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Report – Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

“This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. “The bottom line is that this is noContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Cut and Paste Opinions: A Turing Test for Judicial Decision-Making

Via LLRX.com – Cut and Paste Opinions: A Turing Test for Judicial Decision-Making  – Ken Strutin argues that cut-and-paste is a laudable method for reducing transcription errors in copying citations and quotations. However, he identifies that a problem arises when it is used to lift verbatim sections of a party’s arguments into a case decision.Continue Reading

Northern Light Launches Competitive Intelligence Portal

Remember Northern Light web search engine – going back to the time I launched LLRX.com – see this News release: “Northern Light® today launched Millie™ (http://millie.northernlight.com), the first market and competitive intelligence portal available free on the web. Millie is structured as a series of industry-specific dashboards, making it easy to find useful information inContinue Reading

Americans with Disabilities Act – 25th Anniversary

Via USA.gov: “Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act – July 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation was signed into law in 1990 to eliminate discrimination against, and to promote opportunities for people with physical and mentalContinue Reading

Immigration Detention Risk Assessment

“Noferi, Mark L. and Koulish, Robert, The Immigration Detention Risk Assessment (July 1, 2015). 29 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 45 (2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2635247 “In early 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) deployed nationwide a new automated risk assessment tool to help determine whether to detain or release noncitizens pending theirContinue Reading

Can Desalination Counter the Drought?

The New Yorker: “The waves of the Pacific seem to taunt the thirsty landscape of California. The state has eight hundred and forty miles of coastline adjoining the world’s largest ocean—an oversupply of brine at a time when drought has left fallow more than half a million acres of farmland, claimed some twenty thousand jobs,Continue Reading

Staff economic projections June 16-17, 2015 FOMC meeting inadvertently included in file posted to Board’s site

“Economic projections prepared by Federal Reserve Board staff as background for the June 16-17, 2015, meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) were inadvertently included in a computer file posted to the Board’s public website on June 29. Because the information has already been released, the Federal Reserve is today providing general public notificationContinue Reading

NIST – Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices

“Stolen personal information can have negative financial impacts, but stolen medical information cuts to the very core of personal privacy. Medical identity theft already costs billions of dollars each year, and altered medical information can put a person’s health at risk through misdiagnosis, delayed treatment or incorrect prescriptions. Yet, the use of mobile devices toContinue Reading

Summary of Agency Chief FOIA Officer Reports for 2015

Summary of Agency Chief FOIA Officer Reports for 2015 and Assessment of Agency Progress in Implementing the President’s FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines With OIP Guidance for Further Improvement “The 2015 Chief FOIA Officer Reports address efforts in improving FOIA administrations in five key areas tied to Attorney General Holder’s 2009 FOIAContinue Reading

GAO Report – IRS 2016 Budget Cuts Increase Risk

IRS Is Scaling Back Activities and Using Budget Flexibilities to Absorb Funding Cuts, GAO-15-624: Published: Jun 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2015: “Internal Revenue Service (IRS) total appropriations declined from a high of $12.1 billion in fiscal year 2010 to $11.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, a reduction of about 7 percent. GAO selectedContinue Reading

Symphony sets out to conquer Bloomberg in financial and legal sectors

re/code: “The Bloomberg terminal makes up a significant part of the world’s financial nervous system. The machine is parked on the desks of over 325,000 financial pros who pay $24,000 a year to use it. And while it’s packed with data and news, its most popular feature by far is its instant messaging function, which traders from thousands of different banks andContinue Reading

Google Launches New Patent Search

Google: “With Google Patents, you can search and read the full text of patent grants and applications from around the world. If you’re looking for prior art, you can use the integrated Prior Art Finder tool and Google Scholar documents to find patent and non-patent prior art, all in one interface.  You can still accessContinue Reading