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Daily Archives: December 27, 2023

Non-Sketchy News Search

“Find News Sources on Wikipedia and Search Them Via Google With Non-Sketchy News Search. When you search Google News, you’re trusting that all the sources included in your results are legitimate. Often that’s the case, but there are a lot of bad actors trying to poison Google’s search results with disinformation, propaganda sites, and other such garbage. Non-Sketchy News Search uses SPARQL to find media outlets on Wikipedia by keyword, then bundles them into a Google search. Presence in Wikipedia does not guarantee legitimacy, of course, but at least you know what sources are being searched.

Misinformation Monitor: December 2023

News Guard Misinformation Monitor: December 27, 2023: “The rise of artificial intelligence in 2023 transformed the misinformation landscape, providing new tools for bad actors to create authentic-looking articles, images, audio, videos, and even entire websites to advance false or polarizing narratives meant to sow confusion and distrust. NewsGuard monitored and exposed how AI tools are… Continue Reading

An Exhausting Year in (and Out of) the Office

The New Yorker [read free]: After successive waves of post-pandemic change, worn-out knowledge workers need a fresh start. “It’s been almost four years since the coronavirus pandemic inaugurated a period of sustained upheaval for knowledge workers. The first wave of change came in early 2021, with the Great Resignation—a mass exodus from the workforce that… Continue Reading

International Threats to Freedom of Expression: 2023 Year in Review

EFF: “2023 has been an unfortunate reminder that the right to free expression is most fragile for groups on the margins, and that it can quickly become a casualty during global conflicts. Threats to speech arose out of the ongoing war in Palestine. They surfaced in bills and laws around the world that explicitly restrict… Continue Reading

Businessweek Jealousy List 2023

“News flash: We are kind of awesome! In these increasingly weird, anxious, foreboding times, what we make—some of the best journalism around—matters. A lot. And we don’t thank you nearly enough for tuning in to our coverage and for letting us claim your attention. But as awesome as we are, on occasion we’re reminded that… Continue Reading

Times Sues OpenAI and Microsoft Over AI Use of Copyrighted Work

The New York Times [read free]: “The New York Times sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement on Wednesday, opening a new front in the increasingly intense legal battle over the unauthorized use of published work to train artificial intelligence technologies. The Times is the first major American media organization to sue the companies, the… Continue Reading A Global Open-source Legal Language Model

Dahan, Samuel and Bhambhoria, Rohan and Liang, David and Zhu, Xiaodan, A Global Open-source Legal Language Model (October 2023). Available at SSRN: or “Generalized AI like ChatGPT cannot and should not be used for legal tasks. It presents significant risks for both the legal professions as well as litigants. However, domain-specific AI… Continue Reading

Access to abortion pills has grown since Dobbs

Vox: “Eighteen months after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision that overturned the constitutional right to abortion, and with a new Supreme Court challenge pending against the abortion medication mifepristone, confusion abounds about access to reproductive health care in America. Since the June 2022 decision, abortion rates in states with restrictions have plummeted, and researchers estimated… Continue Reading