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Daily Archives: November 15, 2021

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EPA Releases Bold National Strategy to Transform Recycling in America

“On November 15, 2021 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2021 National Recycling Strategy to tackle major recycling challenges facing the nation and to create a stronger, more resilient, and cost-effective municipal solid waste recycling system. The 2021 strategy is also the first time EPA’s recycling strategy will address the climate impacts of… Continue Reading

Mozilla guide to help you shop for safe, secure connected products

CNET – “Santa isn’t alone in keeping an eye on you this holiday season. Nearly a third of the 151 popular connected gifts analyzed by the Mozilla Foundation as part of its annual “Privacy Not Included” shopping guide didn’t meet basic standards for digital security and privacy, the digital rights group said Tuesday. Among the… Continue Reading

Submission of Law Student Articles for Publication

Levit, Nancy and MacLachlan, Lawrence Duncan and Rostron, Allen K. and Greaves, Drew and Pratt, Staci, Submission of Law Student Articles for Publication (August 23, 2021). Available at SSRN: or “Each year law students collectively write a large number of papers that could become law review articles but that are never published. Most… Continue Reading

How to Host Thanksgiving With Unvaccinated Friends and Family

The New York Times – We asked the experts for guidance on staying safe and keeping the peace. ..Start by calling your unvaccinated family members and soliciting their ideas on how to gather safely, said Daniel L. Shapiro, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the author of “Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How… Continue Reading

Workplace monitoring is everywhere. Here’s how to stop algorithms ruling your office

ZDNet – A new report lays out five recommendations to protect us from the rapid rise of automated workplace-monitoring and decision-making tools…The group’s report, The New Frontier: Artificial Intelligence at Work, came as the European Commission’s Joint Research Council published separate research on electronic monitoring and surveillance in the workplace. It too found that explosive growth… Continue Reading

Presidential Primary Sources Project

Internet 2: “History Comes Alive in Your Classroom – With the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), your class can engage in live, interactive discussions and use primary source documents to understand our nation’s presidents. Transport your students to places that helped shape past presidents’ lives. It’s easy to sign up for the PPSP, a free… Continue Reading

The Behaviors and Attitudes of U.S. Adults on Twitter

“Roughly one-quarter of U.S. adults now use Twitter, and the site has become a space where users get news, discuss topics like sports, engage in personal communication or hear from elected officials. Pew Research Center recently conducted an in-depth survey of U.S. adults who use Twitter, looking to better understand their behaviors and experiences on the site along with their attitudes… Continue Reading

Deeply Rooted: History’s Lessons for Equity in Northern Virginia

“Today’s health disparities reflect deep social divides in Northern Virginia. Decades of public health research have shown that education, income, housing, and other social conditions are powerful determinants of life expectancy and disease rates. Disparities in these living conditions, along with the harmful health effects of chronic exposure to discrimination, are products of the history… Continue Reading

You Are the Object of a Secret Extraction Operation

New York Times Opinion, Dr. Shoshana Zuboff, professor emeritus at Harvard Business School and the author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism –  “Facebook is not just any corporation. It reached trillion-dollar status in a single decade by applying the logic of what I call surveillance capitalism — an economic system built on the secret… Continue Reading