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Trooly background-check startup purchased by Airbnb

Bloomberg – Airbnb to Buy Background-Check Startup Trooly to Root Out Scams “Trooly delivers Instant Trust™ services that verify, screen and predict trustworthy relationships and interactions. We work with the world’s largest financial institutions, peer-to-peer marketplaces, marketers and employers. Our Instant Trust rating service is designed to fill a “trust gap” caused by the speed… Continue Reading

GOP Data Firm Leaks Personal Data on 61 percent of US population

Gizmodo: “Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server. The data leak contains a wealth of personal information on roughly 61 percent of the US population. Along with home addresses,… Continue Reading

ABA’s Free Legal Answers Site

“Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state’s website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and… Continue Reading

Special Prosecutor Mueller continues to build subject matter expert legal team

AXIOS via AP – “Meet Bob Mueller’s team tackling the Russia probe – Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leading the Russia investigation and, most recently, the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice. Suffice to say, he’s taking the matter seriously, as evidenced by the team of lawyers he has quietly hired over the past… Continue Reading

Innovations in legal technology leverage search and discovery

Upsetting The Applecart Of Legal Research – Are we entering a golden age of legal research innovation? By Robert Ambrogi If you had to pick the most staid area of legal technology, you might choose legal research. After all, Westlaw and LexisNexis pretty much set the standard for online legal research long ago, and many… Continue Reading

President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure

Politico: “The U.S. Office of Government Ethics on [June 16, 2017] released President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure, a 98-page document that details his sprawling hotel and real estate empire. The White House said last month that Trump would voluntarily release his financial disclosure from the 2016 calendar year. The document shows Trump’s assets, debts and… Continue Reading

Science and Technology Resources on the Internet – Text Mining

Science and Technology Resources on the Internet – Text Mining, by Kristen Cooper, Plant Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries, University of Minnesota. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Spring 2017. DOI:10.5062/F4K0729W. “As defined by Bernard Reilly (2012), president of the Center for Research Libraries, text mining is “the automated processing of large amounts of… Continue Reading

Google releases collection of highly cited subject matter papers

Google Scholar Blog: “Classic Papers: Articles That Have Stood The Test of Time – “Scholarly research is often about the latest findings – the newest knowledge that our colleagues have gleaned from nature. Some articles buck this pattern and have impact long after their publication. Today, we are releasing Classic Papers, a collection of highly-cited… Continue Reading

Availability of Legislative Measures in House of Representatives (The “Three-Day Rule”)

CRS – Availability of Legislative Measures in the House of Representatives (The “Three-Day Rule”), Elizabeth Rybicki, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process. June 12, 2017 [via FAS] “House rules govern the length of time legislative measures must be available to Members before being considered on the floor. For measures reported from committee, the committee… Continue Reading

CRS – Special Counsels, Independent Counsels, and Special Prosecutors: Options for Independent Executive Investigations

Special Counsels, Independent Counsels, and Special Prosecutors: Options for Independent Executive Investigations, June 1, 2017 [via FAS] “Under the Constitution, Congress has no direct role in federal law enforcement and its ability to initiate appointments of any prosecutors to address alleged wrongdoings by executive officials is limited. While Congress retains broad oversight and investigatory powers… Continue Reading

CRS – President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Raises Legal Question

President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Raises Legal Questions, CRS Legal Sidebar, June 9, 2017. [via FAS] “On June 1, President Trump announced his long-anticipated decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international agreement intended to reduce the effects of climate change by maintaining global temperatures “well below 2°C above pre-industrial… Continue Reading

Flow of information on hacking of US election escalates

Bloomberg: “Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported. In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers… Continue Reading