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Microsoft and Other Firms Pledge to Protect Student Data – NYT

NATASHA SINGER: “A week after California enacted a landmark law restricting the ways education technology companies can use the information they collect about elementary through high school students, a group of leading industry players is pledging to adopt similar data protections nationwide. The 14 companies include: Microsoft; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the educational publishing house; Amplify, a developerContinue Reading

Oral History Interviews – Association for Diplomatic Studies and Trainin

“The more than 1800 oral histories completed over the past quarter century stem from the contributions of many individuals who gladly provided their expertise and numerous insights regarding U.S. diplomatic history and several others who selflessly volunteered their time to help edit the interviews. If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed or helpContinue Reading

OECD Regional Outlook 2014 Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet

“Living standards continue to diverge within many economically advanced countries as poorer regions struggle to catch up with richer ones. Half of the 34 OECD countries have seen the income gap between their best-off and worst-off regions widen since the 2008 crisis, according to new OECD research. The OECD Regional Outlook 2014 shows that in 10 OECD countries,Continue Reading

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014

DHS: “The Internet is part of everyone’s life, every day. We use the Internet at work, home, for enjoyment, and to connect with those close to us. However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks. As a nation, we face constantContinue Reading

Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption

McKinsey – More than 60 percent of the world’s population remains offline. Without removing crucial deterrents to Internet adoption, little will change—and more than 4 billion people may be left behind. “In a little more than a generation, the Internet has grown from a nascent technology to a tool that is transforming how people, businesses, and governmentsContinue Reading

Reconstructing Native Language Typology from Foreign Language Usage

Proceedings of the Eighteenth Conference on Computational Language Learning, pages 21–29,. Baltimore, Maryland USA, June 26-27 2014. c 2014 Association for Computational Linguistics. Reconstructing Native Language Typology from Foreign Language Usage. Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office, July 23, 2014: “Computer scientists at MIT and Israel’s Technion have discovered an unexpected source of information about the world’s languages:Continue Reading

African-Born Population in U.S. Roughly Doubled Every Decade Since 1970

“The foreign-born population from Africa has grown rapidly in the United States during the last 40 years, increasing from about 80,000 in 1970 to about 1.6 million in the period from 2008 to 2012, according to a U.S. Census Bureau brief released today. The population has roughly doubled each decade since 1970, with the largestContinue Reading

British Columbia Big Tree Registry

“The BC BigTree Field Package contains printable information on nominating and measuring trees and also includes a field nomination form that you can take into the field. Download the BC BigTree Field Package before you embark on your tree finding adventures!” “The University of British Columbia – Mandate: To identify, describe, monitor, and conserve the largest trees of eachContinue Reading

Journal of Electronic Publishing – Metrics for Measuring Publishing Value

Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) is a forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users Volume 17, No. 3: Metrics for Measuring Publishing Value: Alternative and Otherwise Title Author(s) Editor’s Note [17.3] Bonn, Maria The Imperative for Open Altmetrics Konkiel, Stacy; Piwowar, Heather; Priem, Jason Measuring OpennessContinue Reading

The Middle-Class Squeeze – Report

Jennifer Erickson | September 24, 2014, Center for American Progress “The American middle class is in trouble. The middle-class share of national income has fallen, middle-class wages are stagnant, and the middle class in the United States is no longer the world’s wealthiest. But income is only one side of the story. The cost of being in the middleContinue Reading

College Enrollment Declines for Second Year in a Row

“College enrollment declined by close to half a million (463,000) between 2012 and 2013, marking the second year in a row that a drop of this magnitude has occurred. The cumulative two-year drop of 930,000 was larger than any college enrollment drop before the recent recession, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from the CurrentContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – IGs, International Labor Grants, Special Education

INSPECTORS GENERAL: DHS OIG’s Structure, Policies, and Procedures Are Consistent with Standards, but Areas for Improvement Exist, GAO-14-726: Published: Sep 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2014. INTERNATIONAL LABOR GRANTS: DOL’s Use of Financial and Performance Monitoring Tools Needs to Be Strengthened, GAO-14-832: Published: Sep 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2014. SPECIAL EDUCATION: Improved Performance Measures Could Enhance OversightContinue Reading