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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Fortune – How Online Privacy Protection Could Become a Campaign Issue in 2018

Follow up to previous posting – ALA and advocacy groups letter to FCC and Congress supporting Net Neutrality – via Fortune’s Aaron Pressman: “Now that Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump have successfully killed stringent new online privacy rules, public interest groups sense they may have a potent campaign issue to use in upcoming… Continue Reading

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

American Association of University Women – “You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women have more caregiving responsibilities?… Continue Reading

7th Circuit rules sexual orientation of employees protected

On April 4, 2017 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (en banc) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers employees based on their sexual orientation… this case may be a battle ground for a Supreme Court case on LGBT rights. “WOOD, Chief Judge. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes… Continue Reading

Paper – Criminal Employment Law

Levin, Benjamin, Criminal Employment Law (April 1, 2017). Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2944840 “This Article diagnoses a phenomenon, “criminal employment law,” which exists at the nexus of employment law and the criminal justice system. Courts and legislatures discourage employers from hiring workers with criminal records and encourage employers to discipline workers for non-work-related… Continue Reading

The Criminal Law Reform Project

ACLU – “The Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP) focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal justice system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and stand in the way of a fair and equal society. By fighting for nationwide reforms… Continue Reading

Facebook Pushes Outside Law Firms to Become More Diverse

The New York Times – “The social media giant, like other corporations, is pressing its outside law firms to have more minorities and women working on its legal matters….Facebook is requiring that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its matters. Numbers alone, however, are not enough,… Continue Reading

New Report Aims to Help Criminal Defense Attorneys Challenge Secretive Government Hacking

“Lawyers at EFF, the ACLU, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers released a report today outlining strategies for challenging law enforcement hacking, a technique of secretly and remotely spying on computer users to gather evidence. Federal agents are increasingly using this surveillance technique, and the report will help those targeted by government malware—and importantly their… Continue Reading

Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’

Politico, Eric Wolff – “The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy is the only office at DOE with the words ‘climate’ in its name, and it may be endangered as Trump looks to reorganize government agencies. A supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate… Continue Reading

POGO’s 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress

“The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical. Called the “Baker’s Dozen,” these are priorities demanding immediate attention by lawmakers who are serious about improving the effectiveness of government and saving taxpayers… Continue Reading

Measuring What Matters: Diversity at Uber

News release: “Last week we laid out the three things we must improve to make Uber a truly great company: leadership and accountability; our relationship with drivers; and our culture and organization. While there are many things we need to change about our culture, I believe that making Uber a more diverse and inclusive workplace… Continue Reading

Congressional Redistricting Law: Background and Recent Court Rulings

CRS – Congressional Redistricting Law: Background and Recent Court Rulings, March 23, 2017. [via FAS] “In addition to various state processes, the legal framework for congressional redistricting involves constitutional and federal statutory requirements.Interpreting these requirements, in a series of cases and evolving jurisprudence, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued rulings that have significantly shaped how… Continue Reading

MIT – FBI’s Facial Recognition Program Is Sprawling and Inaccurate

Around half of all adult Americans are on the agency’s image database, and its software is incorrect 15 percent of the time, Jamie Condliffe, March 27, 2017. “Last year, we learned about the remarkable scale of the FBI’s facial-recognition technology, with its access to nearly 412 million photos—many originating from sources unrelated to crime, such… Continue Reading