Monday, September 12, 2011

Technology, Law and the Workplace: Week in Review (The Gutenberg Edition)


Michael Stern Hart died this last week.  Hart is credited with creating the first e-book in 1971 by typing the text of the Declaration of Independence into a computer and making it available for downloading via Arpanet, the government-sponsored predecessor to the internet. Hart personally added many more canonical texts through the years, and when the web exploded so did his project, which he called Project Gutenberg.  The database now contains 30,000 books in sixty languages.  Volunteers add hundreds of books each month, making works mostly within the public domain available for free to everyone with an internet connection.

Even in 1971, Hart envisioned the web as a place where information could be freely accessed and exchanged, and foresaw a time when e-books would be easily downloaded and transportable.  To learn more about Hart and his life's work, read one of many tributes written on the occasion of his death.

Technology in the Workplace
Technology and the Law More Generally
Technology this Week
  • Apple Wins German Ban of Samsung Tablet (Reuters)
  • Twitter Announces Activity: 400 Million Monthly Users (Twitter)
  • Inside Walmart's Super Social Shopping Agenda (Fast Company)
  • Michael Hart, Founder of Project Gutenberg, Dies at 64 (Gutenberg.org)
Contributed and compiled by Scott Raver

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