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The Legal Eagle’s spring 2024 issue contains articles on artificial intelligence, whether misinformation on social media is protected free speech, and violence at youth sporting events. A PDF of the Legal Eagle’s Spring 2024 issue can be downloaded or individual articles can be read and/or printed from The Legal Eagle’s blog, The Lowdown.

Any questions, contact the editor of The Legal Eagle, Jodi L. Miller. She can be reached via email at jmiller@njsbf.org.

Here are the headlines from The Legal Eagle’s Spring 2024 Issue:

Artificial Intelligence Provides Opportunities and Challenges

Artificial intelligence (AI) sounds like something from a science fiction movie or a spy novel. The truth is we experience AI every day—when Google figures out what you’re searching for before you finish typing, when composing a text or email and auto-complete finishes your sentence, even when Amazon recommends a book—it’s all AI.

According to the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office (NAIIO), which provides technical and administrative support for the White House’s Select Committee on AI, the term artificial intelligence was coined in 1956 at Dartmouth College during a conference attended by computer science researchers from across the country. That meeting—where researchers discussed the possibility that machines could communicate, imitate human behavior, and solve problems—sparked decades of government and industry research in AI. READ MORE

Is Discouraging Misinformation on Social Media Censorship?

Is Covid-19 and election integrity misinformation legally protected by the First Amendment? That is the question the U.S. Supreme Court is currently grappling with, courtesy of a lawsuit that accuses the federal government of suppressing free speech by coercing social media companies to take down posts that promote misinformation.

A report written by the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan public policy research institute within the Library of Congress that works directly with members of Congress, noted that in the past the U.S. Supreme Court “has said the Free Speech Clause protects false speech when viewed as a broad category.” For example, in 2012, the Court struck down a law that made it a criminal offense to lie about receiving military honors, ruling the law violated the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee. READ MORE

Combatting Violence at Youth Sporting Events

The National Council of Youth Sports estimates that 60 million kids across the country participate in youth sports. According to Sports Business Journal, youth sports is a $30 billion industry with many parents spending up to, and sometimes more than, $1,000 per year, per child on everything from sports equipment to league fees.

While the benefits of kids playing sports are huge, the exposure to violence on the field and in the stands is a concern for many in the industry. READ MORE

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