The Year in Privacy Books 2009

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  1. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Great list! I share the lament on curtailed endnotes in commercially-published books. One thing among others showing the decline of the book publishing profession from its erstwhile integrity, alas.

  2. A.J. Sutter says:

    Interesting point about the lack of notes in commercial books. Always behind the curve, I was still lamenting that academic presses seem more and more often to think that endnotes are a substitute for a full bibliography.

    Notes and bibliography perform different functions: it’s maddening to have to read through all notes seriatim (retro sensu) just to find out what “J. Rosen, Unwanted Gaze, 200″ means. One purpose of a list of references is to to help the reader quickly to determine what kinds of sources the author considered, and what sources he or she failed to notice or think significant; another is to make it easy to find full citation information for the references on which the author did rely. (A side benefit is that the notes can be compressed, using a “Rosen 2000a” kind of format.)

    If a book doesn’t have a list of references, at least the index should be collated to the notes as well as to the main text. And at a minimum, the notes should have full bibliographical information about the edition of each book consulted, instead of just citing to year of publication.

    Any background information to share, Dan, on why Harvard wouldn’t spring for any of the above in Understanding Privacy?

  3. Kevin Kim says:

    Great list – thanks! I did purchase some of those books, and particularly like “Privacy in context.” I’ll certainly check out other books too. Thanks again!