Table of Contents

About Microaggressions

Ronald E. Wheeler, Boston University School of Law

Preparing Law Students for Information Governance

Susan David deMaine, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Prometheus Bound: An Historical Content Analysis of Information Regulation in Facebook

Rotem Medzini, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Public Policy, Students, Haifa Center for Law and Technology

Where Have You Gone, Atticus Finch?

Daniel J. Morrissey, Gonzaga University - School of Law


"About Microaggressions" Free Download
Law Library Journal, Vol. 108:2 [2016-15]
Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-19

RONALD E. WHEELER, Boston University School of Law

Professor Wheeler discusses the concepts of microaggressions (including micro-assaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations) specifically against LGBT individuals, and proposes some solutions for preventing microaggressions from occurring within one’s organization.

"Preparing Law Students for Information Governance" Free Download
35 Legal Reference Services Quarterly, online: 16 May 2016

SUSAN DAVID DEMAINE, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Information governance is a holistic business approach to managing and using information that recognizes information as an asset as well as a potential source of risk. Law librarians and legal information professionals are well situated to take leadership roles in information governance efforts, including instructing law students in information governance principles and practices. This article traces the development of information governance and its importance to the legal profession, offers a primer on information governance principles and implementation, and discusses how academic law librarians and other legal educators can teach information governance to law students using problem-based learning or similar pedagogical methods.

"Prometheus Bound: An Historical Content Analysis of Information Regulation in Facebook" Free Download
Suffolk University Journal of High Technology Law, Vol. XVI, No. 1.5, 2016

ROTEM MEDZINI, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Public Policy, Students, Haifa Center for Law and Technology

The rise of online social networks has engaged regulators, users’ representatives, and social-network service providers in a vibrant regulatory dialogue around shifting privacy norms and laws. Driven by competitive market forces, these social-networking online service providers have introduced new services and opened privacy barriers to allow greater information flow, which, in turn, has created disjunctions between users’ desired and achieved levels of privacy. By examining the conflict of values among stakeholders and subsequent technology changes in the context of privacy expectations, norms, market pressures, and laws, this project explores how the regulatory system affects information collection practices of the largest social network service provider: Facebook. Specifically, the paper traces Facebook’s information collection practices through an historical content analysis of regulatory decisions, users’ complaints, and associated legal documents to illuminate the dynamic relationship among stakeholders in a competitive market.

Overall, the paper reveals a unique response to the regulatory interaction: Facebook repeatedly revised its privacy documents, practices, and interfaces in direct response to the complaints made against its services. This relationship reflects a nudging trend in Facebook’s behavior – the company changed its platform code and added new services in order to implement its corporate goals for enhanced sharing, yet users and NGOs kept complaining against these actions. Moreover, although Facebook opted for the informal regulation practices that the courts preferred, regulators remained focused only on the privacy policy as the important source of privacy notification. Finally, while regulators were inclined to criticize deceitful notices, users’ representatives preferred to claim unfairness following changes in user interfaces.

Undeniably, by adding services and changing privacy settings and notices, online service providers operating in a dynamic and rapidly innovating competitive environment are uniquely able to control their virtual environments and influence users’ behavior as part of the competitive process. This project analyzes the approach of the largest social networking service provider in its competition for users’ attention and, in turn, how it reacts to other stakeholders. The understandings this paper provides help to yield a better sense of required tools and policies to regulate information collection practices.

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NWLawyer 42, March 2016
Gonzaga University School of Law Research Paper No. 2016-10

DANIEL J. MORRISSEY, Gonzaga University - School of Law

This is a book review of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. This prequel to Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird recounts an episode in the life of the fictional lawyer Atticus Finch several decades after he undertook the representation of a Black Man falsely accused of rape. Finch’s daughter Scout who narrates the earlier novel is now a grown woman and in a difficult relationship with her father because of his conventional racists beliefs.


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