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New on LLRX – Why Knowledge Management Is A Misnomer

Via LLRX.com – Why Knowledge Management Is A Misnomer: Knowledge Management has many facets, applications and roles within organizations, large, small and solo. Ken Grady‘s interpretation of KM in this article represents the role of the “puzzle master,” one with which librarians, research analysts and infopros have demonstrated mastery. Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Even When Big Data Favors Your Clients, Doesn’t Mean You’ll Sleep at Night

Via LLRX.com – Even When Big Data Favors Your Clients, Doesn’t Mean You’ll Sleep at Night: Attorney Carolyn Elefant discusses what she has learned from her recent experience with data-driven decision making – specifically, although data improves the accuracy of predictions, it doesn’t remove all risk. Continue Reading

WaPo published Trump hotel data removed from GSA website

“On Thursday [August 10, 2017] afternoon, three documents providing detailed financial information about President Trump’s D.C. hotel could be found posted on the website of the General Services Administration. Later that night, they were gone. What happened? First, some background. The hotel is in the Old Post Office Pavilion, a government-owned property managed by the GSA.… Continue Reading

Removal of animal welfare data from USDA site sparks FOIA requests

Follow up to previous postings – DOJ defends USDA take-down of massive animal abuse database; Durbin Demands Trump Administration Restore Animal Cruelty; and Animal welfare information wiped from USDA website – see updated status on this matter: People who care about animal welfare are demanding information from USDA – “The Agriculture Department abruptly removed all animal… Continue Reading

20 EU countries see rise in modern slavery risks – Study

“Modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the European Union over the last year, reveals an annual study from global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft. According to the 2nd edition of the Modern Slavery Index (MSI), the five EU countries posing the highest risk are Romania, Greece, Italy,… Continue Reading

Buzzfeed News Analysis – Inside The Partisan Fight For Your News Feed

How ideologues, opportunists, growth hackers, and internet marketers built a massive new universe of partisan news on the web and on Facebook. “The most comprehensive study to date of the growing universe of partisan websites and Facebook pages about US politics reveals that in 2016 alone at least 187 new websites launched, and that the… Continue Reading

Free Law Project details vulnerability and possible exploits of PACER

Investigate report by the Free Law Project: “PACER/ECF is a system of 204 websites that is run by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AO) for the management of federal court documents. The main function of PACER/ECF is for lawyers and the public to upload and download court documents such as briefs, memos, orders, and… Continue Reading

Exploring the Role of Algorithms in Online Harmful Speech

Reflections from a recent workshop hosted by the Berkman Klein Center in collaboration with the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue By David Talbot and Jeff Fossett. “The workshop, which brought together a diverse set of experts on the topic, grew out of prior work… Continue Reading

Just because – Lexis posted George Harrison’s Immigration File Online

Documents (90 pages) via the DOJ, created by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documenting activities of “British musician” George Harrison (yes, and his colleague Richard Starkey – known as Ringo Starr]) dating from the early 1970s. Continue Reading

Bank of America, Samsung pilot iris-scan logins

American Banker – “This month, Bank of America will begin piloting technology from Samsung that lets customers log in to mobile banking by taking a picture of their eye. The pilot is part of a broader effort to gauge customers’ affinity for various forms of biometric authentication, says Michelle Moore, head of digital banking at… Continue Reading

Can Law Librarians Help Law Become More Data Driven?

Slideshare [290 pages] – Can Law Librarians Help Law Become More Data Driven? An Open Question in Need of a Solution – Professor Daniel Martin Katz, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Continue Reading

The Spine of American Law: Digital Text Analysis and U.S. Legal Practice

Funk, Kellen R. and Mullen, Lincoln A., The Spine of American Law: Digital Text Analysis and U.S. Legal Practice (July 12, 2017). American Historical Review (February 2018). Available at SSRN: https:/srn.com/abstract=3001377 “In the second half of the nineteenth century, the majority of U.S. states adopted a novel code of legal practice for their civil courts.… Continue Reading