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Daily Archives: July 9, 2017

New on LLRX – The Last Mile of Contracts: Why Human Teams Are Still Essential

Via LLRXThe Last Mile of Contracts: Why Human Teams Are Still EssentialRon Friedmann gives us a rundown on technology for contracts along with the sound reasons why we still need humans to help create, analyze, and manage contracts.

Twitter vs FBI on National Security Requests for Information on Users

FindLaw – “Twitter sued the FBI and the Department of Justice to establish the company’s right to say how many national security requests it receives from the government. It is part of the company’s transparency report to tell users how often governments request their information. The government recently lost its motion for summary judgment, while… Continue Reading

Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: An Economic Analysis

CRS report via FAS – Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: An Economic Analysis, James K. Jackson, Specialist in International Trade and Finance. June 29, 2017. “Foreign direct investment in the United States in 2015 increased by 83% over that recorded in 2014. (Note: The United States defines foreign direct investment as the ownership… Continue Reading

Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions About the 2015 Paris Agreement

CRS report via FAS – Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions About the 2015 Paris Agreement, Jane A. Leggett, Specialist in Energy and Environmental Policy; Richard K. Lattanzio, Specialist in Environmental Policy. June 28, 2017. “The Paris Agreement (PA) to address climate change internationally entered into force on November 4, 2016. The United States is one… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity: The cold war online

Cybersecurity: The cold war online, Steven Aftergood. Nature 547, 30–31 (06 July 2017) doi:10.1038/547030a. Published online 05 July 2017. “The Internet is under attack, and not just by hackers, thieves and spies. As Alexander Klimburg reports in The Darkening Web, governments that insist on their own primacy are increasingly assaulting the idea of this digitized… Continue Reading

Director at Office of Government Ethics Resigns

Sunlight Foundation: “Walter Shaub, director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, has resigned, saying the rules need to be tougher. His term would have gone through January 2018. Shaub will join the Campaign Legal Center to work on ethics in government issues. “There isn’t much more I could accomplish at the Office of… Continue Reading

VA fires over 500 federal employees

FCW.com – “In the wake of landmark workforce legislation giving the Veterans Affairs secretary new authority to fire and discipline employees [H.R.1259 – VA Accountability First Act of 2017], the agency released a list of adverse personnel actions from the past six months. VA isn’t naming names, but the adverse action report released July 3… Continue Reading

Major news organizations seek help from Congress for collective bargaining with Alphabet and Facebook

News Outlets to Seek Right to Bargain With Online Giants – “A group of news organizations plans to ask Congress for the right to negotiate with platforms like Google and Facebook, which are gaining greater shares of digital advertising and distribution.” Continue Reading

The Atlantic examines role of CBO in healthcare debate

The Congressional War on Expertise – The Congressional Budget Office is a controversial part of the health-care debate, but that just proves its importance. “…The CBO is supposed to stay above the political fray, serving as an independent, nonpartisan source of analysis. Both teams must be able to trust the agency’s neutrality, or its work… Continue Reading