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Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart

by Chad Wellmon, IASC: The Hedgehog Review – Volume 14, No. 1 Spring 2012

‘The history of this mutual constitution of humans and technology has been obscured as of late by the crystallization of two competing narratives about how we experience all of this information. On the one hand, there are those who claim that the digitization efforts of Google, the social-networking power of Facebook, and the era of big data in general are finally realizing that ancient dream of unifying all knowledge. … Unlike other technological innovations, like print, which was limited to the educated elite, the internet is a network of “densely interlinked Web pages, blogs, news articles and Tweets [that] are all visible to anyone and everyone.”4 Our information age is unique not only in its scale, but in its inherently open and democratic arrangement of information. … Digital technologies, claim the most optimistic among us, will deliver a universal knowledge that will make us smarter and ultimately liberate us.5 These utopic claims are related to similar visions about a trans-humanist future in which technology will overcome what were once the historical limits of humanity: physical, intellectual, and psychological. The dream is of a post-human era.6

For the full text of this substantive essay, please visit IASC: The Hedgehog Review – Volume 14, No. 1 Spring 2012 – Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart – Chad Wellmon.

FCC’s Google Case Leaves Unanswered Questions

by David Streitfeld and Edward Wyatt,  New York Times, April 15, 2012

One of the most audacious projects ever to come out of Google was the plan to photograph and map the inhabited world, one block at a time. … The Federal Communications Commission censured Google for obstructing an inquiry into the Street View project, which had collected Internet communications from potentially millions of unknowing households as specially equipped cars drove slowly by. But the investigation, described in an interim report, was left unresolved because a critical participant, the Google engineer in charge of the project, cited his Fifth Amendment right and declined to talk. …

For the full text of the article, visit F.C.C.’s Google Case Leaves Unanswered Questions – NYTimes.com.

The Future of Social Networks and Geolocation

Thank you to Kevin Pomfret for passing these along via his Spatial Law and Policy Update (April 29, 2011):

Three interesting articles about the future of geospatial – each touches on some important legal and policy issues:
Kevin Pomfret
Executive Director

Australian Spatial Council Releases Online Map Guidelines

Victorian Spatial Council Releases online map guidelines

Source: Spatial Source, November 23, 2010

The Victorian (Australia) Spatial Council has released a set of guidelines for organisations on the use of geospatial data from Google Maps and Microsoft Bing Maps. Both Google Maps and Microsoft Bing Maps offer free and commercial licensing arrangements. Many organisations, including government agencies, are using spatial information from the free services to support their operations and the council strongly encourages potential users to consult the terms and conditions prior to making a decision on whether and how to use such information. … The council has also provided an easily accessible summary of the terms and conditions of using both Google maps and Bing maps.

For full text of the article, click here.

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