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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

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 “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

EFF – Open Access and Transforming the Future of Research

“EFF works to inform the world about breaking issues in the world of technology policy and civil liberties. And one of our best ways of communicating with our friends and members is through our nearly-weekly newsletter, EFFector. Last week, we sent out a very special EFFector: a deep dive, single-issue edition that got into the… Continue Reading

2016 Pre-election Poll of African American Voters

November 4, 2016 – 2016 African American Voter Poll. Slides By: Ray Block Jr. and Jonathan E. Collins “Background on Poll Methodology: The poll [consists] of 1200 completed surveys. The national segment of the survey will contain a sample size of 300 completed surveys, with additional state-specific segments with 900 completes (300 completed surveys in… Continue Reading

Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools

NPR – A Girl And Her Service Dog Head To The Supreme Court – “Ehlena Fry was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that significantly limited her motor skills but not her cognitive ability. So when she was 5, her pediatrician recommended that her parents get a service dog to help her become more independent.… Continue Reading