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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Can History Survive The Internet?
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- Novell Says Open Source License Changes Could Kill Microsoft
- Linux Foundation To Microsoft: Touch One Of Us, Fight Us All
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- Toshiba To Use AMD Chip In Laptop PCs
- NEC Staff Caught Faking Orders, Taking Kickbacks
- Beatnik Offers Music Format For Low-Cost Phones
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- Avaya-Nortel Deal Could Create IP Phone Leader, Analysts Say
- T-Mobile's Parent, Deutsche Telekom, Invests In VoIP Startup Jajah
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Quotes Of The Day: History
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." -- Sir Winston Churchill
"If you write a post and put it on a blog, that's a historical document. If you change your template, then that entry looks completely different. It's the same words, but not the same meaning. This all depends on what historical questions that people will be asking, and we can't know what they will want." -- Josh Greenberg, Digital Preservation and Blogs, SXSW 2006
"I always wrote with the idea that what I put out there is going to stay there. Once I publish something, it has been published. I've never deleted more than one or two posts from my site. I don't think that there are take-backs. I don't feel right about it." -- Alison Headley, Digital Preservation and Blogs, SXSW 2006
1. Editor's Note: Can History Survive The Internet?
The Internet is a wondrous place indeed. Besides all the practical benefits that are too numerous (and obvious) to mention here, there are few limits to where your imagination combined with Web technology can take you.
For example, don't like your current life? Didn't turn out to be the person you thought you would? Or perhaps, who you'd rather be? No problem, the holodeck is open for business. In case you've missed our extensive coverage of Second Life and its competitors, a wide range of fantasy worlds awaits you online. There's the preprogrammed option, where incredibly realistic games of all genres either require participants to take on predetermined roles or enable them to direct the "action." On the other end of the spectrum are the virtual worlds where you can re-create yourself from the ground up -- completely unencumbered by any tethers to
You might say it's your passport to a second chance at getting it right, even if it's not real.
But why limit your fantasies to the virtual world? Why not change the past to reflect the present or simply to hide the facts? The real world is decidedly very uncooperative on this issue (unless we're talking about the Congressional Record). You cannot go back and change what has been published in hard copy. The best you can hope for is some combination of the following: an agreement or a court order to run a correction, a halt to further publication of the content at issue, and that contradictory or updated content gets published.
But then there's the Internet. Oh the possibilities online. You can not only look up more information at one time from one place, but you also stand a much greater chance of both retaining and rewriting history. Never mind that old saw about how those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it (George Santayana). Going forward, that truism could easily evolve into this: Those who rewrite the past control history. Or, if you like, those who rewrite history are guaranteed a brighter future.
Certainly, we've seen examples where people with ulterior motives have sought to change content posted on the Internet. One example is the effort by political staffers to alter politicians' profiles on Wikipedia. Then there are the seemingly benign requests to alter previously published material online by swapping in a more flattering photo, adding more relevant information, or making a minor tweak. I recently received a request to make a minor change to a 3-year-old story to reflect current realities (the author no longer worked at the company).
We decided not to accommodate that request. You can find out why I think such requests are a really bad idea that could open a Pandora's box if publishers aren't careful by reading the rest of this note here. Then tell us what you think. Where should content providers and news organizations draw the line on making changes or additions to already published material? How far back should we be willing to go? What about the slippery slope, where we may start with inconsequential changes but open the door to more nefarious efforts to rewrite history? I think the answers to these questions -- and some standard guidelines for
dealing with the issue -- are important in a digital society. I say the old saw still holds true, though with a slight tweak for the modern age: Those who are not exposed to history are doomed to repeat it.
NEC Staff Caught Faking Orders, Taking Kickbacks
Tax investigators probing NEC have found that employees placed fake orders and took kickbacks, compounding the problems at a company long dogged by accounting troubles and possibly facing a Nasdaq delisting.
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