Case Law, Traffic Research, Nottingham Photos, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, November 1, 2018


Techdirt: Harvard Opens Up Its Massive Caselaw Access Project. “Almost exactly three years ago, we wrote about the launch of an ambitious project by Harvard Law School to scan all federal and state court cases and get them online (for free) in a machine readable format (not just PDFs!), with open APIs for anyone to use. And, earlier this week, officially launched, with 6.4 million cases, some going back as far as 1658.”

Moving History: Digital Archive of Traffic Quarterly/Transportation Quarterly. “From 1957 to 2003, the Eno Center for Transportation published a quarterly academic journal. All of these journals have been placed into a public, digital archive, and are available at this link.” I don’t know how new this is.

West Bridgford Wire: New website of Nottingham photos goes live 100 years after collection was launched. “A new website hosting thousands of Nottingham photographs will be launched from 1 November 2018, one hundred years after the city’s photographic collection was established…. Images include some of the oldest Nottingham photographs from the 1850s, taken by Samuel Bourne, as well as many local pictures, engravings and sketches dating from the 1700s onwards.”


Canadian Biomass: Building a combustible dust incident database. “For the last two years, DustEx Research Ltd. has focused on tracking, capturing, and generating lessons learned from combustible dust fires and explosions. In the first six months of 2018, they recorded 75 fires, 14 explosions, nine injuries, and one fatality in North America. Internationally, an additional 14 fires, 12 explosions, 31 injuries, and eight fatalities were found. This information is being compiled into an open, free-to-use, online database so that operators, technical specialists, and safety professionals can search, sort, and understand the industries, materials, and equipment most often involved in dust fires and explosions.”

Raw Story: White House completely scrubbed official website of Executive Order creating Kris Kobach’s #StopVoterFraud commission. “President Donald Trump’s administrated deleted from their official government website the Presidential Executive Order establishing the so-called voter fraud commission.”

BBC: Fake Cambridge Analytica ad hits Facebook. “A fake advert purporting to have been paid for by scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has been posted to Facebook. The ad, now removed but still visible in Facebook’s new ad transparency portal, uses the logo of EU referendum campaign group BeLeave, which, in July, was found to have broken electoral law.”

New York Times: How Mark Zuckerberg Became Too Big to Fail. “A few weeks ago, after Facebook revealed that tens of millions of its users’ accounts had been exposed in a security breach, I began asking people in and around the tech industry a simple question: Should Mark Zuckerberg still be running Facebook?”


FlowingData: Growth of Subreddits. “Reddit started in 2005 as a single hub to discuss and share links. In early 2006, subreddits were introduced as topic-specific categories. Growing ever since, as of September 2018, there were 892 million comments for the year so far, spread out over 355,939 subreddits.”

Science News: Photos in social media reveal socio-cultural value of landscapes . “Every day, users upload millions of photos on platforms, such as Flickr, Instagram or Facebook. A study now shows that these photos can be used to assess the social importance of certain landscapes. For this purpose, they developed a new image analysis method based on artificial intelligence. The results might be of particular importance for landscape management and presentation.”

The Verge: Internet freedom continues to decline around the world, a new report says. “Digital authoritarianism is on the rise, according to a new report from a group that monitors internet freedoms. Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, said today that governments are seeking more control over users’ data while also using laws nominally intended to address ‘fake news’ to suppress dissent. It marked the eighth consecutive year that Freedom House found a decline in online freedoms around the world.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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