I was off for two weeks earlier in August and came back to work on Monday 22nd. Normally I try to provide links to interesting stories in my field on Twitter (@macsithigh), but for that period I had a semi-detox in terms of using the Internet.
I did start checking out what I had missed when I got back , but that was quickly replaced by catching up with various things – finishing off reading lists for the new Masters modules, important bits of paperwork for the BA project, introducing a group of A-level students to celebrities and the law, typical first-week-back fare. Anyway, better late than never, here are some August links (no attempt at being comprehensive or even highlighting the most important, just a selection of things that caught my eye).
- ‘When Patents Attack‘ – an episode of one of my favourite radio programmes, This American Life on patent trolls and such things
- The brilliant report by Charles Raab & Benjamin Goold for the (UK) Equality and Human Rights Commission on privacy rights
- ‘Europe takes its own path on privacy rights‘ (New York Times 9 August 2011)
- John Battelle and Jonathan Zittrain return to the future of the Internet
- President of the TV channel Syfy (I still don’t like the name…) discusses the links between television and video games
Notable court decisions (some of which have gone straight into the reading lists)
- Tucows v Lojas Renner  ONCA 548 (domain names)
- In re: Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation 2nd Circuit CA, 17 August 2011 (came to me via and thoroughly explained by James Grimmelmann
- Pulte Homes v Laborer’s Int’l Union (6th Circuit CA, 2 August 2011) – another scary interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, this time about an email-writing campaign during a trade dispute (see part II-B); found via Techdirt
- A pair of jurisdiction cases from the 9th Circuit discussed by Eric Goldman.
And finally, some new books:
- Garry Crawford, Video Gamers. I saw Garry present some of his work at the MeCCSA conference in Salford earlier this year, and he has an interesting take on the gaming world, drawing upon some of the theoretical spats over how to deal with gaming from an academic point of view, but paying particular attention to gamers themselves. Looks like the book does all this and more.
- Mark Kermode, The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex. I’m a long-time listener to Kermode’s radio show (with Simon Mayo) and I’m looking forward to reading this, particularly on the changes in the exhibition wing of the cinema industry; he’s speaking here in Norwich (as part of a national tour) later in the year although tickets aren’t cheap. The book’s on pre-order anyway.
- Robert Levine, Free Ride: How the Internet Is Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back. Widely reviewed during the month, I’m think of pairing this with Chris Anderson’s Free, although I need to read it for myself first..