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Archive for November, 2006

Website Use Agreements II

Following on from my post about the website use agreement at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Rob Hyndman, lawyer and blogger, was kind enough to show me what he uses for his “legals”. I think the contrast is great and Rob’s work should be made more visible. So, with his permission, here’s the Hyndman offering:

Legal Notices

This notice governs your use of my websites and any materials or feeds provided on or by them (the “Sites”). In general, I believe that website terms and conditions are too complicated and are drafted without a common-sense appreciation of the real risks

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Is It a Blog or a Book?

The Institute for the Future of the Book in New York has been using web 2.0 concepts to develop experiments in the “networked book”. To me, these look more like blogs, but it is really an extension of the Wikipedia idea carried into the world of monograph publishing. I’m not sure what I think of this development, exactly, but I can see the potential use for scholarship and instruction. One of the books referrred to in the article is Without Gods: Towards a History of Disbelief by Mithcell Stephens of NYU. I found this interesting, because the book is placed . . . [more]

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Protection du Cyberconsommateur Québécois, Enfin…

On l’attendait depuis pas loin de 10 ans; l’on dispose tout du moins de certains fondamentaux, ma foi, fort intéressants. La Loi sur la protection du consommateur est donc susceptible de faire peau neuve avec la présentation jeudi dernier du projet de loi 48 s’intitulant Loi modifiant la Loi sur la protection du consommateur et la Loi sur le recouvrement de certaines créances.

À chaud, elle a suscité une réaction fort heureuse de l’Union des consommateurs, ce qui est sans doute bon signe, cette organisation affirmant le jour même dans un communiqué:

«L’Union des consommateurs applaudit l’initiative

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Courthouses

BeSpacific is featuring a U.S. site, Historic Federal Courthouses, that lets you browse through the fifty and see old photographs of American court buildings and some info about dates, architects and the like. This is a worthwhile venture, and so far as I can tell there's nothing comparable in Canada. There should be.
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The Papered Office

Statistics Canada has released a study from its Connectedness Series entitled “Our lives in digital times.” The Daily has a summary, and the full 24 page report is available in pdf format.

The main thrust of the study’s findings seems to be that when it comes to information and communication technologies (ICTs) things haven’t worked out in the way we imagined they would. For example,

The arrival of the personal computer gave much talk to the “paperless office”. However, between 1983 and 2003, consumption of paper for printing and writing alone more than doubled, according to the study, entitled

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The Friday Fillip

Some food for thought, today. Actually a kind of tapas for the mind. You’ll find it in Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases. Who knew there were so many ways to skew understanding?

Roam down the crooked paths of thought (yes, I changed metaphors; wonder if that’s a cognitive bias?) such as congruence bias, neglect of probability, the planning fallacy (important for lawyers), or illusion of assymmetric insight. Not every bias is explained by a good article, but there’s at least a description of the nearly 70 ways we are persuaded or resistant to persuasion.

Just remember, . . . [more]

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India’s Domestic Violence Act

On October 26, 2006 India’s first act targetting domestic violence came into effect. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005-PDF is a landmark act for India and it was being taken advantage of almost immediately upon coming into force. Additionally, it is has become a hot seller in Indian retail circles.

The Times of London from October 26 has a good summary and goes into some depth describing the Act and the provisions of it, including the provisions that women can report abuse directly to judges (s.5). It also covers the criticism that the act has received from . . . [more]

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Homeless Nation 2.0

I came across a terrific website for Canadian homeless, HomelessNation.org 2.0. The site is meant to be used by the homeless as a way to receive email and document their experiences in blog, podcast, and video formats. There is also a chat function and discussion forum.

From the website, the history of the project:

Homelessnation.org is produced through a non-profit Canadian organization, Homeless Street Archive. It was formed in 2002 in Montreal by filmmaker Daniel Cross, who had just finished completing the documentary films “The Street: A Film With The Homeless” and “SPIT: Squeegee Punks In Traffic”. Having met

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Baldy Center Symposium

Some of you near the U.S. border in Ontario may be interesPUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES AND LEGAL PREPAREDNESS:A CROSS-BORDER CHALLENGEFriday, November 17, 2006Center for the Arts Screening Room, University at Buffalo Open to all - of interest to academics, graduate students, and practitioners, as well as public health officials, health law attorneys, hospital and corporate risk managers, and law enforcement personnel.... The program will examine aspects of legal preparedness in anticipation of community emergencies caused by a natural disaster, an act of terrorism, or the sudden outbreak of infectious disease, and will discuss the legal challenges inherent in international collaborations needed to respond to such emergencies.Key among the many factors essential to an effective response is legal preparedness, including a clear and fundamental understanding of basic public health law, clarity about the broader legal obligations and constraints that will govern in the event of a community crisis, and recognition of the complex ethical challenges that inevitably will emerge.... Registration required - $30 includes coffee breaks, lunch, and reception.We have extended the registration deadline until Friday, November 10th (not November 8th as stated on the Web site)UB faculty and staff are free of chargeOrganized by:Sheila Shulman, UB Law School and School of Public Health & Health ProfessionsDonald Rowe, UB School of Public Health & Health ProfessionsThomas Feeley, UB School of Informatics CME and CLE credits available Full program and registration details available at: http://www.law.buffalo.edu/baldycenter/publichealth06.htm Ellen L.
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