Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Googlization of Everything - and Why We Should Worry

Penn Libraries will be hosting a lecture by Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia about his latest book The Googlization of Everything - and Why We Should Worry

It will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 9:30 - 11:30 in the Class of '55 conference room.

Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, and is currently a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Vaidhyanathan is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues in various periodicals including The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Salon.com. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and to MSNBC.COM and has appeared in a segment of "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. In March 2002, Library Journal cited Vaidhyanathan among its “Movers & Shakers” in the library field. In November 2004 the Chronicle of Higher Education called Vaidhyanathan “one of academe’s best-known scholars of intellectual property and its role in contemporary culture.” He has testified as an expert before the U.S. Copyright Office on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He is noted for opposing the Google Books scanning project on copyright grounds. He has published the opinion, that the project poses a danger for the doctrine of fair use, because the fair use claims are arguably so excessive that it may cause judicial limitation of that right. (more info at http://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/faculty.nsf/prfhpbw/sv2r)

There will also be three respondents from the University of Pennsylvania:

  • Joseph Turrow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication
  • Shyam Balganesh, Assistant Professor at the School of Law
  • Roch Guerin, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Networks at the School of Engineering

This invitation is extended to the entire Penn community

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