Politico: Feds fight suit over web takedown of animal abuse data

Politico: Feds fight suit over web takedown of animal abuse data. “The Justice Department is mounting a legal defense of one of the most-publicized counter-transparency moves of the new Trump administration: the Agriculture Department’s decision to take offline a massive set of records on enforcement of laws against animal abuse.”

Taipei Times (Taiwan): Foundation launches a case judgement database

Taipei Times (Taiwan): Foundation launches a case judgement database. “The Judicial Reform Foundation yesterday called for more transparency and accountability in the judicial system as it launched a new database containing the written judgements of court cases. The database will allow the public to scrutinize the decisions and conduct of judges and prosecutors, foundation members said.”

Cornell: Downloads of labor contracts surge after they go online

New-to-me and apparently fairly recent: an online archive of labor contracts. “You might not expect that a project digitizing 100 years of labor-management agreements would shed light on societal trends, increase scholarship or encourage institutions to pursue similar projects. But the recently completed ‘Cornerstones in American Middle Class: Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Project’ at Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives did just that.”

Techdirt: The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker

Techdirt: The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker. “There have been all sorts of reactions to the news of a built-in Chrome ad blocker, but a lot of people are raising the antitrust questions. Obviously, Google is unlikely to consider its own ads to be the ‘bad ads.’ And thus, an official Google ad blocker — especially one that allows its own ads through and is default on its very popular browser — at least raises eyebrows about antitrust issues. There’s a strong argument to be made (and I’m pretty sure that some ad firms would raise this with a court within a day or so of such an ad blocker being released) that this is an anti-competitive move to suppress competing ad firms.”

Center for Civil and Human Rights to publish first database examining intersection of Catholic social teaching and international human rights law (Notre Dame)

University of Notre Dame: Center for Civil and Human Rights to publish first database examining intersection of Catholic social teaching and international human rights law. “The University of Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights, in partnership with Hesburgh Libraries, will unveil Convocate — the first online research tool for simultaneous searching of Catholic social teaching documents and the instruments of international human rights law — on Friday (April 21). … Convocate is a free online database designed to help scholars, students, practitioners, advocates, public officials, diplomats, ministers, pastors and concerned citizens compare documents from Catholic social teaching and international human rights law for the purpose of investigating the convergences and divergences between the two fields.”