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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Implementation of facial recognition technology widens across the world

The Economist: “…Technology is rapidly catching up with the human ability to read faces. In America facial recognition is used by churches to track worshippers’ attendance; in Britain, by retailers to spot past shoplifters. This year Welsh police used it to arrest a suspect outside a football game. In China it verifies the identities of… Continue Reading

AXIOS Graphic – Thirty years of Atlantic hurricanes

“This is a history of every Atlantic storm tracked by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration since 1987. Hurricane Irma is forecast to be the second major hurricane to stroke the mainland United States in as many weeks. With two devastating storms already in the books, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to… Continue Reading

Examining the Alternative Media Ecosystem through Production of Alternative Narratives of Mass Shooting Events on Twitter

Examining the Alternative Media Ecosystem through the Production of Alternative Narratives of Mass Shooting Events on Twitter, Kate Starbird, University of Washington, HCDE. [email protected] “This research explores the alternative media ecosystem through a Twitter lens. Over a ten-month period, we collected tweets related to alternative narratives—e.g. conspiracy theories—of mass shooting events. We utilized tweeted URLs… Continue Reading

Federal Criminal Prosecutions Fall Under Trump

Transactional Records Access Clearinghous: “Despite tough talk on cracking down on crime from the President and from Attorney General Sessions, actual criminal prosecutions and convictions secured by federal prosecutors have dropped. The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first ten months of FY 2017 federal criminal convictions were down 12.3… Continue Reading

NYT Investigative Report – Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires

The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires By choice, for less than $2 an hour, the female inmate firefighters of California work their bodies to the breaking point. Sometimes they even risk their lives. “California’s inmate firefighters choose to take part in the grinding and dangerous work they do. And they get paid for it,… Continue Reading

Immigration Court Backlog Climbs to 617,527 Cases

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest available case-by-case court records show that as of the end of July 2017, the Immigration Court’s backlog continued to rise, reaching an all-time high of 617,527. For the first time, individuals with pending cases from El Salvador surpassed the numbers from Mexico in the court’s pending workload. There were… Continue Reading

Bureau of Justice Statistics Arrest Data Analysis Tool

Bureau of Justice Statistics Arrest Data  Analysis Tool: “This dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate tables and figures of arrest data from 1980 onward. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many offenses. This tool also enables you to view data… Continue Reading

NYT – Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past

“It has been 20 years since the historian Annette Gordon-Reed published “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” a book that successfully challenged the prevailing perceptions of both figures. In a piece for The New York Times Book Review, submitted just before the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., Gordon-Reed reflects on the complexities that… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Fingerprint Forensics: From Lore to Law

Via LLRX.com – Fingerprint Forensics: From Lore to Law Notable developments in courtrooms, academia and government institutions, both state and federal, are laying the groundwork for challenges to fingerprint matching. This extensively researched, comprehensive annotated bibliography by Ken Strutin includes new and noteworthy materials such as key opinions, significant articles and online resources concerning accuracy,… Continue Reading

Algorithms in the Criminal Justice System Assessing the Use of Risk Assessments in Sentencing

Algorithms in the Criminal Justice System – Assessing the Use of Risk Assessments in Sentencing, August 25, 2017 Download from DASH Authors: Priscilla Guo, Danielle Kehl, and Sam Kessler. “In the summer of 2016, some unusual headlines began appearing in news outlets across the United States. “Secret Algorithms That Predict Future Criminals Get a Thumbs Up From… Continue Reading

Data – Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago

The New York Times – Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago – How 100 top U.S. schools compare – “Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago,… Continue Reading

Moyers & Co – Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump

Via Moyers & Company – Steven Harper [Steven Harper blogs at The Belly of the Beast, is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University, and contributes regularly to The American Lawyer…] writes: ‘Explore our updated, comprehensive Trump-Russia Timeline — or select one of the central players in the Trump-Russia saga to see what we know about them… “When… Continue Reading