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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis

The Economist – “…Looking at the role that social media have played in politics in the past couple of years, it is the fake-news squalor of Gamergate, not the activist idealism of the Euromaidan, which seems to have set the tone. In Germany the far-right Alternative for Germany party won 12.6% of parliamentary seats in… Continue Reading

A data journalist’s microguide to environmental data

Data Driven Journalism: “With the recent onslaught of hurricanes, such as Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and wildfires in Spain, Portugal and California, data journalists have been working hard to interpret scientific data, as well as getting creative to make it reader friendly. The COP23 (do I hear climate change?) also serves as a great opportunity… Continue Reading

The Global Gender Gap Report 2017

The World Economic Forum – “Gender parity is fundamental to whether and how economies and societies thrive. Ensuring the full development and appropriate deployment of half of the world’s total talent pool has a vast bearing on the growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies and businesses worldwide. The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 benchmarks 144… Continue Reading

Poll: Nearly Half of Working Women Say They’ve Experienced Harassment

NBC/WSJ Poll: “A new poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that 48 percent of currently employed women in the United States say that they have personally experienced an unwelcome sexual advance or verbal or physical harassment at work. The results — which come after allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood… Continue Reading

Immigration Court Filings Take Nose Dive, While Court Backlog Increases

“Preliminary figures based upon case-by-case court records as of the end of September 2017 indicate that the number of DHS issued NTAs (notices to appear) initiating proceedings in Immigration Court is substantially down since President Trump took office. This is surprising since ICE states that its apprehensions were up during this same period. There were… Continue Reading

From segregation to the Supreme Court: the life and work of Thurgood Marshall

“Marshall (2017) recounts one of the most contentious Supreme Court cases in American history, represented by Thurgood Marshall, who would later serve as the first African American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, with Chadwick Boseman playing the title role, the film establishes Marshall’s greatest legal triumph, Brown v. Board of… Continue Reading

Research – The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship in Egypt

Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University – “The first Internet Monitor research bulletin summarizes the recent, dramatic increase in Internet censorship in Egypt, examines the Twitter conversation around website blocking in Egypt, and identifies ways that users disseminate banned content.” “Internet filtering in Egypt illustrates how censorship can be a slippery slope. After an extended period… Continue Reading

Report Examining Sexual Misconduct in the Federal Workplace and Lax Federal Responses

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives 115th Congress – Tables of Penalties: Examining Sexual Misconduct in the Federal Workplace and Lax Federal Responses October 19, 2017 Staff Report – Draft. “Sexual misconduct is a challenge the federal government must aggressively and consistently address to ensure the well-being and safety of its… Continue Reading

ProPublica – Federal Judge Unseals NY Crime Lab’s Software for Analyzing DNA Evidence

ProPublica – We asked the judge to make the source code public after scientists and defense attorneys raised concerns that flaws in its design may have resulted in innocent people going to prison. “A federal judge [the week of October 20, 2017] unsealed the source code for a software program developed by New York City’s… Continue Reading

The 66 programs eliminated in Trump’s proposed budget

The Hill:  “President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion.  Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan. Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block…” [Note – among the independent agencies included are the… Continue Reading

Study – Waiting periods and gun deaths

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – Waiting periods and gun deaths. Michael Luca, September 21, 2017. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1619896114 “Each year, more than 33,000 gun-related deaths occur in the United States. Waiting period laws have the potential to deter gun violence by delaying the acquisition of a firearm. Michael Luca et al. compared the… Continue Reading

2017 Municipal Equality Index

Human Rights Campaign – “HRC in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including seven in Wisconsin. The 2017 Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the… Continue Reading