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U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Continue to Impact the Information Industry
by George H. Pike
With comparatively few cases covering any given issue, Supreme Court opinions generate a significant level of attention in the legal community and the business communities affected by those opinions. The information industry is no exception, with a small-in-number but potentially big-in-impact collection of decisions in the 2020–2021 term and the anticipation of similar impactful decisions in the 2021–2022 term.

Weekly News Digests
ALA Calls on Info Pros to Observe the National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 18
ALA announced the following: "On January 18, 2022, the sixth annual US National Day of Racial Healing, [ALA], the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) call upon our collective memberships—comprised of several hundred thousand archivists, librarians, and other information professionals, and thousands of libraries and archives of all kinds—to observe the day with reflection and action."
Internet Speeds and COVID-19: What's Changed in the U.S.
Moe Long writes the following in "Here's How (and Why) Internet Speeds Have Changed During COVID-19" for WhistleOut: "There's good news for internet speed demons: 2021 saw an average internet speed increase across the board in the U.S. However, some states experienced greater gains than others."
IFLA Rolls Out 2021 Update to Its Trend Report
IFLA augmented its Trend Report series with an official update, which aggregates ideas from library leaders that were collected ahead of the organization's latest World Library and Information Congress.
'ArXiv.org Reaches a Milestone and a Reckoning' by Daniel Garisto
Daniel Garisto writes the following for Scientific American: "What started in 1989 as an e-mail list for a few dozen string theorists has now grown to a collection of more than two million papers—and the central hub for physicists, astronomers, computer scientists, mathematicians and other researchers."
EFF Aims to Get Appeals Court to Reverse Decision in DMCA Case
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) requested that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia "block enforcement of onerous copyright rules that violate the First Amendment and criminalize certain speech about technology, preventing researchers, tech innovators, filmmakers, educators, and others from creating and sharing their work."

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Great Reads for 2022
by Brandi Scardilli
As part of Information Today's We the People column in the January/February issue, Information Today contributors and staffers share the books they're most looking forward to in 2022.

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