Apr 3, 2013

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Assisted Decision Making, Harlan/Siri, JoshLive

JoshLive: Interview with Steve Schultze about PACER, RECAP, Aaron Swartz, and Access to Justice

Today I spoke with Steve Schultze, who works with the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton. CITP developed RECAP, and has spent the past several years trying to open access to the federal judiciary by making court documents readily available. Steven talks about how the federal courts began charging for PACER access in the first place, how much money they are making (roughly $100 million annually), how many pages PACER sells a year (roughly 1 billion), how CITP is working to make more documents available for free, and how to honor the legacy of Aaron Swartz. Enjoy.

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    Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. It’s nice to see the
    issues of access and authentication getting so much attention, and
    Schultz does a good job of summarizing the PACER problem and the
    evolving solutions. And it’s always nice to have someone recognize
    renegade law librarians!