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Delta bans shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo trophies

Delta issued the following statement today: “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.  Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.” How many “trophies” have been transported by airlines to the US and UK? Wildlife around the world has dwindled to the final stages prior to extinction. What now?

President Obama announces Clean Power Plan

White House – The Clean Power Plan sets achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. By setting these goals and enabling states to create tailored plans to meet them, the Plan will: Protect the health of American families. In 2030, it will: Prevent up to 3,600 prematureContinue Reading

The Next Great Copyright Office

Simmons, Joshua L., The Next Great Copyright Office (July 22, 2015). Landslide, July/August 2015, at 22. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2634535 “While Congress considers whether to update U.S. copyright law through the House of Representatives’ copyright review hearings, there appears to be a growing consensus that it is time to modernize the Copyright Office.Continue Reading

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: Internet Infrastructure and IP Censorship

By David G. Post – August 1, 2015 Full Article as .PDF “Many scholars and other observers of developments in Internet governance, law, and policy have commented upon an unusual and important phenomenon that has become more widespread in recent years: using control over access to critical portions of the Internet’s technical infrastructure – theContinue Reading

Google chemtrails: A methodology to analyze topic representation in search engine results

Via First Monday – Andrea Ballatore – “Search engine results influence the visibility of different viewpoints in political, cultural, and scientific debates. Treating search engines as editorial products with intrinsic biases can help understand the structure of information flows in new media. This paper outlines an empirical methodology to analyze the representation of topics inContinue Reading

Who Supports International Law, and Why? The US, the European Union, and International Law

Pollack, Mark A., Who Supports International Law, and Why? The United States, the European Union, and International Law (July 7, 2015). The International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2015, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2636844 “Over the past several decades, it has become commonplace in both scholarly and political circles toContinue Reading

CDC: 53 million adults in the US live with a disability

“In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation – defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs — reported by one in eight adults, followed byContinue Reading

Climate Central – expert updates – maps – insights

“Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization. We do not lobby, and we do not support any specific legislation,Continue Reading

President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Final Report

Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, May 2015. “Law enforcement culture should embrace a guardian—rather than a warrior—mindset to build trust and legitimacy both within agencies and withthe public. Toward that end, law enforcement agencies should adopt procedural justice as the guiding principle for internal and external policies and practicesContinue Reading

Consumer Watchdog complaint to FCC supports US Right to be Forgotten

“Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added that consumer privacy protections are not censorship. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter asking the FTC to reject Consumer Watchdog’s complaint that Google’s failure to offer U.S. users the abilityContinue Reading

Privacy Laws in Asia – free download available

Bloomberg BNA – “With its critical impact on the world economy and global trade, privacy legislation in Asia has been extremely active in the last several years. A recently released report, Privacy Laws in Asia, written by Cynthia Rich of Morrison & Foerster LLP for Bloomberg BNA, analyzes commonalities and differences in the privacy andContinue Reading

Univ of Toronto virtual legal research database uses IBM Watson

“The University of Toronto team that built a virtual legal research database [video demonstration is embedded in this article] for the IBM Watson Cognitive Computing Competition made it to the final round of the top three before finishing the competition in second place…The contest began when International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) asked 10 elite schools, includingContinue Reading