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February 22, 2015

14:35
New on LLRX – No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities.   David Rothman continues his reporting on the status of Text to Speech applications that have yet to be added to E-Ink readers due to the FCC’s extension of vendor exemptions from complying with a key benefit […]
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Via LLRX.com – Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Differential Diagnosis of Justice – Ken Strutin’s article is a comprehensive examination of how the concept of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) has become a battleground where medical evidence and legal presumptions clash, testing the limits of judicial wisdom. Strutin presents a collection of recent and select court decisions, […]
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Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2014–2019: From the Summary – “Global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014. Global mobile data traffic reached 2.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2014, up from 1.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2013.Last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 30 […]
10:14
The Copenhagen Post – “Denmark’s largest digital photo album with nearly two million images…open[ed] to the general public [February 20, 2015]. Danes will have access to the online database at Arkiv.dk, which includes 1,841,254  documents such as photos, diaries, letters, and sound and video recordings. Since the late 1980s, all items from the country’s more […]
09:37
FINRA Report on Cybersecurity Practices, February 2015 – Executive Summary – “Like many organizations in the financial services and other sectors, broker-dealers (firms) are the target of cyberattacks. The frequency and sophistication of these attacks is increasing and individual broker-dealers, and the industry as a whole, must make responding to these threats a high priority. […]
09:27
“This citation database provides bibliographic information, abstracts, and links to many of the vetted scientific papers housed in the PSE Healthy Energy Library, as well as other peer-reviewed journal articles. This database is a near exhaustive and evolving list of the peer-reviewed literature that directly pertains to shale and tight gas development. This literature is organized […]
08:38
The Public Accountability Initiative (PAI) Report – Frackademia in Depth: “In the wake of New York State’s decision to ban fracking, drilling proponents have criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for basing the decision on “pseudo science” and “junk science.” When asked about the New York fracking ban at his 2015 “State of American […]
06:52
Knight Foundation Blog – Chris Barr – January 15, 2015: In September we launched the 12th Knight News Challenge, on libraries, asking the question, “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Today we’re announcing 22 winners of that challenge, awarding the recipients a share of $3 million for their […]

February 21, 2015

21:02
Monetary spillovers? Boom and bust? Currency wars? The international monetary system strikes back speech by Fabrizio Saccomanni, BIS Special Governors’ Meeting. Manila, 6 February 2015. “In recent years, the global financial system has witnessed several episodes of instability due to the external repercussions of monetary policy measures by major countries, the development of financial cycles characterised […]
20:46
How Social Security Benefits Are Computed: In Brief. Noah P. Meyerson, Analyst in Income Security. February 4, 2015. “With about $900 billion in benefit outlays projected to be made in 2015, Social Security is the largest program in the federal budget. It provides monthly cash benefits to retired and disabled workers and their family members […]
20:20
CRS Report – The Measles: Background and Federal Role in Vaccine Policy. Matthew B. Barry, Section Research Manager; Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. February 9, 2015. “The earliest accounts of measles date back over 1,000 years. This report presents basic  information about this infectious disease, its history in the United States, available treatments to prevent […]
20:16
Who Can Save the Grand Canyon? by David Roberts, Smithsonian magazine: “When Teddy Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument, in 1908, he famously said: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” In that sense, the Escalade […]
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Avkiran, Necmi, A Tutorial on Using Dynamic Network DEA to Benchmark Organizational Performance (July 4, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2567557 “In investigating organizational performance or efficiency, two perennial problems confront us, namely, loss of information in aggregated data, and determining the influence of lower level variables when they are not explicitly identified in […]
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Follow up to previous posting – Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate, an article from The Register that contributes more resources and perspective to the debate: “With commissioners at US watchdog the FCC due to vote on proposed net neutrality rules next week, a poll of Americans has […]
11:45
Tow Center for Data Journalism – December 3, 2014. Sensors and Journalism: “This report you have opened is not monolithic. You can match its sections to your needs. The first section introduces our topic. It starts by describing the landscape where sensors and journalism combine, and continues on to define necessary terms for understanding this […]

February 20, 2015

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The Intercept – Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley - “American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency […]
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“EPIC has obtained nearly $30,000 in litigation fees as a result of a Freedom of Information Act case against the FBI concerning a new surveillance technology. EPIC’s lawsuit produced the release of more than 4,000 pages of documents about a phony cell tower technique called “Stingray.” The documents obtained by EPIC revealed that the FBI […]
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“This site provides summary information about licensed television broadcast stations and access to each station’s “public inspection file” (or “public file”).  The Commission first adopted rules requiring broadcast stations to keep a public file more than 40 years ago and certain political programming files have been public for nearly 75 years. The public file contains […]
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Via the Urban Institute – “Decent and affordable housing has far-reaching consequences for people’s health, quality of life, and access to opportunities, but these consequences are not always well understood. To inform public debate about assisted housing policy and strengthen policy outcomes, Housing Assistance Matters highlights research and analysis about the need for and benefits […]
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  Insights into Advanced Distribution Management Systems, February 2015, U.S. Department of Energy, ADMS Working Group Guide. “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 spurred investments in smart grid technology and programs at utilities across the country. The Smart Grid Investment Grant program and Smart Grid Demonstration projects that it funded provided unprecedented […]