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April 9, 2014

“EFF has long advocated for websites to support HTTPS instead of plain HTTP to encrypt and authenticate data transmitted on the Internet. However, we learned yesterday of a catastrophic bug, nicknamed “Heartbleed,” that has critically threatened the security of some HTTPS sites since 2011. By some estimates, Heartbleed affects 2 out of 3 web servers on the Internet. Heartbleed isn’t a […] The post EFF- Why the Web Needs Perfect Forward Secrecy More Than Ever appeared first on beSpacific.
“Centenarians have lower education levels, are overwhelmingly women and are more likely to live in poverty than the 65-and-older population, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. The report, “The Centenarian Population: 2007-2011,” analyzes characteristics of centenarians and how they compare with those 65 years and older. ”Centenarians are a small group who are […] The post Census Bureau Examines Social, Economic Characteristics of our Nation’s 55,000 Centenarians appeared first on beSpacific.
Via Daniel Schuman at CREW – “Earlier today, the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee made a major move towards improving public access to legislative information. In layman’s terms, the committee said that by the beginning of the next Congress information about the disposition of bills—where they are in the legislative process and who authored or […] The post Big Step for Public Access to Legislation appeared first on beSpacific.
DEFENSE INFRASTRUCTURE: In-Kind Projects Initiated during Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012, GAO-14-280R: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2014. HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE: Federal Investments in Training and the Availability of Data for Workforce Projections, GAO-14-510T: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2014. MINE SAFETY: Basis for Proposed Exposure Limit on Respirable Coal Mine Dust and Possible Approaches […] The post New GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, Health Care Workforce, Mine Safety, Social Security Disability, VA Healthcare appeared first on beSpacific.
“Where do Citi Bikers ride? When do they ride? How far do they go? Which stations are most popular? What days of the week are most rides taken on? We’ve heard all of these questions and more from you and now we are happy to provide the datasets to help you discover the answers to […] The post Systems Data – New York City Bike Share appeared first on beSpacific.
“Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th-graders conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. Since 1975, the survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes in 12th-graders […] The post NIH – Monitoring the Future 2013 Survey Results appeared first on beSpacific.

April 8, 2014

“The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. He does so by: monitoring the EU administration’s processing of personal data; advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy; and cooperating with similar authorities to ensure consistent data protection.” The post Welcome to the home page of the European Data Protection Supervisor appeared first on beSpacific.
“Secure Communities, a massive government surveillance program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has failed to increase the removal of its primary announced targets: noncitizens who have committed crimes other than minor violations. According to a new examination of detailed agency records by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, […] The post Secure Communities and ICE Deportation: A Failed Program? appeared first on beSpacific.
Peter Ogden, Mari Hernandez, and Ben Bovarnick | Center for American Progress. April 3, 2014: ”The United States has long been a top destination for clean energy investment, which has helped it to capture many of the near-term economic, energy security, and environmental benefits that stem from expanded domestic clean energy generation. Since 2004, in fact, clean energy investment […] The post Report – Galvanizing Clean Energy Investment in the United States appeared first on beSpacific.
Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Ronald O’Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs. February 27, 2014.   “The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country and has […] The post CRS – Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress appeared first on beSpacific.
“OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura and MIT Libraries Director of Research and Brookings Institution Non-resident Senior Fellow Micah Altman presented “Integrating Researcher Identifiers into University and Library Systems” at theCNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting. These slides are now available for downloading (.pptx: 6.0MB/47 slides) or viewing on SlideShare.  In addition, draft Researchers in Authority Filesreport (.docx: 813K/17 pp.) is available for community review and […] The post Challenges of integrating researchers in authority files appeared first on beSpacific.
“To Make Beautiful the Capitol offers the latest scholarship on Constantino Brumidi, the artist whose elaborate wall and ceiling murals give the U.S. Capitol its distinctive appearance. Prepared by the Office of Senate Curator under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art.” The post To Make Beautiful the Capitol: Rediscovering the Art of Constantino Brumidi appeared first on beSpacific.
EFF – “Today the European Court of Justice declared the EU’s Data Retention Directive invalid, declaring that the mass collection of Internet data in Europe entailed a “wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.” The Directive ordered European states to pass laws that obliged Internet […] The post Data Retention Directive Invalid, says EU’s Highest Court appeared first on beSpacific.
“The global recovery is becoming broader, but the changing external environment poses new challenges to emerging market and developing economies, says the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO). The IMF forecasts global growth to average 3.6 percent in 2014―up from 3 percent in 2013―and to rise to 3.9 percent in 2015. The strengthening of the recovery from […] The post IMF – Recovery Strengthening, but Requires Stronger Policy Effort appeared first on beSpacific.
14:56  - “You can read the Affordable Care Act by visiting the links below. The health care law, sometimes known as “Obamacare,” was signed March 23, 2010. Read the full law: The law has 2 parts: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. You can view them in PDF […] The post Affordable Healthcare Act appeared first on beSpacific.
Facilitating SME financing through improved Credit Reporting- Report of the International Committee on Credit Reporting, chaired by the World Bank  (Draft Version for Public Comments), March 2014. “This report is one of the concrete outputs of the work following the General Principles.  It addresses one of the most significant problems that limit the ability of most Small […] The post The World Bank – Facilitating SME financing through improved Credit Reporting appeared first on beSpacific.
2014 ANNUAL REPORT: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-14-343SP: Published: Apr 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2014. AVIATION SAFETY: FAA Should Improve Usability of its Online Application System and Clarity of the Pilot’s Medical Form, GAO-14-330: Published: Apr 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2014. GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS: Opportunities to Reduce […] The post New GAO Reports – Aviation Safety, Government Efficiency, Info Security, Medicare, Paid Tax Preparers, Tobacco Produccts appeared first on beSpacific.
Symanted – “The Internet Security Threat Report provides an overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity. The report is based on data from the Symantec Global Intelligence Network, which Symantec’s analysts use to identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.” The post 2014 Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 19 appeared first on beSpacific.

April 7, 2014

“Rivers may act as barriers to the movement of terrestrial mammals, which could limit dispersal and gene flow. Glacial rivers are particularly hazardous because of the cold water temperature and swift current. Yet, we determined that 2 Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) equipped with GPS collars repeatedly swam across the main channel of the Tanana River in interior Alaska in […] The post Multiple Crossings of a Large Glacial River by Canada Lynx appeared first on beSpacific.
Gallup: “Americans believe in the importance of postsecondary education, with more than nine in 10 (94%) saying a postsecondary degree or credential is at least somewhat important and 70% saying it is very important, similar to last year’s findings. However, most also say higher-education institutions must evolve to better serve the needs of today’s students. These results […] The post Gallup – Americans Say College Degree Leads to a Better Life appeared first on beSpacific.