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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance

“Watch the Museum’s Days of Remembrance ceremony in the US Capitol Rotunda featuring a keynote address by President Donald Trump. The president will be joined by Holocaust survivors, liberators, members of Congress, the diplomatic corps, and community leaders. #USHMM #HolocaustRemembrance” Watch Live – Tuesday, April 25, 11 a.m. ET See also via the BBC –… Continue Reading

Under Trump: Civil Lawsuits Up To Redress Immigration Action and Inaction

“The latest available case-by-case records from the federal courts show that as of the end of March 2017, 763 new civil immigration lawsuits have been filed in disputes involving immigration matters since January 20, 2017. Under President Trump, monthly filings in March were up 40.5 percent when compared with those of the same period in… Continue Reading

Fighting EU hate speech by blocking ad revenues

“Sleeping Giants is an organisation that calls on business to stop advertising with hate sites, in a bid to freeze their ad revenues.” [EUobserver] Continue Reading

How Does CBO Estimate the Effects of Proposed Legislation Affecting Immigration?

How Does CBO Estimate the Effects of Proposed Legislation Affecting Immigration? Posted by Sam Papenfuss on March 27, 2017 ‘When CBO’s Director testified at Congressional hearings at the beginning of February, he was asked some questions about how CBO analyzes potential changes to immigration policy. Because answers during Congressional hearings must be brief, this blog… Continue Reading

Arctic Ocean as a dead end for floating plastics in North Atlantic branch of Thermohaline Circulation

The Arctic Ocean as a dead end for floating plastics in the North Atlantic branch of the Thermohaline Circulation. Science Advances 19 Apr 2017: Vol. 3, no. 4, e1600582. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600582 “The subtropical ocean gyres are recognized as great marine accummulation zones of floating plastic debris; however, the possibility of plastic accumulation at polar latitudes… Continue Reading

35 Years Of American Death and Patterns of Death in the South in Shadow of Slavery

FiveThirtyEight – 35 Years Of American Death Mortality rates for leading causes of death in every U.S. county from 1980 to 2014: “Researchers have long argued that where we live can help predict how we die. But how much our location affects our health is harder to say, because death certificates, the primary source for… Continue Reading

UAlbany Launches Project to Digitize History of Executions in the United States

“The M. Watt Espy Papers, execution files on more than 15,000 legal executions in the United States since 1608, are getting a digital makeover. Hailed by the New York Times as “America’s foremost death penalty historian,” M. Watt Espy (1933-2009) devoted more than 40 years to cataloging each legal execution since the founding of the… Continue Reading

HBR – Using Blockchain to Keep Public Data Public

Harvard Business Review – Data is under attack by Brian Forde is senior lecturer for bitcoin and blockchain at the MIT Sloan School of Management “…The Obama administration drastically increased the openness of government data, codifying it with an executive order that made open, machine-readable data the new default for government information, to ensure that we have transparency… Continue Reading

Killing Privacy Is Fine Because “Nobody’s Got To Use The Internet,” House Rep Says

WaPo via Consumerist: “From a distance, it can often be easy to criticize Congress as being out of touch, no matter what members are actually doing or what policies they’re proposing. But every once in a while, you get a response so staggeringly clueless you wonder if a lawmaker is living on the same planet… Continue Reading

Visualizing the History of Immigration to the United States

Center for Data Innovation: “Visualizing the History of Immigration to the United States – The Wall Street Journal has created a series of data visualizations illustrating the history of immigration to the United States, highlighting how changes to U.S. immigration policy and major world events, such as the Irish Potato Famine and World War II, impacted… Continue Reading

Active Judging and Access to Justice

Carpenter, Anna E., Active Judging and Access to Justice (February 3, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2911214 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2911214 “Active judging, where judges step away from the traditional, passive role to assist those without counsel, is a central feature of recent proposals aimed at solving the pro se crisis in America’s state civil courts. Despite growing… Continue Reading

2016 UNDP Human Development Report

UN news release: “Inequality within countries is a profound challenge to well-functioning societies. The international development community’s latest effort to tackle this challenge is the desire to Leave No One Behind. This principle, outlined in the Sustainable Development Agenda, argues that progress on the Sustainable Development Goals can only be viewed as progress if those… Continue Reading