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DOJ Guidance on New Restrictions on Assessing Certain FOIA Fees

October 19, 2016 – “With President Obama’s signing of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, several substantive and procedural changes were made to the FOIA. Among these changes are additional restrictions on an agency’s ability to charge certain fees if the FOIA’s time limits are not met. Today, OIP has published guidance to assist agencies in understanding these… Continue Reading

Report – Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America

Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, The Perpetual Line-up, 2016: “There is a knock on your door. It’s the police. There was a robbery in your neighborhood. They have a suspect in custody and an eyewitness. But they need your help: Will you come down to the station to stand in the line-up?… Continue Reading

FTC Report Sheds New Light on How Patent Assertion Entities Operate

“A new Federal Trade Commission report spotlights the business practices of patent assertion entities (PAEs), firms that acquire patents from third parties and then try to make money by licensing or suing accused infringers.  The report includes several recommendations for patent litigation reforms. “This report is a big step forward in enhancing our understanding of… Continue Reading

Report – Empowering Inspectors General: Supporting the IG Community Could Save Billions for American Taxpayers

News release: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a joint majority staff report this week, “Empowering Inspectors General: Supporting the IG Community Could Save Billions for American Taxpayers.” The report is a result of information… Continue Reading

Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989

Via Library of Congress: “Since 1932, the National Press Club has hosted luncheon gatherings that have allowed presidents, visiting world leaders, and other leading personages to address the press and answer questions about pressing current affairs. In 1969, the Press Club donated to the Library of Congress audiotapes of talks they had been recording since… Continue Reading

Practical Tips for Placing and Publishing Your First Law Review Article

Luther, Robert, Practical Tips for Placing and Publishing Your First Law Review Article (February 20, 2016). 50 University of Richmond Law Review Online 63 (2016). Available for download at SSRN: “Many law reviews are only open to the top 10% of the class or to students who excel in a writing competition. While a… Continue Reading

The Economist – Which countries are most generous to new parents?

Which countries are most generous to new parents?  Oct 18th 2016, by The Data Team – “Consensus is widespread that new parents should receive some form of time off work or financial aid in order to stay at home with their babies. But statutory parental-leave packages vary widely across the OECD, a club of mostly… Continue Reading

Gallup – One in Three U.S. Women Worry About Being Sexually Assaulted

Jeffrey M. Jones: 34% of women worried, up from an average 30% in 2013-2015 Younger women worry more than older women Increase was apparent before Trump tapes were released Continue Reading

Privacy International challenge of UK hacking operations

PCWorld: “The U.K.’s spy agencies breached the European Convention on Human Rights for years by secretly collecting almost everything about British citizens’ communications except their content, a U.K. court has ruled. However, now that the U.K. government has admitted what it is doing, the collection is legal, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled Monday. It has… Continue Reading

Additional START Datasets Now Available

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism – “Utilizing the Dataverse Network Project, START has created its own repository of datasets and databases on terrorism, conflict, and preparedness. This collection includes research funded by START as well as research for which START has been given permission to release. Users can read… Continue Reading

Technological Neutrality: Recalibrating Copyright in the Information Age

Craig, Carys J., Technological Neutrality: Recalibrating Copyright in the Information Age (October 14, 2016). Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 5/2017. Available for download at SSRN: “This Article aims to draw the connection between how we conceptualize legal rights over information resources and our capacity to develop technologically neutral legal norms in the information… Continue Reading

ABA launches Free Legal Answers

“Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state’s website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and… Continue Reading