Tag: legal

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 Francis Irving

Lots of people, when they hear about ScraperWiki, ask, “Is scraping legal? How can you build a business off that?” Usually, they follow up by saying, “We do it in our company, but we would never tell anyone.” This is strange to us, as we have come from a world of good scraping: taking government […] 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 »