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U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015

Pew – Aaron Smith: “The traditional notion of “going online” often evokes images of a desktop or laptop computer with a full complement of features, such as a large screen, mouse, keyboard, wires, and a dedicated high-speed connection. But for many Americans, the reality of the online experience is substantially different. Today nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 19% of Americans rely to some degree on a smartphone for accessing online services and information and for staying connected to the world around them — either because they lack broadband at home, or because they have few options for online access other than their cell phone. Indeed, 7% of Americans own a smartphone but have neither traditional broadband service at home, nor easily available alternatives for going online other than their cell phone. This report documents the unique circumstances of this “smartphone-dependent” population, and also explores the ways in which smartphone owners use their phones to engage in a wide range of activities.”

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

News release: “Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. “Today weContinue Reading

Research by college student and mentor decreases caloric intake of world food – rice

Washington Post – Roberto A. Ferdman: “An undergraduate student at the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka and his mentor have been tinkering with a new way to cook rice that can reduce its calories by as much as 50 percent and even offer a few other added health benefits. The ingenious method, which at its coreContinue Reading

FEMA – State Mitigation Plan Review Guide

“The State Mitigation Plan Review Guide is FEMA’s official policy on, and interpretation of, the requirements for State Standard and Enhanced Mitigation Planning found at 44 Code of Federal Regulations Part 201 Mitigation Planning.  The intended use of the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide is to facilitate consistent evaluation and approval of State Mitigation PlansContinue Reading

White House Announces A New Tool Against Cyber Threats

“It’s one of the great paradoxes of our Information Age — the very technologies that empower us to do great good can also be used by adversaries to inflict great harm. The same technologies that help keep our military strong are used by hackers in China and Russia to target our defense contractors and systems that supportContinue Reading

Legal, Political and Institutional Constraints on the Financial Crisis Policy Response

Legal, Political, and Institutional Constraints on the Financial Crisis Policy Response. March 2015. Phillip Swagel is Professor in International Economic Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, College Park, Maryland. From December 2006 to January 2009, he was Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the US Department of the Treasury. “The story of theContinue Reading

EPIC Sues FAA, Challenges Failure to Create Drone Privacy Safeguards

EPIC – “Today EPIC filed suit in the federal appeals court in Washington, DC arguing that the Federal Aviation Administration failed to establish privacy rules for commercial drones as mandated by Congress. Congress had required the FAA to develop a “comprehensive plan” for drone deployment. In 2012 EPIC and more than 100 organizations and expertsContinue Reading

International Statistical Agencies

Via Census – International Statistical Agencies – links to data from around the world. “The U.S. Census Bureau conducts demographic, economic, and geographic studies of other countries and strengthens statistical development around the world through technical assistance, training, and software products. For over 60 years, the Census Bureau has performed international analytical work and assistedContinue Reading

The information professions: knowledge, memory, heritage

Bates, M.J. (2015). The information professions: knowledge, memory, heritage. Information Research, 20(1), paper 655. Retrieved from (Archived by WebCite® at…) “Introduction. Along with leading to growth in the numbers of people doing information work, the increasing role of information in our contemporary society has led to an explosion of new information professions asContinue Reading

Linked Data in Libraries: A Case Study of Harvesting and Sharing Bibliographic Metadata with BIBFRAM

Linked Data in Libraries: A Case Study of Harvesting and Sharing  Bibliographic Metadata with BIBFRAME, Karim Tharani. INFORMATION  TECHNOLOGY  AND  LIBRARIES  |  MARCH  2015 “By  way of a case study, this paper illustrates and evaluates the Bibliographic Framework (or BIBFRAME) as means for harvesting and sharing bibliographic metadata over the web for libraries.  BIBFRAME  isContinue Reading

Five years after Deepwater Horizon, wildlife still struggling

ScienceDaily via National Wildlife Federation – Five years after Deepwater Horizon, wildlife still struggling dolphins dying in high numbers; sea turtles failing to nest, March 31, 2015. “As the five-year anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig approaches, a new National Wildlife Federation report looks at how twenty species of wildlife areContinue Reading

Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2015 Action in the 114th Congress

CRS – Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2015 Action in the 114th Congress, William L. Painter, Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy. March 16, 2015. “This report provides a brief outline of the FY2015 annual appropriations measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its enactment by the 114th Congress. It serves as aContinue Reading