emergent systems that have cropped up on it."

    Tagged with: sociologyinternetresearchemergentsystemsecologynetworkBerners-Lee

  4. Ceci n’est pas un ebook

    "Let me clarify that statement. This may be the death of stand alone ebook platforms where consumers purchase and download products onto specific devices. Google Editions is the coming out party for “cloud publishing” where content is purchased, but never physically owned. Cloud publishing is where downloading will only be done to enable offline access, not ownership. If this works, we won’t care about epub, we wont care about Digital Editions vs. Mobipocket vs. Kindle Reader. All we will need is a device with a browser that allows us to log on to our Google Account and install Google Gears."

    Tagged with: publishingebookscloudGoogleEditionsbusinessmodel

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