Featured Acquisition: Data and Goliath

datagoliathData and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

by Bruce Schneier
New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015
Basement HM846 .S362 2015

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it. The powers that surveil us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but also the prices we’re offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide. And both sides share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches. Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance society of our own making. But have we given up more than we’ve gained? In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day. You’ll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even your car in the same way again.

For more highlights from the law library’s recent purchases, visit our Featured Acquisitions page.

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Summer Access to Library Resources

By Sharon Bradley

BLOOMBERG

  • All law students have full access to Bloomberg Law over the summer.
  • Bloomberg Law does not have any use restrictions, so you are not only allowed to use Bloomberg Law during your summer employment, but are encouraged to do so.
  • Additionally, for the 3Ls who will be graduating and studying for the bar, you have access to your Bloomberg Law accounts for an additional 6 months after graduation.

Email Tara Jackson at TJackson@bna.com with any questions.

LEXIS

  • Your Lexis ID will automatically extend for the summer.
  • You don’t need to do anything to have access over the summer months.
  • You are welcome to use your Lexis IDs for school research, intern or externships or at firms (including paid positions.)
  • Graduating 3Ls will have access until after the bar.  They also have the option to extend for 6 months afterwards.
  • 3L Lexis Points expire on July 1st

Email Mark Thompson at Mark.Thompson@lexisnexis.com with any questions.

WESTLAW

For Returning  Students (Rising 2& 3Ls and any returning students)
  • You will need to extend your password for usage in June and July. All passwords are “normal” until May 31st and all goes back to “normal” on August 1.
  • You will be getting an email and there will be a banner on the lawschool.westlaw.com home page about Summer Access.
  • You can view the Summer Extension form with the information about reasons to extend – summer classes, law review/journal, research assistant, internship/externship for credit-all are reasons to extend. Keep in mind that you can extend at any time during the summer.
  • The biggest difference between Westlaw and other vendors-if you are working at a law firm, you will need to get a Westlaw password for that firm.
For Graduating Students (Graduating in May 2016)
  • You will need to extend your passwords if you want to use Westlaw after May 31st. All May graduates have full access until May 31st
  • Once you have extended, you will get 60 hours of usage each month until November 2016. Once you exhaust your 60 hours in the month of June, your access will be denied until July 1 when you receive 60 hours for use during the month of July.
  • Although you can extend at any time, usage will stop in November 2016. So for example if you extend in October, you will get 60 hours in October and 60 hours in November.
  • You will get an email and there will be a banner on lawschool.westlaw.com home page (only graduates will see the graduate banner). Direct link for the extension.

Email Sue Moore at sue.moore@thomsonreuters.com with any questions.

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Back by Popular Demand: Book Repair Week

book-repair-clinic20copyLast fall’s book repair clinic was such a success that library staff are offering the service again for a full week this spring! Students and faculty are encouraged to drop off any damaged legal books between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. any day between today April 25th – Thursday April 28th. Books can be left at the library’s circulation desk. Please allow our staff 24 hours for repairs to be made and for glue to dry. You will receive an email once your book is ready for pick up.

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Just in Time for Exam Preparation—Extended Library Hours

By Maureen Cahill

The law library will begin extended hours for Friday and Saturday nights on Friday, April 22. From that day until the end of exams, the library will be open from 7am until 2am M – F and from 8am until 2am Sat and Sun. For all library hours, visit http://www.law.uga.edu/library-hours-operation.

And, Useful Study Resources

The law library provides access to two extensive collections that may help improve your readiness for exams—West Study Aids Hornbook and Nutshell Suite and CALI.

The West study aids can be accessed from the entry page to Westlaw in the Featured Content for Students—the picture is a link into the product. You will have to set up an account the first time you visit the site; but you can use the same user name and password you use for other Westlaw content. The site features hornbooks and other concise explanations of virtually every legal topic. There are even e-flash cards for Torts and Contracts.

CALI (computer assisted legal instruction) hosts hundreds of interactive lessons on more than thirty legal topics, including all first year subjects. Come to either the circulation or reference desk to pick up a card with the web address and UGA authorization code.

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Congratulations to our Graduating Student Workers

By Zanada Joyner

Many thanks to our graduating student workers without whom we would be unable to provide exceptional knowledge services, resources and expertise to the law school community.

Warmest congratulations on your graduation! Wishing you continued success in the future.

  • Gary Ashcroft
  • Danni Brancaccio
  • Mical Carter
  • Sarah Darden
  • Kevin Davis
  • Amble Johnson
  • Meghan Jones
  • Erin Peterson
  • Brittany Sumpter
  • Michelle Tang
  • Na’Tasha Webb-Prather
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Now on SSRN: the Dean Rusk International Law Center Paper Series

ssrn_rusk_paper_series_fbInterested in the latest scholarly research emerging from the field of international law? Continuing a decades-old tradition by which the Dean Rusk International Law Center functions as Georgia Law’s nucleus of global research, education, and service, the center this year introduced The Dean Rusk International Law Center Research Paper Series on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The series highlights scholarly production at Georgia Law, including writings by Rusk Center faculty and staff, as well as works appearing in the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law and other publications. All the contributions discuss issues of international, comparative, transnational, and foreign affairs law and policy.

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Golf, law, and the 2016 Masters Tournament

The beautiful golf course at the Masters TournamentThe game of golf is loved by many, tolerated by others, and affirmatively disliked by the rest. – John Minan

Round 1 of  the 80th Masters Tournament is under way today in Augusta. We know this from the sudden appearance of Titleist hats and the enthusiastic chatter floating above the crowd in line for coffee down at the café. For our Georgia Law golfers posing as law students, faculty, and staff this week, we’ve assembled a few resources to help you enjoy the tournament.

On display at the Circulation Desk are a couple of items you ought to check out if you’re passing through. We have Golf and the Law by Thomas Sawyer, and Jack Minan’s Little Book of Golf Law, a very readable and often outright funny survey of selected case law related to the game.

Writing in the ABA’s Business Law Today, Minan, revealing his characteristic humor, explains why the “rules of golf” have a tendency to intersect with the “rules of law” in his article “Golf and the Law.”

Golfers often describe the flight of the golf ball based on its trajectory. For a right-handed player, a ball that curves to the left is called a hook. One that curves to the right is a slice. For left-handed players, the hook-slice description is just the reverse: left is a slice and right is a hook. If the ball goes straight or where it is supposed to go, most golfers call it a miracle. When miracles don’t occur, another player is at risk of getting hit.

And it’s not just the other players who are at risk for mishaps and altercations. “The Intersection of Golf and the Law,” by Bill Pennington, first ran in the New York Times a couple of years back, but his advice about the legal hazards lurking on the greens is still fresh, relevant, and also unavoidably funny.

But back to Augusta, where so much attention will be focused, this week:

UGA alum Bubba Watson is back, and he isn’t the only Georgia Dawg playing in this tournament. Learn about the five golfers with ties to UGA playing this week.

If you’re headed to Augusta to watch, here’s a map of the 2016 course and parking.

If you’re getting technical, here’s the chart of hole locations (as of this post, for Round 1).

The official Masters Tournament site is streaming the event live, of course.

CBS Sports also offers live streaming, live blogging, scores, expert picks, a unique hole-by-hole flyover, and more: http://www.cbssports.com/golf/tournaments/masters Go direct to the live streaming and video highlights: http://www.cbssports.com/golf/masters/live

USA Today offers the 2016 Masters Guide with featured groups, tee-times, and TV viewing schedule.

If your work or study schedule prohibits full-time engagement with a big or small screen, you can follow the action discretely on Twitter via @TheMasters or #TheMasters

Best wishes for a great tournament week, and to all those UGA grads playing this week, Go Dawgs!

 

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