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Pew – America’s New Drug Policy Landscape

“The public appears ready for a truce in the long-running war on drugs. A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 67% of Americans say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Just 26% think the government’s focus should be on prosecuting users of such hard drugs. Support for a treatment-based approach to illegal drug use spans nearly all demographic groups. And while Republicans are less supportive of the treatment option than are Democrats or independents, about half of Republicans (51%) say the government should focus more on treatment than prosecution in dealing with illegal drug users. By wide margins, the public views marijuana as less harmful than alcohol, both to personal health and to society more generally. Moreover, just as most Americans prefer a less punitive approach to the use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine, an even larger majority (76% of the public) – including 69% of Republicans and 79% of Democrats – think that people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana should not have to serve time in jail.”

EFF – Websites Must Use HSTS in Order to Be Secure

EFF: “You would think that by now the Internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email, or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn’t intercepted by attackers. Unfortunately when it comes to the vast majority of websites on the Internet, that assumption would beContinue Reading

Impact of the crisis on industrial relations and working conditions in Europe

Impact of the crisis on industrial relations and working conditions in Europe, 03 April, 2014 “This report maps the impact of the global financial, economic and public debt crisis on industrial relations and working conditions at national level in the EU Member States from 2008 to end 2012. The impact of the crisis on industrial relationsContinue Reading

The CFPB Can Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Its Supervisory Activities

Office of Inspector General, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Evaluation Report 2014-AE-C-005. The CFPB Can Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Its Supervisory Activities “Since it began operations in July 2011, the CFPB has made significant progress toward developing and implementing a comprehensive supervision program for depository and non depository institutions. The agency has implementedContinue Reading

CFPB Guides – Compare financial aid and college cost

“When it comes to choosing a college,  we can help you make informed financial decisions about paying for college. Understand loan options, compare your financial aid offers, and learn about student banking. Get started and compare your options. Get started Student financial guide - Student loans, Student banking Compare financial aid offers Repay student debt

Student Privacy and Cloud Computing at the District Level: Next Steps and Key Issues

Solow-Niederman, Alicia and Plunkett, Leah and Gasser, Urs, Student Privacy and Cloud Computing at the District Level: Next Steps and Key Issues (January 15, 2014). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2014-1. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2378568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2378568 “This report offers recommended next steps and prioritizes open issues in the K-12 edtech space, with a specialContinue Reading

Rise in Digital Banking Heightens Fraud Risk, Bankers Say

Via American Banker Technology News, by Penny Crosman: “Online and mobile banking have forever transformed the way people bank, but the digital evolution has a dark side: it is increasingly creating new opportunities for fraudsters to hack into accounts. Text messaging and email are increasingly becoming vehicles for phishing scams in which fraudsters send phony messagesContinue Reading

Globalisation, inflation and monetary policy in Asia and the Pacific

“The People’s Bank of China and the Bank for International Settlements co-hosted a research conference on “Globalisation and Inflation Dynamics in Asia and the Pacific” on 23-24 September 2013 in Beijing. This was the wrap-up conference for the BIS Asian Office’s two-year research programme on globalisation and inflation that was launched by the Asian ConsultativeContinue Reading

Application of the SES framework for model-based analysis of the dynamics of social-ecological systems

Stockholm Resilience Centre: Full reference: Schlüter, M., J. Hinkel, P. W. G. Bots, and R. Arlinghaus. 2014. Application of the SES framework for model-based analysis of the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 19(1): 36. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05782-190136. Download publication 19(1): 36. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05782-19013 “Social-ecological systems (SES) are dynamic systems that continuously change in response to internal or external pressures. AContinue Reading

2013 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions & Performance

Report to Congress, Publication No. FHWA-PL-14-007, Conditions & Performance 2013 Status of theNation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit “In 2010, all levels of government spent a combined $205.3 billion for highway-related purposes, of which $11.9 billion was a direct impact of the Recovery Act. All levels of government spent a combined $54.3 billion for transit-related purposes, including $2.4 billion ofContinue Reading