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Social Media Platforms Tangle With Congress and the European Union
by George H. Pike
With the midterm elections looming and memories of election interference fresh in their minds, Congress members are aggressively questioning Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media outlets on privacy and the steps they are taking to protect information and provide transparency.

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Breaking DRM Is Now Legal--In Certain Cases
Jason Koebler writes for Motherboard, "The Librarian of Congress and US Copyright Office just proposed new rules that will give consumers and independent repair experts wide latitude to legally hack embedded software on their devices in order to repair or maintain them."
FlatWorld Studies Effects of High Textbook Prices
FlatWorld released the results of an October 2018 survey of 334 undergraduate students on how college textbook costs affect their educational experiences.
Georgia State University Lawsuit Goes Another Round
According to Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly, "For a second time, publishers have won an appeal in the long-running Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves lawsuit. However, the case was once again remanded to the district court. ..."
U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Keeps an Eye on Opposition to Journalists
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker keeps a tally of actions against journalists on its homepage. As of Oct. 30, it lists seven journalists arrested, 40 journalists attacked, five journalists killed, and 19 journalists subpoenaed.
EBSCO Databases Return to Utah Schools
A guest post on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog from Peter Bromberg, executive director of the Salt Lake City Public Library, covers the recent Utah Education Network/EBSCO Information Services dispute. ...

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Pew Research Center Updates
by Brandi Scardilli
NewsBreaks often covers the latest surveys and reports from Pew Research Center, "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world." The following are some of the latest reports from each of its eight sections.

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