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LanguageLog and Alberta’s Hate Speech Laws

Hate speech laws have always come in for criticism, balancing as they do on the slack wire between freedom of speech and violence to others. The brouhaha involving Mark Steyn, MacLeans and some law students is only the latest wobble on the wire, and one that I won’t go into here. But I thought Slaw readers might be interested in a provision in the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act that the venerable (and very pro speech, shall we say) LanguageLog poked fun at today. The provision is found in section 3(1) and the part that attracted their attention . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology: Internet

McMaster University Library to Host Faculty Blogs and Wikis

I love hearing about libraries coming up with new innovative services. This is a great (local) example:

McMaster University Library is now using WordPress and PmWiki to host blogs and wikis for interested faculty and staff. As Amanda Etches-Johnson, the leader of the project, says in a news release, this new service responds to faculty’s growing interest in using blogs and wikis to extend and encourage class discussions, group work and collaboration. See Amanda’s blog post “A toolbox for faculty” for more details on this project. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology, Technology: Internet

Top Level Domain for Quebec?

Olivier Charbonneau, bibliothécaire professionnel et chercheur à l’Université Concordia, and blogger behind the excellent, posts about a petition started by Le député provincial de Mercier à Montréal, Daniel Turp, aiming to persuade ICANN to grant Quebec the top level domain designation “dot qc.”

Apparently the Deputy discovered that the semi-autonomous regions of Catalan and Greenland have their own dot suffixes.

The full list of top level domains is available on the IANA site. .GL, Greenland’s code is listed as a “country code”; while .CAT is said to be “sponsored” and “Reserved for the Catalan linguistic and cultural . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Miscellaneous, Technology: Internet

Neuroethics and Law

Adam Kolber, who teaches law at the University of San Diego School of Law, and who is currently teaching at Princeton University, studies neuroethics. You might well ask. Well, folks have always been trying to mess with our heads one way or another — just ask any of my students — and now there needs to be some greater discussion of ethical standards to hamper, if not to restrain, some of the more enthusiastic and direct neural intruders. And we need to think about how to understand and use what we’re learning about neural functioning.

His blog, the Neuroethics . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Substantive Law, Technology: Internet


I wanted to introduce Convictions, Slate’s new legal blog, but I noticed Simon beat me to it (great minds think alike!). An About page has been added to Convictions since Simon’s post which lists its contributors and touts itself as a “destination for smart legal conversation and commentary.” A quick glance at the blog’s tag cloud shows its popular topics include 9/11 plotters, gun control, Iraq, law schools, war crimes, and the second amendment. Also, see for a review of the blog. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Google Advanced Search Improvement

I may be the last to realize this, but Google’s Advanced Search page has been AJAXified nicely, such that as you fill out the boxes that filter your search, you can see the search terms appear correctly formatted in the uppermost text box. This is, I suppose, a way of letting you correct whatever might have been wrongly entered, but also, I suspect a way of instructing people who want to learn how to build a complex search without the help of a form or a wizard. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology, Technology: Internet

Slate Has a New Law Blog

Slate, the U.S. internet magazine of political commentary, has started a law blog called Convictions. Seems it’s going to be a multi-author thing — practitioners, law profs… — but there’s no “about” page so you have to hunt through the recent posts for the skinny.

Clearly one worth watching, so open it up in your feed reader for a test drive. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Nine Lords A’Blogging

On Monday the British House of Lords starts blogging. The Times reports that Lord Soley, Lord Norton, Lord Tyler, Lord Lipsey, Lord Dholakia, Baroness D’Souza, Lord Teverson, Baroness Young of Hornsey and Baroness Murphy — collectively to be known as Lords of the Blog — will begin a 6-month experiment aimed at raising public awareness of the role and business of the House of Lords.

Lord Soley of Hammersmith has been blogging for some time under the title of Lord of the Blog, and has just now (6 pm EST Sunday, March 16), even as I write, posted about . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology: Internet

Legal Antiquarian: New Blog on History of Daily Lives of Lawyers

Mike Hoeflich, a professor at the University of Kansas School, has just created a blog called The Legal Antiquarian.

As he mentions in his intro post last week, the blog deals with “the various aspects of legal history having to do with the daily life of lawyers and judges, as well as to the sources, manuscript, printed, and otherwise preserved which can be used to help understand how law and the legal profession functioned in the past. Among the subjects I will cover will be the daily lives of lawyers, their practices, their offices, the books they owned and . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Substantive Law, Technology: Internet

NYPL and Blogs

First the newsy bit: The New York Public Library has a blog. This isn’t law, but it is libraria (is there such a word? there should be), which is a lot of what Slaw is about. And even more, it’s simply interesting. It’s a multi-author blog, so at the moment there’s stuff, for example, on an animated Bayeux Tapestry, on Aubrey Beardsley (who was something of an animated tapestry himself, come to think of it, and English 17th century hand-pressed propaganda.

Then the terminology bit. At the top of the blog page is the word “Blogs.” Now a lot . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet