Too much information: week ending 3 June

US: Georgia state copyright case puts educational fair use on trial
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on an ongoing legal case between academic publishers and Georgia State University that could define the limits of educational fair use in the digital age.

Egypt fines Mubarak for internet and phone disruption
Ousted president Hosni Mubarak and two other former Egyptian officials have been fined $90m by an Egyptian court for their role in cutting off communications services during the Egyptian uprising earlier this year.

Iran plans its own private internet
The Wall Street Journal reports: “Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship, a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world”.

Internet charges in Tanzania still too high despite new submarine cables
Balancing Act Africa reports that charges for internet access are failing to meet user expectations: “Seacom, which was the first submarine cable to arrive at the Dar es Salaam shores in July 2009, says bandwidth wholesale prices have fallen but retailers were still charging relatively high prices to access Internet”

The eG8 inside and out
The New York Times reports from last week’s eG8 forum of technology leaders and policy makers in Paris with the news that a shift is underway in how internet companies submit to regulation from the state. Meanwhile, ReadWriteWeb reports on an impromptu press conference held by concerned civil society actors including la Quadrature du Net’s Jérémie Zimmermann and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig outside the venue.
Inside the eG8 | Outside the eG8

Crowds not so wise after all
This short piece in the Wall Street Journal reports on a recent Swiss study that investigates whether our increasing connectedness is detrimental to our collective intelligence. In the age of Twitter and Facebook, the study suggests, “it doesn’t take much for the smart group to become a dumb herd”.

Research: Social privacy” in networked publics – teens’ attitudes, practices, and strategies
This working paper by youth and social network expert danah boyd dispels the widespread myth that American teenagers don’t care about privacy.

Book: Peer to peer and the music industry
Matthew David’s new book, “Peer to Peer and the Music Industry: the criminalisation of sharing” takes an interdisciplinary approach to the rise of illicit filesharing, unpacking its economic, sociological and philosophical aspects.

Podcast: Econtalk on BitCoin
This podcast serves as a useful and accessible introduction to the BitCoin distributed digital currency, its likely uses, and its potential impact.

Visualisation: Wikipedia edits on a random day
These maps created by Erik Zachte show the provenance and prevalence of Wikipedia edits across various language editions.

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