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Monthly Archives: January 2018

World Prison Population List

“This tenth edition of the World Prison Population List gives details of the number of prisoners held in 222 independent countries and dependent territories. It shows the differences in the level of imprisonment across the world and makes possible an estimate of the world prison population total. The information is the latest available at the beginning of October 2013. The first five editions of the List were published by the Research and Statistics Directorate of the UK Home Office; this is the fifth to be published by the International Centre for Prison Studies and it complements the information which ICPS already publishes and updates monthly on the World Prison Brief section of its website www.prisonstudies.org. The World Prison Population List is compiled from a variety of sources. In almost all cases the original source is the national prison administration of the country concerned, or else the Ministry responsible for the prison administration. Most figures relate to dates between September 2011 and September 2013. Since prison population rates (per 100,000 of the national population) are based on estimates of the national population they should not be regarded as precise. In order to compare prison population rates in different regions of the world median rates have been used because they minimise the effect of countries with rates that are untypically high or low.”

Facebook – Hard Questions: Social Media and Democracy

Facebook Blog Series: “For the next topic of our Hard Questions series, we decided to confront an issue that has been top of mind for many of us here, including myself: What effect does social media have on democracy? As someone who has worked for over 14 years in digital civic engagement — the last… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Guide to Protest Art

The Cyberlaw Guide to Protest Art – “In the wake of Trump’s election and the resurgence of political art inspired by movements like the Women’s March, the Cyberlaw Clinic was approached by artists seeking clarification of their rights and responsibilities as creators and activists online. In response, a team of Berkman Klein staff, Clinic students,… Continue Reading

Paper – Anatomy of an online misinformation network

Anatomy of an online misinformation network. Chengcheng Shao, Pik-Mai Hui, Lei Wang, Xinwen Jiang, Alessandro Flammini, Filippo Menczer, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia (Submitted on 18 Jan 2018) arXiv:1801.06122 [cs.SI] – “Massive amounts of fake news and conspiratorial content have spread over social media before and after the 2016 US Presidential Elections despite intense fact-checking efforts. How… Continue Reading

YouTube Adopts ISNI ID for Artists & Songwriters

“YouTube is now a Registration Agency for the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), the ISO certified global standard number for identifying millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution. YouTube is the first ISNI registration agency in the music space. YouTube will request an ISNI, a unique identifier, to be assigned… Continue Reading

Public Sees Better Year Ahead; Democrats Sharpen Focus on Midterm Elections

Pew – Control of Congress a bigger voting factor than in recent midterms – “A majority of Americans say 2018 will be a better year than 2017, a shift from a year ago when public expectations were far less positive. The change has been driven almost entirely by Democrats, who are more likely than Republicans… Continue Reading

Optimal routes by car from geographic center of US to all counties

Topi Tjukanov is a geographer (M.Sc.) with a business degree (BBA) from Helsinki, Finland. Besides normal work (Project Specialist in the Ministry of the Environment) and normal(ish) hobbies, he’s enthusiastic about geospatial data, visualizing it and learning the latest tricks in modern GIS.” Spatial data from a new perspective – See Topi’s “map and the… Continue Reading

Search Tips by Category – Congress.gov

This combination FAQ and search tips site is a keeper – via the experts and Congress.gov – thank you – https://www.congress.gov/resources/display/content/Search+Tips+by+Category Continue Reading

Access to the Justices’ Papers: A Better Balance

deMaine, Susan David, Access to the Justices’ Papers: A Better Balance (January 11, 2018). 110 Law Library Journal (2018 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3100437 – “With the exception of official court records, the papers generated by the Supreme Court justices in their work for the Court are and have always been considered private property. As a… Continue Reading

Internet Firearm Sales: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing

Internet Firearm Sales: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing, GAO-18-24: Published: Nov 21, 2017. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2017. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for investigating criminal and regulatory violations of firearms statutes and regulations that govern firearms transactions, including sales that are facilitated by the… Continue Reading

Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

Washington Post – “More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year. The resignation of 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members… Continue Reading

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017

“For the first time in U.S. history, 90 percent of the population age 25 and older have completed high school. This is according to new Educational Attainment data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. “In 1940, less than half of the population age 25 and older had a high school diploma. Over the years… Continue Reading