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New eCFR Website

“The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) have formally launched a new eCFR website. Over the last few years, OFR and GPO developed significant improvements that are now available on the new eCFR website, including the ability to:

  • Show which sections have been recently updated.
  • Display and compare previous versions of text.
  • Link references between content within the CFR and the Federal Register.
  • Link references within the content to the United States Code.
  • Jump directly to text by entering a citation in the “Go to CFR Reference” box.
  • Provide expandable tables that are scrollable.
  • View higher-quality images.
  • Find documents with an improved search engine.
  • Create a ‘My eCFR’account to receive notifications when selected areas of the eCFR are updated.
  • Present text in a new, more readable format with the ability to create links to lower levels of the codification.

Read the “Getting Started” page for a comprehensive introduction to the main features of the new website…”

Spain plans to ban the sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping by 2023.

El Pais: “The sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping will be prohibited in Spain’s supermarkets and grocery stores starting in 2023. This is one of the measures in a decree being drafted by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, according to sources familiar with the initiative. The new regulation also contains measures to encourage… Continue Reading

Regeneration Banking & Finance Fossil Fuels

Banking on Climate Chaos – Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2021: “This report analyzes fossil fuel financing from the world’s 60 largest commercial and investment banks — aggregating their leading roles in lending and underwriting of debt and equity issuances — and finds that these banks poured a total of $3.8 trillion into fossil fuels from… Continue Reading

UK publishes 10-year plan to become ‘A.I. superpower’ seeking to rival U.S. and China

CNBC: “The U.K. government on Wednesday released its 10-year plan to make the country a global “artificial intelligence superpower”, seeking to rival the likes of the U.S. and China. The so-called “National Artificial Intelligence Strategy” is designed to boost the use of AI among the nation’s businesses, attract international investment into British AI companies and… Continue Reading

Persuasive Legal Writing

Johnson, James A., Persuasive Legal Writing (June 1, 2021). Persuasive Legal Writing – Michigan Bar Journal, Sept.2021, Volume 100, No.8, Page 42-43., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3922852 “The most important tool in a consummate lawyer’s toolbox is the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Persuasive legal writing is knowing precisely what one wants… Continue Reading

Freedom in the World 2021 Democracy under Siege

 Freedom in the World 2021: “As a lethal pandemic, economic and physical insecurity, and violent conflict ravaged the world in 2020, democracy’s defenders sustained heavy new losses in their struggle against authoritarian foes, shifting the international balance in favor of tyranny. Incumbent leaders increasingly used force to crush opponents and settle scores, sometimes in the… Continue Reading

Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data

The Markup, Gabriel Hongsdusit: ” The tweak, which targets the code in accessibility features for visually impaired users, drew ire from researchers and those who monitor the platform By Corin Faife Facebook has begun rolling out an update that is interfering with watchdogs monitoring the platform. The Markup has found evidence that Facebook is adding changes… Continue Reading

Your car knows too much about you. That could be a privacy nightmare.

Mashable: “The car you drive says more about you than you think. Over the last few decades, technology has given drivers remarkable improvements in both safety and convenience — but it has also turned cars into data-gathering machines. What information is collected, and where it ends up, is not always clear to car owners. That’s… Continue Reading

Rent Debt in America: Stabilizing Renters Is Key to Equitable Recovery

National Equity Atlas: “Our rent debt dashboard, produced in partnership with the Right to the City Alliance, equips policymakers and advocates with data on the extent and nature of rent debt in their communities to inform policies to eliminate debt and prevent the looming crisis of mass eviction. Mounting rent debt and the potential for mass… Continue Reading