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Guide – References to Roman Law in US Courts

Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress: [snipped from the full posting here]: “I have previously written about the amazing collection of Roman law resources at the Law Library of Congress.  I noted that references to Roman law have been made in arguments before, and in decisions of, U.S.Continue Reading

Reorganizing Restructuring Research Libraries: Strategy and Value

“Staff at OCLC Research Library Partner institutions were invited to attend this webinar to learn more about shifting organizational structures in research libraries. We asked, you answered. Based on surveying and interviewing institutions in the OCLC Research Library Partnership, Jim Michalko shared observations about how academic libraries are innovatively changing their organizational structures to: moreContinue Reading

10 facts about technology use in the emerging world

“The Pew Research Center surveyed thousands of people across 32 emerging and developing nations about their technology use and how the rising influence of the internet affects their daily lives. But beyond the larger findings, we found some notable data points about specific countries that might have been lost in the fray.”

EPIC Files Comments with FTC on Merger Review and Consumer Privacy

“EPIC, along with 26 technical experts and legal scholars, has submitted extensive comments for the FTC’s review of the merger remedy process. EPIC urged the Commission to consider the privacy risks to consumers that result from the merger of big data firms. The comments detailed EPIC’s efforts, over 15 years, to warn the FTC aboutContinue Reading

Google researchers – FaceNet: A Unified Embedding for Face Recognition and Clustering

Florian Schroff, Google Inc.; Dmitry Kalenichenko, Google Inc.; James Philbin, Google Inc. FaceNet: A Unified Embedding for Face Recognition and Clustering. “Despite significant recent advances in the field of face recognition implementing face verification and recognition efficiently at scale presents serious challenges to current approaches. In this paper we present a system, called FaceNet, thatContinue Reading

The HTTPS-Only Standard proposed by OMB

“The American people expect government websites to be secure and their interactions with those websites to be private. Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) offers the strongest privacy protection available for public web connections with today’s internet technology. The use of HTTPS reduces the risk of interception or modification of user interactions with government online services.Continue Reading

Insecurity in the Internet of Things

Symantec – Insecurity in the Internet of Things – Mario Ballano Barcena, Candid Wueest, March 12, 2015. “The Internet of Things (IoT) market has begun to take off. Consumers can buy connected versions of nearly every household appliance available. However, despite its increasing acceptance by consumers, recent studies of IoT devices seem to agree thatContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board announces proposal requiring banking organizations to include existing Legal Entity Identifiers on certain regulatory reporting forms

“The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced a proposal that would require banking organizations to include their existing Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) on certain regulatory reporting forms. The LEI is a unique reference code to enable easier identification of a firm’s legal entities. During the financial crisis, regulators and the public were often unable toContinue Reading

StingRay surveillance device intercepts a cellphone signals, capture texts, calls, emails and other data

NYT – A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It’s Secret – “A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about the technology… The technology goes by various names,Continue Reading

Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament published its Report ‘Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework’

“The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today published its Report ‘Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework‘. This Report includes, for the first time in a single document, a comprehensive review of the full range of intrusive capabilities available to the UK intelligence Agencies. It contains an unprecedented amount of informationContinue Reading

Americans’ Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden

Lee Rainie and Mary Madden: “It has been nearly two years since the first disclosures of government surveillance programs by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and Americans are still coming to terms with how they feel about the programs and how to live in light of them. The documents leaked by Snowden revealedContinue Reading

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

CRS – Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate. Angele A. Gilroy, Specialist in Telecommunications Policy. March 9, 2015. “As congressional policymakers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major discussion point revolves around what approach should be taken to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners ofContinue Reading