Democracy Now! The election of the next president is not yet a done deal

“The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience.”

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Library News: Ebrary is now Ebook Central

Our migration from the current ebrary ebook platform to Ebook Central is now complete.  Take a look:  Ebook Central

For more info please view the LibGuide and the YouTube videos.

Individual bookshelves are still not accessible; the problem has been reported.

Drones & the Super Bowl: Know Before You Fly

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Google created a Google Scholar Button Chrome extension: Look up scholarly articles as you browse the web

Just learned about this on one of my listservs  — try it!

Google created a Google Scholar Button Chrome extension.

From the description:
Lookup scholarly articles as you browse the web.
This extension adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Click the Scholar button to:
– Find full text on the web or in your university library. Select the title of the paper on the page you’re reading, and click the Scholar button to find it.
– Transfer your query from web search to Scholar. Press the Scholar button to see top three results; click “full screen” in the lower left of the popup to see them all.

More information here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-scholar-button/ldipcbpaocekfooobnbcddclnhejkcpn

GigaOm: Racing, from a drone’s point of a view: a day with UAV advocate Raphael Pirker

Journalist Brewster profiles Raphael Pirker (of Huerta v. Pirker, Docket no. cp-217). http://www.ntsb.gov/legal/alj/Pages/pirker.aspx

Gigaom

There is a zen moment when you are flying a drone in the first-person perspective when the ground drops away and the camera stabilizes. There is a horizon in every direction, and the only question left is, “Which way do you want to fly?”

“It’s the ability to be in the pilot’s seat without the danger of actually being in the pilot’s seat,” said Raphael “Trappy” Pirker, the entrepreneur and enthusiast behind the Team BlackSheep drone shop and community. “You can travel places, you can see stuff from a different perspective. It’s kind of a mix of outdoor adventure and technology.”

Pirker, who develops and sells drones from Hong Kong, travels the world shooting familiar sites from new perspectives. You may have come across his closeup view of a fireworks display or flight around the Statue of Liberty. Team BlackSheep’s videos are daring — close passes over the highest point…

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Harvard/ Media Cloud: The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate

From Amar Ashar:

Good Morning,The Media Cloud team is pleased to announce the publication of a new paper, Score Another One for the Internet? The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate:

In this paper we study the public debate over net neutrality in the United States from January through November 2014.  We compiled, mapped, and analyzed over 16,000 stories published on net neutrality, augmented by data from Twitter, bit.ly, and Google Trends. Using a mixed-methods approach that combines link analysis with qualitative content analysis, we describe the evolution of the debate over time and assess the role, reach, and influence of different media sources and advocacy groups in setting the agenda, framing the debate, and mobilizing collective action. We conclude that a diverse set of actors working in conjunction through the networked public sphere played a central, arguably decisive, role in turning around the Federal Communications Commission policy on net neutrality.

Download the paper on the Berkman Center’s website: https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2015/score_another_one_for_the_internet

About Media Cloud
Media Cloud, a joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Center for Civic Media at MIT, is an open source, open data platform that allows researchers to answer complex quantitative and qualitative questions about the content of online media. Using Media Cloud, academic researchers, journalism critics, and interested citizens can examine what media sources cover which stories, what language different media outlets use in conjunction with different stories, and how stories spread from one media outlet to another.http://www.mediacloud.org/