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https://www.propublica.org/article/machine-bias-risk-assessments-in-criminal-sentencing
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ProPublica
There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.
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https://qz.com/455059/rich-countries-rejected-an-international-plan-to-let-the-un-help-fight-tax-evasion/
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Quartz
Developing countries want more of a say in global tax policy.
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https://interestingengineering.com/ai-vs-lawyers-the-future-of-artificial-intelligence-and-law
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Interesting Engineering
For a human lawyer, it takes weeks to do research, but AI can do it in just a few seconds. Will all the AI, machine learning systems with their efficiency in harnessing data eradicate the need for lawyers?
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/jp-morgan-software-lawyers-coin-contract-intelligence-parsing-financial-deals-seconds-legal-working-hours-360000-a7603256.html
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The Independent
A new era of automation is now in overdrive as cheap computing power converges with fears of losing customers to startups
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https://www.taxjustice.net/2016/05/09/17103/
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Tax Justice Network
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https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/06/01/531029555/in-43-million-settlement-spotify-forced-to-confront-a-persistent-problem
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NPR
The streaming service settled a class action lawsuit filed by songwriters who accused Spotify of using their work without a license.
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https://www.wired.co.uk/article/copyright-over-time-to-go-proactionary
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Wired
The very idea of "invasion of privacy" suggests a mind ought to be treated like land, over which others may not pass unless authorised
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https://falkvinge.net/2017/01/17/modern-copyright-built-assumption-internet-reversed/
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Falkvinge
The "modern" copyright - really just a continuation of censorship - was justified by publishing being orders of magnitude more expensive than authoring.
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https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/30/14346766/drug-war-failure-evolution
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Vox
Evolution could have predicted the failure of the war on drugs.
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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/30/drug-laws-international-study-tough-policy-use-problem
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The Guardian
Eight month study shows legalisation policies do not result in wider use, and the US should be watched with interest
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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150430/14481230841/why-does-us-patent-office-keep-approving-clearly-ridiculous-patents.shtml
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TechDirt
Imagine you're on your way to deliver a case of beer to a party. Before you get there, your boss sends you a text: They want 2...
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https://150sec.com/estonia-to-empower-ai-based-judge-in-small-claims-court/10985/
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In Estonia, it seems that AI technology is destined to be used in what traditionally would be the least innovative of areas - the country’s courts system.
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https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/05/the-race-to-create-a-perfect-lie-detector-and-the-dangers-of-succeeding
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The Guardian
The long read: AI and brain-scanning technology could soon make it possible to reliably detect when people are lying. But do we really want to know?
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http://copyright.nova.edu/department-of-commerce-on-copyright/
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Copyright
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https://www.taxjustice.net/2014/01/17/price-offshore-revisited/
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Tax Justice Network
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https://theoutline.com/post/1198/tech-companies-are-hoarding-patents-but-they-should-be-donating-them?zd=1&zi=zefgnqid
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The Outline
Why doesn’t Silicon Valley do this more often?
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-05-23/the-wealth-detective-who-finds-the-hidden-money-of-the-super-rich
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Bloomberg
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https://aeon.co/essays/should-we-trust-predictive-policing-software-to-cut-crime
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The Verge
Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted?
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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/neuroscientists-make-a-case-against-solitary-confinement/
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Scientific American
Prolonged social isolation can do severe, long-lasting damage to the brain 
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https://www.fastcompany.com/3055936/this-startup-has-a-solid-plan-to-make-the-patient-experience-suck-a-whole-lot-less
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Fast Company
Imagine if a hospital functioned like a five-star restaurant or hotel.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/06/technology-is-changing-the-legal-profession-and-law-schools.html
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CNBC
While law school graduates still out-earn those with just a high school or bachelor's degree, the legal profession is not immune to the same technological trends that have touched essentially every industry nor the rising costs have been seen at colleges across the country.