UNC: Grant Will Help Librarians Examine Jim Crow Laws Through Lens of Data

UNC: Grant Will Help Librarians Examine Jim Crow Laws Through Lens of Data. “Using optical character recognition and machine learning, the team will build a text corpus of North Carolina session laws from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and will then compile a listing of North Carolina’s Jim/Jane Crow laws. This effort builds upon work done by civil rights pioneer Pauli Murray in the 1950s.”

The Verge: Online porn filters will never work

The Verge: Online porn filters will never work. “The Digital Economy Act was intended to be a more effective method of blocking adult sites that puts the onus on pornographers, who must comply with the policy or risk getting banned by major payment processors. Yet as simple and appealing as that proposal may have once sounded, it’s proven significantly more thorny than the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the agency responsible for enforcing the policy, originally anticipated.”

WIVB: New legislation calls for social media search before pistol permit in NY

WIVB: New legislation calls for social media search before pistol permit in NY . “New legislation submitted in the State Senate would require social media checks before someone could get their pistol permit. We’ve been told for years to keep passwords private. If you’re trying to get a pistol permit in the future, that may change.”

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles . “With the goal of increasing child safety, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have released a new study about child ridership and child safety seat use in ride-share vehicles. They have also published a corresponding website to help educate the public on various child restraint guidelines across the country.”

TorrentFreak: Australia Targets Google With Tough New Anti-Piracy Law

TorrentFreak: Australia Targets Google With Tough New Anti-Piracy Law. “Australia already has laws to enable the blocking of overseas sites that facilitate piracy but the content industries want more. New legislation unveiled today will give copyright holders new tools to force Google and other search engines to delete search results that link to infringing sites.”

Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is now law which means some pre-1972 music goes public

Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is now law which means some pre-1972 music goes public. “One portion of the MMA makes older sound recordings published before 1972 more available to the public. It expands an obscure provision of the library exception to US Copyright Law, Section 108(h), to apply to all pre-72 recordings. Unfortunately 108(h) is notoriously hard to implement. But, as we understand it, the MMA means that libraries can make some of these older recordings freely available to the public as long as we do a reasonable search to determine that they are not commercially available.”

Exclusive: Vietnam cyber law set for tough enforcement despite Google, Facebook pleas (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Vietnam cyber law set for tough enforcement despite Google, Facebook pleas. “Vietnam is preparing to strictly enforce a new cybersecurity law requiring global technology companies to set up local offices and store data locally despite pleas from Facebook, Google and other firms, a government document showed.”