Link Round-Up: March 31, 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.
- You've probably heard, but it's been a bleak week for internet privacy protections.
- In the United States, Congress has approved a bill that will remove privacy protections put in place by the Obama administration. The protections, which were set to take effect at the end of 2017, would have required ISPs to get permission from customers before selling their browsing history to third parties. Devin Coldewey of Tech Crunch breaks down the decision, what it means for internet users, and next steps here.
- In Canada, documents obtained by VICE News under access to information laws suggest new legislation is in the works that will allow warrantless access to Canadian data, something that has been previously declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada. This Monday, the federal government held a meeting on the subject with a variety of "police, privacy, and legal stakeholders." David Fraser of McInnes Cooper spoke with CBA National about the meeting, suggesting that "the exercise was useful, but what remains to be seen is which recommendations the government will follow."
- Ed Sohn on Above the Law conducts an inspiring interview with Julia Salasky, the driving force behind CrowdJustice. The alt.legal crowdfunding platform allows people to contribute to or raise funds for legal cases that matter to them.
"Crowdfunding results in communities engaging with legal issues in a powerful way and create change that they can care about. It enables people to engage with the law through technology. People get on CrowdJustice to find out about cases in their own neighborhood, to learn how others are accessing the law, and to get behind a case that they care about."
- The Vector Institute, a U of T-affiliated independent non-profit devoted to artificial intelligence, will be hosted in Toronto, reports Kate Allen of the Toronto Star. Backed by more than $150 million in public and corporate funding, the project's sponsors include the likes of Google, Shopify, and Air Canada.
- Next Thursday, April the 6th, the Provincial Court of BC will hold their second "Twitter Town Hall" as part of BC'S Law Week 2017. Between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM Pacific, Chief Judge Crabtree be answering questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskChiefJudge. The Chief Judge will not be able to discuss individual cases, but is expected to answer questions on "his own experience as a judge and as Chief Judge, how judges are appointed and educated, and about the Court’s initiatives to reduce delay and improve access to justice."
- The MIT Technology Review looks at machine learning accessibility tools making online life easier for people with disabilities, including speech-to-text software providing captions for Youtube videos and a content clarifier that replaces figure of speech with plainer language.