Data Dialogue: Analyzing Racial Equity and Bias of Federal Judges through Inferred Sentencing Records

The US public has a constitutional right to access criminal
trial proceedings. In practice, it is difficult to exercise this right
as well as to quantitatively study federal sentencing disparities. We
have assembled a public database of criminal sentence decisions made in
federal district courts called JUSTFAIR: Judicial System Transparency
through Federal Archive Inferred Records. This large-scale database
links information about defendants with information about their federal
crimes and sentences, and, crucially, with the identity of the

Cybersecurity Seminar: Tom O’Malley: Founder, Frozen Pii, LLC and former Assistant United States Attorney (Federal Cybercrime Prosecutor) for the US Department of Justice

Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity students enrolled in CYBERSEC-501 do not need to register for this event.

All other Duke students, staff, and faculty who are interested in attending should contact Elizabeth Leslie (

Innovation Inside Haier: Driving Innovation From Within

Chinese firms like Haier are reinventing and innovating their business models, their corporate cultures, and themselves, becoming global competitors who increasingly offer knowledge rather than cheap labour in their quest to join the ranks of the "world's best" companies. This presentation by Dr. William Fischer (Senior Lecturer of Operations Management, MIT Sloan School of Management) offers a profile of one of China's most ambitious competitors-the world's largest manufacturer of home appliances.

Fishing for Data Podcast Series Live Q&A with Duke, EM4.Fish and the Net Gains Alliance

As a follow up to the Fishing for Data Podcast Series available at, this live Q&A session provides an opportunity for all interested fish tech friends, and data & law junkies, to have their questions answered by the experts from Duke, the Net Gains Alliance, EM4Fish, and an array of other knowledgeable panelists from the podcast. This event will be recorded and shared as the final podcast in the series.

The Crisis in Space: The Future of Space Diplomacy

Diplomacy is no longer confined to earthbound matters. Though space diplomacy is not new, the recent proliferation of countries and companies with access to low earth orbit (and beyond) has heightened the need for diplomacy that covers international programs and interactions beyond our atmosphere. Extraterrestrial issues that once encompassed an acute set of national security interests now extend to a multidisciplinary set of geopolitical and geoeconomics issues, all of which must be informed by sound science and technology analysis.

Google v Oracle: Copyright and Fair Use Examined

On April 5, 2021 the US Supreme Court in a 6-2 decision in the copyright case of Google v Oracle found that Google's use of the APIs from 37 Java packages in the Android platform was legally a "fair use", thus deciding the case in favor of Google. This decision was the culmination of more than ten years of litigation and two jury trials whose decisions were each overturned on appeal, before being ultimately determined by the Supreme Court.