#PublisherFail: The ONE Thing Big Pub Must Change In Order To Survive


You think you are curators of literature, and both authors and guardians of culture, but those functions cannot possibly be performed by any organization being run with a primary profit motive. You are no more curators of literature than Nike is a curator of shoes. If you wish to remain solvent, you can only be authors and guardians of culture to the extent that it helps (or at least, doesn’t harm) your bottom line.”

Swine Flu, Google Maps Style


Track down the Swine Flu at Google Maps.

The Streisand effect


The Streisand effect is an Internet phenomenon where an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information backfires, causing the information to be widely publicized. Examples of such attempts include censoring a photograph, a number, a file, or a website (for example via a cease-and-desist letter). Instead of being suppressed, the information quickly receives extensive publicity, often being widely mirrored across theInternet, or distributed on file-sharing networks.

The effect is related to John Gilmore’s observation that “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it”.

Jon Kleinberg Named Recipient of the 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation in the Computing Sciences


As the recipient of the 2009 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award, Kleinberg was cited for his work on the use of link analysis, a search technique that ranks the absolute number as well as the most relevant, trusted sources of pages linked to a Web search query. His Hubs and Authorities algorithm along with Google’s PageRank algorithm appeared at a time when Web search techniques were based on keyword indexing. Together, this work revealed a basic relationship between network structure and information that fundamentally changed the direction of research and commercial activity on the Web.