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Google’s Waze road alert map of America

US states ranked by % of alerts reported by users for each issue. Press the buttons below to see different alerts. ‘Accident’, ‘Traffic Jams’ and ‘Hazard on road’ are ranked as % of total user alerts, all others within the ‘Hazard’ category

Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action

“From this page, you can download a PDF version of the complete report, Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action. You can also download sections of the report, the technical appendix, and an overview fact sheet.” “This report summarizes and communicates the results of EPA’s ongoing Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) project.Continue Reading

Consumer and Credit Reporting, Scoring, and Related Policy Issues

CRS Report – Consumer and Credit Reporting, Scoring, and Related Policy Issues, Darryl E. Getter, Specialist in Financial Economics. July 30, 2015. “The consumer data industry collects and subsequently provides information to firms about the behavior of consumers when they participate in various financial transactions. Firms use consumer information to screen for the risk thatContinue Reading

Delta bans shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo trophies

Delta issued the following statement today: “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.  Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies withContinue Reading

Historically unprecedented global glacier decline in early 21st century

Journal of Glaciology – available online: July 30, 2015 – DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3189/2015JoG15J017 – Full text PDF free. “Observations show that glaciers around the world are in retreat and losing mass. Internationally coordinated for over a century, glacier monitoring activities provide an unprecedented dataset of glacier observations from ground, air and space. Glacier studies generally select specificContinue Reading

Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance

Pew – Americans’ Views About Data Collection and Security By Mary Madden and Lee Rainie: “Contrary to assertions that people “don’t care” about privacy in the digital age, this survey suggests that Americans hold a range of strong views about the importance of control over their personal information and freedom from surveillance in daily life.Continue Reading

President Obama announces Clean Power Plan

White House – The Clean Power Plan sets achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. By setting these goals and enabling states to create tailored plans to meet them, the Plan will: Protect the health of American families. In 2030, it will: Prevent up to 3,600 prematureContinue Reading

The Next Great Copyright Office

Simmons, Joshua L., The Next Great Copyright Office (July 22, 2015). Landslide, July/August 2015, at 22. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2634535 “While Congress considers whether to update U.S. copyright law through the House of Representatives’ copyright review hearings, there appears to be a growing consensus that it is time to modernize the Copyright Office.Continue Reading

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: Internet Infrastructure and IP Censorship

By David G. Post – August 1, 2015 Full Article as .PDF “Many scholars and other observers of developments in Internet governance, law, and policy have commented upon an unusual and important phenomenon that has become more widespread in recent years: using control over access to critical portions of the Internet’s technical infrastructure – theContinue Reading

Google chemtrails: A methodology to analyze topic representation in search engine results

Via First Monday – Andrea Ballatore – “Search engine results influence the visibility of different viewpoints in political, cultural, and scientific debates. Treating search engines as editorial products with intrinsic biases can help understand the structure of information flows in new media. This paper outlines an empirical methodology to analyze the representation of topics inContinue Reading

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015

ChildStats.gov: “The number of American infants born before the 37th week of pregnancy dropped slightly in 2013, as did the percentage of children with asthma under the age of 17. The percentage of teens who experienced a major depressive episode increased. These and other findings are described in America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being,Continue Reading

MoMA releases collection data to the public domain

Via Medium: “MoMA accessioned the Creative Commons License Symbol into its collection in March 2015 and it’s now on display in our design galleries as part of the exhibition This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good. According to curator Paola Antonelli (@curiousoctopus), Creative Commons allows those who create content to “think beyondContinue Reading