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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

FBI 2015 Hate Crime Statistics

“Congress mandates the collection of hate crime data  – On April 23, 1990, Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act, 28 U.S.C. § 534, which required the Attorney General to collect data “about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.” The Attorney General delegated the responsibilities of developing… Continue Reading

Pew – A Divided and Pessimistic Electorate

Pew Report – Voters skeptical of progress in many areas – even jobs – since 2008. “Beyond their disagreements over specific policy issues, voters who supported President-elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton also differed over the seriousness of a wide array of problems facing the nation, from immigration and crime to inequality and racism.” Continue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. November 16, 2016. “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, provides Iran broad relief from U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors. Sancti ons were suspended or lifted upon the… Continue Reading

The Disability Visibility Project

“The Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. The DVP is also a community partnership with StoryCorps, a national oral history organization. Our aim is to create disabled media that is….intersectional, multi-modal, and cross-platform.” Continue Reading

The Intercept – NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

“…33 Thomas Street is different: An investigation by The Intercept indicates that the skyscraper is more than a mere nerve center for long-distance phone calls. It also appears to be one of the most important National Security Agency surveillance sites on U.S. soil — a covert monitoring hub that is used to tap into phone… Continue Reading

2016 Global Terrorism Index

“LONDON, November 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ 10% fall in global deaths from terrorism in 2015 overshadowed by a rise in the overall impact of terrorism as more countries register record terrorist levels Military success against ISIL and Boko Haram resulted in fewer deaths in Iraq and Nigeria, however the two groups spread terror to neighbouring states and regions 23 countries registered their highest number of deaths from terrorism on record, compared to previous high of… Continue Reading

ALA President statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

American Library Association President Julie Todaro: “After a contentious campaign season filled with divisive rhetoric, we are now hearing from our members and in the news media about incidents of bigotry and harassment within our communities. From children acting out in schools to adults participating in violent acts, it is clear that our nation is… Continue Reading

Immigration Court – Backlog Now at 521,676 Cases

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest Immigration Court data show the growth in the court’s crushing backlog of cases continued through the first month of FY 2017. During the month of October, the court’s backlog rose by 5,645 cases, and reached 521,676. In California, the backlog rose to a total of 95,801 cases as of… Continue Reading

Harvard Law School Library’s Nuremberg Trials Project

Harvard Gazette – For HLS team digitizing Nuremberg documents, ‘a haunting effect’: “In 1949, four years after the Nuremberg war crime trials began, the library received the most complete set of documents from the Nazi prosecutions outside that of the National Archives. Over the years, individuals who participated in the 13 trials have also donated their… Continue Reading

Recent State Election Law Challenges: In Brief

CRS report via FAS – Recent State Election Law Challenges: In Brief. L. Paige Whitaker, Legislative Attorney. November 2, 2016. During the final months and weeks leading up to the November 8, 2016, presidential election, courts across the country have ruled in numerous challenges to state election laws. For example, there have been recent court… Continue Reading

Paper – Predicting judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights

Aletras N, Tsarapatsanis D, Preoţiuc-Pietro D, Lampos V. Predicting judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights: a Natural Language Processing perspective. Peer J Computer Science 2:e93 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj-cs.93 “Recent advances in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning provide us with the tools to build predictive models that can be used to unveil patterns driving… Continue Reading