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AI judges, law firm automation software, the cultural movements destined to reshape future laws—this page covers the trends and news that will influence the evolution and practice of law.

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-pot-pardons-limitations-1.4866610
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CBC
The Liberal government's announcement that it will expedite the processing of pardons for people with minor cannabis-related crimes is welcome news to quite literally tens of thousands of Canadians who have been convicted of possession offences.
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https://digiday.com/marketing/cheatsheet-internet-giants-weigh-u-s-privacy-law/
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Digiday
Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Charter, Google and Twitter prefer a federal privacy law instead of state-specific regulations.
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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-new-zealand-passes-law-aiming-for-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050/
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The Globe and Mail
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she hopes the law means the next generation will see that New Zealand was ‘on the right side of history’
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https://www.cnet.com/news/ibms-quantum-computing-ambitions-get-exponential-like-moores-law/
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CNET
You may not understand qubits, but you can certainly tell that scoring 16 is twice as good as scoring 8.
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https://singularityhub.com/2018/06/06/the-biggest-new-laws-to-regulate-tech-giants-and-why-they-matter/#sm.0000uhujtmo5qe17uci2034tixmtc
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SingularityHub
Cars were as novel and exciting an invention in the 18th century as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are now—but today’s tech is proving harder for regulators to keep a handle on. As technology continues to infuse our lives, the race to make sure it’s as safe and fair as possible will continue.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45476865
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BBC
Governor Jerry Brown signs legislation committing California to carbon-free electricity by 2045.
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https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/2/22/17140166/climate-change-lawsuit-exxon-juliana-liability-kids
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Vox
Kids, farmers, fishermen, cities, and states are suing the fossil fuel industry and governments. Could they win?
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https://research.ark-invest.com/ark-disrupt-issue-184
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Ark Invest
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https://robohub.org/robolaw-why-and-how-to-regulate-robotics/
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Robohub
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https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/24/18017842/tim-cook-data-privacy-laws-us-speech-brussels
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The Verge
Speaking at a privacy conference in Brussels today, Apple CEO Tim Cook called for new data privacy laws in the US and warned of a "data-industrial complex" that was harming society. The Apple chief warned that data was being weaponized against users with "military efficiency."
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https://financialpost.com/legal-post/new-workplace-harassment-law-will-be-real-game-changer-for-employers
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Financial Post
Employers will have to completely reassess how they manage harassment and violence in the workplace, costing hundreds of millions
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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.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-fakenews-idUSKBN1Y3093
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Reuters
Singapore instructed Facebook on Friday to publish a correction on a user's social media post under a new "fake news" law, raising fresh questions about how the company will adhere to government requests to regulate content.
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Social media companies have ignited debate among US legal scholars about whether the First Amendment should apply to social media.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italy-food-waste-law-supermarkets-a6931681.html
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Independent
'We are making it more convenient for companies to donate than to waste'
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https://www.racked.com/2015/1/15/7561277/fashion-law
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Racked
Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering...
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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2019/12/30/553024.htm
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Insurance Journal
A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and
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https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252475371/Stanford-University-finds-that-AI-is-outpacing-Moores-Law
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ComputerWeekly
Every three months, the speed of artificial intelligence computation doubles, according to Standford University’s 2019 AI Index report.
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https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/01/03/the-prospect-of-parenthood-makes-people-more-law-abiding
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The Economist
Pregnancy prompts mums- and dads-to-be to change their ways | Graphic detail
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https://www.economist.com/asia/2019/09/12/japanese-law-and-social-mores-still-treat-users-of-soft-drugs-severely
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The Economist
Woe betide any celebrity caught with a spliff | Asia