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RE: Google Book Scanning

Hi All

An intriguing and disturbing story indeed.

And in the midst of everything else, one wonders how the managers 
could not have seen the issues regarding labelling the 'lowest' 
of the labour classes with YELLOW badges, and having those lower 
class workers with the yellow badges denied the privileges given 
to the others in their immediate environment.  Perhaps I'm being 
overly sensitive, but, my goodness, I can only guess that the 
managers and IT supervisory staff just hadn't studied their 
European history.



Dr. Ken Masters
Asst. Professor: Medical Informatics
Medical Education Unit
College of Medicine & Health Sciences
Sultan Qaboos University
Sultanate of Oman
E-i-C: The Internet Journal of Medical Education

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Google Book Scanning
> From: Joseph Esposito <espositoj@gmail.com>
> Date: Tue, May 10, 2011 3:14 am
> To: "Liblicense-L@Lists. Yale. Edu" <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
> A friend has just called my attention to a fascinating piece 
> about the people who do the actual scanning for the Google 
> Books project.  Here is the link:
> http://www.andrewnormanwilson.com/portfolios/70411-workers-leaving-the-googleplex
> or
> http://bit.ly/jqXY5x
> There is a video of the workers leaving the building on the 
> Google campus.  The entire transcript of the video appears on 
> the blog.
> The creator of the video and blog was a contractor working at 
> Google. He expressed interest in the low-status staff (also 
> contractors) who did the actual scanning.  In so doing, he 
> violated a Google security protocol and was fired.
> I would like to know more about this story.
> Joe Esposito