This week’s interesting links…

Image c/o Brittany Randolph on Flickr.

Why free play can boost social success. Research suggests that children encouraged to play freely are more likely to experience social success as adults than peers who are subject to careful scheduling. You can read the full paper here (available Open Access). (British Psychological Society)

BPS concern over mental health funding. The president of the BPS, Professor Dorothy Miell, expresses the Society’s concerns about reductions in funding for mental health services and the differences in access to treatments. You can read Professor Miell’s letter (alongside that of other concerned parties) on The Guardian website here. (British Psychological Society)

Colombian student may face up to eight years in jail for sharing article. Diego Gómez, a biologist in Colombia, is accused of violating “economic and other rights” after he had uploaded a masters thesis by another scholar to the document sharing website, Scribd. Gómez uploaded the paper believing it would be of benefit to other researchers, thus breaching Colombia’s strict copyright regulations (strengthened as a result of a free trade agreement with the United States). It is unlikely that Gómez will receive the maximum penalty available for such a crime (he made no private financial gain from his actions), however, it does serve as a warning regarding the potential consequences of breaching copyright or the violation of intellectual property rights. (The Guardian)

How to save the Net. Wired asked six of the “Net’s biggest stakeholders and thought leaders” about the threats facing its place as a home for “innovation, community, and freely exchanged information”. All six articles are accessible via this page on the Wired website. (Wired)

Ferguson library becomes refuge for adults and children amid strife. Throughout the ongoing unrest following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the librarians of Ferguson have played an important role supporting and aiding the local community. As one blogger has put it, it has become a “library of solace” amongst the chaos within the community. (ABC)


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