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Human Rights Perspective on U.S. Courts and the Constitutional Regulation of Internet

Land, Molly K., A Human Rights Perspective on U.S. Courts and the Constitutional Regulation of the Internet (May 20, 2015). Forthcoming in INTERNET LAW, FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS, AND CONSTITUTIONAL ADJUDICATION (Graziella Romeo & Oreste Pollicino eds., Routledge 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2608625 “This chapter examines the approaches used by the U.S. Supreme Court andContinue Reading

Landmark Open Data Legislation to be Introduced

Data Transparency Coalition – “Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and a bipartisan group of cosponsors will introduce the Financial Transparency Act of 2015 at a press conference tomorrow at 2 pm in room 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Supporters of open data and the public are welcome to attend. Issa’s office issued a media advisory late Monday evening confirming heContinue Reading

Inspector General Warns: Significant Oversight of Section 215 Required

EPIC – “The DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General released a report this month detailing the FBI’s use of Section 215 and warning that “significant oversight” is required. The Inspector General describes the FBI’s expanding use of 215 to collect electronic information in bulk and criticized the agency for taking seven years to develop minimizationContinue Reading

Quantitative Analysis of Writing Style on the U.S. Supreme Court

Carlson, Keith and Livermore, Michael A. and Rockmore, Daniel, A Quantitative Analysis of Writing Style on the U.S. Supreme Court (March 11, 2015). Washington University Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 6, 2016; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 3. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2554516 “This paper presents the results of aContinue Reading

CRS – Tracking Federal Funds: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources

Tracking Federal Funds: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources. Merete F. Gerli, Information Research Specialist. May 13, 2015. “Finding data on federal grants and contracts awarded to states and congressional districts, local governments, nonprofit organizations, contractors, and other eligible entities may present challenges. The official website, USAspending.gov, at http://www.usaspending.gov, collects data on grants, loans, insurance, assistance,Continue Reading

National Recall of Takata Air Bags

“If your vehicle is manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or Toyota, you might be affected by a national recall on air bags. Check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website using the VIN search tool to confirm whether your individual vehicle is affected by this recall, or by searching by VIN onContinue Reading

New Mexico Law Review Spring 2015 dedicated to intersection of critically acclaimed TV Breaking Bad and the law

Spring 2015, Vol. 45, No. 2 INTRODUCTION Professional Articles Breaking Bad in the Classroom Max Minzner 397 Why We Would Spare Walter White: Breaking Bad and the True Power of Mitigation Bidish J. Sarma 429 “Better Call Saul” If You Want Discoverable Communications: The Misrepresentation of the Attorney-Client Privilege on Breaking Bad Armen Adzhemyan &Continue Reading

Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance

“Two new Pew Research Center surveys explore [the issues of privacy and surveillance] and place them in the wider context of the tracking and profiling that occurs in commercial arenas. The surveys find that Americans feel privacy is important in their daily lives in a number of essential ways. Yet, they have a pervasive sense thatContinue Reading

DOJ – Five Major Banks Agree to Parent-Level Guilty Pleas

News release: “Five major banks – Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and UBS AG – have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges.   Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc have agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to manipulate theContinue Reading

Gallup Poll – increased support for animal rights in US

Gallup – In US More Say Animals Should Have Same Rights as People – May 18, 2015. – “Almost a third of Americans, 32%, believe animals should be given the same rights as people, while 62% say they deserve some protection but can still be used for the benefit of humans. The strong animal rightsContinue Reading

Tort Liability and Taking Responsibility

Enoch, David, Tort Liability and Taking Responsibility (May 16, 2015). John Oberdeek (ed.) Philosophical foundations of the Law of Torts (OUP 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2607013 “Is anything missing, morally speaking, in a society that does not have any practice remotely resembling tort liability? If we take care of instrumental matters in someContinue Reading

Tech giants communicate opposition to decrypted data for law enforcement

Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima: “Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists are urging President Obama to reject any government proposal that alters the security of smartphones and other communications devices so that law enforcement can view decrypted data. In a letter to be sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, a coalitionContinue Reading