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Sabrina I. Pacifici - Editor, Publisher, Founder , Owner - LLRX.com® – the free web journal on law, technology and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Established in1996. See also the LLRX Twitter feed updated daily with unique resources to support effective, timely subject matter resource sharing. Sabrina I. Pacifici is also the solo Researcher/Author, beSpacific® - Accurate research and knowledge discovery of documents and resources focused on law, technology, government reports, civil liberties, justice and emerging technology issues - with a global perspective. Updated daily since 2002 with a searchable database of over 45,000 postings. See also the beSpacific Twitter feed. ABA Top 100 Law Blogs 2016-2017.

LLRX July – August 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for July / August 2021

  • 2021 Update to Choosing Law Librarianship: Thoughts for People Contemplating a Career Move – AALL Gallagher Award recipient Mary Whisner, Public Services Librarian, University of Washington, Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, has updated her 2008 guide about choosing a career in law librarianship. With more than 30 years of experience in the profession, Whisner discusses important topics to review when considering a career in our profession.
  • Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources 2021Marcus Zillman’s new guide provides a wealth of information to enhance your efforts in conducting expert research on a wide range of subject matters. The guide is also another reminder that Google should not be your go-to subject search engine by demonstrating how choosing to use reliable topic specific sources can deliver greater scope, breath and depth of information for your analysis and reporting. These sites include metasearch, semantic and Deep Web search, with many sources offering advanced search functionality, unique and comprehensive data sets and repositories, dashboards and tools from around the world, all of which are updated and curated effectively and consistently. These sources represent the work of academic, government, consortium, firms and industry.
  • Data privacy laws in the US protect profit but prevent sharing data for public goodCason Schmit, Brian N. Larson and Hye-Chung Kum are faculty at the school of public health and the law school at Texas A&M University with expertise in health information regulation, data science and online contracts. U.S. data protection laws often widely permit using data for profit but are more restrictive of socially beneficial uses. They wanted to ask a simple question: Do U.S. privacy laws actually protect data in the ways that Americans want? Using a national survey, we found that the public’s preferences are inconsistent with the restrictions imposed by U.S. privacy laws.
  • Reopening the Books – Attorney, editor and legal publisher Robert McKay discusses new and notable launches with fresh ideas and innovation in relation to the provision of actual added-value legal content from law publishers in legal and professional publishing in Europe over the past several years.
  • Handling Questions: A Presenter’s Guide – OK, you have gotten through the body of your presentation satisfactorily. Time to relax, right? Nope. There is one hurdle left: The question and answer period. This is when some presenters wilt and others shine. With a few tips, some experience and a modicum of intestinal fortitude, you can shine every time. Jerry Lawson’s extensive experience as a speaker is put to good use in this article as he provides best practice advice for each stage of your presentation.
  • IPCC climate report: Profound changes are underway in Earth’s oceans and ice – a lead author explains what the warnings mean – Humans are unequivocally warming the planet, and that’s triggering rapid changes in the atmosphere, oceans and polar regions, and increasing extreme weather around the world, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns in a new report. The IPCC released the first part of its much anticipated Sixth Assessment Report on Aug. 9, 2021. In it, 234 scientists from around the globe summarized the current climate research on how the Earth is changing as temperatures rise and what those changes will mean for the future. This is a conversation with climate scientist Robert Kopp, a lead author of the chapter on Earth’s oceans, ice and sea level rise, about the profound changes underway.
  • Machines Learning the Rule of Law – EU Proposes the World’s first Artificial Intelligence ActSümeyye Elif Biber is a PhD Candidate in Law and Technology at the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa. In 21 April 2021, the European Commission (EC) proposed the world’s first Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA). The proposal has received a warm welcome across the EU as well as from the US, as it includes substantial legal provisions on ethical standards. After its release, the media’s main focus laid on the proposal’s “Brussels Effect”, which refers to the EU’s global regulatory influence: EU laws exceed their “local” influence and become global standards. With the AIA, the EU has the potential to become the world’s “super-regulator” on AI. More than the Brussels Effect, however, the emphasis should lie on the EU’s intention to explicitly protect the rule of law against the “rule of technology”. Despite this expressed goal, the normative power of the regulation to ensure the protection of the rule of law seems inadequate and raises serious concerns from the perspective of fundamental rights protection. This shortcoming becomes most evident across three main aspects of the AIA, namely in the regulation’s definition of AI systems, the AI practices it prohibits, and the preeminence of a risk-based approach.
  • Robots are coming for the lawyers – which may be bad for tomorrow’s attorneys but great for anyone in need of cheap legal assistanceImagine what a lawyer does on a given day: researching cases, drafting briefs, advising clients. While technology has been nibbling around the edges of the legal profession for some time, it’s hard to imagine those complex tasks being done by a robot. And it is those complicated, personalized tasks that have led technologists to include lawyers in a broader category of jobs that are considered pretty safe from a future of advanced robotics and artificial intelligence. As Professors Elizabeth C. Tippett and Charlotte Alexander discovered in a recent research collaboration to analyze legal briefs using a branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning, lawyers’ jobs are a lot less safe than we thought. It turns out that you don’t need to completely automate a job to fundamentally change it. All you need to do is automate part of it.
  • It’s not just bad behavior – why social media design makes it hard to have constructive disagreements online – Good-faith disagreements are a normal part of society and building strong relationships. Yet it’s difficult to engage in good-faith disagreements on the internet, and people reach less common ground online compared with face-to-face disagreements. There’s no shortage of research about the psychology of arguing online, from text versus voice to how anyone can become a troll and advice about how to argue well. But there’s another factor that’s often overlooked: the design of social media itself. Amanda Baughan and her colleagues investigated how the design of social media affects online disagreements and how to design for constructive arguments
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 4, 2021Four highlights from this week: CISA Begins Cataloging Bad Practices that Increase Cyber Risk; Google Is Adding Support for Digital Covid-19 Vax Cards into Android; How a Burner Identity Protects Your Inbox, Phone, and Cards; and Scientist Finds Early Coronavirus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 11, 2021Four highlights from this week: The anatomy of a ransomware attack; The Evolution of Cybercrime as a Service; The Older You Are, the More Likely You Are to Fall Victim to Cybercrime; and Capitol rioters who deleted social media posts of their involvement may have further incriminated themselves.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 18, 2021Four highlights from this week: YouTube Algorithm Recommends Videos that Violate the Platform’s Very Own Policies; State Data Privacy Bills Growing More Widespread; NIST Outlines Security Measures for Software Use and Testing Under Executive Order; and State Data Privacy Bills Growing More Widespread.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 25, 2021Four highlights from this week: Protect your smartphone from radio-based attacks; New emergency weather alerts set to begin in July – here’s what they mean; Accused Capitol Rioter Forced to Unlock Laptop With Face Recognition; and Connecticut pushes cybersecurity with offers of punitive damage protection.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 8, 2021Four highlights from this week: How to Defend Yourself Against NSO Spyware Like Pegasus; NIST revises flagship cyber resiliency guidance; Researchers Say They’ve Found a ‘Master Face’ to Bypass Face Rec Tech; and Ransomware poses threat to vulnerable local governments.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 15, 2021Four highlights from this week: Here’s How Amazon Third-Party Sellers Reportedly Hound Customers Who Leave Bad Reviews; Microsoft Edge’s ‘Super Duper Secure Mode’ Does What It Says; The Ethics of Data: Anonymity Vs Analytics; and Apple Can Scan Your Photos for Child Abuse and Still Protect Your Privacy – If the Company Keeps Its Promises.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 21, 2021Four highlights from this week: Protect Yourself From Abuse: How to Find and Remove Stalkerware on Your Phone and PC; 10 Ways to Protect Your Personal Information; How to protect digital citizen identities through identity management; and Which Social Media Platforms Are Banning the Taliban?
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 28, 2021Four highlights from this week: How Extortion Scams and Review Bombing Trolls Turned Goodreads Into Many Authors’ Worst Nightmare; Facial Recognition Technology: Current and Planned Uses by Federal Agencies; FBI sends its first-ever alert about a ‘ransomware affiliate’; and Who Will The Cybersecurity Bells Toll For?

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LLRX June 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for June 2021 Artificial Intelligence Resources on the Internet 2021 – Articles, studies, reports and investigations abound on how AI is impacting all aspects of our lives inclusive of privacy, social media, healthcare, the economy, the financial system, education, communications, law, the courts and technology. This timely, broad overview of resources, sites …

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LLRX May 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for May 2021 Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated May 2021 – This guide on competitive intelligence resources on the web was first published in 2005, and Sabrina I. Pacifici has continued to edit, revise and update it over the course of 16 years. Her objective is to provide …

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LLRX April 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for April 2021 Tips for Managing Remote Employees – Full-time remote work may continue to be with us for some time. Nicole L. Black discusses approaches that forward thinking law firm leaders can use to take advantage of this opportunity and fine tune their management skills for both in-office or remote teams. …

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LLRX March 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for March 2021 The Case for Law Practice Management Software – The software that lawyers relied on to run their firms used to be premise-based, but as reported by Nicole L. Black, in 2021 cloud computing software is the most prevalent. In fact, even before the pandemic, lawyers were adopting cloud-based legal …

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LLRX February 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for February 2021 Poem – Dear Garbage Trucks – by Elizabeth Gibbens. New Normal Start Up Resources 2021 – As we collectively work toward establishing a post-coronavirus future, there is a need to go beyond identifying operational goals, objectives, products and services tied to work in physical locations. For both existing organizations …

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LLRX January 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for January 2021 The body’s fight against COVID-19 explained using 3D-printed models – In this interview, Nathan Ahlgren, assistant professor of biology at Clark University, uses 3D-printed models to explain what proteins do in viruses, how they interact with human cells, how the vaccine delivers mRNA into the cell, and how antibodies …

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LLRX December 2020 Issue

Articles and Columns for December 2020 Masks and mandates: How individual rights and government regulation are both necessary for a free society – Professor Martha Ackelsberg is political theorist – she studies how communities are organized, how power is exercised and how people relate to one another in and between communities. Through talking to friends, …

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LLRX November 2020 Issue

Articles and Columns for November 2020 Managing Metadata: An Examination of Successful Approaches – If Google can deliver results across the entire internet in seconds, why do I have so much trouble finding things in my organization?” asked Jonathan Adams, Research Director at Infogix, at the DATAVERSITY® DGVision Conference, December 2019. In a presentation titled, …

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LLRX October 2020 Issue

Articles and Columns for October 2020 You have rights when you go to vote – and many people are there to help if there’s trouble at the poll – Despite all the challenges to this year’s election – long lines, calls for voter intimidation, baseless claims of fraud – voting is a fundamental civil right. As …

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