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New on LLRX – The Use and Abuse of Social Media in the Post-Truth Era

Via LLRXThe Use and Abuse of Social Media in the Post-Truth Era – Law librarian and adjunct professor Paul Gatz provides important guidance on social media discourse and information literacy that is especially timely and instructive as we are experiencing an escalating wave of highly questionable news and data through sites such as Facebook.

New on LLRX – Ravel Law Visualization Tools First Coming to Shepard’s Results

Via LLRX – Ravel Law Visualization Tools First Coming to Shepard’s Results – In anticipation of the incorporation of Ravel Law visualization technology into an upcoming iteration of LexisAdvance, Reference Librarian and Professor Sarah Gotcshall shows us examples of how Ravel Law and Shepard’s graphical view work now. Continue Reading

Offshore Leaks Database – ICIJ Releases Paradise Papers Data From Appleby

“The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published new data in the Offshore Leaks Database on close to 25,000 entities connected to the Paradise Papers investigation. The new records come from the offshore law firm Appleby and cover a period of more than six decades through to 2014 of entities registered in more than 30 offshore… Continue Reading

International Bar Association – President’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Services

President’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Services: “The legal profession is in a period of profound change, the pace of which is intensifying. Change on this scale can be both threatening and challenging, but change can also make way for new opportunities. The IBA Task Force on the Future of Legal Services was… Continue Reading

The Next Version of RECAP is Now Live

“The original RECAP extension for Firefox was launched eight years ago. [November 13, 2017] we launched an all new version. Since the original launch in 2009, we’ve kept the system running smoothly, added a Chrome extension, and — with your help — collected and shared information about tens of millions of PACER documents. [On November… Continue Reading

The illusive Google Fiber – find out if it is in your area

“Google Fiber has hit some bumps on the road to taking over the country. Other companies, like AT&T, have tried to slow it down. But the fiberoptic network is growing. You can check if it is available in your zip code here. Now for the question you didn’t ask because you don’t really care. How… Continue Reading

Liability for Providing Hyperlinks to Copyright-Infringing Content: International and Comparative Law Perspectives

Ginsburg, Jane C. and Budiardjo, Luke, Liability for Providing Hyperlinks to Copyright-Infringing Content: International and Comparative Law Perspectives (November 3, 2017). Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 14-563. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3068786 “Hyperlinking, at once an essential means of navigating the Internet, but also a frequent means to enable infringement of copyright, challenges courts to… Continue Reading

WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights Thirty-Fifth Session

“Nobody among members of the World Intellectual Property Organization disputes the importance of the public services provided by libraries and archives. However, positions are different when it comes to providing exceptions to copyright to those entities so they can continue to dispense their services, in particular in the digital age. An updated study presented in… Continue Reading

New Federal Data Protection Requirements Impact Higher Education Institutions

“In July 2017, Deloitte and EDUCAUSE convened an expert panel to discuss the implications for higher education institutions in protecting controlled unclassified information (CUI) received from the federal government in institutional information technology systems. Chief information officers and chief information security officers from American University, Coppin State University, George Washington University, Montgomery College, and Virginia… Continue Reading

Rising to the risk: Cybersecurity top concern of corporate counsel

“Risk management is not just a compliance exercise but an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage. More than ever, legal departments are playing a significant role in managing risk and monitoring its effectiveness, especially in the critical area of cybersecurity. Grant Thornton and Corporate Counsel magazine recently surveyed over 190 corporate general counsel to assess… Continue Reading

WSJ – Google, Shmoogle. Reference Librarians Are Busier Than Ever

WSJ (sub. req’d): “…Even in the internet age, reference librarians still dig up answers that require extra effort, searching old books, microfilm and paper files, looking for everything from owners of long-defunct firms to 19th-century weather reports. Though online searches are now at the fingertips of most people, many still prefer to call or visit… Continue Reading

Google Maps gets a new look

Google Blog: “The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a restaurant to your… Continue Reading