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Daily Archives: February 4, 2020

Should the public pay a dime for access to court records?

Washington Post – “The federal judiciary charges 10 cents per page to pull up court files from its online record repository. The fees can add up quickly, and users must consider whether each click to view a public record is worth the cost. But a lawsuit in court Monday in Washington challenges the government’s paywall to search online for case documents through the service known as PACER, an acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records. “The best policy is to make PACER free,” a group of retired federal judges told the court. Judicial records should be “as widely available as possible” and “wealth should not control access to justice,” according to a brief from the former judges, including Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. Court proceedings are open to the public, and case records can be reviewed free of charge in courthouse clerks’ offices during business hours. But downloading more than a handful of electronic records from your desk comes at a cost…In contrast, the Supreme Court’s website makes filings accessible free of charge — and without registration or a credit card, as PACER requires…”

Law Firm Launches Free E-Discovery App

eWeek: “New York-based law firm Reed Smith on Feb. 3 announced the launch of the new “E-Discovery App” for litigation professionals and others in the e-discovery community. This mobile application was developed in-house by the firm’s Records & E-Discovery (RED) Practice Group in collaboration with the firm’s legal tech subsidiary, Gravity Stack. The E-Discovery App… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Tracker from John Hopkins University

This continuously updated global tracker identifies confirmed cases of the coronavirus by country and region – along with total deaths and total recovered – with an additional map view. See also  via Vice – ‘It’s a Moral Imperative:’ Archivists Made a Directory of 5,000 Coronavirus Studies to Bypass Paywalls – The potentially illegal archive is… Continue Reading

Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images Is Unveiled by Jigsaw

The New York Times – The company, owned by Google’s parent, introduced a free tool it calls Assembler to sort out real images from fake ones. “On February 4, 2020, Jigsaw, a company that develops cutting-edge tech and is owned by Google’s parent, unveiled a free tool that researchers said could help journalists spot doctored… Continue Reading