Top 10 Links 2.40: Poverty, Digital Underclass, Digital Culture, e-Content & More

1. Seven Reasons Why We Need Internet Activism Now via @CathyNDavidson

  1. Privacy
  2. Intellectual Property
  3. Openness
  4. Peer-learning
  5. Free Speech
  6. Open Media
  7. Innovation

2. Amazon retroactively replaces Reamde, repelled readers revolt

Amazon remade its Kindle edition of Neal Stephenson’s new novel Reamde, and is now getting reamed by disgruntled readers, GalleyCat and CNet report. The e-book had been pulled from the Kindle store on Tuesday, and today customers who had bought it received a cryptic (and ungrammatical) email from Amazon advising them that “the version you received had Missing Content that have (sic) been corrected.”

3. Buy This Movie Or Legally Download It For Free: Your Call  via @mattrweaver

PressPausePlay, an award-winning documentary about our new digital culture, premiered at SXSW earlier this year. It is playing at film festivals and you can buy it on iTunesAmazon, and other digital pay sites. If you don’t want to pay for it, you can now download it via a torrent for free.

4. You are Not a Tinker Toy: Libraries and Reorganization – great article about learning and training on the job.

5. California Governor Signs Reader Privacy Act

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Reader Privacy Act, updating the state’s reader privacy law to cover ebooks and online book services. The law will take effect January 1.

The law will establish privacy protections for book purchases similar to long-established privacy laws for library records, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which sponsored the bill along with the American Civil Liberties Union

6. Ten things we don’t know about the Kindle Fire

  1. Will the Fire be able to download and store media locally?
  2. Will Android apps in the Amazon Appstore get Fire-optimized versions?
  3. Is Amazon freezing out other content providers from the Fire, such as Pandora, Netflix, or Spotify?
  4. How will the unnamed dual-core CPU compare to the performance of the Nook Color, as well as more expensive tablets?
  5. Will there be either a larger 10-inch version or a 3G version?
  6. How much of the 8GB of internal memory is user-accessible?
  7. Will the emphasis on streaming video kill the Fire’s battery life?
  8. Has the Fire set a new baseline price for 7-inch tablets?
  9. Will there be a “Special Offers” version of the Fire?
  10. How will the new Silk browser work with Web-based content? Will it play nice with Facebook games?

7.  American Libraries launches E-Content blog

Keeping up with the many varieties of digital content—and how libraries can offer them to their patrons—just got easier. American Libraries has launched an “E-Content” blog that provides information on e-books, e-readers, e-journals, databases, digital libraries, digital repositories, and other e-content issues. The blog complements the new section on e-content that appears in the weekly e-newsletter American Libraries Direct and focuses on similar issues.

The E-Content blog will help disseminate the work of the new ALA Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries, which is currently being formed to proactively address digital content opportunities and issues from both policy and practical perspectives. This Association-wide group of experts, selected by ALA President Molly Raphael, will broadly represent the many constituencies within the library community. The working group’s charge reflects a priority of the ALA 2015 Strategic Plan, supporting the “transformation” of libraries

8. Verizon files suit against the #FCC’s open #Internet rules, claiming that the agency is “overstepping its authority

After years of debate on the topic, the FCC adopted in late December rules codifying specific Net neutrality principles. The new rules were published in the Federal Register last week, which opened the door to lawsuits.The rules are expected to take effect November 20.

Verizon had filed a complaint in January to stop the Net Neutrality rules from being implemented. But in April a federal appellate court ruled that Verizon’s suit was premature, since the rules had not yet been published in the Federal Register.

9. “Spent”: A new web-based game provides insight into what life is like for the poor and disenfranchised Chances are if you’re online talking about the digital divide you have no real idea what true poverty looks like this game was designed to give you better insight.

 It’s a simple question: what is it like to be poor in the U.S.? You may already know if you earn less than $11,139 each year, the official poverty threshold. Last year, more than two million people (many once middle-class) joined the 44 million Americans living in poverty, the most since the U.S. Census Bureau started publishing figures half a century ago.

10. Digital Underclass: What Happens When the Libraries Die? 

While there are clear advantages to digital media, such as the instantaneous purchase and delivery of that content, elimination of book shortages at bookstores as well as the obvious portability benefits, it has a sociological impact that many have not considered — which is that the “Have Nots” of society may find themselves denied access to an entire range of content they enjoyed previously with the printed book, newspaper or magazine.

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