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Daily Archives: April 3, 2017

The rise of reading analytics and emerging calculus of reader privacy in digital world

First Monday – The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world
“This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various interested parties. The paper includes two case studies — mass-market e-books and scholarly journals — and illustrates a shift from government to commercial surveillance.”

19 Mistakes the IRS Says Filers Must Avoid

24/7 Wall St – “On its website, the IRS lists several common errors filers make each year. The errors vary in complexity from failing to correctly calculate a deduction on a 1090A form to simply failing to sign and date the return or even using the wrong postage. While some of these mistakes seem obvious… Continue Reading

2016 America’s Most Literate Cities Ranked

News release: “After a one-year hiatus, Washington, DC returns to the top spot in the 13th annual survey of America’s Most Literate Cities by Central Connecticut State University. The study is conducted by Dr. Jack Miller, president emeritus of Central. It reports on a key measure of America’s social health by ranking the reading habits and resources… Continue Reading

Report – More Action Needed to Meet Energy Goals by 2030

“The current pace of progress on three global energy goals – access to electricity, renewable energy and efficiency – is not moving fast enough to meet 2030 targets, according to the latest Global Tracking Framework (GTF) report released today by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Knowledge… Continue Reading

CRS – The War Powers Resolution: Concepts and Practice

The War Powers Resolution: Concepts and Practice, updated March 28, 2017 [via FAS] “This report discusses and assesses the War Powers Resolution and its application since enactment in 1973, providing detailed background on various cases in which it was used, as well as cases in which issues of its applicability were raised. It will be… Continue Reading

CRS – Trump Administration’s March 2017 Defense Budget Proposals

Trump Administration’s March 2017 Defense Budget Proposals: Frequently Asked Questions, April 3, 2017. [via FAS] “On March 16, 2017, the Trump Administration released two defense budget proposals — a proposal for national defense (budget function 050) discretionary spending for fiscal year (FY) 2018 as part of the Administration’s Budget Blueprint for federal spending, and a… Continue Reading

Paper – Criminal Employment Law

Levin, Benjamin, Criminal Employment Law (April 1, 2017). Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2944840 “This Article diagnoses a phenomenon, “criminal employment law,” which exists at the nexus of employment law and the criminal justice system. Courts and legislatures discourage employers from hiring workers with criminal records and encourage employers to discipline workers for non-work-related… Continue Reading

Google.org Impact Challenge awards

“Five of these projects, four chosen by the judges and one chosen by popular vote, received a $750K grant from Google.org. The other five finalists also received grants of $250K to carry out their projects.” Continue Reading

The Criminal Law Reform Project

ACLU – “The Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP) focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal justice system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and stand in the way of a fair and equal society. By fighting for nationwide reforms… Continue Reading