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Daily Archives: January 12, 2014

New Report on Women and Poverty in America available free until January 15, 2013

The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink “reveals this national crisis through the eyes of women. In an era when women have solidified their position as half of the U.S. workforce and a whopping two-thirds of the primary or co-breadwinners in American families, the reality is that a third of all American women are living at or near a space we call “the brink of poverty.”  We define this as less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $47,000 per year for a family of four. Forty-two million women, and the 28 million children who depend on them, are living one single incidenta doctor’s bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down caraway from economic ruin. Women make up nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers, the vast majority of whom receive no paid sick days. This is at a time when women earn most of the college and advanced degrees in this country, make most of the consumer spending decisions by far, and are more than half of the nation’s voters.”

State Regulations and Their Protection of Electronic Book Data

A New Approach to Digital Reader Privacy: State Regulations and Their Protection of Electronic Book Data, Andrew A. Proia. Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 88, No. 4, 2013. “On October 3, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Reader Privacy Act into law. Currently, book service providers within California are prohibited from disclosing to third parties personalContinue Reading

ESET Releases Annual Threat Trends Predictions for 2014

“ESET, the global leader in proactive digital protection…has released today its annual predictions for the threatscape in the upcoming year Trends 2014 – The Challenge of Internet Privacy. This year, in wake of revelations of Edward Snowden related to the US National Security Agency (NSA), the main topic focuses on the growing concern expressed byContinue Reading

E-Government Information and Public Access – Impact of the government shutdown

Via LLRX – E-Government Information and Public Access: Online electronic government information and the impact of the government shutdown on public access Crystal Vicente’s paper focuses on the impact of the dramatic termination of e-government access during the October 2013 federal funding gap that resulted in a shutdown of government processes. As she documents, the public’s accessContinue Reading

Small San Francisco mobile company first to release transparency report

Wired – Kim Zetter: “A small telecom believed to be at the center of a historic court battle over government surveillance published its first transparency report on Thursday, noting that it had received 16 government requests for customer data in 2013. But the report may be most significant for what it doesn’t say. Credo Mobile, theContinue Reading

BLS – Labor force participation projected to fall for people under age 55 and rise for older age groups

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor’s Desk, Labor force participation projected to fall for people under age 55 and rise for older age groups “The labor force participation rate increased in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and reached an all-time high during the 1997–2000 period. The rate declined during and after theContinue Reading

BLS – Health care and social assistance expected to add 5.0 million jobs, 2012 to 2022

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor’s Desk, Health care and social assistance expected to add 5.0 million jobs, 2012 to 2022 “BLS projects that total employment in the United States will reach 161.0 million in 2022, up 15.6 million from the 2012 level of 145.4 million. The 2012 employment level was 3.1Continue Reading

Report on Wasteful Spending by the Federal Government

Wastebook 2013, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) – “U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today released his annual oversight report “Wastebook 2013” highlighting 100 examples of wasteful and low-priority spending totaling nearly $30 billion. “Had Congress, in particular, been focused on doing its job of setting priorities and cuttingContinue Reading

NSA and GCHQ activities appear illegal, says EU parliamentary inquiry

Nick Hopkins and Ian Traynor, UK Guardian: “Mass surveillance programmes used by the US and Britain to spy on people in Europe have been condemned in the “strongest possible terms” by the first parliamentary inquiry into the disclosures, which has demanded an end to the vast, systematic and indiscriminate collection of personal data by intelligence agencies. The inquiry by the EuropeanContinue Reading

EU – Common Fisheries Policy reform

“Despite several improvements after the 2002 overhaul of the common fisheries policy (CFP), there was a general consensus that the CFP urgently needed further reform, because it had failed to make fishing sustainable, as EU member states’ fleets still catch far more than marine ecosystems can replace. Today, 88% of Mediterranean stocks and 39% of AtlanticContinue Reading