Category «E-Commerce»

Technology giants didn’t deserve public trust in the first place

This commentary by Zachary Loeb synthesizes the increasingly frequent calls for oversight, regulation and even breaking up giant tech companies who have strayed way beyond their initial mission statements of “don’t be evil” and “helping you connect and share with the people in your life.” Public opinion has decidedly changed on issues concerning Big Tech, and Loeb’s opinion piece distills user concerns into a concise review of the boundaries of “public trust.”

Subjects: Big Data, E-Commerce, KM, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues October 28 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – four significant highlights of this week’s column: How Russian trolls manipulated American politics; How to Spot a Twitter Bot; Suspected explosive devices are hard for UPS, FedEx, USPS to detect; and Apple boss takes aim at ‘weaponization’ of customer data.

Subjects: Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Government Resources, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues October 21 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Note – four significant highlights of this week’s column: The Employer Surveillance State; How to Recover Google Contacts; How to delete your account with Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, and more; and last but certainly not least – ‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Tool Doesn’t Do Anything!

Subjects: Big Data, Civil Liberties, Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, E-Government, Email, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media, Spyware

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues September 1 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways our privacy and security is diminished, often without our situational awareness. Note – two significant highlights of this week’s column: Woman Sues Border Agents to Make Them Return Data They Seized From Her Phone – and How Yahoo Is Mining For Gold in Your Junk Mail.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Data Mining, E-Commerce, Email, Government Resources, Privacy

Library Acquisition Patterns: Preliminary Findings

Katherine Daniel, Joseph J. Esposito, Roger C. Schonfeld: Several years ago, we set out to better understand how both library acquisition practices and the distribution patterns of publishers and vendors were evolving over time. Within the academic publishing community, there is a sense that academic libraries are acquiring fewer and fewer books and that university presses are struggling amid declining sales. The latter may certainly be true—a recent UK study found that between 2005 and 2014, retail sales of academic books dropped by 13 percent—but what if the academic libraries that constitute part of that market were in reality not making fewer purchases? As new vendors and acquisition methods disrupt customary means of acquiring books, Joseph Esposito, Ithaka S+R’s frequent collaborator and consultant, was inspired to ask whether book sales were actually depressed, or if they only appeared to be because academic libraries were bypassing the traditional wholesale vendors whose metrics are used by university presses to assess sales to libraries for companies like Amazon.

Subjects: E-Commerce, Electronic Subscriptions, Information Management, Libraries & Librarians, Reference Resources

Pete recommends – weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 31, 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways our privacy and security is diminished, often without our situational awareness.

Subjects: Big Data, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Government Resources, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – weekly highlights on cyber security issues – March 20 2018

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways our privacy and security is diminished, often without our situational awareness.

Subjects: Big Data, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Legal Research, Legislative, Privacy

Barnes & Noble lays off hundreds of experienced employees, may not be long for this world

Chris Meadows explains the rapid descent of the only remaining national bookstore chain and the impending impact on the bookselling landscape, including on the stores’ employees and customers.

Subjects: E-Books, E-Commerce, Economy, Gadgets

Can current antitrust law deal with Amazon?

Chris Meadows calls our attention to a Yale Law Journal by Lina M. Khan published in January 2017 titled Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox. The author presents an argument in favor of modifying antitrust law in light of the realm of competition created by a burgeoning, powerful and often narrow group of players in specific e-commerce marketplaces. For librarians, researchers, professors and student among others, the issue of pricing and competition in the ebook market is particularly salient.

Subjects: E-Books, E-Commerce, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians, Publishing & Publishers (Legal)

The Decline of DVD-by-Mail, or Further Thoughts on the Digital Death of Copyrights First Sale Doctrine

Prof. Annemarie Bridy comments on a dynamic new area of online copyright and licensing as she focuses on how Netflix is transitioning from an operating model that is clearly covered by an exception to copyright law to one that (very probably) requires permission for every content delivery.

Subjects: E-Commerce, Features, Internet Trends, Legal Research, Licensing
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