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LC Upcoming Webinar: Central Bank Digital Currencies – the Future of the Monetary System?

In Custodia Legis: “…Please join us for the Law Library’s upcoming webinar Central Bank Digital Currencies – the Future of the Monetary System? at 2pm EDT on Thursday, May 27, 2021. This webinar is the latest installment in the Law Library’s series of webinars focused on foreign and comparative law. It will examine CBDCs and… Continue Reading

Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity

May 12, 2021: “Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal government networks. Recent cybersecurity incidents such as SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange, and the Colonial Pipeline incident are a sobering reminder that U.S. public and private sector entities increasingly face sophisticated malicious cyber activity from both nation-state actors and… Continue Reading

PrivacyBot

Berkeley MIMS Final Project 2021 – “PrivacyBot is a free and open-source way to delete your data from an exhaustive list of data brokers and people search sites. The largest statewide privacy law change in a generation, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect in January 2020. However, exercising these privacy rights is a tricky business… Continue Reading

How the Personal Computer Broke the Human Body

Vice/Motherboard – “Decades before ‘Zoom fatigue’ broke our spirits, the so-called computer revolution brought with it a world of pain previously unknown to humankind…Decades before “Zoom fatigue” broke our spirits, the so-called computer revolution brought with it a world of pain previously unknown to humankind. There was really no precedent in our history of media… Continue Reading

The $4 Billion App That Doesn’t Value Privacy, Security or Accessibility

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) – It is tempting to excuse Clubhouse’s flaws as growing pains, but the app’s design and rollout illustrate just how little Silicon Valley and its venture capital backers have learned…Clubhouse is a small but quickly growing audio-based, invite-only mobile chat app and social network owned by Alpha Exploration… Continue Reading

Introducing The Legal Tech-To-English Dictionary

Above the Law: “Are you fluent in AI-speak? Here’s your chance to find out. This is the inaugural installment of The Legal Tech-to-English Dictionary, part of our Non-Event for Tech-Perplexed Lawyers. Jared Correia is the host of the Non-Eventcast. There’s a term for when attorneys use Latin and other arcane languages to describe legal processes to… Continue Reading

World’s 50 Greatest Leaders

Fortune – World’s 50 Greatest Leaders – “Some were already extraordinary achievers in business, government, philanthropy, athletics, and the arts. Others were ordinary citizens. In truly unprecedented times, each stepped up to make the world better, and inspired others to do the same. Read more about our eighth annual list here.” Continue Reading

Climate Change Indicators in the United States

BBC – US environmental agency releases climate report delayed by Trump: “The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said for the first time that climate change is being driven at least in part by humans. The agency made the acknowledgement in a new report that had been delayed by the Trump White House since 2017.… Continue Reading

The Cost of Economic and Racial Injustice in Postsecondary Education

“Nonequality in the US education system has high costs for society, according to a new thought experiment from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW).  The Cost of Economic and Racial Injustice in Postsecondary Education finds that the US economy misses out on $956 billion dollars per year, along with numerous nonmonetary… Continue Reading

First comprehensive review of the global response to COVID-19

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (WHO): “Since September 2020, the Independent Panel has systematically, rigorously and comprehensively examined why COVID-19 became a global health and socio-economic crisis. In May 2021, the Independent Panel presented its findings and recommendations for action to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that any future infectious disease… Continue Reading

Colonial Pipeline: The DarkSide Strikes

CRS Insight – Colonial Pipeline: The DarkSide Strikes, May 11, 2021: “On May 8, 2021,the Colonial Pipeline Company announced that it had halted its pipeline operations due to a ransomware attack, disrupting critical supplies of gasoline and other refined products throughout the East Coast. This attack was similar to an earlier pipeline ransomware attack in… Continue Reading