I thought this March 12th blog post was worth sharing with you. 16 of the top 20 Research Journals Let Ad Networks Spy on Their Readers, from Eric Hellman, highlights an ejournal issue that hadn't occurred to me before. Mostly I don't mind being tracked by advertisers on the web but, as Eric Hellman notes in comments, "the vast majority of ads are not intrusive. But when an library spends $5,000 a year so their users can access NEJM, giving their entire clickstreams to 14 ad trackers is probably not what they think they're paying for." Now I'm starting to notice posts on related subjects:
- March 15th: (Why) Does Your Education Website Collect Information about Visitors?, by Audrey Watters
- In Chronicle Review March 16th: The Electronic Panopticon, about web privacy by Neil Richards, a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis
Since most new models for scholarly communication use the web for distribution, perhaps this is a "scholarly communication" issue worth considering?