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Books Unbanned

“Brooklyn Public Library is adding our voice to those fighting for the rights of teens nationwide to read what they like, discover themselves, and form their own opinions. Inspired by the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Statement, BPL’s Books Unbanned initiative is a response to an increasingly coordinated and effective effort to remove books tackling… Continue Reading

OpenAI has hired an army of contractors to make basic coding obsolete

Semafor: “OpenAI, the company behind the chatbot ChatGPT, has ramped up its hiring around the world, bringing on roughly 1,000 remote contractors over the past six months in regions like Latin America and Eastern Europe, according to people familiar with the matter. About 60% of the contractors were hired to do what’s called “data labeling”… Continue Reading

DetectGPT: Zero-Shot Machine-Generated Text Detection using Probability Curvature

Neowin: Stanford introduces DetectGPT to help educators fight back against ChatGPT generated papers Source: Eric Mitchell, Yoonho Lee, Alexander (Sasha) Khazatsky, Christopher D. Manning, Chelsea Finn – Stanford University – “The fluency and factual knowledge of large language models (LLMs) heightens the need for corresponding systems to detect whether a piece of text is machine-written.… Continue Reading

Get your email privacy in order with these free must-use tools

PC World: “In the grand scheme of potential privacy concerns, email privacy is perhaps the most personal. Getting unwanted messages in your inbox can feel like a major breach of trust, and knowing senders can see a record of everything you’ve opened and clicked can feel downright creepy. That’s why it’s worth getting familiar with… Continue Reading

Shutterstock Introduces Generative AI to its All-In-One Creative Platform

Cision PRNewswire: “Shutterstock, Inc. the world’s leading creative platform for transformative brands and media companies, today announced the launch of its AI image generation platform, available to use by all Shutterstock customers globally in every language the site offers. The text-to-image technology converts prompts into larger-than-life, ethically created visuals ready for licensing. It is the… Continue Reading

Layoffs by Email Show What Employers Really Think of Their Workers

The New York Times: “…As someone who’s managed people in newsrooms and digital start-ups and has hired and fired people in various capacities for the last 21 years, I think this approach is not just cruel but unnecessary. It’s reasonable to terminate access to company systems, but delivering the news with no personal human contact… Continue Reading

Spontaneous Norms in Law and Economics: A Sketch Typology

Zdybel, Karol B. (2023) : Spontaneous Norms in Law and Economics: A Sketch Typology, ILE Working Paper Series, No. 66, University of Hamburg, Institute of Law and Economics (ILE), Hamburg. European Doctorate in Law and Economics. “This article offers a concise typology of spontaneous norms – i.e., norms that are formed or sustained through decentralized… Continue Reading

Two Supreme Court Cases That Could Break the Internet

The New Yorker $ – A cornerstone of life online has been that platforms are not responsible for content posted by users. What happens if that immunity goes away?: “In February, the Supreme Court will hear two cases—Twitter v. Taamneh and Gonzalez v. Google—that could alter how the Internet is regulated, with potentially vast consequences.… Continue Reading

Why Lawyers Should Write for the Digital Reader

Rosenberg, Joseph A., Why Lawyers Should Write for the Digital Reader (January 6, 2023). Vol. 27 Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4320279 – “The legal profession has been shifting from paper to digital, a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawyers no longer have a choice about… Continue Reading