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Daily Archives: November 12, 2018

We should all worry about corporate control of data

The Next Web: “The information age has delivered innumerable wonders to us and continues to churn out astonishing innovations on a daily basis. The only reason that contemporary society enjoys such awesome technology and progress these days is that we can gleam so much insight from our data, particularly when we combine disparate datasets together and comb through them with analytics technology. More and more often, we’re seeing corporations begin to exploit this process, seizing as much control as possible over the data of everyday people. We should be seriously worried about corporate control of data, especially if we’re concerned about our individual privacy and human rights. Here’s why you should reconsider letting Apple, Microsoft, and other tech behemoths have free reign over your personal data…”

Doctors express outrage after NRA tells them ‘to stay in their lane’

Washington Post: “At first, Judy Melinek didn’t know how to respond when she learned about a National Rifle Association tweet last week telling doctors who dared enter the gun debate “to stay in their lane.” But two days later, when the West Coast forensic pathologist was on her way to the morgue to examine the… Continue Reading

This Appalachian Nonprofit Puts Books In The Hands Of Inmates Who Need Them

Buzzfeed News – Since 2004, the Appalachian Prison Book Project has distributed approximately 25,000 books to inmates in the region. “Today, prison libraries are hit-or-miss, more often falling on the “miss” side: frequently barebones, stacked with outdated textbooks, or littered with battered romance novels. Some prisons are even attempting to do away with libraries entirely,… Continue Reading

Rethinking Crime Photography and the Rights of Nonviolent Offenders

Hyperallergic – Thanks to the internet’s meticulous record-keeping, journalists are rethinking to ethics of publishing the identities of nonviolent criminals. “How long must someone pay for a mistake? The online publication of mugshots and police blotters takes an outsized toll on minority communities, which are already subjected to disproportionately aggressive police surveillance. According to the NAACP’s… Continue Reading

ICE Is Imprisoning a Record 44,000 People

Daily Beast – Congress told the immigration agency to reduce its detentions. Instead, ICE detained more people than ever, The Daily Beast has learned. Where did it find the money? “The number of people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement has hit an all-time high, according to recent statistics reviewed by The Daily Beast. That… Continue Reading

Annual Report: FOIA Lawsuits Reach Record Highs in FY 2018

The FOIA Project at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits continued to break record highs in FY 2018. According to case-by-case court records, 860 FOIA lawsuits were filed in FY 2018 against government agencies. In addition, the backlog of FOIA suits waiting to be decided rose to 1,204 cases, an… Continue Reading

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2018

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans  – Katrina L. Piercy, PhD, RD; Richard P. Troiano, PhD; Rachel M. Ballard, MD, MPH; Susan A. Carlson, PhD, MPH; Janet E. Fulton, PhD; Deborah A. Galuska, PhD, MPH; Stephanie M. George, PhD, MPH; Richard D. Olson, MD, MPH “Importance – Approximately 80% of US adults and adolescents are insufficiently active. Physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel, function, and… Continue Reading

Law Officer and Compliance Officer: Status, Function, Liabilities, and Relationship

Frankel, Tamar, The Law Officer (LO) and Compliance Officer (CO): Status, Function, Liabilities, and Relationship (October 19, 2018). Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 18-25. Available at SSRN: “The rise of Compliance officers (COs) has raised questions about their status in institutions and comparisons to the Legal Officers (CLOs).… Continue Reading