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Category Archives: Financial System

Report highlights shell company loophole that could be abused by foreigners who want to interfere in U.S. elections

Issue One: “Shell companies that give money to super PACs could be conduits for foreign money in the 2020 election, warns a new report published today by Issue One. Under current law, super PACs are permitted to collect contributions of unlimited amounts, but must disclose their donors. In some cases, their campaign finance disclosures list… Continue Reading

Libraries vs Bookstores? No, False dichotomy. They are different Animals

Brewster Kahle’s Blog – Internet Archive: “There is a recent written attack on libraries that I find odd and somewhat dangerous– libraries overlap too much with new-book bookstores. At first I thought it was trolling, but I now believe it is sincere. More worrisome is that anti-library lobbying is generally growing in strength but their attacks on… Continue Reading

Rite Aid deployed facial recognition systems in hundreds of U.S. stores

Reuters Investigation: “Over about eight years, the American drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp quietly added facial recognition systems to 200 stores across the United States, in one of the largest rollouts of such technology among retailers in the country, a Reuters investigation found. In the hearts of New York and metro Los Angeles, Rite Aid deployed the… Continue Reading

‘Instagram can hurt us’: Mark Zuckerberg emails outline plan to neutralize competitors

The Verge – Antitrust panel says the messages show Zuckerberg trying to buy out his competition: “…The emails between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief financial officer David Ebersman were revealed today during the House antitrust subcommittee’s hearing on antitrust issues in tech, as Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) questioned Zuckerberg about the Instagram acquisition. The… Continue Reading

Charity Navigator is launching a new rating system to help better evaluate nonprofits

FastCompany: “Since March, as the pandemic has shattered the economy and the protests forced an examination of racial justice, Charity Navigator has seen a 200% year-over-year increase in donations to nonprofits made on its site. Now, as interest in giving continues to grow, the largest charity evaluator wants to make it even easier for donors… Continue Reading

KFF Health Tracking Poll – July 2020

Coronavirus: Reopening, Schools, And The Government Response – Key Findings – July 27, 2020: Amid a surging coronavirus pandemic and record numbers of new cases in many states, the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds most U.S. adults feel the worst effects of the pandemic are yet to come, and seven in ten (including four… Continue Reading

New Normal Of Legal Telework Likely To Outlast Pandemic

Law360: “The coronavirus has forced the majority of the legal workforce out of the office, but as firm leaders learn that their attorneys and staff can work efficiently from home, many say it is unlikely that they will ever go back to the prepandemic way of work….Most lawyers and law firm staff have enjoyed working… Continue Reading

COVID Money Tracker

“The novel coronavirus (COVID) pandemic and resulting economic crisis has been met with an unprecedented policy response. Through legislative, administrative, and Federal Reserve actions, policymakers are currently working to pour trillions of dollars into the economy. COVID Money Tracker is a new initiative of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget focused on identifying these dollars and tracking… Continue Reading

WSJ Journalists Ask Publisher for Clearer Distinction Between News and Opinion Content

WSJ.com – Letter to publisher Almar Latour cites concerns about Opinion section’s accuracy and transparency – “A group of journalists at The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones NWS 0.24% staffers sent a letter on Tuesday to the paper’s new publisher, Almar Latour, calling for a clearer differentiation between news and opinion content online,… Continue Reading

EPIC Obtains Records on White House COVID-19 Response, Location Data Tracking

“EPIC has obtained hundreds of pages of records (1, 2, 3, 4) from the Office of Science and Technology Policy about the White House’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and proposals to use location data for public health surveillance. The documents were produced in response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. The records… Continue Reading

The House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia Report

Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament – Russia – Presented to Parliament pursuant to section 3 of the Justice and Security Act 2013. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 21 July 2020. “…The Report covers aspects of the Russian threat to the UK (Cyber; Disinformation and Influence; and Russian Expatriates) followed… Continue Reading

Pay Cuts, Layoffs, and More: How Law Firms Are Managing the Pandemic

Law.com – Our firm-by-firm guide to how law firms are protecting their bottom lines from the economic fallout of the coronavirus. “Major law firms are adopting drastic measures to shore up their finances and mitigate the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to update the list below as the crisis continues….” Continue Reading