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Daily Archives: May 24, 2018

You’re Bad at Legal Research, and Your Judge Knows It.

Above the Law – You’re Bad at Legal Research, and Your Judge Knows It: “One reason artificial intelligence is a hot topic in law: When attorneys miss precedents, the stakes are high.

Recent research conducted by Casetext uncovered that judges have a surprisingly consistent opinion of the work they see from us litigators: they believe attorneys miss important cases often, and when they do, it has real consequences in the course of a litigation…

Court Rules That Government Officials Who Tweet to the Public Can’t Block Users Who They Disagree With

EFF – Victory For The First Amendment..Lawsuit Against President Trump Brought by Twitter Users He Blocked “President Donald Trump’s blocking of people on Twitter because they criticize him violates the First Amendment, a federal judge in New York ruled today in a resounding victory for freedom of speech and the public’s right to communicate opposing… Continue Reading

How can journalists stop providing oxygen to trolls and extremists?

Columbia Journalism Review: “Are journalists partly to blame for the rise of the alt-right and the outcome of the 2016 election? A new report from the New York–based research institute Data & Society looks at the ways in which journalists help to popularize extremist views, in some cases accidentally. The paper—written by Whitney Phillips, an assistant… Continue Reading

Exposing redirected URLs before you click

John Simek “…Frankly, I’m not a big fan of URL shorteners and an even lesser fan of QR codes. The main problem with shortened URLs is that you don’t really know where you will be redirected to if you click on it. What a great tool for the distribution of malware. There is a solution… Continue Reading

White Collar Prosecutions Fall to Lowest in 20 Years

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Current prosecution levels represent the lowest number of white collar prosecutions in more than 20 years. Government case-by-case records, updated through April 2018, indicate a total of 3,249 new white collar crime prosecutions were brought during the first seven months of FY 2018. If this level of activity continues at the… Continue Reading

Yale Law School Consumer Arbitration Data Archive

“On May 21, 2018, a United States Supreme Court majority held in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 584 U.S. ___ (2018) (link is external), that, “Congress has instructed in the Arbitration Act that arbitration agreements providiing for individual proceedings must be enforced, and neither the Arbitration Act’s saving clause nor the NLRA suggests otherwise.” In… Continue Reading

Demand for electric vehicles will rise significantly – McKinsey

“Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is primed for the passing lane. While EVs accounted for only about 1 percent of global annual vehicle sales in 2016 and just 0.2 percent of vehicles on the road, McKinsey estimates that by 2030 EVs (including battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) could rise to almost 20 percent of… Continue Reading

Census Bureau Reveals Fastest-Growing Large Cities

“Eight of the 15 cities or towns with the largest population gains were located in the South in 2017, with three of the top five in Texas, according to new population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. “San Antonio, Texas, tops the list with the largest population gain with an increase of over… Continue Reading

Amazon Echo device recorded private conversation – relayed it to person on contact list

Washington Post – An Amazon Echo recorded a family’s conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says… Bloomberg – This Is How Alexa Can Record Private Conversations – “…Amazon explained the series of events that triggered the episode in an emailed statement. The Echo woke after hearing a word in… Continue Reading