Link Round-Up: July 7, 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.

  • We at Loom wish a happy belated Independence Day to our neighbours to the south. To celebrate the day, Lawyerist reminded their readers that many of the men instrumental in bringing about the Declaration of Independence were themselves lawyers with this list of the lawyerly histories of the founding fathers. If you can’t afford the vastly inflated Hamilton ticket prices, this might just be the next best thing.
  • Speaking of the Declaration of Independence, this year NPR took their 29-year July 4th tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence on the air and mirrored it on an additional medium: Twitter. Over the course of 113 consecutive posts, the network tweeted out the entire document, to the consternation of some. While some thought the rapid-fire tweeting smacked of spam, others who did not recognize the lines in this context believed the NPR tweets to be propaganda calling for a revolution against the current administration.
  • Canada also had an important national holiday this week, and while some of us spent it staring down giant inflatable waterfowl, Byrdie Funk was celebrating the nation’s birthday by regaining her citizenship. The 37-year-old B.C. woman was one of a group of ‘Lost Canadians’ whose citizenship was stripped because of an arcane law. Only applicable to those born between 1977 and 1981, the law required that anyone born outside of Canada to parents that were naturalized Canadian citizens needed to apply to maintain their citizenship before turning 28 years old. Unaware of the law, Funk only found out about it when she was informed that she lost her citizenship. Having now regained her citizenship, Funk says she intends to continue fighting to have the laws rewritten so that no one else has the misfortune of losing their citizenship as a result of outdated laws.
  • The path to becoming a citizen of a country is of course a very individual experience. For South Korean-born and newly officially American law and technology journalist Sarah Jeong, the journey required a lot of grappling with anti-immigrant sentiment that has reached new heights in recent years. In an honest and thoughtful interview with Vox’s Dara Lind, Jeong discusses her experiences as a lawyer and immigrant, looking at immigration from both the outside as a journalist and from the inside as someone with intimate knowledge of what it feels like to be someone caught within the bureaucracy of citizenship.
  • The American Bar Association has announced a new tool available to veterans who need help identifying their legal needs. Called Legal Checkups for Veterans, this free web-based application allows users to answer questions regarding their current circumstances and provides advice and more information when their problems have potential legal solutions.
  •  If you’re looking to add a little surrealist jolt to your day, these digital art pieces made by Paris-based artist Mario Klingemann using artificial neural networks might be for you. Klingemann creates these pieces using neural networks, building “art-generating software by feeding photos, video, and line drawings into code borrowed from the cutting edge of machine learning research. Klingemann curates what spews out into collections of hauntingly distorted faces and figures, and abstracts.”