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Legal Keyboard Mini Version Reviewed

Robert Ambrogi – LawSites: “Remember the LegalBoard, a keyboard designed specifically for lawyers? Now there is a mini version designed to be portable — and that has the added advantage of working with Macs, which the LegalBoard does not. I first wrote about the LegalBoard last January, and later followed that post with a hands-on… Continue Reading

Law Library Benchmarks 2018-19 Edition

Law Library Benchmarks 2018-19 Edition (ISBN No:978-157440-484-5 ) – “The report looks closely at the current policies and plans of North American law libraries in many areas, focusing especially on plans for information spending, with specific data on databases, books, reporters, eBooks, directories, magazines, newspapers, and other information vehicles. It also gives detailed information on… Continue Reading

TIME Person of the Year – The Silence Breakers

TIME Person of the Year 2017 The Silence Breakers: The Voices That Launched a Movement – “…This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries. Women have had it with bosses and co-workers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries… Continue Reading

FBI Policy on Unofficial Contact With Foreign Nationals or Suspected Criminals & Terrorists

Russ Kick, AltGov2: “Via a FOIA request, I obtained the FBI’s previously unreleased policy directive “Unofficial Contacts and Reporting Requirements.” The purpose: “This policy sets forth guidance and procedures for all FBI personnel to report unofficial contacts with foreign nationals or individuals who are or suspected of engaging in criminal or terrorist activities.” Continue Reading

Google Genomics – big data collection, genomic patient info and privacy

“Google Genomics helps the life science community organize the world’s genomic information and make it accessible and useful. Big genomic data is here today, with petabytes rapidly growing toward exabytes. Through our extensions to Google Cloud Platform, you can apply the same technologies that power Google Search and Maps to securely store, process, explore, and… Continue Reading

Court Recognizes First Amendment Right to Anonymity Even After Speakers Lose Lawsuits

Aaron Mackey – EFF: “Anonymous online speakers may be able to keep their identities secret even after they lose lawsuits brought against them, a federal appellate court ruled last week. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Signature Management Team, LLC v. John Doe is a victory for online… Continue Reading

A New (Beta) Interface for the UK Web Archive

“The UK Web Archive has a new user interface! What’s new? For the first time you can search both the ‘Open UK Web Archive [The Open UK Web Archive was started in 2005 and comprises of approximately 15,000 websites that can be viewed anywhere] and the ‘Legal Deposit Web Archive’ [The Legal Deposit Web Archive… Continue Reading

BeSpacific – ABA Best 100 Law Blogs 2017 and Expert Witness Best Legal Tech Blog 2017

I am starting this post with a deeply appreciative and respectful Thank You to Robert Ambrogi who has logged 15 years and counting of blogging at his legendary Law Sites. Bob’s unflagging support has been a touchstone for me as I too completed 15 years of blogging here at my site, BeSpacific. In a welcome follow-up… Continue Reading

Special Counsel’s Office Statement of Expenditures: May 17, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2017

DOJ – “Please find the link to the Special Counsel’s Office Statement of Expenditures, May 17, 2017 to September 30, 2017 here.  This statement has also been provided to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on the Judiciary. As required by regulation, the Special Counsel, with the assistance of the Department’s… Continue Reading

Law on the Market? Abnormal Stock Returns and Supreme Court Decision-Making

Law on the Market? Abnormal Stock Returns and Supreme Court Decision-Making. Daniel Martin Katz, Michael J. Bommarito II, Tyler Soellinger, James Ming Chen. Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago Kent College of Law, CodeX – The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. Michigan State University College of Law. May 16, 2017. “What happens when the Supreme… Continue Reading

Database of Trump administration officials’ personal finances grows

“The Center for Public Integrity today added more than 100 new Trump administration officials’ financial disclosures to a searchable, sortable database first launched in April. The database allows anyone to easily understand the wealth, assets and business interests of many of the people working for President Donald Trump. These include Senate-confirmed appointees, White House aides… Continue Reading

Open source journal articles combined with topical search engines change paradigm of pay to read

Wired: “…But most science is still paywalled. More than three quarters of published journal articles—114 million on the World Wide Web alone, by one (lowball) estimate—are only available if you are affiliated with an institution that can afford pricey subscriptions or you can swing $40-per-article fees. In the last several years, though, scientists have made… Continue Reading