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Highlights: 2017 ABA Journal Web 100

As recently as last year, ABA Journal used to list the top 100 law-related blogs (also known as blawgs). Now they list 50 blogs, 25 podcasts, and 25 Twitter accounts in the ABA Journal Web 100. We’ve selected a few of this year’s Web 100 that may be of particular interest to USC School of … Continue reading "Highlights: 2017 ABA Journal Web 100".. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Justice – Capabilities Approach – Communications – San Diego, CA

The International Communication Association holds its annual meeting May 25-29, 2018, in San Diego. A preconference, Applying the Capabilities Approach to Media and Communications, takes place May 24, 2018. Abstracts for the pre conference are due Dec. 15, 2017. Recent years have seen a growing interest in the concept of justice in media and communication studies. In the more general literature on social justice, an important contribution has come from the capabilities approach developed by Indian economist Amartya Sen and US philosopher Martha Nussbaum. The theory challenges utilitarian narratives and liberal notions of redistributive justice and has become the cornerstone of the United Nations’ Human Development Index. Despite its potentially great relevance for media industries and production studies, information and communication for development, telecommunications and media policy, and digital media research, there has been limited use of the capabilities….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Robot Citizen?

I’m sure you’ve noticed the fairly substantial increase in the buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) these days. And, generally speaking, I am at once intrigued and honestly sometimes a little frightened by what seems to be on our horizon. Case in point. You’ve probably seen the recent Sophia sensation, the humanoid robot built by Hanson Robotics. Sophia is engaging, seems intelligent, has a sense of humour and made history in October when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia granted “her” citizenship. Hanson Robotics founder and CEO David Hanson’s approach to artificial intelligence is to create human-like robots that make it easier for us humans to interact and engage with. The other side of that coin though is that this also allows the AI to “zero in on what it means to be human, [and] model the human experience.” This approach is echoed in the research that, Maja Pantic, a professor of Affective and Behavioral Computing at Imperial….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada on Genetic Testing

Molecular medicine and medical genetics are at the forefront of new and emerging health technologies. With these new techniques and discoveries come new challenges for the law, especially on the privacy front. Earlier this year, I referenced Bills S-201 and 127 as legislative examples of society attempting to prevent the misuse of genetic information. In particular, there is a concern that incomplete knowledge or understanding of genetic predispositions, and still evolving understandings of how multiple genomes interact with each other, could result in logically skewed and flawed conclusions about employees or the insured, and result in a form of unwarranted discrimination. Earlier this week, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released a joint guidance with the respective privacy commissioners in Alberta and B.C. on direct to consumer genetic testing, as well as a policy statement on the collection, use, and disclosure of genetic information. Both of these….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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OpenCorporates ingesting registered trademarks from multiple sources and reconciling them to companies

“Here at OpenCorporates, our core mission has always been about making official public data about companies more widely available, more usable and more useful. Much of this comes from one of the 120+ company registers we use as a primary source, but an increasing amount comes from other public sources, which now includes US and global trademark registers. This is useful information in its own right, but it now also allows you to search for companies by the trademarks they own – which is for some a more natural way of doing things. It’s fairly common to think of companies as the trademarks, logos and product names we interact with daily, rather than as legal entities. For example, while lots of people will recognise the brand Nestlé, fewer will know the full company name – Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. In many cases, brand names and the name of the company that holds the trademark are not even close. Alongside over 900,000….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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