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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 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 software at higher rates than ever before. According to the 2020 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report, 59% of lawyers surveyed were already already using cloud-based software pre-COVID. Notably, the results of another survey conducted by MyCase in mid-2020, showed the social distancing requirements of the pandemic have only served to accelerate this trend.
  • Education and Academic Resources 2021Marcus P. Zillman’s guide comprises an extensive listing of resources and sites for students, researchers, teachers, infopros and parents, on multiple study areas. Sourced from academic, public, private, association and corporate sectors, the subject matters include: distance learning; MOOCs, lecture guides and study notes, study skill resources, online tutoring and homework help, free e-learning videos, scholarship resources and PhD, Dissertation, thesis, and academic writing resources.
  • Women frequently experience sexual harassment at work, yet few claims ever reach a courtroom – Sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including at least three from current or former aides, are a reminder of just how commonplace unwanted touching, propositioning and other inappropriate behavior is in the workplace. Professor Joseph A. Seiner’s research explores the prevalence of toxic work environments – like the one described in Albany, New York – and just how startlingly common sexual harassment at work is. Seiner’s work affirms the fact that even when women try to find justice by suing their alleged abusers, their cases rarely see a courtroom.
  • Summer associate preparation – With the summer associate season upcoming, Caren Luckie offers suggestions to participants on how to maximize the in-person and virtual services and resources that will be available to them.
  • It’s not just a social media problem – how search engines spread misinformationChirag Shah, Associate Professor in the Information School, University of Washington and Founding Director of InfoSeeking Lab, which focuses on issues related to information seeking, human-computer interaction (HCI), and social media. Shah’s research describes how search engines are not just one of society’s primary gateways to information and people, but they are also conduits for misinformation. Similar to problematic social media algorithms, search engines learn to serve you what you and others have clicked on before. Because people are drawn to the sensational, this dance between algorithms and human nature can foster the spread of misinformation.
  • Review: Dennis Kennedy’s Successful Innovation Outcomes in LawJerry Lawson is a lawyer, speaker, author, advisor and leader in the field of legal technology. If you are looking to get better results from your organization, whether a law firm or other legal organization, Lawson believes you can’t do better than letting Dennis Kennedy’s recent book be your guide.Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 27, 2021 – Four highlights from this week: Algorithms That Curate Feeds & Tech Company Secrecy; Public Employees’ Use of Personal Phones, Tablets Puts Local Governments at Risk; How to Find Hidden Cameras Using Your Mobile Phone; and Why non-human workers can increase security issues in your business.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 27, 2021Five highlights from this week: How to Wipe a Computer Clean of Personal Data; Phishers’ perfect targets: Employees getting back to the office; Anyone with an iPhone can now make deepfakes; Massive camera hack exposes the growing reach and intimacy of American surveillance; and Federal Government Needs to Urgently Pursue Critical Actions to Address Major Cybersecurity Challenges.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 21, 2021Four highlights from this week: Please Stop Using Text Messaging to Receive Login Codes; How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you; Ulysses Group Claims It Can Track Nearly Any Car in Real-Time; and Google Can Be Sued for Tracking Users in Private Browsing Mode.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 14, 2021Four highlights from this week: A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services; Rep. Suzan DelBene’s New Bill Aims to Protect Privacy in US; Experts Find a Way to Learn What You’re Typing During Video Calls; and America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 6, 2021Four highlights from this week: You Can’t Launder Bitcoins!; You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data; NSA Pushes Zero Trust Principles to Help Prevent Sophisticated Hacks; and Accidental Wiretaps: The Implications of False Positives By Always-Listening Devices For Privacy Law & Policy.

LLRX.com® – the free web journal on law, technology, knowledge discovery and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Founded in 1996.

Subjects: KM

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 …

Subjects: KM

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 …

Subjects: KM

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, …

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