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Daily Archives: September 25, 2017

The ultimate guide to searching CIA’s declassified archives

Looking to dig into the Agency’s 70 year history? Here’s where to start Written by Emma Best, Edited by JPat Brown
“While the Agency deserves credit for compiling a basic guide to searching their FOIA reading room, it still omits information or leaves it spread out across the Agency’s website. In one egregious example, the CIA guide to searching the records lists only three content types that users can search for, a review of the metadata compiled by Data.World reveals an addition ninety content types. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to dive into CREST and start searching like a pro.”

Paper – Lawyers’ Abuse of Technology

Preston, Cheryl B., Lawyers’ Abuse of Technology (August 11, 2017). Cornell Law Review, Forthcoming; BYU Law Research Paper No. 17-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3037079 “The Article is a thorough analysis of how the current scheme for regulating lawyers has failed to adapt to technology and why that failure is disastrous. It discusses (1) why technology,… Continue Reading

Science News and Information Today

“At a time when scientific information is increasingly at the center of public divides, most Americans say they get science news no more than a couple of times per month, and when they do, most say it is by happenstance rather than intentionally, according to a new study by Pew Research Center. Overall, about a… Continue Reading

Have we finally bridged the digital divide? Smart phone and Internet use patterns by race and ethnicity

First Monday, Volume 22, Number 9 – 4 September 2017 – Have we finally bridged the digital divide? Smart phone and Internet use patterns by race and ethnicity, by Robert W. Fairlie. “Two decades ago an influential article documented the alarming disparities that existed in access to computers and the Internet between African-Americans and whites (Hoffman… Continue Reading

Annual review shows working life in Europe in transition

“Working life in Europe is in a period of transition; economic growth has picked up, unemployment rates are generally in decline, and 2016 was the the third consecutive year of increased employment. However, social partners are concerned about the challenges posed by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, particularly in relation to business, trade, and conditions for workers in… Continue Reading

Can social media bans on hate speech succeed?

Reddit Limits Noxious Content by Giving Trolls Fewer Places to Gather – “A new study shows that the website reduced hate speech by shutting down two particularly poisonous forums. The findings could have implications for social networks like Twitter and Facebook.” See also – You Can’t Stay Here: The Efficacy of Reddit’s 2015 Ban Examined… Continue Reading

FBI Releases 2016 Report On Crime In The United States

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation today released the 2016 edition of its Crime in the United States (CIUS) report, a part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). The report, which covers January-December 2016, reaffirms that the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident. The violent crime… Continue Reading

FTC Launches Website Dedicated to New Military Task Force

“The Federal Trade Commission launched a web page highlighting the work of the agency’s new Military Task Force, which is aimed at identifying the needs of military consumers and developing initiatives to empower servicemembers, veterans, and their families, including through law enforcement actions. The Military Task Force, comprised of a cross-section of agency representatives, is… Continue Reading

Do you live in a distressed U.S. neighborhood? This map will tell you

“How prosperous is your neighborhood? The Economic Innovation Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, has released a new report and an interactive tool that tells you how your zip code stacks up to the rest of the country—and illustrates just how geographical economic inequality is growing across the U.S.” Continue Reading

Preliminary Analysis of Legislation That Would Replace Subsidies for Health Care With Block Grants

As posted on Senator Bill Cassidy’s website on September 25, 2017. “At the request of the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have analyzed the direct spending and revenue effects of legislation sponsored by Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson that would… Continue Reading

Boosting Humanitarian Response to Hurricanes

Center for Data Innovation – “The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), an open data platform for humanitarian response efforts run by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, has published 63 datasets and counting of administrative, geospatial, weather, and satellite information related to Hurricane Irma. The datasets include satellite imagery of potential building… Continue Reading

Patent Law: A Primer and Overview of Emerging Issues

CRS report via FAS – Patent Law: A Primer and Overview of Emerging Issues, September 21, 2017 “In an increase over prior terms, the Supreme Court of the United States issued six opinions involving patent law during its October 2016 Term. These decisions addressed issues ranging from patent exhaustion, multi component products, and bio similar… Continue Reading