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Who is “Public” Data Really For?

LitHub: “…Both words—“public” and “open”—invite a question: For whom? Despite the efforts of Mae and Gareth, and Tom Grundner and many others, the internet as it exists is hardly a public space. Many people still find themselves excluded from full participation. Access to anything posted on a city web page or on a .gov domain… Continue Reading

Science and Technology Issues in the 117th Congress

CRS Report – Science and Technology Issues in the 117th Congress. May 5, 2021: “The federal government supports scientific and technological advancement directly by funding and performing research and development, and indirectly by creating and maintaining policies that encourage private sector efforts. Additionally, the federal government regulates many aspects of S&T activities. This report briefly… Continue Reading

Here are the states with the fastest internet

Tech Republic – “Anyone turning to the internet for information or entertainment will all tell you the same thing: They’re impressed with the fastest internet. It’s satisfying when search results are instantly provided. Conversely, it’s an overwhelming combination of frustration and annoyance when something streamed endlessly buffers. While you may not have immediate control, if… Continue Reading

Judging Autonomous Vehicles

Rachlinski, Jeffrey John and Wistrich, Andrew J., Judging Autonomous Vehicles (March 17, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3806580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3806580 “The introduction of any new technology challenges judges to determine how it into existing liability schemes. If judges choose poorly, they can unleash novel injuries on society without redress or stifle progress by overburdening a technological… Continue Reading

Legal Research & Writing: An Undergraduate Pre-Law Course Design

Strieber, Rachel Kathleen, “Legal Research & Writing: An Undergraduate Pre-Law Course Design” (2021). Senior Theses. 416. https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/senior_theses/416 “The purpose of this project-based thesis is to develop an undergraduate pre-law course that teaches legal research and writing (LRW) and to design its respective description, topics, reading materials, sample syllabus document, and a sample lesson plan. The… Continue Reading

A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

The Marshall Project: “…By May 4, at least 396,693 people in prison had tested positive for the illness, an increase of less than 1 percent from the week before. Our understanding of the full toll of the pandemic on incarcerated people is limited by the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ policy of removing cases and deaths… Continue Reading

Key facts about Asian Americans, a diverse and growing population

Pew – “The U.S. Asian population is diverse. A record 23 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, languages and other characteristics. The 19 largest Asian origin groups in the United States together account for 97% of… Continue Reading

Views About National Identity Becoming More Inclusive in U.S., Western Europe

Pew – “Large ideological divides persist on views of tradition, national pride and discrimination, especially in the U.S.  As issues about culture and identity continue to be at the center of heated political debates in the United States and Europe, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that views about national identity in the U.S.,… Continue Reading

US supports vaccine patent waiver proposal at World Trade Organization

CNN: “The Biden administration, in a major decision Wednesday, said it would support easing patent rules on Covid-19 vaccines after intense internal debate and strong pushback from American drugmakers, potentially expanding the global supply and narrowing the vaccination gap between rich and poor nations. The move is preliminary and will not guarantee the global patent… Continue Reading

Google will automatically enroll users in two-factor authentication soon

PCWorld – “Most security experts agree that two-factor authentication (2FA) is a critical part of securing your online accounts. Google agrees, but it’s taking an extra step: It’s going to automatically sign Google account holders up for two-factor accounts. In a way, Google sees two-factor authentication as a replacement for passwords, which Mark Risher, Google’s… Continue Reading