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Daily Archives: January 2, 2022

China harvests masses of data on Western targets, documents show

Washington Post: “China is turning a major part of its internal Internet-data surveillance network outward, mining Western social media, including Facebook and Twitter, to equip its government agencies, military and police with information on foreign targets, according to a Washington Post review of hundreds of Chinese bidding documents, contracts and company filings. China maintains a… Continue Reading

A For-Profit Company Is Trying to Privatize as Many Public Libraries as They Can

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting – Janine Jackson interviewed librarian Caleb Nichols about defending public libraries for the December 17, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. [Caleb Nichols is a librarian as well as a writer, poet and musician, currently course reserves coordinator at Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo. His eye-opening article, “Public/Private Partnerships Are Quietly Hollowing Out… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 2, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 2, 2022 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Misinformation is a pandemic that doesn’t have a vaccine

CNET – “Conspiracy theories and misinformation about QAnon, COVID-19 and 2020 election fraud took a deadly turn in 2021. As bad as things were last year, experts worry it’ll get worse in 2022. “I think we’re going to see an acceleration and expansion of the conspiracy theories,” said Mike Caulfield, research scientist at the University of Washington… Continue Reading

How laws affect the perception of norms: empirical evidence from the lockdown

How laws affect the perception of norms: empirical evidence from the lockdown. Roberto Galbiati ([email protected]), Emeric Henry, Nicolas Jacquemet ([email protected]) and Max Lobeck.  Published: September 24, 2021, PLOS One. Abstract: “Laws not only affect behavior due to changes in material payoffs, but they may also change the perception individuals have of societal norms, either by… Continue Reading

How Legal Scholarship Can Reveal the Difference Between the Law as Written and the Law as Applied

Slaw, Amelia Landenberger: “Is there one piece of legal scholarship which you read years ago that sticks with you? For me it was an article about how a person’s right to legal name changes can be hindered by clerks who may misstate the law or a person’s options. The article is called Changing Name Changing:… Continue Reading

New Series of CRS Reports on Constitutional Analysis

LSB10675| The Modes of Constitutional Analysis: An Introduction (Part 1) Brandon J. Murrill Dec 29, 2021: “This Legal Sidebar Post is the first in a nine-part series that discusses certain “methods” or “modes” of analysis that the Supreme Court has employed to determine the meaning of a provision within the Constitution. (For additional background on… Continue Reading

GLOBALCIT Citizenship Law Dataset – Modes of Acquisition of Citizenship

British Academy – Global Citizenship Observatory: “GLOBALCIT Citizenship Law Dataset – Modes of Acquisition of Citizenship – The GLOBALCIT Citizenship Law Dataset includes information on the different ways in which citizenship can be acquired and lost across the world. The Dataset is organized around a comprehensive typology of modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship, which outlines,… Continue Reading

1 in 3 Americans say violence against government can be justified, citing fears of political schism, pandemic

“The Post-UMD poll, coming a year after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, marks the largest share of Americans to hold that view since the question was first asked more than two decades ago. The findings represent the largest share to feel that way since the question has been asked in various polls in… Continue Reading

Unlocking the secrets of the world’s oldest computer

BBC: A hundred and twenty years ago, divers discovered a shipwreck off the island of Antikythera in Greece. What they found changed our understanding of human history. The mysterious Antikythera Mechanism has captured the imagination of archaeologists, mathematicians, and scientists ever since. Now, using the latest 3D x-ray and modelling technology, experts are unravelling the… Continue Reading