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IRE 2015 Philip Meyer Award winners for data-driven investigation

IRE is proud to announce the 2015 Philip Meyer Award winners – “A data-driven investigation that exposed the human cost of school resegregation in central Florida is the first-place winner of the 2015 Philip Meyer Journalism Award. Investigations that explored the growth of diversity in American cities and revealed the small cadre of attorneys whoContinue Reading

Pew – The state of privacy in America

The state of privacy in America: What we learned: “After the June 2013 leaks by government contractor Edward Snowden about National Security Agency surveillance of Americans’ online and phone communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. Our recent report about how Americans think about privacy andContinue Reading

World Bank Group Launches New Gender Data Products

Identifying gaps between males, females is key to new gender equality strategy – “The World Bank Group today relaunched its popular Gender Data Portal, comprising current and historical data on topics ranging from health and education to jobs, assets, and political participation—all broken down by sex. The Bank Group is also launching its Little Data Book on Gender 2016 alongside new onlineContinue Reading

Criminal Immigration Prosecutions Fall 22 Percent

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – “The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during November 2015, the government reported 4,861 new immigration prosecutions. This represents a drop of 13.2 percent from the previous month, and is down 22.3 percent from November 2014. The top five districts for criminal immigration prosecutions continue to beContinue Reading

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Law Librarianship

Wheeler, Ronald E., Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Law Librarianship (January 15, 2016). Law Library Journal, Vol. 107:3 [2015-22]; Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-04. Available for download at SSRN: “Professor Wheeler discusses the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. He posits that racialized fear is partContinue Reading

Report documents child labor in cobalt mining critical for global electronics trade

Amnesty International, 19 January 2016, Index number: AFR 62/3183/2016 – “This report documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. UsingContinue Reading

UN Global Humanitarian Overview 2016

“The outlook for 2016 is grim. Millions of civilians, uprooted from their homes by violent and prolonged conflict, will remain in desperate need of protection and humanitarian assistance. About 60 million people are displaced around the world, and more than a quarter of these displacements are due to the conflicts in Iraq, South Sudan andContinue Reading

NSA Civil Liberties and Privacy Office Report to Congress

NSA – Transparency Report – The USA FREEDOM Act Business Records and FISA Implementation – January 16, 2016 “The National Security Agency’s Civil Liberties and Privacy Office (CLPO) conducted a civil liberties and privacy impact assessment examining how the National Security Agency (NSA) is implementing the changes effected by the USA FREEDOM Act to theContinue Reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet – “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the third Monday in January. It celebrates the life and legacy of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his birthday and achievements. The day is also referred to asContinue Reading

Medicare to Cover End-of-Life Counseling

The National Acadmies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a ruling in July 2015 to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care or “advance care planning,” a term meant to reflect that people should make their end-of-life wishes known as early as when they get aContinue Reading

Pew – Privacy and Information Sharing

“Most Americans see privacy issues in commercial settings as contingent and context-dependent. A new Pew Research Center study based on a survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people finds that there are a variety of circumstances under which many Americans would share personal information or permit surveillance in returnContinue Reading

Between Openness and Privacy in Genomics

Vayena E, Gasser U (January 2016) Between Openness and Privacy in Genomics. PLoS Med 13(1): e1001937. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001937 – “In this report, the authors examine the questions around access to genomic data. They argue that the real breakthrough in reconciling privacy and openness in genomics requires confronting head-on some fundamentally normative tensions that are escalated inContinue Reading