GoodReads Tells Reviewers to Play Nice (Or Else!) | IndieReader


Opinion piece.

In light of both author and reviewer behavior, GoodReads specifically has changed their Wild Wild West style of moderating their site and implemented some new standards. Our question is what does this mean for readers?

Read: GoodReads Tells Reviewers to Play Nice (Or Else!) – IndieReader

Other takes:

As GoodReads grows up, it can’t please everyone. Should it try? | GigaOM

Is GoodReads’ new policy really censorship? | Washington Post

 

New York librarian fired after speaking up for child who read too much | NY Daily News


Note that Lita Casey was a library aide. The article title is misleading.

9-year-old Tyler Weaver was accused of ‘hogging’ the Hudson Falls Free Library summer reading contest after winning five years in a row. The library fired Lita Casey after she spoke up for her little friend.

The Full Story: New York librarian fired after speaking up for child who read too much | NY Daily News.

Recent Internet Censorship Stories You May Have Missed


Copyright Takedowns on Twitter Are Up 76 Percent | Gizmodo
Twitter just released its latest transparency report detailing government requests for information requests, content removal requests and copyright takedowns. Not just one or two but all three categories are up in the first half of this year.

The UK wants to filter porn. Here’s how it might hurt the Internet. | Washington Post
Prime Minister David Cameron announced a plan to filter online pornography by default for households in the United Kingdom, saying the initiative is about protecting children and “their innocence.”

U.K. to compel customers to opt-in for internet porn | CBC
British internet providers will begin blocking access to online pornography unless customers specifically opt-in to surf sexually explicit material.

Tim Berners-Lee warns against governments controlling the Web | CNET
“When you make something universal…it can be used for good things or nasty things…we just have to make sure it’s not undercut by any large companies or governments trying to use it and get total control.”

What Internet Freedom Means to Me (and You) | Information Space
For the fourth of July, I thought it would be fitting (and fun) to get people’s ideas on Internet freedom.

Internet porn ‘opt in’ is censorship, say Canadians | Your Community | CBC
All internet pornography should be preemptively blocked in Canada, says Conservative MP Joy Smith of Winnipeg, which would force those who want to access adult content to “opt in” with their internet service provider….Many of those within our comments and on social media say that making citizens opt in to access adult content through their ISP would be a form of censorship.

A Map of the Countries That Censor the Internet | Gizmodo
The classification of censorship depends on political censorship like human rights and government opposition, social censorship, conflict/security censorship and various Internet tool censorship.

The Most Convoluted DMCA Takedown Request of All Time | Gizmodo
Anti-Gay group Straight Pride UK is abusing the DMCA takedown process to censor work by a journalist. No surprise there—the DMCA is twisted for all kinds of dumb purposes. The inexplicable part? The hate group filed a takedown on… its own press release. How dare you say that we said the words that we wrote in a press release.

Washington Post sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250m | Media | The Guardian


Bezos told the Post that as its new owner he would be entering “uncharted terrain” that would “require experimentation”. He tried to assuage those who fear his reign might bring editorial interference by saying “there would be change with our without new ownership. But the key thing I hope people will take away from this is that the values of the Post do not need changing. The duty of the paper is to the readers, not the owners.”

See the full article: Washington Post sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250m | Media | The Guardian.

Twitter Updates Rules to Crack Down on Abuse – Mike Isaac | Social | AllThingsD


After a week of public outcry over a series of threats against high-profile media figures, Twitter on Saturday announced an update to its site rules, aiming to more directly combat abuse and harassment that occurs across the network.

See the full article: Twitter Updates Rules to Crack Down on Abuse – Mike Isaac | Social | AllThingsD.