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April 23, 2016

Gasser, Urs and Cortesi, Sandra, Children’s Rights and Digital Technologies: Introduction to the Discourse and Some Meta-Observations (April 21, 2016). Handbook of Children’s Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (M. Ruck, M. Peterson-Badali & M. Freeman, eds., Taylor & Francis), Forthcoming; Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2016-7. Available at SSRN: Digital technology plays an important […]
New York Times – The World if Full of Dogs Without Collars: “..add up all the pet dogs on the planet, and you will get about 250 millions. But there are about a billion dogs on Earth, according to some estimates. The other 750 million…don’t have humans to take them for walks and pick up […]
TechDirt: “On [April 19, 2016], the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released some redacted versions of three previously secret FISA Court rulings. There are a few interesting things in them, but one notable point, found in a ruling from last November regarding the NSA’s 702 PRISM program, is that the FISC took advantage […]
“All Prior Art is a project attempting to algorithmically create and publicly publish all possible new prior art, thereby making the published concepts not patent-able. The concept is to democratize ideas, provide an impetus for change in the patent system, and to preempt patent trolls. The system works by pulling text from the entire database […]

April 22, 2016

Via FAS – CRS report – What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies. Dana A. Scherer, Analyst in Telecommunications. April 20, 2016. “In the 1940s and 1950s, watching television meant tuning into one of a few broadcast television stations, with the help of an antenna, to watch a program at a pre […]
Via FAS – Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process, Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation. April 19, 2016. “This report reviews the process and procedures that currently apply to congressional consideration of foreign arms sales proposed by the President. This includes consideration of proposals to sell major defense equipment, defense articles and services, or the re-transfer […]
Via FAS – CRS report – Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. April 15, 2016. “The United States, partner countries, and the Afghan government are attempting to reverse recent gains made by the resilient Taliban-led insurgency since the December 2014 transition to a smaller international mission consisting […]
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas: “Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) Photography Collection – Writing under the name Lewis Carroll, Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898) was one of the major literary figures of Britain’s Victorian Age. Of equal significance, however, was his emergence as one of the most important photographers of the era. In 1856, […]
Via Bloomberg: “For residents of minority urban neighborhoods, access to’s vast array of products—from Dawn dish soap and Huggies diapers to Samsung flatscreen TVs—can be a godsend. Unlike whiter ZIP codes, these parts of town often lack well-stocked stores and quality supermarkets. White areas get organic grocers and designer boutiques. Black ones get minimarts […]
Via Edge – Alexander Wissner-Gross – “Perhaps the most important news of our day is that datasets—not algorithms—might be the key limiting factor to development of human-level artificial intelligence. At the dawn of the field of artificial intelligence, in 1967, two of its founders famously anticipated that solving the problem of computer vision would take […]
EFF: “The Let’s Encrypt certificate authority issued its two millionth certificate on Thursday, less than two months after the millionth certificate. As we noted when the millionth certificate was issued, each certificate can cover several web sites, so the certificates Let’s Encrypt has issued are already protecting millions and millions of sites. This rapid adoption […]
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – “The latest available data from the federal courts show that during March 2016 the government reported 505 new foreclosure civil filings. While this is still significantly lower than the peak monthly level of such lawsuits filed in May and June of 2012, it has increased by almost one-third (32.7%) from […]

April 21, 2016

Via Social Explorer: “Detailed European demographic data are now available on Social Explorer. This new European dataset includes population numbers and detailed characteristics, as well as births, deaths and migration. Data for 2013 are now available with additional years coming soon. Visualize European Statistics (Eurostat) demography for dozens of countries country. Eurostat, the statistical office of […]
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Lauren Bauer and Greg Nantz – “One in seven households was food insecure in 2014 – meaning that at some time during the year the household had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. To explore the persistent and troubling problem of hunger in America, […]
New York Times – A Prolific, Meticulous Master of Pop Music – The multifaceted songwriter and performer’s decades of music transcended and remade funk, rock and R&B with hits like “Purple Rain” and “1999.” Rollingstone – Prince Dead at 57 Iconic singer and musician leaves behind prolific, groundbreaking catalog The Atlantic – Prince the Immortal […]
Via Medium – April 20, 2016: “When I announced last June that a newly redesigned $10 note would feature a woman, I hoped to encourage a national conversation about women in our democracy. The response has been powerful. You and your fellow citizens from across the country have made your voices heard through town hall […]
The Most Influential People in the World – 2016.
Lenzer, Gertrud, The Silent Minority: Toward a Political Economy of Children (April 20, 2016). Available for downlaod at SSRN: “The essay claims that children – as close as they may appear to adult eyes – are largely unknown and invisible in their collective and individual realities. The social, psychological, economic and political dimensions of […]
Nearly half of U.S.-born Latinos are younger than 18: “Hispanics are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. About one-third, or 17.9 million, of the nation’s Hispanic population is younger than 18, and about a quarter, or 14.6 million, of all Hispanics are Millennials (ages 18 to 33 in 2014), according […]
Brennan Center for Justice: Ames Grawert and James Cullen – “This analysis provides final crime data to update the report, Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis. It finds the same conclusions as that report (and its December 2015 update), with slightly different percentages.” Summary of Findings: “The analysis examines crime in the 30 largest cities […]