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Database of 48 million pirated research papers is focus of litigious revolt against paywalls

Meet the Robin Hood of Science by Simon Oxenham – The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world.

“On September 5th, 2011, Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally providing access to nearly every scientific paper ever published immediately to anyone who wants it. The website works in two stages, firstly by attempting to download a copy from the LibGen database of pirated content, which opened its doors to academic papers in 2012 and now contains over 48 million scientific papers. The ingenious part of the system is that if LibGen does not already have a copy of the paper, Sci-hub bypasses the journal paywall in real time by using access keys donated by academics lucky enough to study at institutions with an adequate range of subscriptions. This allows Sci-Hub to route the user straight to the paper through publishers such as JSTOR, Springer, Sage, and Elsevier. After delivering the paper to the user within seconds, Sci-Hub donates a copy of the paper to LibGen for good measure, where it will be stored forever, accessible by everyone and anyone.”

New York Fed Household Debt and Credit Report

Household Debt and Credit Report – “The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Household Debt and Credit Report provides a quarterly snapshot of household trends in borrowing and indebtedness, including data about mortgages, student loans, credit cards, auto loans and delinquencies. The report aims to help community groups, small businesses, state and local governments andContinue Reading

Jobs With the Best (and Worst) Job Security – 24/7 Wall Street

“The U.S. unemployment rate reached 10% in October 2009, the highest since 1983, and the peak since the Great Recession ended in June 2009. Since then, unemployment has fallen steadily to its current level of 4.9%. Not all the nation’s industries have recovered at the same pace. Increased job opportunities and wage hikes have beenContinue Reading

Women Also Know Stuff

Women Also Know Stuff: “So often while planning a conference, brainstorming a list of speakers, or searching for experts to cite or interview, it can be difficult to think of any scholars who aren’t male. We’ve all been there… you just know that a woman has got to be studying that topic… but who? This site isContinue Reading

Law Schools and the University

Rasmussen, Bob, Law Schools and the University (February 9, 2016). Syracuse Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2729889 “This piece, written for a symposium celebrating Rick Matasar’s scholarship, charts a course for law schools over the coming years. In particular, it suggests that law schools need to adjust to the changing environment inContinue Reading

Study – women struggle with student loan debt more than men

American Association of University Women (AAUW): “Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap [Spring 2016] is a commonsense guide that provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States. Topics covered in the reportContinue Reading

Executive Order – Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections at all levels of Government, business, and society, to protect privacy, to ensure public safety and economic and national security, and to empower Americans to takeContinue Reading

President Obama’s new Cybersecurity National Action Plan

“What is the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP)? It’s the capstone of more than seven years of effort from this administration that takes near-term actions and puts in place a long-term strategy to ensure the federal government, the private sector, and American citizens can take better control of our digital security. The President’s planContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD and Coast Guard, Special Education, Supply Chain Risks

DOD and Coast Guard: Actions Needed to Increase Oversight and Management Information on Hazing Incidents Involving Service members, GAO-16-226: Published: Feb 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2016. “The Department of Defense (DOD), including each of the military services, and the Coast Guard have issued policies to address hazing, but generally do not know theContinue Reading

Downloadable Housing Market Data From Redfin

Via Redfin: “Redfin is a real estate brokerage, which means we have direct access to data from local multiple listing services, as well as insight from our real estate agents across the country. That’s why we’re able to give you the earliest and most reliable data on the state of the housing market. We publishContinue Reading

By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East

World Bank – By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East – Five years of war in Syria and spillovers to neighboring countries have cost an estimated $35 billion in output, equivalent to Syria’s GDP in 2007. A new report examines how civil wars are affecting the economies of theContinue Reading

College Students Can Now Receive Digital Access to The Times for $1 a Week

New York Times Co Press Run – “The New York Times today will begin offering college students full access to NYTimes.com on the web and via its smartphone apps for just $1 a week. Students will be required to sign up for their subscription using their valid school email address, as well as provide theirContinue Reading