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Vatican releases thousands of Holocaust-era letters and requests online

Times of Israel: “Pope Francis orders the online publication of 170 volumes of its Jewish files from the recently opened Pope Pius XII archives, the Vatican announces, amid renewed debate about the legacy of its World War II-era pope. The documentation contains 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families, many of them baptized Catholics, so not actually practicing Jews anymore. The files were held in the Secretariat of State’s archives and contain requests for papal intervention to avoid Nazi deportation, to obtain liberation from concentration camps, or help finding family members. The online publication of the files comes amid renewed debate about Pius’s legacy following the 2020 opening to scholars of his archives, of which the “Jews” files are but a small part. The Vatican has long defended Pius against criticism from some Jewish groups that he remained silent in the face of the Holocaust, saying he used quiet diplomacy to save lives. One recent book that cites the newly opened archives, “The Pope at War,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kertzer, suggests that Pius was loath to intervene on behalf of Jews, or make public denunciations of Nazi atrocities against them, to avoid antagonizing Adolf Hitler or Italy’s Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini…”

Publishers discriminate against women and Black authors—but readers don’t

Quartz: “It’s no secret that the book publishing world features plenty of discrimination.An analysis by the New York Times found that just 11% of fiction published in 2018 was written by people of color; in June 2020, a viral Twitter hashtag called #PublishingPaidMe revealed that many well-known Black authors had received book advances that paled… Continue Reading

Could TikTok Be A Search Engine? For Many Users, It Already Is

Search Engine Journal: “A new generation of web users is utilizing TikTok as a search engine. What does that mean for marketers and publishers?…The growing use of TikTok as a search engine stems from several factors: Short attention spans Unsatisfactory Google results Visual learning styles..” Continue Reading

New Animal Law Research Guide From the University of Toronto’s Bora Laskin Law Library

SLAW – “The University of Toronto Bora Laskin Law Library, in partnership with Professor Angela Fernandez and Animal Law Research Associate Sam Skinner, is proud to announce the launch of the Animal Law Research Guide, a resource for those researching Canadian animal law. The Animal Law Research Guide seeks to provide a collection of secondary… Continue Reading

Ok, Zoomer: Teaching Legal Research to Gen Z

Schlinck, Olivia, Ok, Zoomer: Teaching Legal Research to Gen Z (June 14, 2022). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 684, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4136738 “Generation Z has entered law school. With each new generation comes new education preferences. While research on Gen Z in the legal academy has grown over the past few years, to… Continue Reading

Compiling Congressional Districts

Via Center for Data Innovation – Grossmann, M., Lucas, C., McCrain, J, & Ostrander, I. (2022). CongressData. East Lansing, MI: Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) – “Researchers at Michigan State University have created a dataset tracking the history of U.S. congressional districts. The dataset consists of congressional districts from 1789 to 2021… Continue Reading

How to Future

Via LLRX – How to Future – Kevin Kelly, is a Web Maverick and by his own definition, a futurist. This discipline is comprised of really keen historians who study the past to see the future. They look carefully at the past because most of what will happen tomorrow is already happening today. In addition, most… Continue Reading

The 2022 Code of Practice on Disinformation

European Commission: “Major online platforms, emerging and specialised platforms, players in the advertising industry, fact-checkers, research and civil society organisations delivered a strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation following the Commission’s Guidance of May 2021. The strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation has been signed and presented on the 16 June 2022 by 34 signatories who… Continue Reading

Deepfakes on Trial: a Call to Expand the Trial Judge’s Gatekeeping Role to Protect Legal Proceedings from Technological Fakery

Delfino, Rebecca, Deepfakes on Trial: a Call to Expand the Trial Judge’s Gatekeeping Role to Protect Legal Proceedings from Technological Fakery (February 10, 2022). Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4032094 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4032094 “Picture this: You are arrested and accused of a serious crime, like carjacking, assault… Continue Reading

Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection by default to all users worldwide

Mozilla Blog, June 14, 2022 – “Take back your privacy.  Starting today, Firefox is rolling out Total Cookie Protection by default to all Firefox users worldwide, making Firefox the most private and secure major browser available across Windows, Mac and Linux. Total Cookie Protection is Firefox’s strongest privacy protection to date, confining cookies to the… Continue Reading

CRS 6 Part Series – The Political Doctrine Question

LSB10756| The Political Question Doctrine: An Introduction (Part 1) Joanna R. Lampe Jun 14, 2022 – “This Legal Sidebar is the first in a six-part series that discusses the Supreme Court’s political question doctrine, which instructs that federal courts should forbear from resolving questions when doing so would require the judiciary to make policy decisions,… Continue Reading