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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

SHARIAsource – Portal to Islamic Law at Harvard

“SHARIAsource is a team of advisors, scholars, and editors dedicated to providing content and context on Islamic law in a collective mission to organize the world’s information on Islamic law in a way that is accessible and useful. Find out more about our advisory board, editorial board, and regional editors. SHARIAsource is a flagship research… Continue Reading

Intel agencies sued for records on Russian election interference

Follow-up to previous posting – Unreleased CIA assessment concludes Russia aided Trump – via The Hill – Lydia Wheeler, December 27, 2016: “A lawsuit has been filed against the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records pertaining to Russia’s interference in the presidential… Continue Reading

Pew – 16 striking findings from 2016

“Every year, we publish a collection of facts about the important events, issues and trends we documented in our wide-ranging research over the past 12 months. In 2016, Pew Research Center examined an array of topics in America – from immigration to the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats – as well as many from… Continue Reading

A history of global living conditions in 5 charts

“A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are getting better, in the US they were only 6%, and in Germany only 4%. Very few people think that the world is getting better. What is… Continue Reading

Terrorism Financing Task Force Releases Results of Two-Year Investigation

“The House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing on Tuesday released a bipartisan report of its 12 month long probe into the threat terror financing poses to the U.S. financial system…“For the last two years, the Task Force has been examining ways to improve the federal government’s approach to combatting the flow… Continue Reading

Penn State Univ Libraries – Post-Election 2016 Recap & Resources

Reference and Instruction Librarian – Hailley Fargo [Note – this is only a small portion of knowledge, links and resources offered via this LibGuide – thanks to Pete Weiss for the link] – “Welcome & how to use this guide. After two years of campaigning, debates, and media coverage, Donald Trump was elected the 45th… Continue Reading

PRRI – The Divide Over America’s Future: 1950 or 2050?

The Divide Over America’s Future: 1950 or 2050? Betsy Cooper, Ph.D., Daniel Cox, Ph.D., Rachel Lienesch, Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., 10.25.2016 “Pessimism about the direction of the country is considerably higher today (74%) than it was at this time during the 2012 presidential race, when 57% of the public said the country was off on… Continue Reading

Book Review – The Politics of Gender Justice at the ICC: Legacies and Legitimacy

December 19, 2016 – Louise Chappell “The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court provides the most advanced articulation ever of gender justice under international law. In designing this aspect of the Rome Statute, states were influenced by the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice, a dynamic international feminist advocacy network who used the creation of… Continue Reading

Report – Law Enforcement Use of Cell-Site Simulation Technologies: Privacy Concerns and Recommendations

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives 114th Congress – Law Enforcement Use of Cell-Site Simulation Technologies: Privacy Concerns and Recommendations. Committee Staff Report. Hon. Jason Chaffetz, Chairman; Hon. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member; Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. December 19, 2016. “…During the course of the investigation, it became clear… Continue Reading

Consumer Watchdog, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse File Complaint Over Google’s “Deceptive” Privacy Policy Change

News release: “Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated the law and an earlier consent agreement when it forced a change in its privacy policy on users in a highly deceptive manner, without meaningful notice and consent. The Internet giant’s action, taken on… Continue Reading

Pew – More voters will have access to non-English ballots in next election cycle

More voters will have access to non-English ballots in the next election cycle – by D’Vera CohnLeave, December 16, 2016. “The federal government has long required election ballots in some U.S. jurisdictions to be printed in languages other than English, based on the number of voting-age citizens who live in those communities and have limited… Continue Reading

Google Maps enabling feature to identify certain locations are wheelchair accessible

BusinessInsider – “If you need a wheelchair to get around, the last thing you need to worry about is whether the restaurant, store, movie theater or other destination you’re heading to is accessible by wheelchair. But as is par for the course, Google Maps is here to bail us out. Actually, the idea came from… Continue Reading