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Daily Archives: January 12, 2022

How to Make Your Own Animated GIFs

The New York Times: “Online ‘visual’ reactions have come a long way since the first sideways smiley-face emoticon appeared four decades ago. Animated GIFs — those files showing a few seconds of choppy motion, like the one of Kermit the Frog flailing his arms excitedly — are ubiquitous in text messages, online forums and chat apps, thanks to the internet’s meme culture. But animated GIFs don’t have to come from the internet: You can make your own GIFs from the photos and videos on your phone. And you may not even need extra software to do so. Here’s a guide…”

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Immune system vs. virus: Why omicron had experts worried from the start

Ars Technica: “Right from omicron’s first description, researchers were concerned about the variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Looking over the list of mutations it carried, scientists could identify a number that would likely make the variant more infectious. Other mutations were even more worrying, as they would likely interfere with the immune system’s ability to… Continue Reading

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Law Enforcement and Technology: Using Social Media

CRS Report – Law Enforcement and Technology: Using Social Media, January 11, 2022: “As the ways in which individuals interact continue to evolve, social media has had an increasing role in facilitating communication and the sharing of content online—including moderated and unmoderated, user-generated content. Over 70% of U.S. adults are estimated to have used social… Continue Reading

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Assessing Heinonline as a Source of Scholarly Impact Metrics

Wallace, Karen L. and Lutkenhaus, Rebecca and Hanson, David B., Assessing Heinonline as a Source of Scholarly Impact Metrics (December 1, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3974109 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3974109 “After the February 2019 U.S. News & World Report announcement of a planned law school scholarly impact ranking based on HeinOnline data, law schools accelerated efforts to… Continue Reading

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Online Legal Education in Canada

Habermacher, Adrien, Online Legal Education in Canada (December 8, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3979034 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3979034 “This report compares the development of online legal education in Canada prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is pan-Canadian in scope and encompasses both the university legal education (qualifying education) and continuing education for already-qualified lawyers in… Continue Reading

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6 Reasons Why You Should Use a Link Shortener

MakeUseOf: “Link shorteners are handy tools for both professionals and consumers. It allows users to reduce lengthy URLs into something more manageable. They can also use this tool to translate gibberish addresses into something more understandable. But is that all there is to it? Let’s take a look at the capabilities of URL shorteners today… Continue Reading

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5 free privacy tools for protecting your personal data

PC World: “Ideally, protecting your privacy shouldn’t require hours of time or gobs of money. Instead of having to meticulously manage all the personal data that’s floating around on the internet, you should be able to minimize data collection automatically or proactively. If you value privacy like I do, you’ll want to check out the… Continue Reading

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US government urges organizations to prepare for Russian-sponsored cyber threats

Tech Republic: “Cyberattacks sponsored by hostile nation-states are always a major concern, for governments and organizations. Using advanced and sophisticated tactics, these types of attacks can inflict serious and widespread damage, as we’ve already seen in such incidents as the SolarWinds exploit. As such, organizations need to be vigilant for such attacks and make sure… Continue Reading

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GPO ACHIEVES NINE BILLION RETRIEVALS OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

WASHINGTON – “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) achieved the milestone of nine billion retrievals of Government information since the agency started publishing information online in 1994. Today, govinfo, as the online, trusted digital repository is known, serves as the one-stop site for authentic, published Government information. GPO’s site, www.govinfo.gov, which has been touted as… Continue Reading

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GAO Report on Virtual Currencies

Virtual Currencies: Additional Information Could Improve Federal Agency Efforts to Counter Human and Drug Trafficking. Published: Dec 08, 2021. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2022. “This is a public version of a sensitive report that GAO issued in September 2021. Therefore, this report omits sensitive information and data on selected federal agencies’ activities to counter human… Continue Reading

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