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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

We Can't Wait to See You Again!

The last two years have been a challenge for all sectors, and libraries have stepped up to play amazing roles in their communities with dynamic programs and resources, creative partnerships and technologies, and innovative services, as well as digital and learning strategies, and much more. Hear how communities are being supported by their libraries as you join your peers from across the globe when they come together in Monterey for Internet Librarian 2022.
The Disinformation Governance Board and Other Attempts to Fight Fake News
by Nancy K. Herther
The federal Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) was launched on April 27, 2022, as an advisory board within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Within a month—long before any significant actions were even initiated—it was announced that the DGB's work was "paused" pending a review. The DGB was created to address misleading information, including "disinformation coming from Russia as well as misleading information that human smugglers circulate to target migrants hoping to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border," the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Weekly News Digests
A Roundup of DOJ vs. PRH Coverage
The trial between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Penguin Random House (PRH) to block the publisher's acquisition of Simon & Schuster (S&S) came to a close on Aug. 19. A decision isn't expected until the fall, but in the meantime, you can read up on the trial coverage. ...
FTC Proposes New Rules for Consumer Data and Privacy Protection
Aaron Boyd writes the following in the Aug. 19 article "FTC Considering New Data Privacy Regulations That Go Beyond Asking Users for Consent" for Nextgov: "The Federal Trade Commission [FTC] is considering establishing new rules for how companies collect, secure, use and sell consumers' data that go beyond asking users to agree to opaque and often misleading terms of service."
Publishers Weekly Shares Amicus Briefs About the Publishers vs. Internet Archive Lawsuit
Andrew Albanese writes the following in "Supporters, Opponents Weigh In on Internet Archive Copyright Battle" for Publishers Weekly: "Is the Internet Archive's program to scan and lend copies of print library books under an untested legal theory known as controlled digital lending (CDL) wholesale piracy?"
ITHAKA Invests in the Hypothesis Open Annotation Service
ITHAKA announced the following: "ITHAKA is investing in the leading open annotation service Hypothesis. Hypothesis ... allows users to make private, semi-private, or public annotations on any webpage, PDF, or document."
The Africarare Metaverse Is Open for Business
Africarare announced the following: "Africarare, Africa's first metaverse has opened up to the world and is poised to unlock African creativity and connect Africa to the global digital economy. … [It] is set in Ubuntuland, a virtual world that marries creativity, cryptocurrency, and commerce."

NewsLink Spotlight
What You Need to Know About the Metaverse
by Brandi Scardilli
The metaverse isn't exactly new—if you played Second Life at any time in the last 20 years, you've entered the metaverse—but it's become a hot topic these days thanks in large part to the one-two punch of Facebook's parent company now being called Meta (with the goal of "bring[ing] the metaverse to life") and the pandemic forcing so much of our social lives online. The following is a sampling of the metaverse stories NewsBreaks and Information Today have published in the past year.

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