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What Do Lawyers and Hackers Have in Common

This commentary by Michael Ravnitzky is based on a thought provoking premise – “The activities of attorneys and the activities of hackers are not as different as you might expect, if you define hackers as creative, unconventional problem solvers. Each explores vast spaces of complicated systems, looking to see how they work, both in ways intended and unintended, and to see what they can be made to do…”

Subjects: Cybercrime, Legal Education, Legal Research

FOIA Annual Reports: A Diagnostic Tool for Identifying FOIA Administrative Problems

Michael Ravnitzky focuses on how FOIA Annual Reports issued by federal agencies can assist researchers in the process of formulating requests and obtaining requested documents.

Subjects: Features, Legal Research

GAO Releases Database of Comptroller General Decisions

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has for the first time released a massive two-part compilation of Comptroller General decisions and opinions that are included in two Excel spreadsheets. The first spreadsheet contains decisions from 1990 through present The second spreadsheet contains decisions prior to 1990. Michael Ravnitzky reports the details.

Subjects: E-Government, Government Resources, Legal Research

The Directorate of Legal Research at the Library of Congress: A Treasure Hidden Under a Bushel Basket

Michael Ravnitzky pulls back the curtain on a little known but extensive (his findings date back to 1915) and continuously updated source of topical comparative and international law reports, on subjects of public interest, produced each year by experts within the Library of Congress.

Subjects: Features, Government Resources, International Legal Research, Legal Research

Features – A Selected Bibliography on the Freedom of Information Act, 1980-2004

A Selected Bibliography on the Freedom of Information Act, 1980-2004

by Michael Ravnitzky

Subjects: Features, Freedom of Information, Legal Research
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