Keeping public information public: an introduction to federal records laws (Distrct Dispatch)

District Dispatch: Keeping public information public: an introduction to federal records laws. “The federal government generates an almost unimaginable quantity of information, such as medical research, veterans’ service records, regulations and policy documents, and safety inspection records, to name just a few examples. For decades, ALA has advocated for policies that ensure government information is appropriately managed, preserved and made available to the public, including through libraries. Federal records laws play important roles in those processes. This series will introduce those laws and highlight two current issues that impact public access to government information: the management of information on federal websites and the preservation and destruction of government information.”

New York Times: Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.

New York Times: Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.. “The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on Thursday to roll back the net neutrality rules in the United States. While the European Union has such rules in place, telecom providers have pushed the boundaries at times in Sweden, Germany, Portugal and elsewhere, offering a glimpse at the future American companies and consumers may face if protections are watered down.”

The Namibian: Old laws still mistakenly used – Shivute

The Namibian: Old laws still mistakenly used – Shivute. “OUTDATED laws which no longer apply in Namibia are still being referenced in cases because an official database of laws does not exist, Chief Justice Peter Shivute said at the Legal Assistance Centre’s launch of the Namlex update 2017 yesterday. The Namlex database is available for free on the LAC website. It is also available to institutions such as parliament.”

Google lifts lid on FBI data requests: Now you can read actual letters online (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Google lifts lid on FBI data requests: Now you can read actual letters online. “Google has expanded the National Security Letter section of its Transparency Report with new examples of National Security Letters (NSLs) that it’s received from the FBI and is now cleared to disclose.”

Lohud: NY to require online database for childcare

Lohud: NY to require online database for childcare. “A new law will require the state to keep an online database to help parents and caregivers find after-school childcare. The law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo comes after he vetoed similar legislation last year, but ordered the Council on Children and Families to create a database on child-care centers in New York.”

BetaNews: Yahoo sues Mozilla for breach of contract — so Mozilla counter sues Yahoo

BetaNews: Yahoo sues Mozilla for breach of contract — so Mozilla counter sues Yahoo. “Mozilla and Yahoo have started a legal spat about the deal that existed between the two companies regarding the use of the Yahoo search engine in the Firefox browser. On December 1, Yahoo fired the first shot filing a complaint that alleges Mozilla breached a contract that existed between the two companies by terminating the arrangement early. In a counter complaint, Mozilla says that it was not only justified in terminating the contract early, but that Yahoo Holdings and Oath still have a bill that needs to be settled.”