One of my favourite sessions at the LIANZA conference was about the “enclosing” of public space. Brian Pauling discussed how the increased privatisation of digital space can hinder access to information and the free exchange of ideas. Pauling argued that libraries are in a unique position to act as guardians of public space, and that we should migrate some of what we practice in the physical space to the digital space.
At least I think that is what he was talking about. You can read the paper here.
I will discuss the paper further at our conference report back sessions in October.