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Daily Archives: December 17, 2017

Google – Never miss your stop again with step-by-step directions in transit navigation

Google Blog: “Traveling on a bus or train is the time for you to do your best music-listening, news-reading, and social-media scrolling … as long as you don’t miss your stop. A new feature on Google Maps for Android keeps you on track with departure times, ETAs and a notification that tell you when to transfer or get off your bus or train. And you can track your progress along the way just like you can in driving, walking or biking directions. To check out the new feature, head into Google Maps. Type your destination, select transit directions, then choose your preferred route. Tap the “Start” button to get on your way (and you won’t miss your stop this time).”

New Group of JFK Assassination Documents Available to the Public

Press Release. Friday, December 15, 2017, Washington, DC: “In the sixth public release this year, the National Archives today posted 3,539 documents subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act).  Released documents are available for download. The versions released today were processed by agencies and, in accordance with… Continue Reading

Open Data for Case Law: A Digital Republic for Predictable and Attractive Legal Rules

Dahmani, Maher and Vermeille, Sophie, Open Data for Case Law: A Digital Republic for Predictable and Attractive Legal Rules (September 13, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3084841 “The “Lemaire Act” for a Digital Republic, dated October 7, 2016, establishes two new default principles with respect to government data and public court opinions – with the enactment… Continue Reading

Legal Jobs in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Moving from Today’s Limited Universe of Data Toward the Great Beyond

Segal, Philip, Legal Jobs in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Moving from Today’s Limited Universe of Data Toward the Great Beyond (December 9, 2017). Savannah Law Review, 2018, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3085263 “Lawyers are unprepared for the major differences between the closed or highly limited universes of data with which today’s most popular AI… Continue Reading

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy Melissa Chadburn | Longreads | December 2017 | “Last year I worked undercover at a temp agency in Los Angeles. While I took the assignment for an article I was working on, I’d also been unemployed for over a year. It seemed I was in that middling space of… Continue Reading

Agency officials instructed to employ designated vocabulary divergent from accepted procedures

Washington Post – Multiple HHS divisions instructed to avoid words including ‘diversity’ and ‘vulnerable’ – “…The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. Policy analysts at the… Continue Reading

Research – Hobbies aren’t just fulfilling—they keep us healthy, mindful, and sane

We Let Work Define Us. Why Not Play? Hobbies aren’t just fulfilling—they keep us healthy, mindful, and sane – “Hobbies are also incredibly good for you physiologically. Hobbies can boost social interaction, which reduces stress—and loneliness. They may even make you less susceptible to dementia. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic interviewed 256 seniors about their… Continue Reading

The EFSA Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database

“The Comprehensive Food Consumption Database is a source of information on food consumption across the European Union (EU). It contains detailed data for a number of EU countries. The database plays a key role in the evaluation of the risks related to possible hazards in food in the EU and allows estimates of consumers’ exposure… Continue Reading

Facebook – social media may be harmful to users

Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us? “With people spending more time on social media, many rightly wonder whether that time is good for us. Do people connect in meaningful ways online? Or are they simply consuming trivial updates and polarizing memes at the expense of time with loved ones? These… Continue Reading

World is drowning in unprecedented rise in garbage

Washington Post – “The world now produces more than a billion tons of garbage a year, which it incinerates and buries and exports and recycles. In New York, barges transport as much as 3,600 tons of waste down the Hudson River every day. In the Netherlands, which has a sophisticated recycling system, residents throw away… Continue Reading

GOP Tax Bill 2017- vote will occur this week

The 1057 page bill was posted on Friday evening [December 14, 2017] – “Mr. Brady of Texas, from the committee of conference, submitted the following CONFERENCE REPORT [To accompany H.R. 1]. The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 1), to… Continue Reading