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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Legal Research Demystified: A Step-by-Step Approach

Voigt, Eric, Legal Research Demystified: A Step-by-Step Approach (Table of Contents and Chapter 5 on Research Plans) (March 18, 2019). Legal Research Demystified: A Step-by-Step Approach (Carolina Academic Press, 2019), ISBN 9781531007836. Available at SSRN: -“Legal Research Demystified guides first-year law students through eight steps to research common law issues and ten steps to… Continue Reading

Teaching Freedom of Expression Without Frontiers

“Developed by Columbia Global Freedom of Expression with partners from around the world, Freedom of Expression Without Frontiers offers academic and training resources on the laws, institutions and actors that have founded a global system of freedom of expression and information. The website is organized around nine Teaching and Training Modules. It includes a general introduction… Continue Reading

The 2019 Tournament of Books

Presented by Field Notes: “Every March at The Morning News we present The Tournament of Books, a month-long battle royale among the year’s best novels. But it’s not really a contest. We’re not even sure it’s a “tournament.” What the ToB has been and will be, as long as we’re putting it on, is a… Continue Reading

Reading to Your Toddler? Print Books Are Better Than Digital Ones

The New York Times – “The tablet itself made it harder for parents and children to engage in the rich back-and-forth turn-taking that was happening in print books,” a researcher said. “In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers at the University of Michigan asked 37 parents to read similar stories to their… Continue Reading

The Sometimes Catastrophic, but Mostly Just Embarrassing Consequences of Screen Sharing at Work

The New York Times – There are settings to help you avoid this. Here’s how to use them. [Note – this article includes instructions for both Mac and Windows] “Whether it’s happened to you or in front of you, many of us are familiar with the screen-share disaster: the accidental exposure of something private…while projecting… Continue Reading

The Evolution of Law Libraries

Harvard University Law School Center on the Legal Profession – The Practice, The Evolution of Law Libraries Volume 5 • Issue 3 • March/April 2019 The Harvard Library Innovation Lab Embracing change in law and libraries. Making the Law Computable The Caselaw Access Project. Pausing the Internet How is trying to fix legal citations. Sketching the Future Discovering… Continue Reading

Social Media Is Ruining Our Memories

Vice – Documenting our lives for Snapchat and Instagram can decrease the likelihood of retaining those moments as a significant memory. …“You’re stepping back from the present moment, and that’s what’s causing that disengagement. You’ve literally put a screen between yourself and the event that you’re trying to record. And it seems like it would… Continue Reading

FTC Crackdown Stops Operations Responsible for Billions of Illegal Robocalls

“Four separate operations responsible for bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls pitching auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results services have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including its Do Not… Continue Reading

Consumer Data Protection: Action Needed to Strengthen Oversight of Consumer Reporting Agencies

Consumer Data Protection: Consumer reporting agencies are companies that collect, maintain, and sell vast amounts of sensitive data. GAO-19-469T: Published: Mar 26, 2019. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2019. “In 2017, a breach at Equifax, one of the largest companies, compromised at least 145.5 million consumers’ data. “Consumers have little control over what information these companies have,… Continue Reading

Areas for Improvement in the Federal Reserve Banks’ Information System Controls

Management Report: Areas for Improvement in the Federal Reserve Banks’ Information System Controls, GAO-19-304R: Published: Mar 26, 2019. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2019. “Every year we audit the federal debt. (As of Sept. 30, 2018, it was a little more than $21.5 trillion). This year our audit found new weaknesses in the security of the… Continue Reading