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College student sues Proctorio after source code copyright claim

The Verge – Lawyers claim Erik Johnson made fair use of Proctorio’s software code in a critical Twitter thread: “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against the remote testing company Proctorio on behalf of Miami University student Erik Johnson. The lawsuit is intended to “quash a campaign of harassment designed to undermine important concerns” about the company’s remote test-proctoring software, according to the EFF. It’s the latest legal battle for the software company, which has publicly sparred with online critics throughout the last year. The lawsuit intends to address the company’s behavior toward Johnson in September of last year. After Johnson found out that he’d need to use the software for two of his classes, Johnson dug into the source code of Proctorio’s Chrome extension and made a lengthy Twitter thread criticizing its practices — including links to excerpts of the source code, which he’d posted on Pastebin. Proctorio CEO Mike Olsen sent Johnson a direct message on Twitter requesting that he remove the code from Pastebin, according to screenshots viewed by The Verge. After Johnson refused, Proctorio filed a copyright takedown notice, and three of the tweets were removed. (They were reinstated after TechCrunch reported on the controversy.) In its lawsuit, the EFF is arguing that Johnson made fair use of Proctorio’s code and that the company’s takedown “interfered with Johnson’s First Amendment right.”..

How to access information offline anywhere on the globe with these apps

Tech Republic – “The rise of remote work means more people will travel to places that may not always provide reliable internet access. Modern office apps, such as Google Workspace, can store email and documents offline, then sync new and changed content when you reconnect. However, you might be surprised just how much information can… Continue Reading

History Hub – support community managed by NARA for researchers, citizen historians, archival professionals, and open government advocates

“What is History Hub? History Hub is a crowdsourcing platform sponsored by the National Archives. It is a place to ask questions, share information, work together, and find people based on their experience and interests. Experts from the National Archives as well as other experts, history enthusiasts, and citizen archivists are available to help with… Continue Reading

Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe

The New York Times – “Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy…Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 2, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 2, 2021 – Privacy and security 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… Continue Reading

The PowerPoint Channel

LoPucki, Lynn M., The PowerPoint Channel. forthcoming in the University of Massachusetts Law Review, UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 21-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3810195 “This Article is the first to present a comprehensive theory and style for using PowerPoint to teach law. The theory is that presentation software adds a channel… Continue Reading

Languages of New York City

“An urban language map. Welcome to Languages of New York City, a free and interactive digital map of the world’s most linguistically diverse metropolitan area. All data, unless otherwise specified, is from the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA), based on information from communities, speakers, and other sources. The map is a work in progress and a partial snapshot,… Continue Reading

US. Dept. of Education Launches Best Practices Clearinghouse to Highlight Innovative Practices for Reopening Schools and Campuses

“[On April 30, 2021], the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched the Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse), a website that highlights the innovative work underway nationwide in continuing to reopen K-12 schools, early childhood centers and postsecondary institutions. Through the Clearinghouse, the Department is providing examples of how schools and other educational… Continue Reading

Five things you need to know about pronouns

OUP Blog – “What is there to know about pronouns? Something about its and it’s and something else about between you and me. There is plenty more, it turns out. First off, there are more pronouns than you might think. Personal pronouns get most of the attention nowadays, especially the widely accepted singular they and… Continue Reading

Computerization, Obsolescense, and the Length of Working Life

NBER – Péter Hudomiet & Robert J. Willis. Working Paper 28701 DOI 10.3386/w28701. Issue Date April 2021 – “This paper analyzes how computerization affected the labor market outcomes of older workers between 1984 and 2017. Using the computerization supplements of the Current Population Survey (CPS) we show that different occupations were computerized at different times, older… Continue Reading

Join Our Newest Crowdsourcing Campaign: Historical Legal Reports from the Law Library of Congress

In Custodia Legis: “Calling all students of history, government, law, public policy, international relations, and other interested members of the public – help us expand access to hundreds of previously unreleased legal reports and other publications from the Law Library of Congress dating back to the 1940s! We are excited to launch our second crowdsourcing… Continue Reading