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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 governments communicate and engage. The Internet’s economic impact has been massive, making significant contributions to nations’ gross domestic product (GDP) and fueling new, innovative industries. It has also generated societal change by connecting individuals and communities, providing access to information and education, and promoting greater transparency. However, not all countries have harnessed the Internet’s benefits to the same degree. In a new report, we examine the evolution of Internet adoption around the world, the factors that enable the development of a vibrant Internet ecosystem, and the barriers that are impeding more than 60 percent of the global population from getting online. Several findings emerged.”

Heads Up – A Single Fire Can Cripple America’s Aging Air-Traffic System

Alex Davis – Wired: “The ground radar network dates back to the 1950s, when air traffic finally got busy enough that officials needed a new way to track aircraft on the move. Since then, the network has greatly expanded, and the radars have been upgraded, though small air traffic facilities didn’t upgrade from vacuum tubeContinue 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

The Politicization of International Economic Institutions in US Public Debates

“Rixen, Thomas and Zangl, Bernhard, The Politicization of International Economic Institutions in US Public Debates (September 28, 2014). The Review of International Organizations: Volume 8, Issue 3, 2013, pp. 363-387. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2502520 “Recent research has noted a trend of increased “politicization” of international politics, i.e., decisions of international institutions are increasingly debatedContinue 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

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 – Freight Transportation, Managing for Results, U.S. Currency

FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION: Developing National Strategy Would Benefit from Added Focus on Community Congestion Impacts, GAO-14-740: Published: Sep 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2014. MANAGING FOR RESULTS: Agencies’ Trends in the Use of Performance Information to Make Decisions - GAO-14-747: Published: Sep 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2014 U.S. CURRENCY: Reader Program Should Be Evaluated While Other Accessibility Features for Visually ImpairedContinue 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

22 maps and charts that will surprise you – VOX

Ezra Klein, September 23, 2014: “A Good visualization helps you see what the data is telling you. The best visualizations help you you see things you never thought the data would tell you. These 22 charts and maps were, at least for me, in that category: all of them told me something I found surprising. Some of themContinue Reading

Reasoning about Interference Between Units: A General Framework

Reasoning about Interference Between Units: A General Framework, Jake Bowers, Mark M. Fredrickson, Costas Panagopoulos “If an experimental treatment is experienced by both treated and control group units, tests of hypotheses about causal effects may be difficult to conceptualize, let alone execute. In this article, we show how counterfactual causal models may be written and tested when theoriesContinue Reading

How Much (More) Should CEOs Make? A Universal Desire for More Equal Pay

Kiatpongsan, Sorapop, and Michael I. Norton. How Much (More) Should CEOs Make? A Universal Desire for More Equal Pay. Perspectives on Psychological Science (forthcoming). “Do people from different countries and different backgrounds have similar preferences for how much more the rich should earn than the poor? Using survey data from 40 countries (N = 55,238), we compare respondents’ estimates ofContinue Reading