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The fix is in: How right-to-repair laws can improve tech and the environment

As companies look to confound consumers’ ability to fix their electronics, they are creating an expensive, wasteful and unnecessary hardship on consumers’ pocketbooks and the environment.

New criminal justice technology catalog relaunches with over 130 projects
In early August, I was in Chicago for the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting, and I had the chance to sit down with Brian Hill, the CEO of justice technology company Edovo.
Text-message reminders are a cheap and effective way to reduce pretrial detention
With just a couple of dollars, courts and public defenders can keep people from being arrested.

Court date reminders sent to defendants via text message are an inexpensive, simple intervention being tested across the country.
Prosecutors should create innovation offices to improve justice and public safety

Barring a successful write-in candidate, Satana Deberry will be Durham, North Carolina’s next prosecutor. Previously a defense attorney, she is a part of a reform-focused cohort from both major parties. These district attorneys are not running on the usual “tough on crime” platform. Instead, they see the role of prosecutor as more than merely securing a conviction.

Want to improve AI for law? Let’s talk about public data and collaboration
When data scientists want to know if their artificial intelligence software can recognize handwritten digits, they have to test it. For most, this means taking a dataset of black-and-white handwritten symbols and running it through the software.
Use copyright law to battle mugshot extortion
After her DUI charge was dropped, Julie Cantu thought her nightmare was over. Then, she went on a date.
What’s actually happening when a cryptocurrency gets hacked?
In late January, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck was hacked, costing 260,000 users over $530 million in NEM, a cryptocurrency similar to bitcoin. This is the largest hack of its kind, but not the first. The previous record holder for largest crypto-heist was Mt. Gox, another exchange that saw $450 million in bitcoin stolen in 2014 leading to civil and criminal actions.
5 lessons for teaching law and technology

This piece was co-authored with Keith Porcaro, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center.

Over the fall semester, we ran an experiment at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Through a…

5 cybersecurity steps you should already be taking
If you have not noticed yet, the ABA Journal is undertaking a yearlong cybersecurity series.
Courts need help when it comes to science and tech
Social science research is “sociological gobbledygook,” at least according to Chief Justice John Roberts. The Chief Justice made this comment during the Oct. 3 oral argument for the political redistricting case Gill v. Whitford.
Chatbot apps help users communicate their legal needs
Using natural language, chatbots can simulate human conversation, giving the user the impression that they are talking with an actual person instead of with artificial intelligence. Chatbots are already being used in a variety of ways, including addressing customer needs, educating children, providing investment advice and even debating the meaning of life.
Deputy AG tells senators he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote memo
Updated: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told U.S. senators Thursday that he knew James Comey would be fired as FBI director before he wrote the memo recommending that action, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported Thursday.
TBD Law conference goes beyond basics
The invitation-only conference resembled more of a retreat and team-building enterprise than the usual “panels full of pundits” approach. Instead, the 50 or so attendees representing solo practices, small firms, legal service providers, technology companies and businesses were identified as tech-savvy innovators who had long since moved beyond the initial dilemma of whether to challenge the legal profession’s status quo.
Law firms use data to judge lateral hires’ potential success
Many law firms are turning to statistics and performance analytics to help them determine which of their laterals are delivering and which are not.
Software helps assemble social media posts from a specific event or point in time

Before he became a trial lawyer (and an advocate on behalf of the wrongfully convicted), Sean MacDonald in Toronto worked as a private investigator. His experiences on both sides of…

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