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Additional START Datasets Now Available

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism – “Utilizing the Dataverse Network Project, START has created its own repository of datasets and databases on terrorism, conflict, and preparedness. This collection includes research funded by START as well as research for which START has been given permission to release. Users can read… Continue Reading

National Park Service – Series: LGBTQ America

“LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is an extensive and comprehensive look at LGBTQ heritage in the United States. Each chapter provides an expert summary of a particular topic.” Continue Reading

DOJ Outlines Plan to Enable Nationwide Collection of Use of Force Data

“…Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced several steps by the Department of Justice to enable the nationwide collection of data on law enforcement interactions with civilians, including data related to the use of force by law enforcement officers. “Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed… Continue Reading

Visualizing Health Policy: Intersection of State Abortion Policy and Clinical Practice

Via Kaiser: “This Visualizing Health Policy infographic examines state policies related to abortion and their intersection with clinical practice. Nine of 10 reported abortions in the United States are in the first trimester. Between 2003 and 2012, the abortion rate decreased 18% among women aged 15 to 44 years. Twenty-five states have laws that restrict… Continue Reading

ACLU confronts social media companies sharing data with law enforcement surveillance developer

“The ACLU of California has obtained records showing that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram provided user data access to Geofeedia, a developer of a social media monitoring product that we have seen marketed to law enforcement as a tool to monitor activists and protesters. We are pleased that after we reported our findings to the companies,… Continue Reading

Paper – After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter

After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter – Presented at the Data For Good Exchange 2016. “The mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school on December 14, 2012 catalyzed a year of active debate and legislation on gun control in the United States. Social media hosted an active public discussion where people expressed their… Continue Reading

Launch of Spanish Online Database of Case Law on Freedom of Expression

“Columbia University has launched a Spanish language online global database of freedom of expression case law and court rulings, in partnership with UNESCO, Dejusticia, FLIP (Fundacion para la Liberdad de Prensa), and Universidad Externado de Colombia. The database can be accessed through the following link: “This initiative demonstrates the importance of creating multi-stakeholder synergies in… Continue Reading

Paper – Rethinking Prosecutors’ Conflicts of Interest

Green, Bruce A. and Roiphe, Rebecca, Rethinking Prosecutors’ Conflicts of Interest (October 7, 2016). Boston College Law Review, Vol. 58, No. 2, 2017; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2849658. Available at SSRN: “Conflicts of interest are endemic to almost all prosecutors’ discretionary decisions, and are the source of many instances of misconduct and… Continue Reading

McKinsey – Women in the Workplace 2016

“Women in the Workplace 2016 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to give companies the information they need to promote female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace. 132 companies employing more than 4.6… Continue Reading

Report – Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty

World Bank – “Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children finds that in 2013 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries were living in households that survived on… Continue Reading

Pew – Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades

“As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of two death penalty cases in this year’s term, the share of Americans who support the death penalty for people convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades. Only about half of Americans (49%) now favor the death penalty for people… Continue Reading

Report – Yahoo scanned hundreds of millions of emails for gov surveillance

UK Guardian: “Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials, sources have told Reuters. The company complied with a classified US government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security… Continue Reading