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UK – Airlines cleared for mobile phone use during flights

BBC NewsThe European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says electronic devices such as mobile phones can be left switched on during flights. EASA says that electronic devices do not pose a safety risk. The announcement clears the way for airlines to permit the use of mobile phones, once they have conducted their own safety reviews. Currently airline passengers have to switch devices to flight mode and make calls from the airport terminal. The EASA sets the framework for airlines making safety decisions. The agency said each airline would still have to go through an assessment process, ensuring aircraft systems are not affected by the signals from portable electronic devices before establishing their own rules for their operation. As a result there could be a delay in implementing the new rules at some airlines. It also says that airlines may opt for different policies on the use of mobile devices.”

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

Bourne-Again Shell (Bash) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

“US-CERT is aware of a Bash vulnerability affecting Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system. The flaw was originally assigned CVE-2014-6271, but it was later discovered that the patch had an issue in the parser and didContinue Reading

Appeals Court Limits Military Surveillance of Civilian Internet Use

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in United States v. Dreyer that an agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service violated Defense Department regulations and the Posse Comitatus Act when he conducted a surveillance operation in Washington state to identify civilians who might be sharing illegal files. The 1878 Act prevents the U.S.Continue Reading

Information Sharing Environment: Annual Report to Congress – 2014

“This report is submitted by the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) on behalf of the President, as required by Section 1016 (h) (2) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004, as amended. Accompanying, but distinct from this report, are substantial performance data and links to best practices, lessons learned,Continue Reading

The Art and Science of Data-driven Journalism

Alexander Benjamin Howard – Columbia Journalism School | TOW CENTER FOR DIGITAL JOURNALISM “Journalists have been using data in their stories for as long as the profession has existed. A revolution in computing in the 20th century created opportunities for data integration into investigations, as journalists began to bring technology into their work. In theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation, Cloud Computing, Data Center Consolidation, Littoral Combat Ship, Overseas Real Property

AVIATION: Impact of Fuel Price Increases on the Aviation Industry, GAO-14-331: Published: Sep 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2014. CLOUD COMPUTING: Additional Opportunities and Savings Need to Be Pursued, GAO-14-753: Published: Sep 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2014. DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION: Reporting Can Be Improved to Reflect Substantial Planned Savings, GAO-14-713: Published: Sep 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2014. LITTORALContinue Reading

Academic Skills on Web Are Tied to Income Level – Report

Motoko Rich: “Wealthier students tend to perform better on tests of reading comprehension than their poorer peers, a longstanding trend that has been documented amply. But with the Internet having become an indispensable part of daily life, a new study shows that a separate gap has emerged, with lower-income students again lagging more affluent students inContinue Reading

Results of the 2014 Global Privacy Enforcement Network Sweep

“The second Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Privacy Sweep demonstrates the ongoing commitment of privacy enforcement authorities to work together to promote privacy protection around the world. Some 26 privacy enforcement authorities in 19 countries participated in the 2014 Sweep, which took place May 12-18. Over the course of the week, participants downloaded 1,211 popular mobile appsContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Drinking Water, Federal Software Licenses, F-35 Sustainment, Health Resources and Services Admin., Surface Transportation

DRINKING WATER: Characterization of Injected Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production, GAO-14-857R: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014. FEDERAL SOFTWARE LICENSES: Most Agencies Have Reported Planned Actions to Address Our Prior Recommendations on Software License Management, GAO-14-835R: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014. F-35 SUSTAINMENT: Need for Affordable Strategy, Greater Attention to Risks, andContinue Reading

Introducing Structured Snippets, now a part of Google Web Search

Google Research Blog: “Google Web Search has evolved in recent years with a host of features powered by the Knowledge Graph and other data sources to provide users with highly structured and relevant data. Structured Snippets is a new feature that incorporates facts into individual result snippets in Web Search. As seen in the example below, interestingContinue Reading

Journal of Open Access to Law

“JOAL is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal of international scope.  Its purpose is to promote international research on the topic of open access to law. JOAL provides an international forum for academic researchers as well as for practitioners of open legal publishing. Central topics of concern include critical construction of legal information methods governance of newContinue Reading