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Google Search Mobile Market Share Likely to Drop Around 20% through Search Preference Menus

DuckDuckGo Blog: “As explained in the first post of this series, we believe search preference menus — ones that change all search defaults and include the most common Google alternatives — can deliver meaningful search engine choice to consumers and significantly increase competition in the search market.  In short, it’s a great tool when designed… Continue Reading

How to use ventilation and air filtration to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors

The Conversation: “The vast majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs indoors, most of it from the inhalation of airborne particles that contain the coronavirus. The best way to prevent the virus from spreading in a home or business would be to simply keep infected people away. But this is hard to do when an estimated 40%… Continue Reading

How to Be a Better Reader, With Librarian Margaret H. Willison

lifehacker: “This week we’re learning how to be better readers with help from librarian and podcaster Margaret H. Willison. Listen to hear Margaret break down how we should rethink our definitions of what a being a “good” or “well-read” reader means, and the tactics we can use to improve our own reading game—from taking advantage… Continue Reading

Journalists’ guide to COVID data

RTDNA: “Watch a press conference, turn on a newscast, or overhear just about any phone conversation these days and you’ll hear mayors discussing R values, reporters announcing new fatalities and separated families comparing COVID case rolling averages in their counties. As coronavirus resurges across the country, medical data is no longer just the purview of… Continue Reading

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

Will COVID-19 mark the end of scientific publishing as we know it?

Phys.org: “”The argument for open access is so obvious, it’s painful to have to repeat it,” says Schekman, a 2013 Nobel laureate and UC Berkeley biologist. “The public pays for the research, and yet they can’t read the research. Physicians don’t have access to the literature—startup biotech companies at the forefront of discovery can’t afford… Continue Reading