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Report – Freedom in the World 2016: Anxious Dictators, Wavering Democracies

Freedom House – “Freedom in the World 2016 – Global freedom declined for the 10th consecutive year in 2015, as economic pressures and fear of unrest led authoritarians to crack down on dissent, while migration and terrorism fueled xenophobia in democracies.” “Economic downturns and fear of social unrest have led Russia, China, and other authoritarianContinue Reading

UK’s return to top ten of Corruption Perceptions Index carries both risks and opportunities

“An improvement of four places from 14th to 10th in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is an opportunity for the UK to lead on global corruption at the Prime Minister’s forthcoming Anti-Corruption Summit in May – but carries the risk that if he fails to deliver, the UK will once again sink downContinue Reading

New Report on Women in the Workplace

Mercer’s When Women Thrive – “The most comprehensive, analytical and predictive research on women in the workforce – linking organizational policies and programs to results.  We’ve added 13 countries since our initial 2014 report which now includes 42 countries, nearly 600 submissions, and 3.2 million employees, including 1.3 million women. New 2016 report available: DownloadContinue Reading

Federal Background Investigations Tasked to New Agency

Via the White House Blog, January 22, 2016 – “The Government has a responsibility to determine the fitness of Federal employees, members of the Armed Forces, and contractors for the jobs they are hired into and for the sensitive work they do on behalf of the American people each and every day. At the sameContinue Reading

Gun Deaths Surpass Motor Vehicle Deaths in 21 States and DC

Violence Policy Center – “Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds. This is the fifth edition of the VPC report comparing gun deaths to motor vehicle deathsContinue Reading

Advocacy group documents privatizing of US criminal justice system

Via In the Public Interest – “Today, private companies hold contracts that allow them to profit from all corners of America’s criminal justice system. Consequently, many people charged with crimes are exposed to the profit-seeking of companies every step of the way, from entering the system to being released. These graphics depict the possible paths of people charged withContinue Reading

World Press Freedom Index 2015: decline on all fronts

“Top of the list, as so often, are three Scandinavian countries: Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark. At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, in last place, were the worst performers. France is ranked 38th (up one place), theContinue Reading

10 things to know about progress in international development

Overseas Development Institute: “Around the world, amazing progress is being made. More than 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1990 with major gains made in health and education and in other areas that contribute to human well-being. While the world still faces considerable challenges, including inequality, conflict and climate change, there are many lessons to beContinue Reading

Global data – Women only earn now what men did a decade ago

World Economic Forum: “Despite an additional quarter of a billion women entering the global workforce since 2006, wage inequality persists, with women only now earning what men did a decade ago, according the Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2015. The global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics has closed by only 4%Continue Reading

IRE 2015 Philip Meyer Award winners for data-driven investigation

IRE is proud to announce the 2015 Philip Meyer Award winners – “A data-driven investigation that exposed the human cost of school resegregation in central Florida is the first-place winner of the 2015 Philip Meyer Journalism Award. Investigations that explored the growth of diversity in American cities and revealed the small cadre of attorneys whoContinue Reading

Pew – The state of privacy in America

The state of privacy in America: What we learned: “After the June 2013 leaks by government contractor Edward Snowden about National Security Agency surveillance of Americans’ online and phone communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. Our recent report about how Americans think about privacy andContinue Reading

World Bank Group Launches New Gender Data Products

Identifying gaps between males, females is key to new gender equality strategy – “The World Bank Group today relaunched its popular Gender Data Portal, comprising current and historical data on topics ranging from health and education to jobs, assets, and political participation—all broken down by sex. The Bank Group is also launching its Little Data Book on Gender 2016 alongside new onlineContinue Reading