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February 22, 2015

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 […]
17:22
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 […]
16:15
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

15:10
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 […]
14:35
“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 […]
14:03
“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 […]
13:25
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 […]
13:03
  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 […]
12:59
“Maybe you have heard of the Smart Grid on the news or from your energy provider. But not everyone knows what the grid is, let alone the Smart Grid. “The grid,” refers to the electric grid, a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and more that deliver electricity from the power plant to your home […]
11:39
National Geographic – March 2015: “We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from the safety of fluoride and vaccines to the reality of climate change—faces organized and often furious opposition. Empowered by their own sources of information and their own interpretations of research, doubters have declared war on the consensus of experts. […]
11:29
“According to new findings in an online study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of TRUSTe, 68% of US smartphone users are concerned about having their activity tracked to serve them targeted ads, suggesting that most smartphone users are uncomfortable with the idea of online behavioral advertising (OBA). However, research also showed that awareness of the […]
11:23
Global Commission on Internet Governance, The Impact of the Dark Web on Internet Governance and Cyber Security, Michael Chertoff and Tobby Simon, Paper Series: No. 6, February 2015. “With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ contract with the United States Department of Commerce due to expire in 2015, the international debate on Internet […]
09:54
Complete Pew Report – “…By a 57%-37% margin, the public believes that genetically-modified foods (GM foods) are generally unsafe to eat. This is a major contrast with scientists Pew Research surveyed. Some 3,748 U.S.-based members of the AAAS were surveyed from September 11 to October 13, 2014 and they said such foods were generally safe […]
07:59
Employee Benefit Research Institute – Employee Tenure Trends, 1983–2014 “The most recent U.S. Census Bureau data show that the overall median tenure of workers—the midpoint of wage and salary workers’ length of employment in their current jobs—was slightly higher in 2014, at 5.5 years, compared with 5.0 years in 1983 However, the median tenure for […]

February 19, 2015

20:14
CRS Report – The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries – Wendy R. Ginsberg, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Erika K. Lunder, Legislative Attorney; Daniel J. Richardson, Research Assistant. February 6, 2015. “The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries Congressional Research Service Summary The Presidential Libraries Act (P.L. […]