Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Who Are Our Readers? -- You Might be Surprised! And You Should Certainly be Aware . . .

From time to time, we take a look at our reader log to see who is reading our posts.  Here's a snapshot from recent logins.

First, a lot of our readership is domestic -- that's not surprising since the focus of the blog is US human rights.  However, what is surprising is how often accounts originating in the US Department of Justice are checking in.  Are they surveilling us or our readers?  Or are there human rights buffs embedded in DOJ?  We don't know, but DOJ accounts make up some of our most regular and avid readers, keeping the site open for hours at a time.  Other domestic readers sometimes hail from the federal courts or from state agencies.  Many, not surprisingly, originate in US universities.  A recent snapshot includes the University of Minnesota, the University of Miami, and Santa Clara University, all with strong human rights programs.  Some readers are simply identified by their city and state -- hailing from Mississippi, Tennessee, California, and New Hampshire, in the past few hours.  

Second, we have a significant international readership, indicating that there is a strong interest worldwide in US perspectives on human rights.  In just the past 24 hours at the time of this writing, we've had readers log in from Turkey, Japan, Germany, India, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, the UK, Bangladesh, Norway, Morocco, and Israel.  And almost every day, we have folks login from different corners of the planet to read Lauren Bartlett's popular blog entry from 2015, the Human Rights of Love. 

In the past, we've had readers from both Russia and the Ukraine.  Could that have something to do with DOJ's interest in our blog?  Again, we don't know, but under the circumstances, all of this makes us thankful for the robust protection that the First Amendment receives in our Constitution!

If you would like more detail, please contact one of the editors. 

Meanwhile, thanks to you, our readers, for following this blog!


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