The Consortium oversees the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (MJLST)—a top interdisciplinary journal publishing leading work on issues at the intersection of law, science, and technology. The journal is jointly edited by law students and by faculty from across the University of Minnesota.
This year, the journal welcomed Prof. Ralph Hall, JD, as Faculty Editor-in-Chief, and Steven Kranz, JD, as Managing Editor. The 2011-12 Student Editor-in-Chief was Joe Dammel; the Student Executive Editor was Michelle Mercer. To ensure accessibility and impact, MJLST it is published simultaneously in print and online. Please visit mjlst.umn.edu to read the current issue. This year’s volume featured articles tackling issues including:
In 2011, the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology was ranked among the top ten journals in each of its subject areas, according to the Washington and Lee University law journal rankings.
Washington and Lee also named MJLST as the top subscription value among journals in those same categories, measured by the number of times the journal is cited annually compared to the cost of a subscription.
The journal’s interdisciplinary range is due to our roster of contributors, which combines established scholars at the top of their field with emerging authors presenting fresh perspectives.
Looking ahead to the coming year, MJLST will publish articles on the limits of bureaucratic control of cyber-threats, whether the possibility of two genetically distinct “chimeric” cell lines in a single organism can thwart DNA identification of criminals, and the danger of applying the precautionary principle to information technology. Full-volume subscriptions are $20 (two issues per volume). You can subscribe at mjlst.umn.edu or email the journal at email@example.com.
The reach and impact of the journal was recently extended when MJLST joined the world of social media. With the launch of its LawSci Blog and Twitter feed, the journal now brings its innovative perspectives to its audience on a daily basis.
To access the LawSci Blog, Twitter feed, and the new LinkedIn Alumni Group, visit mjlst.umn.edu/SocialMedia.
FBI Face Recognition Concerns Privacy Advocates
by Rebecca Boxhorn, Consortium Research Associate, Former MJLST Staff & Editor
Helen of Troy's face launched a thousand ships, but yours might provide probable cause. The FBI is developing a nationwide facial recognition database that has privacy experts fretting about the definition of privacy in a technologically advanced society. The $1 billion Next Generation Identification initiative seeks to harness the power of biometric data in the fight against crime. Part of the initiative is the creation of a facial photograph database that will allow officials to match pictures to mug shots, electronically identify suspects in crowds, or even find fugitives on Facebook.
Link to the continuation of FBI Face Recognition Concerns Privacy Advocates at mjlst.umn.edu/SocialMedia.