Kara W. Swanson (Northeastern): “Great Men”, Law, and the Social Construction of Technology. Tom Rutledge reviews A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. Mark David Webster (Reynolds): Questioning Technological Determinism through Empirical Research. Google X and the science of radical creativity: How the secretive Silicon Valley lab is trying to resurrect the lost art of invention. Know thy futurist: Many visions of the future proliferate in Silicon Valley — which one is worth fighting for? Sarah Jones on Silicon Valley’s religious drive. Silicon Valley’s poverty of philosophy: Silicon Valley must contend with something deeper if it truly wants to meet its goal of “changing the world”. Scott McLemee reviews The Acceleration of Cultural Change: From Ancestors to Algorithms by R. Alexander Bentley and Michael J. O’Brien.

Assaf Likhovski (Tel Aviv): The Intellectual History of Law. Scott J. Shapiro (Yale) and David Plunkett (Dartmouth): Law, Morality and Everything Else: General Jurisprudence as a Branch of Meta-Normative Inquiry. Julie Dickson (Oxford): Why General Jurisprudence is Interesting. Valeriano Diviacchi (Harvard): Existential Philosophy of Law. Or Bassok (Nottingham): The Arendtian Dread: Courts with Power. Lawrence B. Solum (Georgetown): The Constraint Principle: Original Meaning and Constitutional Practice. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Roles of Judges in Democracies: A Realistic View.

After eight years on the sidelines, the Federalist Society is primed to reshape the courts under Trump. Trump is rapidly reshaping the judiciary — here’s how. Donald Trump is remaking the federal courts in his own image. Unqualified nominee Brett Talley is just the beginning of Trump’s efforts to remake the courts. Some of Trump’s judicial nominees may be unfit — the Senate is rushing them through anyway. McConnell preps judicial confirmation frenzy: The transformation of the federal judiciary has been one of the early successes of Donald Trump’s presidency. The smartest people in Trumpland: The brightest minds in Trump’s orbit will keep his legacy alive and thriving long after he is gone.

Tide of right-wing judges could recede quickly if Democrats take back the Senate.

Shu-Yi Oei and Diane M. Ring (BC): Leak-Driven Law. The lost genocide: Why the United Nations may never be able to prosecute the Rohingya genocide. 25 transgender people have been murdered in 2017, and many of their cases are unsolved. David L. Phillips on Michael Flynn and the Turkish connection. Why politicizing the U.S. Census is dangerous. “Can't make it up: The leading pick to run the Census Bureau is the author of a book called ‘Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America’”. Trump’s right to oppose the AT&T Time Warner merger — but it’s for the wrong reasons (and more). The FCC just decided to repeal net neutrality — here’s why that’s really, really bad. “This is an A+ tweet”.

From the New Yorker, Ronan Farrow on Harvey Weinstein’s secret settlements: The mogul used money from his brother and elaborate legal agreements to hide allegations of predation for decades. Willa Frej: What 3 creepy meetings with Charlie Rose taught me about toxic sexism and blurred lines. These are the industries with the most reported sexual harassment claims — most just don’t make the headlines. Gita Jackson on why women don’t report sexual harassment. Why women on Capitol Hill don’t report sexual harassment, explained in 90 seconds. Nancy LeTourneau on the more difficult conversation we need to have about sexual assault. What are the lessons of the post-Weinstein moment? Rebecca Traister and Ross Douthat in a conversation.

When our allies are accused of harassment: The case of Al Franken shows how painful and confusing it is when the #MeToo juggernaut comes for men we respect. Donald Trump says he’s “happy” sexual assault is being exposed, as if no one knows what Trump is accused of. Margaret Hartmann on what happened to the 16 women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct. A new poll makes it crystal clear: Sexual harassment is not a dealbreaker in today’s Republican Party. Doug Jones can beat Roy Moore, but there’s one big problem: He’s going to have to tone down his rhetoric on abortion if he wants to win over evangelicals. Kimberly A. Hamlin on Roy Moore and the revolution to come: Women are rising - will they be able to create lasting change?

Anthony J. Gaughan (Drake): Trump, Twitter, and the Russians: The Growing Obsolescence of Federal Campaign Finance Law. Russia’s social media meddling in the United States was just the tip of the iceberg. Christopher Steele, the ex-spy behind the Trump-Russia dossier, left a clue for Mueller. “A long winter”: White House aides divided over scope, risks of Russia probe. Thread: “I think it’s possible that the view that the Russian sow-chaos-and-promote-the-authoritarian-candidate election strategy was substantially independent of all the financial entanglements btw Trump and Russia”. The hidden history of Trump’s first trip to Moscow: In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union — the KGB almost certainly made the trip happen.

Amy Kapczynski (Yale): Why “Intellectual Property” Law? Laura Kasinof on how Yemen’s famine got so bad (and more). Zimbabwe’s Mugabe refuses to resign and dares his party to impeach him. There is a silent war on dissenting amusement afoot — but it’s a slippery slope we’re on when the criminalization of laughter can lead to punitive arrest, as in the case of activist Desiree Fairooz. Trump nominee Brett Talley’s apparent thoughts on capital punishment: “Just shoot them”. Slavoj Zizek on a great awakening and its dangers. Sophie Gilbert on the real cult of Charles Manson (and more). You know you’re saying this out loud, right? Jesus, these really are the fcking mole people.

Gordon Pennycook and David G. Rand (Yale): Who Falls for Fake News? The Roles of Analytic Thinking, Motivated Reasoning, Political Ideology, and Bullshit Receptivity. Damian Radcliffe (Oregon): Ten Ways the Tech Industry and the Media Helped Create President Trump. America’s misinformation problem, explained: Sean Illing interviews Emily Thorson, co-editor of Misinformation and Mass Audiences. Anatomy of a fake news scandal: Amanda Robb goes inside the web of conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners and Twitter bots who manufactured the “news” that Hillary Clinton ran a pizza-restaurant child-sex ring.

Lucas de Lima Carvalho (USP): The Case Against Fake News Gatekeeping by Social Networks. The Pizzagate polity: Everything is human trafficking now. In a “farcical” world blighted by fake news, the longtime satirical publication The Onion has become even more necessary. Victoria Saker Woeste on the anti-Semitic origins of the war on “fake news”. Snopes.com and the search for facts in a post-fact world. The corrosion of truth in these strange times is terrifying. Krist Novoselic on how to stop fake news without Congress. The Texas shooter was called a liberal, antifa communist working with ISIS — before anyone knew anything: Welcome to the world of right-wing propaganda.

Christoph Aymanns (LSE), Jakob Foerster (Oxford), and Co-Pierre Georg (UCT): Fake News in Social Networks. Jan Schnellenbach (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg): On the Behavioural Political Economy of Regulating Fake News. Renee DiResta warned of “peer-to-peer misinformation” — Congress listened. Can fake news be stopped in the next 10 years? A meta-analysis of studies about debunking offers a few tips for fact-checkers. How fake news turned a small town upside down: At the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom to Twin Falls — one the Idaho city still hasn’t recovered from.

Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Cheap Speech and What It Has Done (to American Democracy). Republican apostate: Dave Denison interviews Bruce Bartlett, author of The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts From Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks. From the Data and Society Research Institute, Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis on media manipulation and disinformation online. The art of the real: Katherine Cross on disinformation vs. democracy. After Las Vegas shooting, fake news regains its megaphone. How to force Facebook to fix its fake news problem: It should take responsibility for posts whose authors cannot be traced.

Amy Fry (BGSU): A Brief History of Fake News. In an age of fake news, Kevin Young is a historian of the hoax (and more). Adrian Chen on the fake-news fallacy: Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet. The fake news machine: Inside a town gearing up for 2020. Why we’re still in the dark about Facebook’s fight against fake news. Homegrown “fake news” is a bigger problem than Russian propaganda — here’s a way to make falsehoods more costly for politicians. The future of truth and misinformation online: Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online.

Brian Resnick on the science behind why fake news is so hard to wipe out. Facebook’s fake news experiment backfires. Matt Grant on on the vital importance of nonfiction in the age of “fake” news. At Snopes, a peek down the right-wing rabbit holes: Fake news is a perfect marriage of corrupt capitalism (make-a-buck pranksters) and corrupt constitutionalism (people who lie under protection of the First Amendment). Niraj Chokshi on how to fight “fake news” (warning: It isn’t easy).

William D. Araiza (Brooklyn): Samuel Alito: Populist. Neil Siegel (Duke): The Distinctive Role of Justice Samuel Alito: From a Politics of Restoration to a Politics of Dissent. Clarence Thomas has spent his career pushing a fringy, right-wing ideology — now, he has an army of acolytes who can make his vision a reality. Ian Millhiser on the not-at-all-subtle partisanship of Chief Justice Roberts. Joan Biskupic on Gorsuch v. Roberts: The rookie takes on the chief. How badly is Neil Gorsuch annoying the other Supreme Court justices? Jeffrey Toobin wonders. Is Gorsuch driving a wedge between conservatives on the Court? Why rumors of a Gorsuch–Kagan clash at the Supreme Court are such a bombshell.

Beverley Baines (Queen's): Women Judges and Constitutional Courts: Why Not Nine Women? Hannah Brenner (California Western) and Renee Newman Knake (Houston): Shortlisted (“Shortlisted tells the stories of nearly a dozen extraordinary women considered for the Court, but ultimately not nominated, before Justice Sandra Day O’Connor became the first in 1981”). The Democrats’ next Supreme Court nominee: Meet Patricia Millett, the hero of the Jane Doe abortion case and a worthy successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What happens to America if Justice Kennedy retires: Say goodbye to Roe, racial justice, voting rights, and any new progress on LGBT rights. Will he or won’t he? How Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement decision became a battle over the judiciary and the Trump presidency. Carl Reiner: Justice Kennedy, don’t retire.

Trump names Supreme Court candidates for a nonexistent vacancy.

The inaugural issue of Contango Journal is out, including Chris Cutrone (SAIC): The Crisis of Neoliberalism and Marxism in the Age of Trump. Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge is all about life after oil. Trump is in deep with Saudi Arabia — that’s dangerous. Emily Holden on how the Bonn climate talks survived Trump. The Menendez trial revealed everything that’s gone wrong with US bribery law. From the New York Times, a special report on how politics and bad decisions starved New York’s subways. Peter Beinart: White men from fancy schools advanced quickly at the New Republic — asking how much of their success was due to race, gender, and class would have meant asking the same of myself. There’s a digital media crash — but no one will say it.