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Sabrina I. Pacifici - Editor, Publisher, Founder , Owner -® – 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 December 2020 Issue

Articles and Columns for December 2020

  • Masks and mandates: How individual rights and government regulation are both necessary for a free societyProfessor 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, and thinking about the protests against COVID-19-related restrictions that have taken place around the country – she concluded that many people do not understand that individual rights and state power are not really opposites. The laws and policies that governments enact set the framework for the exercise of our rights. So, inaction on the part of government does not necessarily empower citizens. It can, effectively, take away our power, leaving us less able to act to address our needs.
  • Top 5 legal technology stories of 2020Nicole L. Black discusses the wide ranging effects on the legal technology space from the pandemic across all corners of the legal technology world. The shift to remote work had a dramatic impact on both the practice of law and the business of law, resulting in the rapid—and singularly remarkable—adoption of technology at rates never before seen. In some cases, the transition was a smooth one, and in others, it was a spectacular disaster. Good or bad, the results of the pandemic’s impact were undoubtedly notable—and newsworthy. In her article Black focuses on a few topics that especially resonated with her tech savvy readers and colleagues.
  • Financial Sources on the Internet 2021Marcus P. Zillman’s new guide comprises a list of actionable financial resources from the U.S. and abroad, organized by four subject areas: Corporate Conference Calls Resources, Financial Sources, Financial Sources Search Engines, and Venture Capital Sources. Content includes: sources for news and updates on business, corporations and marketplaces; sources from the NGO/IGO sectors; data, databases and charts; search applications; resources for investors and money management; and market analysis tools.
  • Microsoft Edge Browser – New and Improved – Catherine Reach has run the latest version of Microsoft Edge through its paces, and identifies the browser’s useful features (including security and privacy) and collaborative tools that make it worthy of your review and perhaps – switching from Chrome.
  • CI Takes Time – Research Attorney Caren Zentner Luckie discusses the many aspects of competitive intelligence and business development, importantly stating that it takes time to perform the work, and it takes even more time to learn which sources to use to find the information. She notes that CI also takes money to deliver comprehensive and accurate work product. Using a range of public and private sources, expert techniques, and a thorough understanding of the specific client requirements is critical to CI research.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 27, 2020 – Four highlights from this week: DOJ Accuses Zoom Exec of Acting on Behalf of Chinese Government; CISA Releases CISA Insights and Creates Webpage on Ongoing APT Cyber Activity; ACLU Sues For Info On FBI’s Encryption Breaking Capabilities; New tools to fight gift card scams; Officials shut down fake Moderna, Regeneron websites that allegedly stole users’ info for cyberattacks.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 20, 2020Five highlights from this week: News of SolarWinds breach impacting federal government agencies and the private sector; Facebook ‘Secretly’ Tracks Your iPhone Location – This Is How To Stop It; Microsoft: New malware can infect over 30K Windows PCs a day; U.S. Schools Are Buying Phone-Hacking Tech That the FBI Uses to Investigate Terrorists; and All the privacy apps you should have downloaded in 2020.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 12, 2020Four highlights from this week: Brave browser-maker launches privacy-friendly news reader; Cloudflare And Apple’s New ‘Oblivious’ Protocol Could Mean an End to Snooping Telecos; Best practices for securing teleworkers; and Never click on this kind of Zoom invite. You’ll thank us forever.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 5, 2020Four highlights from this week: Fake calls from Apple and Amazon support: What you need to know; How to wipe your old Windows PC clean before getting rid of it; How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone from Anywhere in the World; and Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Benefits and Challenges of Technologies to Augment Patient Care.® – the free web journal on law, technology, knowledge discovery and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Founded in 1996.

Subjects: KM

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, …

Subjects: KM

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 …

Subjects: KM

COVID-19 masks FAQs: How can cloth stop a tiny virus? What’s the best fabric? Do they protect the wearer?

Face masks reduce the spread of viruses passed on from respiratory secretions. While cloth masks are imperfect, widespread use of an imperfect mask has the potential to make a big difference in transmission of the virus. Professors Catherine Clase, Edouard Fu and Juan Jesus Carrero started reading the research on cloth masks and face coverings at the start of the pandemic, looking for ways to protect our vulnerable dialysis patients and our dialysis staff. We found a total of 25 studies, advocated for mask use and summarized our findings in a peer-reviewed publication. We also created an evidence-based, plain-language website to help people navigate this area. Although mask use has been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them, and we provide answers in this guide.

Subjects: Education, Health, Healthcare, KM

LLRX New Issue – September 2020

Articles and Columns for September 2020 A Time to Act: Putting Awareness into Action – Wendy L. Werner’s call to action is clear: “lawyers have a unique opportunity to intervene on behalf of those with fewer resources, and people who have been under served and under-represented. Many of us have been impacted by the growing …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – August 2020

Articles and Columns for August 2020 Statistics Resources and Big Data on the Internet 2020 – This expansive listing by Marcus P. Zillman focuses on statistics and big data datasets available free on the internet, covering multiple disciplines, for teaching, learning and reference. These data are published and maintained by sources that include: the U.S. …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – July 2020

Articles and Columns for July 2020 Student Research Resources 2020 – This timely and extensive guide by Marcus Zillman includes resources for students, teachers and parents who together begin this school year with most, or in many cases, all of their courses conducted via online distance learning. The guide includes a wide range of links to …

Subjects: KM

LLRX – June 2020 Issue

Articles and Columns for June 2020 Reopening Your Law Firm: Your Clients – Nicole L. Black has published a series of articles focused on helping your firm work remotely and effectively throughout the pandemic. As many firms throughout the country are planning and executing phased re-openings, Nicole identifies issues and actions to assess and implement …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – May 2020

Articles and Columns for May 2020 How not to fall for coronavirus BS: avoid the 7 deadly sins of thought – Luke Zaphir, Researcher for the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project, posits that amid the panicked flurry of the pandemic, employing concepts from the field of critical thinking called vice epistemology can be demonstrably useful. …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – April 2020

Articles and Columns for April 2020 Facts of Life – Zena Applebaum’s insightful perspective on how Covid-19 has impacted the legal industry is based on the depth and breath of her experience and expertise. Applebaum shares four shifts in this sector that she hopes will become Business As Usual (BAU) at such time as we …

Subjects: KM