Accurate, Focused Research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery Since 2002

Typos, spelling mistakes are commonplace in Trump’s White House

Washington Post: “…Amid all the chaos in the White House — including West Wing personnel drama, the Stormy Daniels scandal and Mueller’s Russia investigation, some wayward spellings and inaccurate honorifics might seem minor. But the constant small mistakes — which have dogged the Trump White House since the president’s official Inauguration Day poster boasted that… Continue Reading

Paper Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science In Libraries

Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science In Libraries, Burton, Matt; Lyon, Liz and Erdmann, Chris and Tijerina, Bonnie (2018) Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science In Libraries. Project Report. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. “The Data Science in Libraries Project is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library… Continue Reading

Tools to understand and monitor the collection of your data by Facebook and Twitter

Fast Co. Design: Creative technologists are developing their own tools for investigating, nudging, and altering the world’s largest social network. “..To understand the kind of information the platform may have on you, and how it may use it, turn to Data Selfie, a project developed by the artists Hang Do Thi Duc and Regina Flores… Continue Reading


“The 2018 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER [Download the Global Results] reveals a world of seemingly stagnant distrust. People’s trust in business, government, NGOs and media remained largely unchanged from 2017 — 20 of 28 markets surveyed now lie in distruster territory, up one from last year. Yet dramatic shifts are taking place at the market level… Continue Reading

World Happiness Report 2018

“The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants. The main focus of this year’s report, in addition to its usual ranking of the levels and changes in happiness… Continue Reading

Guides to opting out of Facebook data collection activities

EFF – “You shouldn’t have to do this. You shouldn’t have to wade through complicated privacy settings in order to ensure that the companies with which you’ve entrusted your personal information are making reasonable, legal efforts to protect it. But Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user privacy on an unprecedented scale, and, while… Continue Reading

Zillow Research – Home Values and Rents by Congressional District

“Housing costs, both home values and rents, rose nationwide and in a majority of Congressional districts in 2017. Median home values rose last year in 421 of 426 (99 percent) total Congressional districts analyzed by Zillow; rents were up in 295 of 434 (68 percent) total districts analyzed. Home values and rents tend to be… Continue Reading

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, the 2016 Election, and a colossal misappropriation of social media data

Update – March 21, 2018 via Mark Zukerberg posting on FB: “I want to share an update on the Cambridge Analytica situation — including the steps we’ve already taken and our next steps to address this important issue. We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to… Continue Reading

Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters’ Party Identification

College graduates increasingly align with Democratic Party – “As the 2018 midterm elections approach, women and especially college graduates have moved toward the Democratic Party. By contrast, the Republican Party’s advantage in leaned party identification among white voters without a college degree has never been greater, dating back more than two decades. While partisanship among… Continue Reading

Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began

“Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the American public is divided over whether using military force was the right decision. Nearly half (48%) of Americans say the decision to use military force was wrong, while slightly fewer (43%) say it was the right decision, according to a Pew Research Center… Continue Reading

Google News Initiative: Building a stronger future for news

Google Blog: “…we’re launching the Google News Initiative (GNI), our effort to help journalism thrive in the digital age. The GNI signifies a major milestone in Google’s 15-year commitment to the news industry, and will bring together everything we do in collaboration with the industry—across products, partnerships, and programs—to help build a stronger future for… Continue Reading

How to Locate the Bills and Amendments a Member of Congress has Sponsored or Cosponsored in

In Custodia Legis – Robert Brammer: “One of the questions we are frequently asked is how to locate a bill or amendment that a member of Congress has sponsored or cosponsored. There are a few ways to do this on…” Continue Reading