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Here’s Who Owns the Most Land in America

Bloomberg – The 100 largest private landowners in the U.S. own 40 million acres—an area the size of Florida. “The top 100 private landowners have property in 39 states for any number of purposes—investment, conservation, tax benefits or just the bragging rights that come with owning big pieces of America. [The map in this article] shows approximately 35 million acres of their holdings, or 87% of the total, across 31 states, based on a Bloomberg analysis of local property records and data from Pitney Bowes and Acre Value…”

Immigration Court’s Active Backlog Surpasses One Million

Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse: “The Immigration Court’s active backlog of cases just passed the million case mark. The latest case-by-case court records through the end of August 2019 show the court’s active case backlog was 1,007,155. If the additional 322,535 cases which the court says are pending but have not been placed on the active… Continue Reading

Do Elected and Appointed Judges Write Opinions Differently?

Harvard Library Innovation Lab – “Unlike anywhere else in the world, most judges in the United States today are elected. But it hasn’t always been this way. Over the past two centuries, the American states have taken a variety of different paths, alternating through a variety of elective and appointive methods. Opponents of judicial elections… Continue Reading

How Filter Bubbles, Dark Patterns, and Algorithms Propagating Bias Impede the Spread of Knowledge

Medium – The Discovery Dark Ages: How Filter Bubbles, Dark Patterns, and Algorithms Propagating Bias Impede the Spread of Knowledge – “… Change can be a good thing. Now, that said, there are ways in which search engines are being used to deliver results nowadays, regardless of whether people want them or not, and even if… Continue Reading

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

DOJ: “The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA. The lawsuit alleges that Snowden published his… Continue Reading

How Legal Professionals Must Lead in the Age of Machines

Law Technology Today – “…Today, legal professionals, of course, spend much of their day interacting with computers. A desktop or laptop computer is the hearth of our workspace, where we do simple tasks like email, as well as complex tasks like using sophisticated systems to analyze data collections. We use our mobile phones, tablets, and ever-present… Continue Reading

How the Internet Archive is waging war on misinformation

FT.com [this may be paywalled] – “…The archive hopes its repository will help others identify false information and fact-check suspicious content. The emergence of deepfakes — videos that appear to show someone doing or saying something they did not do or say — is a “monster problem”, said Roger Macdonald, director of the organisation’s TV… Continue Reading

New Federal Administrative Adjudication Outside the Administrative Procedure Act Sourcebook

Administrative Conference of the United States: “ACUS is pleased to announce the publication of its newest sourcebook, Federal Administrative Adjudication Outside the Administrative Procedure Act. The sourcebook provides agencies, Congress, the federal judiciary, and the public a comprehensive overview and cross-cutting analysis of federal administrative adjudication that is not subject to the APA’s main adjudicatory… Continue Reading

The Constitution Annotated Is Now Easier to Search and Browse

In Custodia Legis: “Constitution Day is [September 17, 2019], but it’s already off to a great start with the release of the Congressional Research Service’s new version of The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, better known as the Constitution Annotated. The Constitution Annotated allows you to “read about the Constitution in… Continue Reading

Constitution Day 2019 Event featuring Kannon Shanmugam: “The State of the Constitution”

In Custodia Legis – “Constitution Day, officially known as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” is a federal commemoration observed each year to mark the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, and to “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” On September 17 2019, the Law Library… Continue Reading

GAO Spotlight – Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies

“The technology that allows Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to function could profoundly change the way government and industry do business. Distributed ledger technology allows the secure transfer of digital assets without management by a central authority. Instead, participants share synchronized copies of a ledger that records assets and transactions. Changes are visible to all participants.… Continue Reading

Deepfakes Deserve Policymakers’ Attention, and Better Solutions

Center for Data Innovation: “Deepfakes—realistic-looking images and videos altered by AI to portray someone doing or saying something that never actually happened—have been around since the end of 2017, yet in recent months have become a major focus of policymakers. Though image and video manipulation have posed challenges for decades, the threat of deepfakes is… Continue Reading