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September 18, 2007

Deep Blue and Controlled Access

I recently explored the Deep Blue website. Its motto, "Your work: cited more, safe forever. Deep Blue makes it simple," says a lot about the strengths and limits of this network.
On the one hand, anyone with access to the Deep Blue website can easily self-publish his or her work. The author's work can then, presumably, be preserved forever on the net.
However, if one delves further into the concept of Deep Blue, certain questions arise. For instance, should anyone be able to display his or her opinions online, given that some reader/viewers might consider these opinions as proven facts? Who determines the line between opinion and fact? Who regulates what is allowed to stay on Deep Blue?
Another interesting option of Deep Blue is that it "allows you [the author] to limit who can see various aspects of your work." I wonder when this type of selective censorship might be necessary. Furthermore, if it is deemed "necessary," is it ethical to hide information from certain individuals?
For more information on Deep Blue, visit the website listed below.
http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/index.jsp

Posted by leslieph at September 18, 2007 09:37 PM

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