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Monthly Archives: February 2023

The AI search engine for developers

“Phind (formerly Hello) is a search engine that simply tells users what the answer is. Optimized for developers and technical questions, Phind instantly answers questions with simple explanations and relevant code snippets from the web. Phind is powered by large, proprietary AI language models. It’s smart enough to generate answers based on information from multiple… Continue Reading

US says Google routinely destroyed evidence and lied about use of auto-delete

Ars Technica: “The US government asked a federal court to sanction Google for allegedly using an auto-delete function on chats to destroy evidence needed in an antitrust lawsuit while falsely telling the government that it suspended its auto-deletion practices. The US motion to sanction Google seeks a ruling that Google violated the rule against spoliation… Continue Reading

New Options for Member Alerts

In Custodia Legis – February 2023 New, Tip, and Top: “ uses an iterative design process to get new features and enhancements to you quickly. With the January release Robert shared that member remarks are now included with sponsored and cosponsored legislation on member profile pages. With today’s release, we build on that by… Continue Reading

Weapons of control, shields of impunity: Internet shutdowns in 2022

accessnow: “From Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, authorities are imposing internet shutdowns at staggering rates. In 2022 alone, governments and other actors disrupted the internet at least 187 times across 35 countries — breaking our #KeepItOn record for the number of countries to hit the kill switch in a single year. Not only are shutdowns resurging after… Continue Reading

The 10 College Majors With the Highest (and Lowest) Post-Grad Unemployment Rates

Sacramento Bee: “U.S. unemployment may have hit its lowest rate in decades this January, but many Americans fresh out of college aren’t seeing gains like you might imagine from the robust job market. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s latest data on how recent graduates are faring in the labor market shows a college… Continue Reading

ABA – vast majority of criminal cases end in plea bargains

NPR: “In any given year, 98% of criminal cases in the federal courts end with a plea bargain — a practice that prizes efficiency over fairness and innocence, according to a new report from the American Bar Association. A task force that includes prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys and academics cited “substantial evidence” that innocent people… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 26, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 26, 2023:  Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Four ways the Supreme Court could reshape the web

MIT Technology Review – “Though we won’t probably know until summer, here are some scenarios for how cases on Section 230 and content moderation could resolve…We shouldn’t read too much into the oral arguments heard this week, and they’re not a firm indication of how the court will rule (likely by summer). However, the questions… Continue Reading

EPIC, Coalition Call for ICE to Cancel Contract with LexisNexis for Invasive Surveillance Databases

EPIC: “In a letter signed by more than 80 immigrant rights, racial justice, government accountability, human rights, and privacy organizations, EPIC and coalition members called upon ICE not to renew a $22 million contract for a suite of surveillance services. LexisNexis gives ICE agents access to the Accurint database compiled from thousands of sources and… Continue Reading