For those that might have missed it, big defeat in library land today. Have I mentioned that I'm really not happy with the political leanings of our government right now? I think this is a poor reading of the first amendment, as well as detrimental to libraries public trust. Hopefully something like SquidGuard or something much like it will become the defacto standard for library filtering, since it's free (as in beer and speech) and it allows you to control the filtering in a plain text file. No hidden commercial filters would be great, and since the CIPA isn't specific on WHAT libraries should filter in order to continue to recieve federal funding, perhaps they could just install something like squidguard, block…oh…goatse.cx (the perennial joke on Slashdot), and then leave access to the rest of the web alone. Would that satisfy CIPA?
Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.
Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.
He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (http://measurethefuture.net), an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (http://librarybox.us), an open source portable digital file distribution system.
Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.View Archive →