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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The Guardian – Dylan Curran – “The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look..Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even… Continue Reading

New Linked Citations in the Congressional Record Index

GPO – govinfo: “For new editions of the Congressional Record Index, citations in the text file for bills and pages in the Congressional Record will be hyperlinked to the corresponding document in govinfo. The daily updates to the Congressional Record Index will include these links going forward and some previous editions will be updated to… Continue Reading

Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you’re being tracked

Mozilla: “Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts. To help Firefox users have more control of their data on Facebook, we’ve created the Facebook Container Extension. This extension helps you control more of your web activity from… Continue Reading

AALL partners with Perma.cc to ensure unbroken links to association publications

 “The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) today announces the organization is partnering with Perma.cc to ensure AALL publications will remain complete and maintain their longevity for the benefit of its more than 4,500 members and those served by their legal information expertise. Perma.cc is a service that helps scholars, courts, and others create citation… Continue Reading

FB says – It’s Time to Make Our Privacy Tools Easier to Find – ya think!

Facebook News: “Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data. We’ve heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more… Continue Reading

Wikipedia – everyone’s reliable source?

NYMag: “Earlier this week at South by Southwest, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that the video site will use excerpts from Wikipedia to counteract videos promoting conspiracy theories. This new feature is, at first glance (and really, on second and third glances, too), odd. A megacorporation with billions of dollars and thousands of brilliant employees… Continue Reading

GPO Statement On H.R. 5305, The FDLP Modernization Act Of 2018

“On March 15, 2018, Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper introduced H.R. 5305, the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by all other members of the Committee to reform the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The FDLP is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). The GPO is pleased to… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Stagnation And The Legal Industry (Part 2) What Real Transformative Change Could Look Like

Via LLRX–  Stagnation And The Legal Industry (Part 2) What Real Transformative Change Could Look Like – In his article Ken Grady describes one possible future for the legal services that embodies radical transformation. He bases this new paradigm on Elon Musk’s premise: the only things unchangeable are the laws of nature. In the case… Continue Reading

How Amazon Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Americans’ Facebook Data

In yet another development in the unfolding saga of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s activities – the following via Fast Company: How Amazon Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Americans’ Facebook Data“Facebook has been rocked by reports of a massive data scrape carried out by Cambridge Analytica and one of its then-contractors, a Cambridge University academic named Aleksandr… Continue Reading

Ask the Past – Advice From Old Books – Yes!

“Ask the Past gathers advice from  the past and applies it obligingly to the questions of the present. By Elizabeth Archibald, who has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University.  Her research focuses on medieval education and the history of the book, and she teaches at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.Questions, comments,… Continue Reading

2017 Voting Record: Where They Stand on Financial Reform

Americans for Financial Reform: “The AFR Advocacy Fund has released its voting record for 2017, the first year of the 115th Congress. “Where They Stand on Financial Reform” (linked and attached) tracks more than 55 votes—including both legislation and nominations—that gave House members and Senators a choice: They could decide to stand up for consumers,… Continue Reading

Census Bureau Adds a Citizenship Question

Social Explorer: “Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau gathers basic information about people and households for the entire American population, such as age, gender, race and number of people in a home. For the first time since 1950, the census will again ask about citizenship. Last night, the Department of Commerce, which oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, decided to add… Continue Reading