Category Archives: Public interest

University of North Texas (UNT) Annual Open Access Symposia: 2015 Symposium “Open Access and the Law”

The University of North Texas (UNT), in furtherance of its commitment to the global open access movement, sponsors an annual symposium on Open Access.

Please see here for information about previous years’ events, speakers and presentations.

The 2015 symposium’s theme is “Open Access and the Law.”

The scheduled dates of the 2015 symposium — at the UNT Dallas College of Law – are Monday-Tuesday, May 18-19, 2015.

It will open on Monday evening May 18th with a reception.

Substantive programs will then take place the following day.

Speakers will include individuals working on the authentication of electronic legal materials as well as on institutional repositories.

More information on the 2015 symposium will become available soon.

Cross-posted at Legal Research Plus.

Pew Internet & American Life Project on Younger American’s Library Habits and Expectations

The Pew Internet & American Life Project late last month issued a new report on the library habits and expectations of younger Americans, i.e., those aged 16-29.

Please see here for a summary of the report’s findings as well as related information and links.

And the full report is here.

Bottom line:

Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and Internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.

United Nationas Human Rights Council (UNHRC): Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

The subject report of the UNHRC is here.
From the report’s introduction:

1. The present report analyses the implications of States’ surveillance of communications for the exercise of the human rights to privacy and to freedom of opinion and expression. While considering the impact of significant technological advances in communications, the report underlines the urgent need to further study new modalities of surveillance and to revise national laws regulating these practices in line with human rights standards.

Hat tip to DocuTicker.com.

Cross-posted at Legal Research Plus.