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Monthly Archives: March 2014

New on LLRX – 3D Printing: The Manufactory of Knowledge

Via – 3D Printing: The Manufactory of Knowledge – Ken Strutin’s article addresses the increasing use and impact, social and legal, of the emerging and high visibility technology known as 3D printing. The technology’s use in a wide range of sectors – including education, manufacturing, firearms, robotics and medical devices, as well as in the home – is… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – DHS Asset Forfeiture, Spectrum Management

DHS ASSET FORFEITURE: Additional Actions Could Help Strengthen Controls over Equitable Sharing, GAO-14-318:Published: Mar 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2014: “From fiscal years 2003 through 2013, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components that participate in the Treasury Forfeiture Fund—U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and… Continue Reading

CoreBrand’s Top 100 Most Powerful Brands 2014

“The CoreBrand Top 100 Most Powerful Brands Rankings is a showcase for the brand image data we have been continuously collecting for decades in our Corporate Branding Index® (CBI). The Top 100 Most Powerful Brands Rankings provide a market-view evaluation of brand strength regardless of industry affiliation. They allow us to use a single measure to compare… Continue Reading

EFF – Reforming Terms of Service: Microsoft Changes Its Policy on Access to User Data

News release: “Last week we wrote about initial news reports that Microsoft had searched and disclosed the contents of a blogger’s Hotmail account as part of an internal investigation into the alleged theft of Microsoft source code and other trade secrets. Since then, EFF has been in touch with Microsoft to discuss our objections to the company’s… Continue Reading

Senate Staff Report Details Target’s Missed Opportunities to Stop Massive Data Breach

“Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV released a staff report titled, “A ‘Kill Chain’ Analysis of the 2013 Target Data Breach.” The report details how Target possibly failed to take advantage of several opportunities to prevent the massive data breach in 2013 when cyber criminals stole the financial and personal information of as many as… Continue Reading

A nationwide poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans

A legacy of pain and pride – A nationwide poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reveals the profound and enduring effects of war on the 2.6 million who have served: “More than half of the 2.6 million Americans dispatched to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems stemming from their service,… Continue Reading

Perma: Scoping and Addressing the Problem of Link and Reference Rot in Legal Citations

Harvard Law Review Essay by Jonathan Zittrain, Kendra Albert and Lawrence Lessig: “Works of scholarship have long cited primary sources or academic works to provide sources for facts, to incorporate previous scholarship, and to bolster arguments.  The ideal citation connects an interested reader to what the author references, making it easy to track down, verify, and learn… Continue Reading

The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?

The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, September 17, 2013 “Nearly half of US jobs could be susceptible to computerisation over the next two decades, a study from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology suggests. The study, a collaboration between Dr Carl Benedikt Frey (Oxford Martin School) and Dr Michael… Continue Reading

Quality of life in Europe: Families in the economic crisis

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is a tripartite European Union Agency, whose role is to provide knowledge in the area of social and work-related policies. “The economic crisis has reshaped the lives of millions of European citizens. But how has it affected families with children? Children are more… Continue Reading

Paper – The Beneficent Monopolist

Grunes, Allen P. and Stucke, Maurice E., The Beneficent Monopolist (March 26, 2014). Competition Policy International, April 2014, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: “In examining Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC), we assess three of the arguments Comcast likely will make to the Department of Justice and FCC. Comcast will likely argue that… Continue Reading

IPCC report: climate change felt ‘on all continents and across the oceans’

Guardian: “Climate change has already left its mark “on all continents and across the oceans“, damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on Monday. Government officials and scientists are gathered in Yokohama this week to wrangle over every line of a summary of the report before… Continue Reading

CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per… Continue Reading