Tuesday into Wednesday …

Bridge at Mt. Rainier II

Haven’t felt like posting much since I got back. I’m sure I’ll get into the swing of things again eventually (although maybe posting every day was never sustainable for me), but until then …

The theme this morning is compare/contrast.

I have such a love/hate relationship with Google. At ASIL, one of the attendees was talking about how she didn’t trust Facebook for its privacy intrusions, and “that was why she liked Google.” I didn’t have the time to question her on this; it’s pretty clear to me that Google tracks everything you do when logged into a Google account and tries to market accordingly.

Tech Progress had an interesting post tangentially on this topic the other day: You’re Not Google’s Customer – You’re the Product. It’s viewing the issue through an antitrust lens, but I think it gives a new twist on looking at some of these privacy concerns. @kashhill tweeted to something similar yesterday (not on the antitrust question, but part of my own Google/social media dilemma): techdirt’s Is It A Privacy Violation For Companies To Make Inferences About What You Might Like?

The most head-scratching reference request I received Tuesday night: “How much do you think that Wal-Mart class action case is worth?”


Good morning! Er, afternoon

Library of Congress

I do not think the blogging thing is going to work well from the iPad. Lindsay is right; the iPad is more about consuming than creating. So please bear with me.

Am going to the Library of Congress bright and early in the morn, if all goes as planned, so these have been compiled Tuesday evening. Edited to add: did do LOC, as well as LLOC, and some conference stuff, so it is now Wednesday afternoon. After what I thought was as rather lack-luster morning Tuesday, post-wise, there were several interesting discussions in the afternoon worth taking a look at.

  • Sarah Waldeck, Concurring Opinions, WestlawNext. Will the pricing structure of the tool lead to “settling” for inferior search results?
  • Maxine Eichner, Concurring Opinions, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Revisited. Really interesting post on one of the reasons Amy Chua’s book sparked such a furor (although she doesn’t mention the whole supermom one-upsmanship thing going on out there).

    Chua’s focus on raising children to win taps into the predicament of raising children today. The stakes are higher than we’ve seen before: No longer is being “pretty good” good enough. With the demise of unions, getting a high school degree won’t assure your children a life of economic security. Even a college education won’t do it: assuming you can get a job at all, you certainly are no longer assured to have health insurance and an adequate pension on retirement. Instead, you’ve got to be the best to win. And there’s no middle ground any more: Anyone who doesn’t win is a loser.

  • A couple of posts on the Google Books decision. Haven’t read the decision myself, so can’t comment on it. I do wonder if this will bring out more copyright reformers, though. Also wonder what it means for the works that you can already see on Google Books, although maybe the ones up there are already out of copyright or their authors have given permission for them to be there?

Don’t know if I’ll have the time (or patience) to post anything tomorrow. I will be engaged in several conference-related activities, including staffing the International Legal Research Interest Group’s (of which I am the secretary, by the way) Research Kiosk for last-minute research quests by speakers and panelists (and conference attendees, I suppose). So, happy Thursday!