Link Round-Up: August 11, 2017


‘Link Round-Up’ gives you a glimpse into the articles that got the most airtime around the Loom Analytics water cooler this week. Published every Friday, article topics include access to justice, big data, legal technology, and what’s happening in the Canadian legal landscape.

  • The Prime Minister’s Office has been inundated with an “unprecedented” amount of negative feedback regarding Bill C-23, the controversial cross-border agreement with the United States which would, amongst other things, allow U.S. border agents performing pre-clearance interviews on Canadian soil to potentially detain Canadian citizens if they are unsatisfied with their answers. While U.S. Congress passed the American version of the law eight months ago, the Canadian Senate has been dragging its feet, due possibly in part to what CBC News refers to as an “avalanche of criticism”.
  • Two more law schools have announced that they will accept the Graduate Record Examination as an alternative entrance exam to the LSAT. Both the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Georgetown Law will be accepting the GRE as an entrance exam beginning in fall 2018 for admissions the following autumn.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that beginning in November of this year, they will be adopting an electronic filing system. While official filings will initially continue to be in hard copy, all filings will need to be doubled on the electronic system, most of which will be made available to the public at no cost.
  •  Do Canadians have the ‘right to be forgotten’? With sensitive personal information often going back decades available to anyone with an internet connection, courts around the world are having to grapple with balancing freedom of information with citizen’s right to privacy.  In this article from the Ottawa Citizen, Andrew Duffy looks at the international battle raging over the right to be forgotten, before turning the discussion to Equustek v Googlethe ongoing legal case that may well inform the issue on Canadian soil.
  • A group of biohackers from the University of Washington have done something that sounds like it is straight out of science fiction: embedded malicious code into a strand of DNA. When a gene sequencer analyzes the DNA, the data becomes a program “that corrupts gene-sequencing software and takes control of the underlying computer.” For more information, check out the full story on Wired. 
  • Those looking forward to following the John Oliver/Bob Murray suit may be in for some disappointment, as the federal district court has kicked the case back to the West Virginia state court where it originated. Though this probably does not mean much in the grand scheme of things for the outcome of the case, it does make the hilarious ACLU amicus brief linked to last week irrelevant.  It also means that information on the case will likely be harder to access, and therefore less public than would be expected in federal court.