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How the Media Can Misrepresent the Web

Wayne MacPhail, columnist for Rabble.ca (among other things–Wayne wears many hats), tackles the the topic of How Media Can Misrepresent the Web using the sensitive topic of reporting that takes place regarding child pornography. From his article:

A couple of weeks ago, Canadian media outlets reported that, across the country, 44,970 computers were actively engaged in trading child pornography – 15,140 of them in Ontario.

First, this story is a classic case of mainstream media slipping casually into the “Internet as source of all evil” mindset. Yes, child pornography is heinous and those who either abuse children and/or collect

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Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law

The Harvard Mandate

We learned recently via Michael Lines’ post “Harvard Adopts an Open Access Mandate for Faculty Publications” that that Faculty of Arts and Sciences has adopted an open access mandate. I thought it might be interesting for our readers to see the actual wording of the mandate.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty adopts the following policy: Each Faculty member grants to the President and Fellows of Harvard College permission to make available his

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Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing

Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries/L’Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL/ACBD) sent out a reminder today that members of CALL/ACBD have until 31 March 2008 to nominate a person or organization to receive the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.

Although it would be extremely presumptuous of me to suggest that readers of SLAW who are also members of CALL/ACBD think of SLAW as a possible recipient (in light of the high calibre of past recipients of this award – listed here if you scroll down the page), it would be an honour to just be . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing

And in the Other Corner

Just received from Patrick McNeill, ((VP, Sales, LexisNexis Canada Inc., Reed Elsevier)).

Attached is an announcement released today from LexisNexis Canada regarding enhancements to our case law collection in light of the Canada Law Book takedown March 31, 2008.

It’s a long statement, a letter from Gary Rodrigues, and an Appendix of Contents . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing

Kennedy’s Trends in Legal Tech

Dennis Kennedy has done his 2008 column for LLRX on legal tech. There aren’t a lot of surprises in “Eight Legal Technology Trends for 2008 – Good Times, Bad Times or Hard Times in Legal Tech?” with the exception, perhaps, of his view that e-discovery has failed to conquer; but there are a lot of wise words. Here are the subheads:

  1. Smart Ways to Work Together – Collaboration Tools.
  2. Dancing with a Recession.
  3. Opening Audio and Video Channels.
  4. Going Mobile.
  5. The Death Throes for Email?
  6. Security Begins to Matter . . . Really.
  7. Lawyers Win Round 1 in
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Posted in: Practice of Law, Technology

Upgrade at U of T’s Robarts Library

How many of us have spent late nights here?….. 

 The Toronto Star is reporting today that the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library will be receiving a new $75 million upgrade for the first time in 35 years. The Ontario government is also expected to announce today a $15 million grant to go towards this project. The revitalization and expansion plan includes:

  • a new wing with over 1,000 new study spaces
  • improvement of over 1,000 existing study spaces
  • adding over 1,000 more study spaces to the existing building
  • outdoor ampitheatre-style seating
  • the removal of some of the upper concrete walls to
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Posted in: Legal Information

JD Supra – Free Access to Legal Documents Goes Live

Over on his Law Firm Web Strategy blog Steve Matthews announced that JD Supra has been launched. I had a preview of this service back in September, so I had a fresh look am pleased to see the further development of this new service.

JD Supra
allows for law firms, law schools and other legal organizations and individuals to share documents. Having a name behind the documents lends credibility to them, while the contributors get to be known for having expertise in their respective areas. This is combined with a profile that will drive traffic back to their websites. A . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Information Management, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Technology

Federal Budget Measures on Security and Justice

Yesterday’s federal budget contained a series of security and justice measures:

  • $400 million to encourage provinces and territories to recruit 2,500 new front-line police officers – this amount is non-recurrent. In other words, once the funds have been spent, provinces will have to find the cash to pay for new officers hired with the federal funds
  • $122 million over two years to help overhaul the federal corrections system. A report in December 2007 called for a modernization of the service, cracking down on narcotics in prisons as well as improving rehabilitation services
  • $32 million over two years for the new
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Posted in: Substantive Law