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The world has nine years to prevent climate catastrophe

“A major paper released on the sidelines of the COP27 climate summit in Egypt has started a countdown. At the current rate of global emissions, the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will likely be permanently out of reach in nine years, the study found.  The paper,… Continue Reading

CFPB Publishes New Bulletin Analyzing Rise in Crypto-Asset Complaints

“Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new complaint bulletin that highlights complaints the CFPB received related to crypto-assets. Consumers most commonly reported being victimized by frauds, theft, account hacks, and scams. Consumers also had issues with executing transactions and transferring assets between exchanges. Many consumers had issues with accessing funds in their… Continue Reading

Ernie Lazar, FOIA Expert and Prolific Government Document Researcher, Dies

The New York Times: “Ernie Lazar, an unheralded hero of researchers who mined his vast digital and documentary archive of government records on political extremists to invigorate their books, articles and arguments and to warn against “it can’t happen here” complacency, died on Nov. 1 at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 77…Mr.… Continue Reading

Hate (or Bias) Crime Laws

Simons, Kenneth W., Hate (or Bias) Crime Laws (October 18, 2022). UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 38, 2022, Palgrave Handbook on Applied Ethics and the Criminal Law, Larry Alexander, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, editors, 2019., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4251871 “This chapter reaches the following conclusions about laws that enhance punishment for criminal conduct… Continue Reading

Examples of Medical Device Misconnections

FDA: “In order to physically prevent device misconnections from occurring, standardized connector designs for specific medical applications are being developed. FDA expects manufacturers will begin producing devices with new connectors that conform to these design standards. These new connectors are designed to help reduce the risk for medical device misconnections like the examples in these… Continue Reading

National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy… Continue Reading

Digital Security and Reproductive Rights: Lessons for Feminist Cyberlaw

Meister, Michela and Levy, Karen, Digital Security and Reproductive Rights: Lessons for Feminist Cyberlaw (October 31, 2022). Feminist Cyberlaw (Meg Leta Jones and Amanda Levendowski, eds.), University of California Press, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4262774 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4262774 – “Reproductive rights in the United States are under threat, and the threat is growing more serious by… Continue Reading

New Database Eases Release of Judges’ Finance Reports

United States Courts: “A new free public database of federal judges’ financial disclosure reports (FDRs), including periodic transaction reports (PTRs), was launched today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Once users register in the new database, they can access an electronic version of federal judges’ reports. The new database design allows members of… Continue Reading

Let’s Vote – Same Day Voter Registration

NCSL: “As of 2022, 22 states and Washington, D.C., have implemented same-day registration (SDR), which allows any qualified resident of the state to register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time. Of those states, 20 and Washington, D.C., offer Election Day registration, which means voters can both register and vote on Election… Continue Reading

Provisional State of the Global Climate in 2022

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – Provisional State of the Global Climate in 2022: “The past eight years are on track to be the eight warmest on record, fuelled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations and accumulated heat. Extreme heatwaves, drought and devastating flooding have affected millions and cost billions this year, according to the WMO Provisional… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board – Financial Stability Report

Financial Stability Report November 2022 – “This report presents the Federal Reserve Board’s current assessment of the stability of the U.S. financial system. By publishing this report, the Board intends to promote public understanding by increasing transparency around, and creating accountability for, the Federal Reserve’s views on this topic Financial stability supports the objectives assigned… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 5, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 5, 2022: “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 complex… Continue Reading