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June 20, 2016

Smart Growth America – George Washington University – Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros – 2016 “The end of sprawl is in sight. For perhaps the first time in 60 years, walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in all 30 of the largest metros are gaining market share over their drivable sub-urban competition—and showing substantially higher […]
“This Public Service Announcement (PSA) is an update to the Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) information provided in Public Service Announcements (PSA) 1-012215-PSA and 1-082715a-PSA. This PSA includes new Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) complaint information and updated statistical data. DEFINITION – BEC is defined as a sophisticated scam targeting businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or […]
Peha, Jon M., The Network Neutrality Battles that Will Follow Reclassification (March 2015). I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “In 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a new set of network neutrality rules for the Internet. In the process, the FCC […]
Google Official Blog: “So starting in the coming days, when you ask Google about symptoms like “headache on one side,” we’ll show you a list of related conditions (“headache,” “migraine,” “tension headache,” “cluster headache,” “sinusitis,” and “common cold”). For individual symptoms like “headache,” we’ll also give you an overview description along with information on self-treatment […]
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Additional Actions Needed to Support a Fair and Inclusive Workplace, GAO-16-62: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.” “Nonexecutive employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who responded to GAO’s survey identified strengths and areas for improvement in CFPB’s personnel practices and culture. Most respondents agreed that enthusiasm […]
DOD Is Recovering Materials, but Several Factors May Hinder Near-Term Expansion of These Efforts, GAO-16-576: Published: Jun 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016. “The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) processes tens of millions of pounds of Department of Defense (DOD) electronic waste annually and recovers some materials from this waste, including precious metals and one […]
Barry J. McMillion, Analyst in American National Government. “This Insight provides comparative historical data related to U.S. circuit court vacancies that existed at the beginning of the three most recent presidencies (Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton), as well as the number of vacancies that existed on June 1 of each President’s eighth year in office. […]
Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF, Karen E. Lynch, Specialist in Social Policy. June 16, 2016. “The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the main source of federal funding dedicated primarily to child care subsidies for low-income working families. The term “CCDF” was coined in regulation by the U.S. Department […]
Maksym Gabielkov, Arthi Ramachandran, Augustin Chaintreau, Arnaud Legout. Social Clicks: What and Who Gets Read on Twitter?. ACM SIGMETRICS / IFIP Performance 2016, Jun 2016, Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France. 2016. Submitted on 13 Apr 2016. “Online news domains increasingly rely on social media to drive traffic to their websites. Yet we know surprisingly little about […]
“The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today. The […]

June 19, 2016

Throughout the DC Metro area and around the country, trees are cut down and relentlessly trimmed and their health often destroyed by homeowners, utility companies, and developers.  This de-forestation is collectively leaving us without critical habitat, shade, significantly minimizing CO2 emissions and diminishing our green space, the beauty of mature trees, and severely limiting the […]
What Learning Systems do Intelligent Agents Need? Complementary Learning Systems Theory Updated. Kumaran, Dharshan et al. Trends in Cognitive Sciences , Volume 20 , Issue 7 , 512 – 534 “We update complementary learning systems (CLS) theory, which holds that intelligent agents must possess two learning systems, instantiated in mammalians in neocortex and hippocampus. The […]
The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement. Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism. June 13, 2016. “Analysis of publicly available information on homegrown violent jihadist activity in the United States since September 11, 2001, suggests that the Islamic State (IS) and its acolytes may pose broad […]
Petit, Nicolas, The Antitrust and Intellectual Property Intersection in European Union Law (June 17, 2016). Handbook of Antitrust, Intellectual Property and High Tech, Roger D. Blair & D. Daniel Sokol editors, Cambridge University. Available for download at SSRN: “In European legal scholarship, many articles discuss the equilibrium reached in the case-law of the Court […]
“Digital technology has ushered in a slew of new shared, collaborative and on-demand online services ranging from virtual marketplaces to home sharing. These services have potentially far-reaching implications for consumers and regulators and for the future of work in this country. To examine the scope and impact of these new services, Pew Research Center conducted […]
Moore, Samuel; Neylon, Cameron; Eve, Martin Paul; O’Donnell, Daniel; Pattinson, Damian (2016): Excellence R Us: University Research and the Fetishisation of Excellence. figshare. Retrieved: 19 40, Jun 19, 2016 (GMT) “The rhetoric of “excellence” is pervasive across the academy. It is used to refer to research outputs as well as researchers, theory and education, […]
Laura Santhanam and Megan Crigger, June 13, 2016/ – “The largest mass shooting in modern American history killed or injured 104 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, adding to the nation’s running tally of almost daily incidents of significant gun violence. Nationwide, 282 people were killed and 655 more injured so far this […]
Via NASA Jet Propulsion Labs: “For the first time, an instrument onboard an orbiting spacecraft has measured the methane emissions from a single, specific leaking facility on Earth’s surface. The observation — by the Hyperion spectrometer on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) — is an important breakthrough in our ability to eventually measure and monitor emissions […]
North Carolina Division of Water Resources. 2016. 1,4-dioxane in the Cape Fear River basin of North Carolina: An initial screening and source identification study. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. “Abstract – 1,4-dioxane is an emerging contaminant of concern that is being monitored in drinking water throughout the United States as part […]
Facebook Accused Of Tracking Users’ Internet Activity By Consuella Pachico – Jun 18, 2016 – “Facebook is facing multidistrict litigation over allegations that the social media site tracked users’ internet activity after they logged off. Facebook is insisting that users cannot sue because they were not harmed by the site’s tracking activities. In response to users’ […]