digital age

  • An Iraqi librarian sorts books on the shelves of the central library in Basra, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 18, 2013. Ten years ago this week, British forces entered Iraq's second city, Basra, as part of the U.S.-led invasion of the country. Known locally as a cultural hero, librarian Alia Baqer moved to rescue the contents of Basra's central library before everything was lost. "At the beginning of the war on Iraq, the governor (of Basra) took the library over as a headquarters for himself and his guards, mounting machine guns on top of the building. So, we asked the governor if we could take the important books to our homes, but he rejected the idea. Eventually we took the responsibility ourselves to transfer the books, without the governor's approval," Baqer said. Baqer moved about 30,000 books out of the city's central library to a neighbouring restaurant and later to her home, before the looting and burning of the library during the first days of the U.S.-invasion of Iraq began. REUTERS/Atef Hassan (IRAQ - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY CONFLICT) - RTR3F5GT
    October 24, 2016   BY  

    For better or worse, the digital age forces experts to make the case that a Google search doesn’t replace the librarian, and WebMD doesn’t replace the doctor. Continue reading

  • Smart phone
    September 21, 2016  

    In the digital age, we have access to all the information that we could ever want. But that means there’s also a lot of misinformation out there. How do we know what’s true and what isn’t? That’s what Daniel Levitin attempts to teach readers of his new book, “A Field Guide to Lies.” Jeffrey Brown sits down with Levitin to learn how we can sift through the digital field of information. Continue reading

  • UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden speaks during her swearing-in ceremony in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, September 14, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
    September 19, 2016  

    The Library of Congress has a new chief: Carla Hayden. Most of her predecessors in the role have come from scholarly institutions, but Hayden is a librarian through and through. She is also the first woman and the first African American to take charge of the nation’s oldest and largest collection. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Hayden about the continuing importance of the library in the digital age. Continue reading

  • Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the 2008 recession, David Bosworth takes a closer look at its moral origins. Photo by Flickr user Scott Cawley.
    September 25, 2014   BY  

    Six years ago, during the fall of 2008, the financial world was unraveling. But the origins of the Great Recession weren’t simply monetary; they were moral, argues University of Washington professor David Bosworth. And yet, virtual America continues to miss the lessons, so often communicated in fairy tales, about the dangers of unchecked self-interest, he writes in an adaptation of his new book, “The Moral Origins of the Great Recession: The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America.” Continue reading

  • Big Data
    July 6, 2014  

    What types of information are companies gathering about you? How can they use this information, or even trade it? And what rights do consumers have to learn how they’re being tracked? Julia Angwin, senior reporter at ProPublica and the author of “Dragnet Nation” spoke with Hari Sreenivasan at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado to shine some light on these complex questions. Continue reading