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Supreme Court October Term 2016: A Review of Select Major Rulings

CRS report via FAS – Supreme Court October Term 2016: A Review of Select Major Rulings, September 15, 2017. “The Supreme Court term that began on October 3, 2016, was notably different from recent terms at the High Court . It was the first term (1) in thirty years to begin without Justice Antonin Scalia… Continue Reading

Socrata launches Find Shelter application for victims of disasters

GCN: “…The Federal Emergency Management Agency puts out information on hurricane shelters every 20 minutes during natural disasters through its application programming interface. Socrata decided during Hurricane Irma to input the information into its geographic information system for a new web-based platform called Find Shelter. This week, capabilities were added to the platform to include… Continue Reading

Beyond Words: help discover pictures in LC historical newspaper collections

“The Library of Congress invites you to help us in the effort to take newspapers Beyond Words. Join us to identify and improve information about illustrated newspapers in the Chronicling America digital collection. This brand new pilot project offers you the opportunity to explore historical newspaper coverage of World War I and contribute to Library… Continue Reading

Library of Congress launches Digital Labs

“Welcome to Labs! A place to encourage innovation with Library of Congress digital collections. Labs will have a growing and changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources to encourage creative use and connections with the Library of Congress. This is a space for us to try things in public, create community, and invite you… Continue Reading

How To Use Google Feed For News And Replace Facebook

FOSSBYTES: “…With the complete rollout of Google Feed, the users have got more control over what they can read about in Feed. Now, right from the search results, one can choose which topics to follow. In some cases, you’ll see a new Follow button, which can be used to add topics to your Feed. After… Continue Reading

Discover Which Corporations are Biggest Regulatory Violators Throughout the US

Discover Which Corporations are the Biggest Regulatory Violators Throughout the United States  – Now with data back to 2000 “Violation Tracker is the first national search engine on corporate misconduct. It covers banking, consumer protection, false claims, environmental, wage & hour, unfair labor practice, health, safety, employment discrimination, price-fixing, bribery and other cases initiated by 43… Continue Reading

Discover Where Corporations are Getting Taxpayer Assistance Across the United States

SUBSIDY TRACKER is the first national search engine for economic development subsidies and other forms of government financial assistance to business. Subsidy award entries: 540,000 (341,000 state/local; 199,000 federal) Subsidy programs: 974 (836 state/local; 138 federal) Parent companies covered: 2,844 Uncle Sam’s Favorite Corporations (report on federal data) Megadeals (largest state and local subsidy awards)… Continue Reading

Times Literary Supplement review – how emojis are moving us away from written communications

Times Literary Supplement: “…Both Evans [The Emoji Code, Vyvyan Evans] and Danesi [Marcel Danesi, The Semiotics of Emoji] set out to explain why emoji are an important development, why it is interesting to study them, and why we can ignore naysayers who cite them as another example of the erosion of standards. For Evans they… Continue Reading

Are VPNs really protecting your privacy and security?

An Analysis of the Privacy and Security Risks of Android VPN Permission-enabled Apps. MC 2016, November 14-16, 2016, Santa Monica, CA. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2987443.2987471. “Millions of users worldwide resort to mobile VPN clients to either circumvent censorship or to access geo-blocked con- tent, and more generally for privacy and security purposes. In practice, however, users have… Continue Reading

NYPL Reading Room for Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Village Voice – Keepers of the Secrets: “I was told that the most interesting man in the world works in the archives division of the New York Public Library, and so I went there, one morning this summer, to meet him…Our destination was Room 328. archives division of the New York Public Library, archives… Continue Reading

America’s Best Cities for Public Transportation

24/7 Wall St: “In a report card assessing the nation’s infrastructure issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers, transit in the United States received a grade of D-. Despite increasing demand, much of the nation’s public transportation infrastructure is plagued by under investment and insufficient maintenance. The average vehicle used in public transportation is… Continue Reading

Know Your Rights: Whistleblower Protections for Federal Sector Employees

POGO – Know Your Rights: Whistleblower Protections for Federal Sector Employees. “The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has put together this web resource to help federal sector employees learn more about their whistleblower rights. The information here is just a starting point and is not legal advice. The legal information POGO provides closely follows the… Continue Reading