30 September 2008

Freedom to Read

This week is Banned Book Week in the USA.

September 27 - October 4, 2008

I quote from the Website:-

"It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982."

According to the American Library Association, more than 400 books were challenged in 2007. The 10 most challenged titles were:

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
3. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
7. TTYL by Lauren Myracle
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
9. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Why is this so important? Because it means the suppression of ideas, the ideas that can show other long held ideas to be fake.

Who has hit the headlines for wanting to ban books? OMG it's Sara Palin, but is it true?

It might have been possible a year ago to find out for sure, but now, I suspect every disinformation trick will have been pulled, and getting the real story via the internet is impossible.

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."

— Jacqueline Kennedy

15 September 2008

New threat to Internet privacy

Seems the ITU and the UN want to know who everyone is on the Internet. Unsurprisingly China also want to know that your not really a dog.


When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else. - David Brin