Tag: law

by Waldo Jaquith

Throughout the planning process for the State Decoded project, I have made the basic assumption that the primary source of traffic for the software would be from search engines. People typing in things like “boundary law in kentucky” or “grand larceny illinois bad checks,” would be led directly to the law in question, presented within […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

Semantically, legal codes are smooth, shapeless balls of text. They’re programmatically inaccessible, useless to software — and most people. There’s simply nothing on which to get a purchase. As qualitative data, they’re inaccessible to quantitative analysis. This is the problem that the State Decoded project seeks to solve. The State Decoded’s job is to turn […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

There is a common belief that since laws are the result of legislation, then surely one can automatically assemble an amended version of the code based on the bills that have passed the legislature. This is both a really cool idea and a wrong one. Your standard narrative of how a bill becomes law doesn’t […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

When public officials start talking about “protecting the children,” watch out. Those are often code words for whacking civil liberties — and in the Internet age, they go directly to core liberties such as free speech. A breaking-news example is the ugly case of Lori Drew, in which a federal judge is in the process […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

In the end, it may be the cell phone that makes the difference in Oscar Grant’s death. Without it, it’s likely that 22-year old father would have been just another anonymous black man who ended up dead after a run in with law enforcement. Instead, as Grant lay face down on the platform of a […] more »

by David Ardia

One of the things we are doing at the Citizen Media Law Project is keeping our eye on new legislation that might have an impact on non-traditional journalists.  Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed — for the first time ever — a federal shield bill by a vote of 398 to 21. This […] more »

by David Ardia

We formally launched the Citizen Media Law Project’s website in April 2007, so it’s about time that I provided an update on what we have been up to and where we are headed in the next few months.  First, however, a bit of background on my project. The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP), a joint […] more »