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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 17, 2021

Via LLRXPete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 17, 2021 – 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 complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Six key takeaways from Biden’s Russia sanctions announcement; Bill Would Prohibit Sale of Americans’ Personal Data to Adversarial Countries; Better than the best password: How to use 2 Factor Authentication to improve your security; and Cybercriminals Put Out Facebook Ads for a Fake Clubhouse App That Was Riddled with Malware.

Policing and ‘Bluelining’

Gruber, Aya, Policing and ‘Bluelining’ (December 11, 2020). Houston Law Review, Vol. 58, No. 2, 2021, U of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21-1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3746717 “In this essay written for the Frankel Lecture symposium on police killings of Black Americans, I explore the increasingly popular claim that racialized brutality is… Continue Reading

What the Constitution Means to Me

The New York Times: “Note the last two words in the title of Heidi Schreck’s hit show, “What the Constitution Means to Me”: This is a highly personal take, not a historical or legal lecture. Yet Schreck succeeds in widening her autobiographical play into a paean for basic fairness: The American Constitution, admired as it… Continue Reading

The bizarre push to kill more of Montana’s wolves, explained

Vox – Four new hunting bills in the Big Sky State are reigniting a centuries-old debate – “This story is part of Down to Earth, a new Vox reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of the biodiversity crisis. Late this winter, Greg Gianforte, Montana’s recently elected Republican governor, trapped and shot a male… Continue Reading

The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Abbott, Ryan Benjamin, The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law (Excerpt) (2020). Cambridge University Press, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3611370 “AI and people do not compete on a level-playing field. Self-driving vehicles may be safer than human drivers, but laws often penalize such technology. People may provide superior customer service, but businesses are automating… Continue Reading

Reuters puts its website behind a paywall

The New York Times: “Reuters will begin charging for access to its website as it tries to capture a slice of the digital subscription business. The company, one of the largest news organizations in the world, announced the new paywall on Thursday, as well as a redesigned website aimed at a “professional” audience wanting business,… Continue Reading

Law Street Media Debuts New Outlet for Expert Law and Industry Articles

Factcase: “Law Street Media, Fastcase’s industry-focused legal news service, today introduces “Featured Viewpoints,” a new channel for articles authored by legal and industry professionals. Starting today, the Featured Viewpoints articles will be published on Law Street Media’s website and included in its daily news feeds accompanying its current distribution of legal news. The addition of… Continue Reading

Substack and Legal Publishing

Lexblog: “Can the new email newsletter publishing platform, Substack make inroads into the legal publishing arena? When the New York Time’s Ben Smith reports this morning that Danny Lavery, the publisher of a blog and newsletter, just signed a two year, $430,000 contract with Substack and that his wife, Grace Lavery, a professor at UC-Berkeley, who edits another… Continue Reading

Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments

The Administrative Conference of the United State – Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments: “This project seeks to identify agency best practices for handling mass, computer-generated, and fraudulent comments in rulemakings. Treating each type of comment separately, it examines both the legal and practical issues associated with processing and responding to such comments. It also considers… Continue Reading

Opinion – Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy

Wired – “Unless the federal government steps up, the unchecked middlemen of surveillance capitalism will continue to harm our civil rights and national security…Enter the data brokerage industry, the multibillion dollar economy of selling consumers’ and citizens’ intimate details. Much of the privacy discourse has rightly pointed fingers at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, which… Continue Reading

How to keep your retirement investments gun-free

Mashable: “Despite a year-long pandemic in which Americans were asked to stay indoors, gun violence is on the rise in the United States. In 2020, almost 20,000 Americans died by gun violence, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (this number doesn’t include self-inflicted gun violence). The organization has already reported more than a hundred… Continue Reading

The Environmental Protection Agency is cleaning up its image

The Verge – After years of turmoil, the EPA looks for a fresh start: “…Even though Trump’s term is over, the “brain drain” that the EPA has suffered for years could still pose real harm to the environment and people the agency is tasked with protecting. And after years of tumult at the agency, potential… Continue Reading