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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

The Memory of Mankind Project

“Memory of Mankind – the greatest timecapsule ever. We witness a rapid change, within a short time technologies of everyday life altered and with them our lifestyle. In worldwide communication we share our thoughts and ideas, we share our love and sorrows in realtime… The swift and continuous development however has a side effect: the… Continue Reading

NYPL implements unusual book collection storage system

Quartz: “Four million books are stored underneath New York City’s Bryant Park. Twenty-seven feet below the grassy patch in mid-town Manhattan are miles and miles of bookshelves at the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) newly expanded Milstein Research Stacks…To maximize space, the NYPL is now storing its collection based on a book’s physical dimensions instead… Continue Reading

Lower Manhattan since 9/11: A Study in Resilience

NY Fed – Liberty Street Economics – Jason Bram and Joelle Scally – “The 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center left a deep scar on New York City and the nation, most particularly in terms of the human toll. In addition to the lives lost and widespread health problems suffered by many others—in… Continue Reading

New satellite image database maps the dynamics of human presence on Earth

EU Science Hub: “Built-up areas on the Earth have increased by 2.5 times since 1975. And yet, today 7.3 billion people live and work in only 7.6% of the global land mass. Nine out of the ten most populated urban centres are in Asia, while five out of the ten largest urban centres are in… Continue Reading

An experimental new podium on Google

Google Posts: “Every day millions of people search on Google, many of whom are looking for information about prominent individuals and organizations. Now we’re experimenting with a new way for users to hear directly from select entities they’re searching for on Google. Verified individuals and organizations can now communicate with text, images and videos directly… 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

Crowdpac – How liberal or conservative is your Twitter handle?

“Crowdpac’s mission is to give politics back to people – to make it easier for citizens to learn about politicians, run for office, and to find and support political candidates that match their priorities and beliefs. We want to help end the stranglehold of big money donors and special interests on the political system. Crowdpac… 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