Last updated: 11 september, 2009 - 13:14 GMT

8/08/2009 - Digital Planet

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In this week's Digital Planet

Google books

This week sees the deadline for authors to opt out of Google’s project to digitise millions of out-of-print books. But the plan has caused controversy, with some organisations accusing Google of monopolising the world’s libraries. BBC technology journalist Maggie Shiels reports from Silicon Valley.

Displaced colombians

10% of all Colombian citizens are currently 'displaced' from their hometowns. They've been forced to flee due to guerrilla violence, drug trafficking or land disputes.

Gareth speaks to Juan Sequeda from the University of Austin in Texas, who has spent the summer in Bogota researching a new project to reunite missing Colombians using semantic technology.

Inside NYPD

In New York, the murder rate has plummeted 80% in the past 15 years, despite cuts in law enforcement spending.

Could this be due to the increasingly sophisticated intelligence systems used to map, and investigate, crimes? Or is the increased surveillance and CCTV network infringing people’s privacy? Ramon Goni goes inside NYPD's Real Time Crime Centre.

Vint Cerf (part two)

Internet forefather Vint Cerf is now Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, owners of YouTube. On average, 20 hours of video is uploaded to the site every minute. Vint talk to Simon Morton from Radio New Zealand about increasing need for faster broadband speeds.

Related links

click Google Books

click BBC Technology: Lastest news on Google books

click Bill Thompson: Turning the page on Google books

click Displaced Colombians project (pdf)

click New York Police Department

click American Civil Liberties Union

click Radio New Zealand: Vint Cerf interview

click CONNECTED AFRICA: Upload your video/audio clips

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