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EIGE launches Gender Equality Index 2015

European Institute for Gender Equality – “Since 2005 the EU is still only half way towards gender equality, as shown by the Gender Equality Index 2015 of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).  Two years on from the launch in 2013, EIGE has built a time series of the Index covering 2005, 2010 and 2012.  The total score of the Index for the EU rose marginally from 51.3 out of 100 in 2005 and to 52.9 in 2012. The progress per Member State and per domain however is uneven – some Member States have improved while some have regressed. ‘The significant differences in progress among the Member States reflect the different choices of priorities and approaches in implementing EU policies and objectives’ concludes Virginija Langbakk, Director of EIGE. Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová underlines: ‘Progress towards gender equality in the Member States is real, but important gaps remain. I am committed to tackling the remaining gender gaps in Europe. The gender equality index developed by EIGE is a valuable instrument to measure progress achieved by Member States on the way to gender equality.”

GAO Reports – Credit Rating Analysts, Facial Recognition Technology, Federal Autism Research, Hurricane Sandy, Nuclear Weapons Sustainment

Credit Rating Analysts: Views Varied on Merits of a Professional Organization, but Creating One Now Viewed as Premature, GAO-15-591: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015. Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law, GAO-15-621: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015. Federal Autism Research: Updated Information onContinue Reading

Airline Passenger Rights: The Federal Role in Aviation Consumer Protection

Airline Passenger Rights: The Federal Role in Aviation Consumer Protection. Rachel Y. Tang Analyst in Transportation and Industry. July 21, 2015. “The 1978 deregulation of the airline industry in the United States eliminated federal control over many airline business practices, including pricing and domestic route selection. However, the federal government continues to legislate and enforceContinue Reading

Statement by the ODNI on Retention of Data Collected Under Section 215 of USA PATRIOT Act

July 27, 2015: “On June 29, 2015, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Government’s application to resume the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program pursuant to the USA FREEDOM Act’s 180-day transition provision. As part of our effort to transition to the new authority, we have evaluated whether NSA should maintain access to theContinue Reading

Report – Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

“This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. “The bottom line is that this is noContinue Reading

Americans with Disabilities Act – 25th Anniversary

Via USA.gov: “Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act – July 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation was signed into law in 1990 to eliminate discrimination against, and to promote opportunities for people with physical and mentalContinue Reading

Immigration Detention Risk Assessment

“Noferi, Mark L. and Koulish, Robert, The Immigration Detention Risk Assessment (July 1, 2015). 29 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 45 (2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2635247 “In early 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) deployed nationwide a new automated risk assessment tool to help determine whether to detain or release noncitizens pending theirContinue Reading

Google bio tech firm will mine Ancestry.com data for longevity gene

Via Calico: ” AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms haveContinue Reading

2015 Global Peace Index reveals increasingly divided world

Institute for Economics and Peace – Peacefulness in Europe reaches an historic high – The Middle East is spiralling into deepening violence – See The 2015 Global Peace Index “Many OECD countries reached historically high levels of peace, boosted by reductions in homicide rates, levels of military expenditure and military engagements. Iceland tops the Index asContinue Reading

UK surveillance report affirms privacy concerns

The Guardian: “Privacy campaigners have secured significant concessions in a key report into surveillance by the British security agencies published on Tuesday. The 132-page report, A Democratic Licence To Operate, which Nick Clegg commissioned last year in the wake of revelations by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, acknowledges the importance of privacy concerns. “Privacy isContinue Reading

Digital help filing your FOIA request

Storybench: “A recent Gallup poll reaffirmed what we already know-the public’s trust in the media keeps sinking. So what’s a committed reporter to do? One answer is to take advantage of the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, to request public records to bolster one’s story. Agencies at the local, state and federal level produce thousands of records every day, mostContinue Reading

CRS Report – Women in Combat, Issues for Congress

Women in Combat: Issues for Congress, Kristy N. Kamarck, Analyst in Military Manpower. July 14, 2015. “Over the past two decades of conflict, women have served with valor and continue to serve on combat aircraft, naval vessels, and in support of ground combat operations. The expansion of roles for women in the armed forces hasContinue Reading