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Daily Archives: March 1, 2018

Court Messaging Project

“The Court Messaging Project (now called Wise Messenger) is an open-source initiative from Stanford’s Legal Design Lab, to build an out-of-the-box tool for any court or legal services group to send automated messages to their clients.  The overarching goal of the project is to make the court system more navigable and to improve people’s sense of procedural justice — that legal system is fair, comprehensible, and user-friendly.”

Pew – Sources Shared on Twitter: A Case Study on Immigration

An analysis of 9.7 million tweets reveals that news organizations played the largest role in which content was linked to compared with other information providers. “As news organizations battle charges of “fake news,” compete with alternate sources of information, and face low levels of trust from a skeptical public, a new Pew Research Center study… Continue Reading

Pew – The Generation Gap in American Politics

“Generational differences have long been a factor in U.S. politics. These divisions are now as wide as they have been in decades, with the potential to shape politics well into the future. From immigration and race to foreign policy and the scope of government, two younger generations, Millennials and Gen Xers, stand apart from the… Continue Reading

Pew – Social Media Use in 2018

A majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram: “A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and newly emerging narratives. Facebook and YouTube dominate this landscape,… Continue Reading

Once again for the peanut gallery – Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google?

Via Quora, there are 23 answers on this posting – so this is just one – read all of them here: “#1 — Google tracks you. We don’t. You share your most intimate secrets with your search engine without even thinking: medical, financial and personal issues, along with all the day to day things that… Continue Reading

An easier way to save and share Tweets

Twitter Blog: “From articles and threads to videos and GIFs, timelines are packed with Tweets that you don’t always have time to fully explore in the moment. You’ve told us you want to save them for later. Today, we’re introducing Bookmarks, an easy way to save Tweets for quick access later. But wait, there’s more!… Continue Reading

IRS posts updated tax withholding calculator

News release: “The Internal Revenue Service today released an updated Withholding Calculator on and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December. The IRS urges taxpayers to use these tools to make sure they have the right… Continue Reading

How America’s high school students are blazing the trail against assault weapon sales, and more

Slate: They Were Trained for This Moment – How the student activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High demonstrate the power of a comprehensive education: “…Consumers and businesses are stepping in where the government has cowered. Boycotts may not influence lawmakers, but they certainly seem to be changing the game in the business world. And the… Continue Reading

Bias already exists in search engine results, and it’s only going to get worse

MIT Technology Review: Bias already exists in search engine results, and it’s only going to get worse: “[In] her latest book, Algorithms of Oppression, [Safiya Umoja Noble] details research she started after that fateful Google search, and it explores the hidden structures that shape how we get information through the internet. The book, out this… Continue Reading

GPO Annual Report for FY2017

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) releases its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017. In it, Acting Director Jim Bradley reports another year of positive financial results for the agency. GPO’s operations recorded positive net income of $38.3 million for the year.  Total revenues for the year equaled $874.3 million. “From the materials used in… Continue Reading