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Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance

“Genome editing is a powerful new tool for making precise alterations to an organism’s genetic material. Recent scientific advances have made genome editing more efficient, precise, and flexible than ever before. These advances have spurred an explosion of interest from around the globe in the possible ways in which genome editing can improve human health. The speed at which these technologies are being developed and applied has led many policymakers and stakeholders to express concern about whether appropriate systems are in place to govern these technologies and how and when the public should be engaged in these decisions. Human Genome Editing considers important questions about the human application of genome editing including: balancing potential benefits with unintended risks, governing the use of genome editing, incorporating societal values into clinical applications and policy decisions, and respecting the inevitable differences across nations and cultures that will shape how and whether to use these new technologies. This report proposes criteria for heritable germline editing, provides conclusions on the crucial need for public education and engagement, and presents 7 general principles for the governance of human genome editing.”

GAO – Presidential and Congressional Transition documents

“During presidential transitions, GAO provides information specifically for new administrations as well as new Congresses. The resources and recommendations here can help policymakers and other leaders find ways to greatly improve government operations and potentially save millions of dollars. Three sets of resources are available here, specifically focusing on the issues and challenges that should… Continue Reading

The Presidential Timeline Project

“The Presidential Timeline project supports educators in developing students’ historical thinking skills and promoting civic engagement. The project consists of the Presidential Timeline website, Summer Teacher Institutes and webinars. The National Archives provides historical content and primary sources, and the University of Texas at Austin provides technical skills to create and maintain the website. Both… Continue Reading

“Google can bring you 100,000 answers but a librarian can bring you the right one”

Google can bring you 100,000 answers but a librarian can bring you the right one, By Mahesh Rao Continue Reading

Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized

Pew – February 16, 2017 – In First Month, Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized – Opposition to Trump’s refugee policy “Less than a month after Donald Trump took office, the public’s initial impressions of the new president are strongly felt, deeply polarized and far more negative than positive. The latest national… Continue Reading

Botnet attack analysis of Deflect protected website blacklivesmatter.com

Deflect Labs report #3. Seamus Tuohy and eQualit.ie View the report with 3D rendering (5mb) “This report covers attacks between April 29th and October 15th, 2016. Over this seven-month period, we recorded more than a hundred separate denial-of-service incidents against the official Black Lives Matter website. Our analysis shows a variety of technical methods used… Continue Reading

Working Without a Net: Supreme Court Decision Making as Performance

Gedicks, Frederick Mark, Working Without a Net: Supreme Court Decision Making as Performance (February 17, 2017). BYU Law Research Paper No. 17-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2919682 “A Depression-era Justice once suggested that in constitutional challenges the Supreme Court simply compares government action to the Constitution and decides “whether the latter squares with the former.” Chief… Continue Reading

OpenCulture – Japanese Designers May Have Created the Most Accurate Map of Our World

“…last year, architect and artist Hajime Narukawa of Keio University’s Graduate School of Media and Governance in Tokyo solved these problems with his AuthaGraph World Map, at the top, which won Japan’s Good Design Grand Award, beating out “over 1000 entries in a variety of categories,” writes Mental Floss. You can view it in a… Continue Reading

How reporters around the world risk their lives for the truth

Via GOOD – “Last May, the United Nations Security Council met to discuss a problem tragically common in the 21st century: dead journalists. In the new millennium, 876 journalists have been killed—with almost 40 percent of those deaths occurring in the last five years. Meanwhile, global press freedom is at its lowest point since 2003,… Continue Reading

CrowdJustice

“CrowdJustice is a crowdfunding platform built for legal cases. We launched in May 2015, as a way to democratise access to the legal system. We wanted to help make the law a powerful tool for everyone – not just a tool for the powerful. We’ve since seen cases challenge the government, go to the Supreme… Continue Reading

That One Privacy Guy’s Guide to Choosing the Best VPN

“The following is intended to be a detailed guide to answer the question, “How do I choose the best VPN (for me)?” The reason this is a hard thing to help people with, is that their needs and level of technical knowledge vary greatly – there is no one perfect VPN, they all have at… Continue Reading