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Pew – Middle East’s Migrant Population More Than Doubles Since 2005

“Between 2005 and 2015, the number of migrants living in the Middle East more than doubled, from about 25 million to around 54 million, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from United Nations agencies. Some of this growth was due to individuals and families seeking economic opportunities. But the majority of the migration surge, especially after 2011, was a consequence of armed conflict and the forced displacement of millions of people from their homes, many of whom have left their countries of birth. The rapid rise in the number of people looking for safe havens and new livelihoods has over the past decade transformed the Middle East into the world region with the fastest growing international migrant and forcibly displaced population, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from United Nations agencies.”

Ranking Gender Inequality in All 50 States

24/7 Wall St review of gender equality in all 50 states: “Perhaps the most egregious component of gender inequality in the U.S. is the wage gap. Though the severity of the wage gap varies by state, nationwide, the typical woman working full time earns 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. No state has… Continue Reading

Gallup – Women in America: Work and Life Well-Lived

How can businesses create the ideal work culture for female employees? “In the U.S., more than 5 million jobs are available. But women continue to drop out of the workforce in troubling numbers. Far less than half of female employees (35%) are engaged in their jobs, and nearly half of women say they are looking… Continue Reading

EPA IG Reports Drinking Water Contamination in Flint

Follow up to previous postings on water contamination in Flint, Michigan – see the EPA IG report, Management Alert: Drinking Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan, Demonstrates a Need to Clarify EPA Authority to Issue Emergency Orders to Protect the Public – and accompanying pocast and video, posted on October 201, 2016: “This report is an… Continue Reading

Report – Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America

Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, The Perpetual Line-up, 2016: “There is a knock on your door. It’s the police. There was a robbery in your neighborhood. They have a suspect in custody and an eyewitness. But they need your help: Will you come down to the station to stand in the line-up?… Continue Reading

Interactive Feature on Trump’s Immigration Policy in NY Times with Social Explorer Analysis

Via Social Explorer: “A new interactive article by Jugal K. Patel in The New York Times features data and analysis compiled by Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge. Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently stated that he wants to “keep immigration levels within historical norms,” but did not define those ranges. The Times investigates two hundred years of the… Continue Reading

Gallup – One in Three U.S. Women Worry About Being Sexually Assaulted

Jeffrey M. Jones: 34% of women worried, up from an average 30% in 2013-2015 Younger women worry more than older women Increase was apparent before Trump tapes were released Continue Reading

Privacy International challenge of UK hacking operations

PCWorld: “The U.K.’s spy agencies breached the European Convention on Human Rights for years by secretly collecting almost everything about British citizens’ communications except their content, a U.K. court has ruled. However, now that the U.K. government has admitted what it is doing, the collection is legal, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled Monday. It has… Continue Reading

Research – disparities in recommendation letters for women and men

Although this article is specific to a group of professionals in geoscience, the research about this bias is reflective of experiences across a range of professions, Nature Geoscience – Gender differences in recommendation letters forpostdoctoral fellowships in geoscience, published online 3 October 2016. “Gender disparities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including… Continue Reading

Additional START Datasets Now Available

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism – “Utilizing the Dataverse Network Project, START has created its own repository of datasets and databases on terrorism, conflict, and preparedness. This collection includes research funded by START as well as research for which START has been given permission to release. Users can read… Continue Reading

National Park Service – Series: LGBTQ America

“LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is an extensive and comprehensive look at LGBTQ heritage in the United States. Each chapter provides an expert summary of a particular topic.” Continue Reading

DOJ Outlines Plan to Enable Nationwide Collection of Use of Force Data

“…Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced several steps by the Department of Justice to enable the nationwide collection of data on law enforcement interactions with civilians, including data related to the use of force by law enforcement officers. “Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed… Continue Reading