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States Acting on Net Neutrality

 Net neutrality is the concept that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) should not be controlling what you have access to on the internet. Since ISPs control their customers’ connections to the internet, they are in the position to block sites, redirect users to different sites, or cause some sites and services to load slowly and run badly. Net neutrality has been in the news during the past few months as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rolled back net neutrality rules that it had issued in 2015. The final rule, published on February 22 in the Federal Register, eliminates conduct rules imposed by the 2015 rules, and merely requires certain disclosures from ISPs about their services and practices. For more on the history of net neutrality, check out this timeline.

In response to the repeal of net neutrality, states have been taking up the issue. The National Conference of State Legislatures provides a summary and table of state action on net neutrality. In five states, governors have issued executive orders to protect net neutrality. Washington has become the first state to enact net neutrality legislation, while legislation has been proposed in 26 states. In the Ohio Legislature, House Concurrent Resolution 18, Continue Net Neutrality and Open Access, was introduced on December 4, 2017. The resolution recognizes the necessity of high-speed internet services, the importance of equitable access to those services, and the protections that had been mandated by the 2015 rules. The resolution declares Ohio’s support of net neutrality, and calls on the President and Congress to protect open internet access. For more on net neutrality, check out C|M|Law Professor Brian Ray discussing net neutrality on ideastream’s The Sound of Ideas, original air date December 18, 2017.

Faculty Interviewed for Tonight’s Local News

 C|M|Law will be featured on News Channel 5s broadcast tonight at 6pm. Professor Brian Ray was interviewed about internet bots. What is a bot? According to C|Net, “a bot is an application that performs an automated task, such as setting an alarm, telling you the weather or searching online.” The tasks that bots perform range from helpful, to annoying, to malicious. Bots crawl the web, finding new websites and updating search engines, and helping users order items or find discounts. There are even Lawyer-Bots. Bots can also pose cybersecurity threats, spamming your social media with ads and other junk, tricking you into thinking that you’re interacting with another person, and spreading misinformation or even viruses. For further reading about bots, check out these articles from The Atlantic, Techopedia, and Venturebeat.

For more on cybersecurity, check out C|M|Law’s Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, and the C|M|Law Library’s Cyberlaw Guide.

Free Research Tools: New AI Brief Analyzer

There’s a new free online tool for analyzing briefs called EVA. The AI-based product by ROSS Intelligence debuted at Legaltech/Legalweek New York. Legalweek is an event dedicated to business and technology in the legal field, featuring workshops, conferences, and a tradeshow.

After completing the free registration, users can upload briefs to the EVA website. EVA will check the cases cited in the brief to determine if they are still good law, similar to Shepard’s and KeyCite. EVA can also locate additional cases analogous to a cited case, or that use comparable language.

EVA is very similar to another AI-based product called CARA, by Casetext, which was launched in 2017. The creators of CARA even proposed a digital duel at Legalweek, challenging EVA to a live head-to-head comparison.

For the tech-inclined, find more coverage of Legalweek at Legaltechnology.com, Law.com, and Above the Law.

SAGE Stats and U.S. Political Stats Available

SAGE Publishing offers two interesting databases that Cleveland State Students can access from the Michael Schwartz (main) Library’s list of databases.

U.S. Political Stats is a data download and visualization tool covering all three branches of the United States government. It brings together content from sources like CQ Roll Call and CQ Press and provides a wealth of information on election returns, congressional floor votes, Supreme Court decisions, plus presidential performance and economic indicators. The graphs and other visualizations are great tools for any researcher.

SAGE Stats is a data download and visualization database hosting social science data about U.S. States, counties, cities, and metropolitan statistical areas from more than 150 different government and non-government sources. It spans topics like employment, crime, religion, and education. The data series are standardized, allowing users to easily find, compare, visualize and export.

CSU Alerts for Weather and Other Important Information

With the closing of the University last Friday and Saturday, we thought it would be a good time to remind people about Cleveland State Alerts. All students and staff can sign up for the alert notifications through CampusNet. Notification can be sent via voice message (mobile and/or land-line), text message, or email; choose one or all of the above.