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Daily Archives: November 29, 2017

New on LLRX – Bail in Justice: Innocence, Indigence and Incarceration

Via LLRXBail in Justice: Innocence, Indigence and Incarceration Ken Strutin’s exemplary research once again advances our understanding of critical issues pertaining to our justice system in the United States. According to Strutin: ‘the number of innocent people in post-conviction confinement is counted in the thousands, the pre-trial population of the unconvicted is in the millions. Every accused has constitutional rights to liberty, dignity and innocence, and yet, confinement often arrives before conviction. Money bail has the unfortunate effect of monetizing personal liberty and alchemizing human beings into negotiable instruments. This is the slippery slope of criminal justice, the erosion of liberty and due process. So it is that excessive bail bars the way to fully realize constitutional rights and increases the risk of wrongful conviction. Present efforts to improve pretrial release and detention practices have inspired some legislative and policy changes as well as bail funds and advocacy programs. This guide and annotated bibliography covers noteworthy legislation, court decisions, reports and guides, news articles and other sources concerning bail reforms and practices.”

New on LLRX – eReference Library Link Dataset Toolkit 2018

Via LLRX – eReference Library Link Dataset Toolkit 2018 – Marcus Zillman’s guide is a comprehensive link dataset toolkit of electronic reference resources and services currently available on the Internet. Zillman provides researchers with a wide ranging A-Z pathfinder of subject matter specific sources, sites and services that provide researchers with actionable information on topical… Continue Reading

McKinsey – What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

“As many as 375 million workers around the world may need to switch occupational categories and learn new skills…McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report, Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation (PDF–5MB), assesses the number and types of jobs that might be created under different scenarios through 2030 and compares that to… Continue Reading

Holiday shopping tips from the FTC

“Calling all shoppers: The holidays are just around the corner. And whether you like to meander through the mall or search for deals online, the FTC has a gift for you — shopping tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information. Make a list and a budget. Include incidentals,… Continue Reading

Public Comments to the Federal Communications Commission About Net Neutrality Contain Many Inaccuracies and Duplicates

Pew Report – Fully 57% of comments used temporary or duplicate email addresses, and seven popular comments accounted for 38% of all submissions. “For the second time in less than four years, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering regulations regarding net neutrality – the principle that internet service providers must treat all data… Continue Reading

Pushed beyond breaking: US newsrooms use mobile alerts to define their brand

Columbia Journalism Review – “The aim of this research is to provide a comprehensive overview of how U.S. news outlets are using mobile push alerts to reach their audiences. Its objectives are to better understand how and why news outlets are using mobile push alerts, the decision-making process and workflows behind their use, how metrics… Continue Reading

Unrestricted Text and Data Mining with allofPLOS

PLOS news release: “…With more than 200,000 fully Open Access research articles available for content mining, PLOS can help advance the discussion and application of content mining through real-world experiences. Through our API we provide article text and meta-data in a single XML file format according to the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS), the National… Continue Reading

Federal Weapons Prosecutions Rise for Third Consecutive Year

“The latest case-by-case records from the Justice Department covering all of FY 2017 indicate that federal criminal prosecutions for weapons offenses grew by 10.8 percent over the levels seen during FY 2016. This is the third year in a row to see an increase in federal weapons prosecutions. Prosecutions during FY 2016 had risen a… Continue Reading

NPR – Supreme Court Considers Cellphones And Digital Privacy

NPR – “A Supreme Court case, a big one for cellphone users, examines whether police must obtain a warrant in order to get historical cell-site location information from cellphone providers.” SCOTUSBlog: Argument analysis: Drawing a line on privacy for cellphone records, but where? The Supreme Court heard oral argument this morning in an important privacy-rights… Continue Reading

Class Action Campaign Against Google Seeks Compensation For iPhone Privacy Violations

The Telegraph: “Google could be forced to pay over five million iPhone users £2.7 billion in compensation as it is accused of selling their data without their consent. A new consumer campaign called “Google You Owe Us” is launching a class action against the web giant over allegedly unlawfully harvesting the browsing histories of iPhone users… Continue Reading

GPO Issues Digital Releases of Federal Register for 1970s

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1970-1979. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Register from 1970 to present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo – here. This project is digitizing a total of… Continue Reading

Staggering Variety of Clandestine Trackers Found in Popular Android Apps

The Intercept: “Researchers at Yale Privacy Lab and French nonprofit Exodus Privacy have documented the proliferation of tracking software on smartphones, finding that weather, flashlight, ride-sharing, and dating apps, among others, are infested with dozens of different types of trackers collecting vast amounts of information to better target advertising. Exodus security researchers identified 44 trackers… Continue Reading