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Daily Archives: April 5, 2023

It’s Their Content, You’re Just Licensing it

The New York Times: “Amid recent debates over several publishers’ removal of potentially offensive material from the work of popular 20th-century authors — including Roald Dahl, R.L. Stine and Agatha Christie — is a less discussed but no less thorny question about the method of the revisions. For some e-book owners, the changes appeared as if made by a book thief in the night: quietly and with no clear evidence of a disturbance. In Britain, Clarissa Aykroyd, a Kindle reader of Dahl’s “Matilda,” watched a reference to Joseph Conrad disappear. (U.S. editions of Dahl’s books were unaffected.) Owners of Stine’s “Goosebumps” books lost mentions of schoolgirls’ “crushes” on a headmaster and a description of an overweight character with “at least six chins.” Racial and ethnic slurs were snipped out of Christie’s mysteries.In each case, e-books that had been published and sold in one form were retroactively (and irrevocably) altered, highlighting what consumer rights experts say is a convention of digital publishing that customers may never notice or realize they signed up for. Buying an e-book doesn’t necessarily mean it’s yours. “Nobody reads the terms of service, but these companies reserve the right to go in there and change things around,” said Jason Schultz, the director of New York University’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic and a co-author of “The End of Ownership.” “They make it feel similar to buying a physical book, but in reality it’s 180 degrees different,” he added. Automatic e-book updates are a common feature of many popular e-book platforms, including Amazon’s Kindle and Google Play. A typical update might change a book’s cover art to match a new film or television adaptation, or add material in response to new developments in a story. But publishers can issue updates for any reason and generally don’t identify or explain revisions. The edits to Stine’s and Christie’s novels came to wide attention only when they were reported this month by The Times of London and The Telegraph, years after having been pushed out to readers…”

What if ChatGPT was trained on decades of financial news and data?

NiemanLab: “BloombergGPT aims to be a domain-specific AI for business news. The news and data giant has — with a relatively small team — built a generative AI that it says outperforms the competition on its own specific information needs.  If you were going to predict which news company would be the first out with… Continue Reading

Clarence Thomas and the Billionaire

Pro Publica: “In late June 2019, right after the U.S. Supreme Court released its final opinion of the term, Justice Clarence Thomas boarded a large private jet headed to Indonesia. He and his wife were going on vacation: nine days of island-hopping in a volcanic archipelago on a superyacht staffed by a coterie of attendants… Continue Reading

The Ethics of ChatGPT: A Legal Writing and Ethics Professor’s Perspective

Romig, Jennifer Murphy, The Ethics of ChatGPT: A Legal Writing and Ethics Professor’s Perspective (February 18, 2023). Emory Legal Studies Research Paper , Available at SSRN: or “Teaching law students requires meeting them where they are, envisioning what they can become, and offering appropriate education and advice for their developmental journey. ChatGPT is… Continue Reading

Top browsers for privacy (and why you should hide your online activity)

ZDNET: “Web browsers have become flooded with ad-sponsored content, making browsers a key battleground for end-user privacy. While Chrome is the most widely-used browser in the world, there are also alternative browsers and ways to improve your security, while staying anonymous online. Data is one of today’s key ingredients for generating revenue. Online advertising companies… Continue Reading

Legal tech disruptors vLex and Fastcase merge to form world’s largest global law library

“vLex and Fastcase, two of the largest, fastest-growing legal technology companies, announced today that they are merging to form the world’s largest law firm subscriber base with more than one billion legal documents from more than 100 countries. As part of the merger, Oakley Capital and Bain Capital Credit are investing in the combined business… Continue Reading

The State of Remote Work: 5 Trends to Know for 2023

Cision PR Newswire: “The sudden shift to remote and hybrid work spurred significant change for employers, employees and job seekers. But after several years of adjusting, where do they stand when it comes to working in the office versus anywhere? New research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half reveals five remote work… Continue Reading

NIST Trustworthy & Responsible Artificial Intelligence Resource Center

“Welcome to the NIST Trustworthy & Responsible Artificial Intelligence Resource Center (AIRC).  The AIRC supports all AI actors in the development and deployment of trustworthy and responsible AI technologies. AIRC supports and operationalizes the NIST AI Risk Management Framework (AI RMF 1.0) and accompanying Playbook and will grow with enhancements to enable an interactive, role-based… Continue Reading