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Spotify lands exclusive rights to new Kim Kardashian West podcast

June 30th, 2020 at 1:29 pm » Comments Off

  Spotify has inked an exclusive deal to distribute Kim Kardashian West’s new podcast, a spokesperson confirmed to Axios. Why it matters: The deal, unlike Spotify’s purchase of “The Ringer” in February and its exclusive arrangement to distribute “The Joe Rogan Experience” beginning this fall, includes female producers and hosts, which could lure a more […]



Will the Coronavirus make us rethink mass incarceration?

June 4th, 2020 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

Arrested during the crisis, Roslyn Crouch feared she wouldn’t leave jail alive.   Community groups have pointed out the social costs of the prison system for decades. Now the pandemic has exposed its public-health risks. On March 14th, Roslyn Crouch, a mother of twelve, left her house in New Orleans to stock up on toilet […]



Man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom

June 3rd, 2020 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

Singapore has some of the world’s toughest anti-drug policies A man has been sentenced to death via a Zoom video call in Singapore, as the country remains on lockdown following a spike in Covid-19 cases. Punithan Genasan, 37, received the sentence on Friday for his role in a drug deal that took place in 2011. […]



INSIGHT: How Covid-19 Changed the Future of Litigation

May 20th, 2020 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Covid-19 is proving to be the impetus the legal industry needed to embrace remote technologies, Merchant & Gould attorneys write. They look at how law firms are adjusting to new technologies now and how courts may adopt new technologies going forward. In law firms, one might guess the graduation year of attorneys based only on […]



Tokyo researchers create a digital court for the digital age

April 22nd, 2020 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

THE “DIGITAL COURT” WOULD USE SMART CONTRACTS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a blockchain-powered mechanism for settling legal disputes. Researchers have developed a “digital court” mechanism using blockchain-powered smart contracts.



Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to ban consumption of cats and dogs

April 17th, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

(CNN)Shenzhen, in southeastern China, has become the first city in the country to ban the consumption of cats and dogs, the government announced Thursday.  Under new rules which will come into effect May 1, the government said it will be illegal to eat animals raised as pets. In February, following the coronavirus outbreak, China passed […]



French court recognises Bitcoin as “money”

March 12th, 2020 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

The ruling, the result of a dispute between Bitcoin marketplace Paymium and crypto investment firm BitSpread, could benefit the French crypto market. A French court has ruled that Bitcoin is money, for the first time. The result of the ruling could lead to more action in the French Bitcoin market. It’s the first time a […]



3D Printing and the murky ethics of replicating bones

January 15th, 2020 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Bone scan databases offer scientists new ways to study human remains. But some worry they could be misused. Ten years ago, it wasn’t possible for most people to use 3D technology to print authentic copies of human bones. Today, using a 3D printer and digital scans of actual bones, it is possible to create unlimited […]



AI judges and verdicts via chat app: the brave new world of China’s digital courts

December 13th, 2019 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

Inside the Hangzhou Internet Court, litigants appear by video chat as an AI judge – complete with on-screen avatar – prompts them to present their cases A ‘mobile court’ offered on popular Chinese social media platform WeChat has handled more than three million legal cases or other judicial procedures since its launch in March Artificial-intelligence […]



The great American tax haven: why the super-rich love South Dakota

November 24th, 2019 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

Late last year, as the Chinese government prepared to enact tough new tax rules, the billionaire Sun Hongbin quietly transferred $4.5bn worth of shares in his Chinese real estate firm to a company on a street corner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of the least populated and least known states in the US. Sioux […]



Can you make AI fairer than a judge? Play our courtroom algorithm game

October 29th, 2019 at 2:50 pm » Comments Off

Can you make AI fairer than a judge? Play our courtroom algorithm game The US criminal legal system uses predictive algorithms to try to make the judicial process less biased. But there’s a deeper problem    . As a child, you develop a sense of what “fairness” means. It’s a concept that you learn early […]



Women win the right to go topless in 6 states

October 23rd, 2019 at 12:21 am » Comments Off

  It’s unlikely that mayhem and anarchy will ensue The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down a ban on women being topless in public in Fort Collins, Colorado. The court’s decision makes it now legal for women to go topless in all of the states that fall under the 10th Circuit — Wyoming, […]



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