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Deep Decarbonization Pathways – Report

“The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) co-founded and lead the DDPP. Currently, the DDPP comprises 15 Country Research Teams composed of leading researchers and research institutions from countries representing 70% of global GHG emissions and different stages of development: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA. The DDPP is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and how the world can meet the internationally agreed target of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C). It will issue periodic report on deep decarbonization. The DDPP is issuing this interim 2014 report to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in support of the Climate Leaders’ Summit at the United Nations on September 23. It presents preliminary findings on technically feasible pathways to deep decarbonization. The complete 2014 DDPP report will be issued in September ahead of the Summit. To further this discussion we invite comments and suggestions for improvement on this interim 2014 report before August 15, 2014, to be sent at info@unsdsn.org. In the first half of 2015, the DDPP will issue a more comprehensive report to the French Government, host of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”

Law School Training for Licensed ‘Legal Technicians’? Implications for the Consumer Market

“Chambliss, Elizabeth, Law School Training for Licensed ‘Legal Technicians’? Implications for the Consumer Market (July 14, 2014). South Carolina Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 3, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2466042 “In January 2014, the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education released its report calling, among other things, for limited licensing andContinue Reading

NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process

Report and Recommendations of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, July 2014 “This report from Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the NIST Director contains the VCAT’s recommendations on how NIST can improve the cryptographic standards and guidelinesContinue Reading

GCHQ leak lists UK cyber-spies’ hacking tools – BBC

Leo Kelion, BBC News Technology – “A document that appears to list a wide variety of GCHQ’s cyber-spy tools and techniques has been leaked online. It indicates the agency worked on ways to alter the outcome of online polls, find private Facebook photos, and send spoof emails that appeared to be from Blackberry users, among other things. TheContinue Reading

New platform compiles, curates, and presents data on Internet access and controls

“Internet Monitor is a research project to evaluate, describe, and summarize the means, mechanisms, and extent of Internet content controls and Internet activity around the world. The project compiles and curates data from multiple sources, including primary data collected by the Berkman Center and our partners, as well as relevant secondary data. The Internet MonitorContinue Reading

The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook

“Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing its debt to soar. The total amount of federal debt held by the public is now equivalent to about 74 percent of the economy’s annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP)—a higher percentageContinue Reading

Foreign Exchange Benchmarks – consultation paper

“In February 2014, reflecting a number of concerns raised about the integrity of foreign exchange (FX) benchmarks, the Financial Stability Board decided to incorporate an assessment of FX benchmarks into its ongoing programme of financial benchmark analysis. The Foreign Exchange Benchmarks Group was established to undertake a review of FX benchmarks and analyse market practices inContinue Reading

Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are – Pew

“Four states account for half of the nation’s wiretapping activity, according to a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. Nevada leads the nation in the number of wiretaps when population is factored in, according to the annual list of where federal and state judges have authorized law enforcement to monitor phone communicationsContinue Reading

New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court

“Records just obtained under the Freedom of Information Act offer new insights about government policies governing the handling of the recent surge of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the U.S. As of the end of June 2014, the more than 100,000 case records obtained and analyzed by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) show thatContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Workforce, Helium Program, Medicaid Payment, Military Training, VA Disability Claims Processing

FEDERAL WORKFORCE: Human Capital Management Challenges and the Path to Reform, GAO-14-723T: Published: Jul 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2014. HELIUM PROGRAM: BLM’s Implementation of the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, GAO-14-751T: Published: Jul 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2014. MEDICAID PAYMENT: Comparisons of Selected Services under Fee-for-Service, Managed Care, and Private Insurance, GAO-14-533: Published: Jul 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 15,Continue Reading