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‘Unmasking AI’ and the Fight for Algorithmic Justice

Via LLRX – ‘Unmasking AI’ and the Fight for Algorithmic Justice – Nabiha Syed is the chief executive officer of The Markup. She interviews Dr. Joy Buolamwini who has been thinking about collective harm and AI for years, especially when it comes to algorithmic accountability and justice. Her new book, “Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines,” is a must-read exploration of how broad swaths of humanity are vulnerable in a world that is rapidly adopting AI tools. We, like Buolamwini, are optimists: We can demand a better path than the one we’re on, but that requires us thinking collectively, participating, and innovating in a different way than we have in the past.

The Rule of Law Without Separation of Powers: Legality in the Classical Tradition

Vermeule, Adrian, The Rule of Law Without Separation of Powers: Legality in the Classical Tradition (September 28, 2023). Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 23-29, Available at SSRN: or  – “Among theorists of legal liberalism, a common assumption is that the rule of law, rightly understood, entails some version of the separation of… Continue Reading

Use of Artificial Intelligennce in Criminal Cases

Agarwal, Srishti, Use of Artificial Intelligennce in Criminal Cases (October 21, 2023). International Review of Law and Technology Volume 2 Issue 2, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or  – “This research article deals with the use of AI in criminal cases. Artificial Intelligence is not a well defined term as everyone has their own… Continue Reading

As mass shootings multiplied, the horrific human cost was concealed

Washington Post: “States reeling from gun violence made graphic imagery confidential — part of a charged debate over privacy and public awareness. States have increasingly restricted records showing the impact of gun violence. How? Some have used or created exemptions to public records laws to withhold crime scene evidence, such as photos of mutilated bodies… Continue Reading

Supreme Court issues Code of Conduct

Supreme Court, November 13, 2023 [15 page PDF]: “The undersigned Justices are promulgating this Code of Conduct [there is no accountability nor enforcement mechanism] to set out succinctly and gather in one place the ethics rules and principles that guide the conduct of the Members of the Court. For the most part these rules and… Continue Reading

Human Rights Declined in 3 out of 4 Countries since Global Rule of Law Recession Began in 2016

“The rule of law has once again eroded in a majority of countries this year, according to the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2023. More than 6 billion people live in a country where the rule of law weakened between 2022 and 2023.  Since authoritarian trends pushed the world into a rule… Continue Reading

State Laws Restricting or Prohibiting Abortion

CRS Report – State Laws Restricting or Prohibiting Abortion Updated October 24, 2023 “The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruled Roe v. Wade, providing states with greater discretion to restrict abortion access, including by limiting abortion prior to fetal viability.1 This report provides an overview of existing or recently passed… Continue Reading

Here’s a rare look at Google’s most lucrative search queries

The Verge: “Not all Google searches make Google money. Google often says that it only shows ads on about 20 percent of queries, the ones it calls “commercial queries.” You can probably guess what qualifies. “US president in 1836” is not something you type when you’re about to buy something; neither is “facebook” because all… Continue Reading

New on LLRX October 2023 – 10 articles and 6 columns

Articles and Columns for October 2023 Research Guide: Law of Armed Conflict – Jerry Lawson A Compilation of State Licensed Lawyer Databases – Toby Lyles AI in Banking and Finance – October 31, 2023 – This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government documents and reports, industry white papers and academic papers on… Continue Reading

Freedom Under Fire

Read the AP Reporting Package – When Guns Outnumber People, Which American Liberties Prevail? “American identity is deeply grounded in the belief that everyone, no matter who they are, is entitled to certain rights and liberties. But what happens when one of those freedoms – a nearly unfettered right to own guns – upends the… Continue Reading