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Law As Source: How the Legal System Facilitates Investigative Journalism

Shapira, Roy, Law As Source: How the Legal System Facilitates Investigative Journalism (November 9, 2018). Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 37 (2018, Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: “Legal scholars have long recognized that the media plays a key role in assuring the proper functioning of political and business markets. Yet we have understudied the… Continue Reading

EPA proposes stripping protections from 50 percent of streams and 110 million acres of wetlands

Science: “U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration says it doesn’t know how many streams it is proposing to exclude from Clean Water Act jurisdiction today. But a 2017 slideshow prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers staff shows that at least 18% of streams and 51% of wetlands nationwide would not be protected… Continue Reading

Europe not the US or China publishes the most AI research papers

Quartz: “The popular narrative around artificial intelligence research is that it’s mainly a war between China and the United States. Not so fast, says Europe. New data released today (Dec. 12) by the AI Index, a project to track the advancement of artificial intelligence, shows a trend of Europe releasing more papers than either the… Continue Reading

Federal Agencies take a beating in 2018 Best Places to Work report “Amid leadership ineffectiveness and turnover plus a strained relationship with labor unions, the federal government generally looks like a less enjoyable place to work than it did a year ago. That’s according to the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ranking, jointly produced by Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group… Continue Reading

Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location

BussFeedNews: The methods described in three Facebook patent applications use your historical location data — and others’ — to figure out where you’ll go next. “Facebook has filed several patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that uses your location data to predict where you’re going and when you’re going to… Continue Reading

Empirical Legal Research in Europe: Prevalence, Obstacles and Interventions

van Dijck, Gijs and Sverdlov, Shahar and Buck, Gabriela, Empirical Legal Research in Europe: Prevalence, Obstacles and Interventions (November 19, 2018). Erasmus Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: “Empirical legal research (ELR) has become well established in the United States, whereas its popularity in Europe is debatable. This article explores the popularity of ELR… Continue Reading

Ajit Pai’s FCC gives carriers the option to block text messages

Cnet: The agency approves new rules to help phone companies combat spam texts. But opponents have censorship concerns. “The one Democrat on the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel disagrees. She warned that the FCC is misleading the public about what the new classification will actually do. “Today’s decision offers consumers no new ability to prevent robotexts,” she… Continue Reading

Library of Congress pushing digitization over next 5 years

Federal News Network: “The Library of Congress — which dates to Thomas Jefferson — is marching resolutely into the digital age. Recently it released a new, five-year digital plan. Kate Zwaard, the library’s director of digital strategy joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more information.” Continue Reading

Researchers suggest broiler chicken is the hallmark of the Anthropocene “A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.K. and one in South Africa has come to the conclusion that the broiler chicken offers perhaps the most striking evidence of the rise of the Anthropocene. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group outlines their reasons for choosing… Continue Reading

Revealed: Google’s ‘two-tier’ workforce training document

The Guardian – Exclusive: internal document shows how Google employees are trained to treat temps, vendors and contractors “Google staff are instructed not to reward certain workers with perks like T-shirts, invite them to all-hands meetings, or allow them to engage in professional development training, an internal training document seen by the Guardian reveals. The… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity of the Person

Kosseff, Jeff, Cybersecurity of the Person (October 31, 2018). First Amendment Law Review, 2019. Available at SSRN: “U.S. cybersecurity law is largely an outgrowth of the early-aughts concerns over identity theft and financial fraud. Cybersecurity laws focus on protecting identifiers such as driver’s licenses and social security numbers, and financial data such as credit… Continue Reading

How to Find Out When a Webpage Was Published

maketecheasier: “When you’re doing research on a topic, it’s vital to ensure your sources are up to date. If you’re writing an academic paper, dates of publication are often required in the citations. The majority of the time, getting the date is easy: simply look on the site and find the “published on” date to… Continue Reading