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November 30, 2015

“The FBI recently began open beta testing of eFOIA, a system that puts Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests into a medium more familiar to an ever-increasing segment of the population. This new system allows the public to make online FOIA requests for FBI records and receive the results from a website where they have […]
“Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a scorecard assigning letter grades to federal agencies on their implementation of the bipartisan Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), enacted in December 2014. Full Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), IT Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Ranking Member Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Government […]
Kaiser Family Foundation – “HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome has become one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. The first cases were reported in 1981 and today. There are approximately 36.9 million people currently living with HIV and tens of millions of people have died of AIDS-related causes […]
Thompson, Darin, Creating New Pathways to Justice Using Simple Artificial Intelligence and Online Dispute Resolution (June 30, 2015). International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution, 2015 (2) 1. Available for download at SSRN: “Access to justice in can be improved significantly through implementation of simple artificial intelligence (AI) based expert systems deployed within a broader […]
“The cost of living varies considerably across the nation, which is why we devised this interactive map. Choose an area and enter a salary. Then scroll across the map to see how much you’d need to earn in other areas to have the same purchasing power. As part of the How Far Your Money Goes […]
Via FAS – House Committee on Homeland Security, Final Report of the Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel, October 2015. “Today we are witnessing the largest global convergence of jihadists in history, as individuals from more than 100 countries have migrated to the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq since 2011. Some […]
U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2014 Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased by 50 million metric tons (MMmt), from 5,355 MMmt in 2013 to 5,406 MMmt in 2014. The increase in 2014 was influenced by the following factors: Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.4%; The carbon intensity of the energy supply (CO2/Btu) declined […]
Swift Institute –  The Evolution of Third Party Payment Providers and Cryptocurrencies Under the EU’s Upcoming PSD2 and AMLD4, Peggy Valcke, Niels Vandezande and Nathan van de Velde, September 23, 2015. “…THIRD PARTY PAYMENT SERVICES – Despite the rising popularity of third party payment providers and the sensitivity of their activities through the data they […]
Aquatic Invasive Species: Additional Steps Could Help Measure Federal Progress in Achieving Strategic Goals, GAO-16-49: Published: Nov 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015: “Aquatic invasive species—harmful, nonnative plants, animals, and microorganisms living in aquatic habitats—damage ecosystems or threaten commercial, agricultural, and recreational activities.” IRS Whistleblower Program: Billions Collected, but Timeliness and Communication Concerns May […]

November 29, 2015

David Dayen, American Prospect – Bring Back Antitrust – Despite low inflation and some bargain prices, economic concentration and novel abuses of market power are pervasive in today’s economy—harming consumers, workers, and innovators. We need a new antitrust for a new predatory era…In his 1978 book The Antitrust Paradox, Bork, a devotee of University of […]
Via – Digital preservation is hard when older content can fall through cracks – Implementation of new content management systems that govern the web and often render older pages and sites inaccessible create access barriers for researchers seeking to access older content across subject areas. TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows describes the problem, the implications […]
New on – Summary of the Bitcoin Seminar Held at Kaye Scholer in New York on October 15, 2015  – The market quote for Bitcoin on October 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST was $255.64 US according to on the site’s Price & Data page. At that same moment, Alan Rothman was attending a […]
Global Terrorism Index 2015 – “Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the GTI is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) which is collected and collated by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. The GTD is considered to be the most comprehensive dataset on terrorist […]
“This year, the 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report reveals the emergence of a new generation of entrepreneurs under 35 years old. Dubbed the ‘Millennipreneurs’, these are business starters from ‘Generation Y’, born between 1980 and 1995, also known as Millennials. Their approach to business, in terms of their ambitions, results and leadership style, differs from […]
“Governments need to tackle persistent inequalities in education and focus on improving efficiencies in their education systems in order to ensure that every child, whatever their background, can realise their full potential and benefit from a good education, according to a new OECD report. Education at a Glance 2015 reveals the rapid progress made in […]
News release: “The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The […]
Inspector General’s Statement Summarizing the Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing the U.S. Department of the Interior Report No. 2015-ER-068. November 9, 2015. “External threats to Federal information systems are persistent and increasing, and the risk for real damage is high. Because of the large size of its networks, and because those networks contain sensitive […]
Swire, Peter and Hemmings, Justin, Stakeholders in Reform of the Global System for Mutual Legal Assistance (November 8, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 32. Available for download at SSRN: “This essay contributes to the Privacy Project’s volume on Systematic Government Access to Private Sector Data, and also is part […]

November 28, 2015

Harry McCracken – FastCompany – Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones. “The Facebook of today—and tomorrow—is far more expansive than it was just a few years ago. It’s easy to forget that when the company filed to go public on […]
Via the White House, November 20, 2015: “Summary: A step-by-step guide to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S. Refugees undergo more rigorous screening than anyone else we allow into the United States. Here’s what the screening process looks like for them…”