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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for July 2018

In Custodia Legis – LC: “We just passed the two year anniversary of when THOMAS was retired to make way for Congress.govRobert recently shared our second set of enhancements that we had for Congress.gov in June. One area where we have focused is on enhancing committee data.  With this release we are adding a legislative interest column to the House: Legislation with Actions Related to Committees browse page and the ability to search on legislative interest from the Committees section of the Advanced Search page..”

Paper – Fake News As We Feel It: Perception and Conceptualization of the Term ‘Fake News’ in the Media

10th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2018) – Fake News As We Feel It: Perception and Conceptualization of the Term ‘Fake News’ in the Media, July 18, 2018. arXiv:1807.06926v1 [cs.CL] for this version) “In this article, we quantitatively analyze how the term “fake news” is being shaped in news media in recent years. We… Continue Reading

HHS removes sex discrimination prohibition language from civil rights office website

Sunlight Foundation: “The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has altered messaging on its website related to Section 1557, the provision of the Affordable Care Act prohibiting discrimination, including sex discrimination. Advocates and experts say the changes to informational webpages about Section 1557, detailed in the latest Web Integrity Project report,… Continue Reading

DOJ plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy

The Washington Post: “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke about foreign influence campaigns on July 19 at the Aspen Security Forum. The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to… Continue Reading

Trump administration seeks to roll back Endangered Species Act

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) jointly propose revisions to regulations that implement portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In 2017, we sought public input on how the Federal government can improve upon the regulatory framework. We received substantial input… Continue Reading

Can a President Amend Regulations by Executive Order?

Can a President Amend Regulations by Executive Order?, CRS Legal Sidebar, July 18, 2018. “An executive order signed by President Trump on July 10, 2018, raises the question of whether a President—with the stroke of a pen—can amend federal rules codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In Executive Order 13843, the President changed the… Continue Reading

2018 Global Slavery Index

“The 2018 Global Slavery Index provides a country by country ranking of the number of people in modern slavery, as well as an analysis of the actions governments are taking to respond, and the factors that make people vulnerable. This year, so that we might better understand the problem, we have also included an analysis… Continue Reading

Fortune’s 2018 Global 500

Global 500 / Search and Explore The 500 -“The world’s 500 largest companies generated $30 trillion in revenues and $1.9 trillion in profits in 2017. Together, this year’s Fortune Global 500 companies employ 67.7 million people worldwide and are represented by 33 countries. InteractiveVisualize – “The Global 500 Each year a whole host of factors… Continue Reading

Big changes are underway in the world of Natural Language Processing (NLP)

The Gradient – NLP’s ImageNet moment has arrived: “Big changes are underway in the world of Natural Language Processing (NLP). The long reign of word vectors as NLP’s core representation technique has seen an exciting new line of challengers emerge: ELMo, ULMFiT, and the OpenAI transformer. These works made headlines by demonstrating that pretrained language… Continue Reading

Subjects: AI

Librarians on bikes: cycling through US libraries

Oxford University Press Blog: “After working for 26 years as academic librarians, we have reached a point in our careers where we are right-sizing professionally and personally. This year, we requested and were granted a nine-month contract, enabling us to pursue our dream of cycling across the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Astoria, Oregon.… Continue Reading

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases 2018 Pig Book Detailing Government Waste

“The Congressional Pig Book is CAGW’s annual compilation of the pork-barrel projects in the federal budget. A “pork” project is a line-item in an appropriations bill that designates tax dollars for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures. To qualify as pork, a project must meet one of seven criteria that were developed… Continue Reading

Is the Library Card Dying?

The Atlantic – Sara Polsky: “..Serious library-card collectors approach the pursuit more systematically than I do. A high-school freshman in California, for example, maintains a collection of more than 3,000 cards. A librarian in Nebraska scans valid library cards from all over the world and posts the images online. The retired librarian Larry Nix maintains… Continue Reading