One of the deeply troubling issues related to making books — knowledge — freely available throughout the world. We, a liberal and progressive society, think we are doing good and helping people, without always recognizing the consequences.
Metadata That Kills by Peter Brantley
Recently I was advising a friend who works at a not-for-profit that distributes ebooks to underserved populations around the world. “Is there a way,” she asked, “to limit or select what portions of an ebook catalog are displayed to readers in one country versus another?” Was this an issue of rights, I wondered? “No,” she said. “In some countries, particularly for women, being caught reading the wrong book can have mortal consequences.”
Peter Brantley Director Online Strategy, Library, University of California Davis. Interested in the forging of a network-aware global society.