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Americans Favor Protecting Information Freedoms Over Government Steps to Restrict False News Online

“The widespread concerns over misinformation online have created a tension in the United States between taking steps to restrict that information – including possible government regulation – and protecting the long-held belief in the freedom to access and publish information. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that the majority of Americans are resistant to action by the U.S. government that might also limit those freedoms but are more open to action from technology companies. When asked to choose between the U.S. government taking action to restrict false news online in ways that could also limit Americans’ information freedoms, or protecting those freedoms even if it means false information might be published, Americans fall firmly on the side of protecting freedom. Nearly six-in-ten Americans (58%) say they prefer to protect the public’s freedom to access and publish information online, including on social media, even if it means false information can also be published. Roughly four-in-ten (39%) fall the other way, preferring that the U.S. government take steps to restrict false information even if it limits those freedoms, according to a survey conducted Feb. 26-March 11, 2018, among 4,734 U.S. adults who are members of Pew Research Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel…”

Immigration Court Cases Now Involve More Long-Time Residents

“The latest available data from the Immigration Court reveals a sharp uptick in the proportion of cases involving immigrants who have been living in the U.S. for years. During March 2018, for example, court records show that only 10 percent of immigrants in new cases brought by the Department of Homeland Security had just arrived… Continue Reading

Me Too Rising A visualization of the movement from Google Trends

Me Too Rising – A visualization of the movement from Google Trends – includes resources from specific to locations around the world – with subject matter focused on: legal services, survivor support, human trafficking, domestic partner violence, college students, sexual harassment, survivors with disabilities. Continue Reading

Bloomberg – Palantir Knows Everything About You

Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers. “Founded in 2004 by Peter Thiel and some fellow PayPal alumni, Palantir cut its teeth working for the Pentagon and the CIA in Afghanistan and Iraq. The company’s engineers and products don’t… Continue Reading

Foreign Affairs – Is Democracy Dying?

Comment May/June 2018 Issue – By Gideon Rose: “Centralization of power in the executive, politicization of the judiciary, attacks on independent media, the use of public office for private gain—the signs of democratic regression are well known. The only surprising thing is where they’ve turned up. As a Latin American friend put it ruefully, “We’ve… Continue Reading

Majority of US teens fear a shooting could happen at their school – most parents share their concern

“In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a majority of American teens say they are very or somewhat worried about the possibility of a shooting happening at their school – and most parents of teens share that concern, according to new Pew Research Center surveys of teens ages 13… Continue Reading

Nearly Two-Thirds of Young Americans Fearful About Future of Democracy in America

Harvard Institute of Politics – Youth Poll: “A new national poll of America’s 18-to 29-year-olds by Harvard’sInstitute of Politics (IOP), located at the Kennedy School of Government, finds that nearly two-thirds (64%) of young Americans have more fear than hope about the future of democracy in America. For the first time, the Harvard Public Opinion… Continue Reading

K-12 Education: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities

K-12 Education: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities GAO-18-258: Published: Mar 22, 2018. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2018. “Black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools, according to GAO’s analysis of Department of Education (Education) national civil rights data for school… Continue Reading

CRS – Sexual Harassment and Title VII: Selected Legal Issues

Sexual Harassment and Title VII: Selected Legal Issues. Christine J. Back, Legislative Attorney; Wilson C. Freeman, Legislative Attorney. April 9, 2018.”Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) generally prohibits discrimination in the workplace, but does not contain an express prohibition against harassment. The Supreme Court, however, has interpreted the statute to… Continue Reading

Lest We Forget Photo Exhibition – 120 large scale portraits of Holocaust survivors

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: “Lest We Forget – More than 120 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors—including 23 who volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum—will be showcased at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool this month. Don’t miss this powerful exhibition, which is on display now until Sunday, April 22. Monday, April 9-Sunday,… Continue Reading

Trio of articles – Court rules women can’t be paid less than men based on past wages; Sexual harassment at work; the Womanly Art of Having an Opinion

This is still an issue for women in 2018 [why]…via ABCNews: “Employers cannot pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in their salaries at previous jobs, a federal appeals court said Monday. Pay differences based on prior salaries are discriminatory under the federal Equal Pay Act, a unanimous 11-judge panel… Continue Reading

Stanford researchers use machine-learning algorithm to measure changes in gender, ethnic bias in U.S.

Stanford News: New Stanford research shows that, over the past century, linguistic changes in gender and ethnic stereotypes correlated with major social movements and demographic changes in the U.S. Census data. “Artificial intelligence systems and machine-learning algorithms have come under fire recently because they can pick up and reinforce existing biases in our society, depending… Continue Reading