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REVIEW: "Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information and Privacy", Renee Marlin-Bennett

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    BKKPIPIP.RVW 20061119 Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information and Privacy , Renee Marlin-Bennett, 2004, 1-58826-281-2, U$23.50 %A Renee
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      "Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information and Privacy",
      Renee Marlin-Bennett, 2004, 1-58826-281-2, U$23.50
      %A Renee Marlin-Bennett
      %C 1800 30th St., Boulder, CO 80301
      %D 2004
      %G 1-58826-281-2
      %I Lynne Rienner Publishers
      %O U$23.50 www.rienner.com
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1588262812/robsladesinterne
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1588262812/robsladesinte-21
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1588262812/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience i- Tech 1 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 273 p.
      %T "Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information and Privacy"

      Chapter one examines the idea of intellectual property (IP). This
      analysis could have been either prescriptive (what IP should be) or
      descriptive (what IP is, usually in terms of law), but instead it
      mostly opines prescriptively, and, when there is a need to take a
      stand, cravenly goes to what the legislation (generally from the
      United States) says. (There is some mention of international
      differences.) A link between privacy and IP is promised in one
      section, but not delivered. A historical overview of the development
      of IP is given in chapter two: when it gets to current definitions we
      are again presented with US law. Treaties and organizations
      attempting to bridge national differences in IP are listed in chapter
      three. Chapter four presents some examples of problem areas in IP,
      such as pharmaceutical patents and those on sections of the human
      genome.

      A few philosophical views and theories of information are outlined in
      chapter five, followed by a discussion of information of various types
      and values. (The deliberation would have been more interesting if the
      types had been analyzed in light of the different theories.) Chapter
      six looks into the pros and cons of "ownership" and limitation of
      public types of data, such as that in regard to weather and geography.
      Similarly, chapter seven has the same type of discussion regarding
      information about people (much of it in relation to issues of
      surveillance.) Chapter eight has the same problems with the
      definition of the topic that most other works have had, which is
      possibly why the remaining examination seems unhelpful. There are
      numerous technical errors ("Magic Lantern" is *not* a virus) in
      chapter nine's discussion of privacy breaches. Similarly, the
      deliberation on privacy protection technology, in chapter ten, is
      flawed. Chapter eleven finishes off with vague opining.

      There are a number of other books that address the topic of privacy at
      the same superficial level, such as "Benjamin Franklin's Website" by
      Robert Ellis Smith (cf. BKBNFRWS.RVW), Simson Garfinkel's "Database
      Nation" (cf. BKDBSNTN.RVW), Peterson's "I Love the Internet But I want
      My Privacy Too" (cf. BKILIWMP.RVW), Cannon's "Privacy" (cf.
      BKPRVACY.RVW), and "The Privacy Papers" by Rebecca Herold (cf.
      BKPRVPAP.RVW). Then there are the superior works that define the
      field, like "Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape" by Agre and
      Rotenberg (cf. BKTCHPRV.RVW), 1997, Cady and McGregor's surprisingly
      good "Protect Your Digital Privacy" (cf. BKPYDPRV.RVW), "Internet and
      Online Privacy" by Frackman, Martin and Ray (cf. BKINONPR.RVW),
      Schneier and Banisar's entertaining and informative "Electronic
      Privacy Papers" (cf. BKELPRPA.RVW), and "Privacy on the Line"by
      Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau (cf. BKPRIVLN.RVW).

      True, as with David Brin's "The Transparent Society" (cf.
      BKTRASOC.RVW), Marlin-Bennett promises a unique premise, in this case
      a tie between privacy and intellectual property. Unlike Brin, in this
      book the link is not strongly demonstrated. We are, therefore, left
      with a somewhat simplistic review of the topics listed in the title.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2006 BKKPIPIP.RVW 20061119


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