UC Berkeley iSchool = SIMS

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We've changed our name from SIMS to UC Berkeley's School of Information... or iSchool for short. Check us out and our new web page: http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/.

Let us know if you have any comments on the design, content, whatever!

State of the School Address by Dean Saxenian

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Link: http://groups.ischool.berkeley.edu/podcast/audio/saxenian_ischool_30-Jan-2006.mp3

Dean AnnaLee Saxenian gave the first annual State of the School address today for SIMS (soon to be called the UC Berkeley School of Information... or I-School).

I was able to record her talk and you find the audio and slides here:

Star Wars and E-voting?

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best... intro... to an e-voting article... ever:

With terms like ES&S and TSX, discussions at the state Capitol about new-fangled voting machines can sound like Star Wars movie fans talking about droids. And just as technology often failed to smooth out the wrinkles of life in the epic space movies, county and state elections officials are running into problems with the compatibility of their new equipment.

From: "MN elections officials running into problems with compatibility of new voting equipment"

GWU law students turn backs on Gonzalez during speech

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When you're a law student, they tell you if say that if you can't argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can't argue the facts, argue the law. If you can't argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again "it's lawful", and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough.

In light of this, I'm proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today.

-- David Cole, Georgetown University Law Professor

Commonwealth Club Panel: Should Books Be Free Online?

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Make a reservation for this Commonwealth Club panel... (via the one and only ass-kicking LawGeek)

* DAVID DRUMMOND, Vice President and General Counsel, Google
* BREWSTER KAHLE, Digital Librarian, Internet Archive
* BILL PETROCELLI, Co-owner, Book Passage
* PAMELA SAMUELSON, Professor, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley; Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
* DAVID HENRY STERRY, Author, Putting Your Passion into Print
* MOIRA GUNN, Host, "Tech Nation," Public Radio - Moderator


Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could access every book from five world-class libraries for free online? Absolutely not, according to the writers and publishers who sued Google Print (since renamed Google Book Search) over plans to do just that. With accusations of copyright infringement butting up against advocates for free public dissemination of information, the battle lines have been drawn. Grab a ringside seat as our panel of experts clarifies the thorny issues in this a debate that will impact readers around the world.

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