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Strengthening Privacy Protections in COVID-19 Mobile Phone–Enhanced Surveillance Programs

RAND Brief via Mary Whisner – Strengthening Privacy Protections in COVID-19 Mobile Phone–Enhanced Surveillance Programs [PDF only] by Benjamin Boudreaux, Matthew A. DeNardo, Sarah W. Denton, Ricardo Sanchez, Katie Feistel, Hardika Dayalani “Public health officials worldwide are struggling to manage the lethal coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As part of the response, governments, technology companies,… Continue Reading

As COVID-19 Tanks the Economy Eviction Moratoriums Expire

Pew Stateline: “It’s the beginning of the month, rent is due, the $600 in federal unemployment relief has lapsed and Congress seems far from agreeing on another coronavirus aid package. Meanwhile, the federal moratorium on evictions has ended, and similar mandates in many cities and states have expired or soon will. This week, as pressure… Continue Reading

Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore A Critical Reflection on Zoomification

Steininger, Silvia: Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore: A Critical Reflection on Zoomification, VerfBlog, 2020/8/04: “The massive consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic are felt throughout the world, not the least in our daily work as scholars and practitioners. While the effect of the pandemic upon the political, legal, and economic systems have been widely… Continue Reading

A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

“Since March, The Marshall Project has been tracking how many people are being sickened and killed by COVID-19 in prisons and how widely it has spread across the country and within each state. Here, we will regularly update these figures counting the number of people infected and killed nationwide and in each prison system until… Continue Reading

Legal Technology: The Great Disruption?

Webb, Julian, Legal Technology: The Great Disruption? (July 31, 2020). U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 897, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3664476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3664476 “This paper considers how legal technology, defined here as the use of digital information and communication technologies to automate or part automate legal work process, to provide decision support to… Continue Reading

Tips to Mitigate Threats to Our Votes and Voter Registrations Before November

Jennifer Cohn – Medium: 20 actionable tips for voting in0-person, by mail, down ballot voting, voting machine errors, voter protection hotline, volunteering to be a poll watcher, ballot auditing and transparency Be prepared with as many resources as are available to you to help ensure that your vote, and the votes of every member of… Continue Reading

VoteByMail simplifies the state absentee-ballot signup process

“COVID-19 has catalyzed interest in absentee voting. VoteByMail.io streamlines government absentee-ballot applications by digitizing the voter’s signup process. VoteByMail is a Civex Inc project. We are a non-partisan Organization that empowers voters, letting them decide when, how and where they vote.” Continue Reading

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away

The Atlantic – No matter what happens now, the virus will continue to circulate around the world. “The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has sickened more than 16.5 million people across six continents. It is raging in countries that never contained the virus. It is resurging in many of the ones that did. If there was… Continue Reading

Unmasking Misinformation

Chris Coward, EDxSnoIsleLibraries: “To make sense of the information streaming to and at us through media and social-media, we need to be able to detect and identify misinformation, misleading information, and disinformation. This talk shares key tools and practices we can learn that can help us navigate what can seem like a minefield of misinformation,… Continue Reading

Most Americans Say State Governments Have Lifted COVID-19 Restrictions Too Quickly

“As a growing number of states grapple with a rise in coronavirus cases, a sizable majority of U.S. adults (69%) say their greater concern is that state governments have been lifting restrictions on public activity too quickly. Fewer than half as many, just 30%, say their bigger concern is that states have been too slow… Continue Reading

COVID recovery choices shape future climate

EurekAlert: “A post-lockdown economic recovery plan that incorporates and emphasises climate-friendly choices could help significantly in the battle against global warming, according to a new study. This is despite the sudden reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants during lockdown having a negligible impact on holding down global temperature change. The researchers warn that… Continue Reading

FDIC BankFindSuite

“BankFind Suite is a way for users to search the FDIC’s extensive data records. BankFind Suite allows you to locate current and former FDIC-insured banking institutions by name, FDIC certificate number, website and/or by location. The Suite also allows a user to follow the history and financial trends of an individual institution, group of institutions,… Continue Reading