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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Poll: Nearly Half of Working Women Say They’ve Experienced Harassment

NBC/WSJ Poll: “A new poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that 48 percent of currently employed women in the United States say that they have personally experienced an unwelcome sexual advance or verbal or physical harassment at work. The results — which come after allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood… Continue Reading

Non partisan resources on tax code reform for researchers

Committee for a Responsible Budget: “Efforts to reform the tax code are underway, and they will pick up further this fall when the legislative process formally begins. CRFB has published several resources on recent tax reform plans, policies that may be included, gimmicks lawmakers may use, the status of the current tax code, and other… Continue Reading

Immigration Court Filings Take Nose Dive, While Court Backlog Increases

“Preliminary figures based upon case-by-case court records as of the end of September 2017 indicate that the number of DHS issued NTAs (notices to appear) initiating proceedings in Immigration Court is substantially down since President Trump took office. This is surprising since ICE states that its apprehensions were up during this same period. There were… Continue Reading

How National Governments Can Help Smart Cities Succeed

How National Governments Can Help Smart Cities Succeed By Joshua New, Daniel Castro, and Matt Beckwith, Center for Data Innovation. October 30, 2017. “Cities around the world are undergoing two important transformations. First, they are growing. For the first time in history, a majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Second, they are… Continue Reading

From segregation to the Supreme Court: the life and work of Thurgood Marshall

“Marshall (2017) recounts one of the most contentious Supreme Court cases in American history, represented by Thurgood Marshall, who would later serve as the first African American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, with Chadwick Boseman playing the title role, the film establishes Marshall’s greatest legal triumph, Brown v. Board of… Continue Reading

Writing the Law: Developing the ‘Citizen Lawyer’ Identity Through Legislative, Statutory, and Rule Drafting Courses

Schiavone, Ann L, Writing the Law: Developing the ‘Citizen Lawyer’ Identity Through Legislative, Statutory, and Rule Drafting Courses (2017). Duquesne Law Review, Vol. 55, No.1, 2017; Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper Series 2017-03. Available at SSRN: “At the time of the American Founding, Thomas Jefferson, among others, viewed lawyers as the class… Continue Reading

200 universities just launched 560 free online courses

Medium – Dhawal Shah: “If you haven’t heard, universities around the world offering their courses online for free (or at-least partially free). These courses are collectively called as MOOCS or Massive Open Online Courses. In the past six years or so, close to 800 universities have created more than 8,000 of these MOOCs. And I’ve… Continue Reading

Judicial Conference Approves Courthouse Guidelines for Portable Communication Devices

“The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved…a guidance on portable communication devices (pdf) provides courts with information relating to use of these devices in the courthouse, including an overview of court policies and issues that courts should consider addressing in their local policies. Decisions about how these devices can be used are made on a… Continue Reading

Commentary – Remembering the data pirates, forgers, and social engineers who saved thousands.

Hacking the Holocaust – Remembering the data pirates, forgers, and social engineers who saved thousands. “During that same Nazi-punching era of WWII, ordinary people used their abilities and access to proprietary systems, data, and information security knowledge to refuse to be complacent, and instead sabotage the Axis to save lives. It’s my hope that sharing… Continue Reading

Research – The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship in Egypt

Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University – “The first Internet Monitor research bulletin summarizes the recent, dramatic increase in Internet censorship in Egypt, examines the Twitter conversation around website blocking in Egypt, and identifies ways that users disseminate banned content.” “Internet filtering in Egypt illustrates how censorship can be a slippery slope. After an extended period… Continue Reading

First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Eliminated Major Data Analytics

The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info – “Every year, the FBI releases a report that is considered the gold standard for tracking crime statistics in the United States: the Crime in the United States report, a collection of crime statistics gathered from over 18,000 law-enforcement agencies in… Continue Reading