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The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers – Infographic

Infographic, The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers and Their Imprints, “Rectangles are either divisions, groups, imprints or publishing lines.” This is the work of Ali Almossawi [who “works on the data science team at Mozilla and is an alumnus of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division (M.S.) and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science (M.S.) “]  The author provided the source code.

Paper – Overly Honest Data Repository Development

Overly Honest Data Repository Development. “After a year of development, the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a repository, called the Illinois Data Bank (, to provide Illinois researchers with a free, self-serve publishing platform that centralizes, preserves, and provides persistent and reliable access to Illinois research data. This article presents… Continue Reading

The Political Environment on Social Media

Pew – “In a political environment defined by widespread polarization and partisan animosity, even simple conversations can go awry when the subject turns to politics. In their in-person interactions, Americans can (and often do) attempt to steer clear of those with whom they strongly disagree. But online social media environments present new challenges. In these… Continue Reading

What to Do When You Suspect a Data Breach: FTC Issues Video and Guide for Businesses

“If your business has experienced a data breach, you are probably wondering what to do next. The Federal Trade Commission’s new Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business, an accompanying video and business blog can help you figure out what steps to take and whom to contact. Among the key steps are securing physical areas,… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Approves FTC Order for Owners of Certain Volkswagen and Audi “Clean” Diesels to Receive Compensation

Via FTC: A federal district court judge in San Francisco today signed a $10 billion settlement order, starting the formal process for owners of certain Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars to receive compensation for the vehicles they bought. Under the $10 billion Federal Trade Commission order, in most cases the owners of VW… Continue Reading

State Voter Identification Requirements: Analysis, Legal Issues, and Policy Considerations

CRS report via FAS – State Voter Identification Requirements: Analysis, Legal Issues, and Policy Considerations, Eric A. Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science and Technology; R. Sam Garrett, Specialist in American National Government; L. Paige Whitaker, Legislative Attorney. October 21, 2016. “About 60% of U.S. voters live in the 32 states that require a voter at… Continue Reading

Legal Processes for Contesting the Results of a Presidential Election

CRS report via FAS – Legal Processes for Contesting the Results of a Presidential Election, Jack Maskell, Legislative Attorney, October 24, 2016. “Questions occasionally surface regarding potential voting fraud or election irregularities in presidential elections. (See, for example, Sean Sullivan and Philip Rucker, “Trump’s Claim of ‘Rigged’ Vote Stirs Fears of Trouble,” Washington Post, October… Continue Reading

What Would Clinton and Trump Need to Do to Address the Debt Along with their Policy Agendas?

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Report – “We recently estimated that Clinton’s policies would likely add $200 billion to the debt over the next decade, while Trump’s policies would add $5.3 trillion. We also found that the ratio of debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would rise from nearly 77 percent of GDP today to 86… Continue Reading

IRS IG – Review of the Enterprise E-Mail System Acquisition

Review of the Enterprise E-Mail System Acquisition, September 30, 2016. Reference Number: 2016-20-080. “The IRS purchased subscriptions for an enterprise e-mail system [Microsoft] that, as it turned out, it could not use. The purchase was made without first determining project infrastructure needs, integration requirements, business requirements, security and portal bandwidth, and whether the subscriptions were… Continue Reading

Federal Judge approves $15B settlement in Volkswagen emissions case

USAToday – “A federal judge on Tuesday approved one of the largest consumer settlements in U.S. history, a nearly $15 billion U.S. deal concerning Volkswagen Group’s diesel car emissions scandal. The settlement sets in motion a massive vehicle buyback program and environmental remediation efforts.” See also previous posting –Volkswagen Agrees to Record Settlement in Emissions Case and Volkswagen… Continue Reading

Former Wells Fargo Employees File $2.6B Lawsuit

Via FindLaw – Alexander Polonsky, et al. v. Wells Fargo, Los Angeles Superior Court, September 22, 2016. “The lawsuit was filed by two former employees, but seeks compensation for any and all Wells Fargo employees penalized for not meeting sales quotas over the past 10 years. In September, the bank fired over 5,000 employees for… Continue Reading

Applying the Right to Be Forgotten: IFLA Publishes Open Letter

Application of Right to be Forgotten Rulings: The Library Viewpoint “See also IFLA’s background report on the right to be forgotten around the world, as well as the report from the workshop IFLA organised at the latest European Internet Governance Forum (EuroDIG).” Continue Reading