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IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: Internet Infrastructure and IP Censorship

By David G. Post – August 1, 2015 Full Article as .PDF

“Many scholars and other observers of developments in Internet governance, law, and policy have commented upon an unusual and important phenomenon that has become more widespread in recent years: using control over access to critical portions of the Internet’s technical infrastructure – the system comprising the underlying protocols for routing, naming, and addressing, along with related technical standards and the agreements, formal and informal, through which they are implemented across the Internet, what Laura DeNardis calls “Critical Internet Resources” (CIRs) – to enforce private and public law. Three examples illustrate the nature of this new phenomenon…”

Google chemtrails: A methodology to analyze topic representation in search engine results

Via First Monday – Andrea Ballatore – “Search engine results influence the visibility of different viewpoints in political, cultural, and scientific debates. Treating search engines as editorial products with intrinsic biases can help understand the structure of information flows in new media. This paper outlines an empirical methodology to analyze the representation of topics inContinue Reading

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015

ChildStats.gov: “The number of American infants born before the 37th week of pregnancy dropped slightly in 2013, as did the percentage of children with asthma under the age of 17. The percentage of teens who experienced a major depressive episode increased. These and other findings are described in America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being,Continue Reading

MoMA releases collection data to the public domain

Via Medium: “MoMA accessioned the Creative Commons License Symbol into its collection in March 2015 and it’s now on display in our design galleries as part of the exhibition This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good. According to curator Paola Antonelli (@curiousoctopus), Creative Commons allows those who create content to “think beyondContinue Reading

Who Supports International Law, and Why? The US, the European Union, and International Law

Pollack, Mark A., Who Supports International Law, and Why? The United States, the European Union, and International Law (July 7, 2015). The International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2015, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2636844 “Over the past several decades, it has become commonplace in both scholarly and political circles toContinue Reading

OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015

“The digital economy now permeates countless aspects of the world economy, impacting sectors as varied as banking, retail, energy, transportation, education, publishing, media or health. Information and Communication Technologies are transforming the ways social interactions and personal relationships are conducted, with fixed, mobile and broadcast networks converging, and devices and objects increasingly connected to formContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Book-starved Utah boy begs postman for junk mail to read: How to respond?

Via LLRX.com:  Book-starved Utah boy begs postman for junk mail to read: How to respond? By David H. Rothman Editor’s note – as a preface to David Rothman’s article, and with thanks for his unrelenting, expert work promoting literacy in America and free access to physical and online libraries, e-books and internet connectivity for all,Continue Reading

CDC: 53 million adults in the US live with a disability

“In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation – defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs — reported by one in eight adults, followed byContinue Reading

Climate Central – expert updates – maps – insights

“Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization. We do not lobby, and we do not support any specific legislation,Continue Reading

State and local government sharing more data via Github

Neal Ungerleider – “By sharing code, jurisdictions can cut IT development costs and better use resources. But it’s “a matter of cultural change. When the city of Chicago decided to publish open source code that could be used to predict critical health code violations at local dining establishments, they did something unusual with it: TheyContinue Reading

OECD Health Statistics 2015

“Many European countries saw further reductions in health spending in 2013, according to OECD Health Statistics 2015, released on July 7, 2015. Health spending continued to shrink in Greece, Italy and Portugal in 2013. Most countries in the European Union reported real per capita health spending below the levels of 2009. Outside of Europe, healthContinue Reading

New Report Finds Economic Conditions in Cities Are Improving

“Even as economic conditions in cities have improved in the years since the Great Recession, a new study from the National League of Cities (NLC) found that many factors — including lack of affordable housing, poverty, and skill and achievement gaps — are impeding the long-term economic sustainability of cities. Cities and Unequal Recovery, an analysis basedContinue Reading