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Vanity Fair – Welcome to the Dark Net

Welcome to the Dark Net, A Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free “…Definitions. A vulnerability is a weakness in a network’s defenses. An exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability. A zero-day exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability that… Continue Reading

TorrentFreak – Elsevier Wants CloudFlare to Expose Pirate Sites

Follow up to previous posting, Controversy over free journal access database keeps Sci-Hub in legal and research spotlight – Via TorrentFreak –  PDF copy of Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs’ Application for Leave to Take Expedited Discovery – Elsevier Inc., Elsevier B.V., and Elsevier Ltd. v Sci-Hub d/b/a ww.sci-hub.org, The Library Genesis Project… Continue Reading

The Economic Impact of Conflicts and the Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa

World Bank, September 16, 2016: “In recent decades, the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) has experienced more frequent and severe conflicts than in any other region of the world, exacting a devastating human toll. The region now faces unprecedented challenges, including the emergence of violent non-state actors, significant destruction, and a refugee crisis… Continue Reading

Study – Political Dysfunction Makes America Less Competitive

Dina Gerdeman – “The American economy is a mess, and our broken political system is largely to blame, according to a Harvard Business School US Competitiveness Project report released today. Harvard’s Michael E. Porter, Jan W. Rivkin, and Mihir A. Desai say American economic performance peaked in the late 1990s and since then has experienced… Continue Reading

Forcibly Displaced: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts

“Forced displacement is a crisis centered in developing countries, which host 89 percent of refugees and 99 percent of internally displaced persons, says a new World Bank report. At its root are the same 10 conflicts which have accounted for the majority of the forcibly displaced every year since 1991, consistently hosted by about 15… Continue Reading

New American Community Survey Statistics For Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Available For States and Local Areas

“The U.S. Census Bureau today released its most detailed look at America’s people, places and economy with new statistics on income, poverty, health insurance and more than 40 other topics from the American Community Survey. Many states saw an increase in income and a decrease in poverty rates between 2014 and 2015. During that same… Continue Reading

PwC – Cities of Opportunity

“The living city – London, Singapore, Toronto and Paris top the 2016 benchmark (our 7th edition) of the broad urban qualities that make 30 global business, finance and culture capitals successful. Beneath the headline results of who finishes first, however, findings show the heart of the city revolves around balanced social and economic strengths. And… Continue Reading

SIGAR – Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – SIGAR – Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan September 2016: “is the first in a series of lessons learned reports planned to be issued by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The report examines how the U.S. government—primarily the Departments of Defense,… Continue Reading

Social Security: Improvements to Claims Process Could Help People Make Better Informed Decisions about Retirement Benefits

Social Security: Improvements to Claims Process Could Help People Make Better Informed Decisions about Retirement Benefits, GAO-16-786: Published: Sep 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2016. “GAO’s review of nine surveys and academic studies, and interviews with retirement experts, suggest that many individuals do not fully understand key details of Social Security rules that can… Continue Reading

Health Costs 2016 Employer Survey: Premiums Rise Modestly, but Deductibles Climb More Quickly

“Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 3 percent to $18,142 this year, a modest increase at a time when workers’ wages (2.5%) and inflation (1.1%) also grew modestly, according to the benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey released today. Workers on average contribute… Continue Reading

FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers

“The Federal Trade Commission has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The FTC’s complaint alleges that OMICS Group, Inc., along with two affiliated companies and their president and director,… Continue Reading

Examining an elephant: globalisation and the lower middle class of the rich world

Via the Resolution Foundation – Examining an elephant: globalisation and the lower middle class of the rich world, by Adam Corlett, Published on 13 September 2016. “The UK’s vote to leave the EU, the US presidential election and proposed free trade deals have all prompted renewed debate about the winners and losers of globalisation. The… Continue Reading