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CDC rewrites definition for coronavirus ‘close contact’

The Guardian – “The leading US federal public health agency has rewritten its definition of who is at risk of contracting coronavirus to include people who come into close contact with infected individuals in multiple short bursts over a 24-hour period. The new definition of “close contact” issued on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading

Taking Back Our Privacy

The New Yorker – Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of the end-to-end encrypted messaging service Signal, is “trying to bring normality to the Internet. “…Marlinspike is the C.E.O. of Signal, the end-to-end encrypted messaging service, which he launched in 2014; he is also a cryptographer, a hacker, a shipwright, and a licensed mariner…Marlinspike believes that encrypted-communication… Continue Reading

Why Social Media Is So Good at Polarizing Us

WSJ.com [includes a 4.24 min video which is free to watch] – Mathematicians are teaming up with political scientists to create models of how social media divides us, and results suggest at least one popular solution might actually make the problem worse. “Americans are more polarized than ever—at least by some measures. A growing body… Continue Reading

The Problem of Free Speech in an Age of Disinformation

The New York Times – The First Amendment in the age of disinformation. “…The United States is in the middle of a catastrophic public-health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus. But it is also in the midst of an information crisis caused by the spread of viral disinformation, defined as falsehoods aimed at… Continue Reading

U.S. Postal Service Benches Its Police Officers Before Election

WSJ.com – Top USPS brass ends agency patrols that protected mail, letter carriers [possibly behind paywall] – “An order by the U.S. Postal Service to pull its uniformed police officers off city streets has sparked a legal battle pitting it against a police union, when the agency is already under scrutiny for delivery delays in… Continue Reading

Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis

Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis – Marcella Alsan, Luca Braghieri, Sarah Eichmeyer, Minjeong Joyce Kim, Stefanie Stantcheva, David Y. Yang  NBER Working Paper No. 27972 Issued in October 2020. NBER Program(s): Health Economics, Public Economics, Political Economy “The respect for and protection of civil liberties are one of the fundamental roles of the state,… Continue Reading

What the Constitution Means to Me

Via Mary Whisner – “Writer and actor Heidi Schreck, a Wenatchee native who worked in the Seattle theater community, revisits her teenage years and her relationship with the nation’s founding document in a filmed version of her original play “What the Constitution Means to Me” (2020, not rated). The play, which premiered on Broadway, was… Continue Reading

The Urgent Need for Expiration Date of Personal Information in the Cyberspace

Ogbuefi, Nnubia, RTBF: The Urgent Need for Expiration Date of Personal Information in the Cyberspace (April 10, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3678213 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3678213 “The internet is an information highway that remembers all our deeds and transgressions. It keeps track of all information posted online and recalls this information when there is a search for… Continue Reading

The 2020 Elections: Selected Resources for Members and Constituents

CRS report via LC – The 2020 Elections: Selected Resources for Members and Constituents, October 14, 2020: “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and reports of potential election interference might raise questions for Members and constituents about the 2020 elections. Potential disinformation campaigns and changes to election procedures in response to COVID-19might make it more… Continue Reading

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Freedom on the Net 2020: The Pandemic’s Digital Shadow – “The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a dramatic decline in global internet freedom. For the 10th consecutive year, users have experienced an overall deterioration in their rights, and the phenomenon is contributing to a broader crisis for democracy worldwide. In the COVID-19 era, connectivity is not… Continue Reading

Mind the Gap: Gender Pay Disparities in the Legal Academy

Ryan, Christopher and Dawe, Meghan, Mind the Gap: Gender Pay Disparities in the Legal Academy (September 24, 2020). Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Forthcoming, Roger Williams Univ. Legal Studies Paper No. 207, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3699208 – “Differences in pay between women and men in the same jobs have captured the public’s attention in recent… Continue Reading

The Role of Justice in the Constitution: The Case for Social and Economic Rights in Comparative Perspective

Rosenfeld, Michel, The Role of Justice in the Constitution: The Case for Social and Economic Rights in Comparative Perspective (October 5, 2020). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 620, Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3705657 – “Liberal Constitutions enacted after World War Two typically comprise social and economic rights and hence enshrine a distributive… Continue Reading