If Google digitizes the world’s books, how will it keep track of what you read?
That’s one of the unanswered questions that librarians and privacy experts are grappling with as Google attempts to settle a long-running lawsuit by publishers and copyright holders and move ahead with its effort to digitize millions of books, known as the Google Books Library Project.
“Which way are we going to go?” said Michael Zimmer, a professor from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. “Is this service going to be an extension of the library, or an extension of Web searching?”
Zimmer spoke at a panel discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, on Friday. He was one of several panelists who called on Google to make a stronger privacy commitment as it develops the Google Books service.
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Michael Zimmer has posted a draft of the talk he gave as well as his slides on his blog, here.