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NLM Releases New Research Resource for Domestic Violence

“The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new health services research resource on domestic violence, to complement the new NLM exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives. The new resource can be found on the Web portal, Health Services ResearchContinue Reading

UK surveillance program collected billions of records from persons in multiple countries

Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept: “…The mass surveillance operation — code-named KARMA POLICE — was launched by British spies about seven years ago without any public debate or scrutiny. It was just one part of a giant global Internet spying apparatus built by the United Kingdom’s electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ…The surveillance is underpinned byContinue Reading

Creating a 21st-Century Medical Device Surveillance System

“The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a hearing in response to public concerns about Essure, a nonsurgical, permanent female sterilization device. Since FDA approved the product in 2002, the agency has received reports on 5,093 adverse events, including six deaths. The hearing coincides with a landmark event for medical device safety: the compliance dateContinue Reading

UNESCO calls to combat online and offline violence against women and girls

“On 24 September 2015, the United Nations Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Gender released its report on combatting cyber violence against women at United Nations Headquarters in New York. UNESCO’s Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Broadband Commission alongside ITU Secretary-General, Mr Houlin Zhao. The report aims to mobilize the publicContinue Reading

New research from Google: The underground market fueling for-profit abuse

Framing Dependencies Introduced by Underground Commoditization, September 2015 – via the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security 2015. “Internet crime has become increasingly dependent on the underground economy: a loose federation of specialists selling capabilities, services, and resources explicitly tailored to the abuse ecosystem. Through these emerging markets, modern criminal entrepreneurs piece together dozensContinue Reading

Search the world’s historical newspaper archives

“The goal of is to make it possible to search all the world’s online historic newspapers from one place. We aren’t there yet, but we are adding more newspapers every day. With it is now possible for family historians, genealogists, and researchers to search historic digitized newspaper archives from around the globe. Elephind.comContinue Reading

2015 Red Book

2015 Red Book – Synchronizing Environmental Reviews for Transportation and Other Infrastructure Projects, September 2015 Publication No. FHWA-HEP-15-047 Publication No. FHWA-HEP-15-047. “The purpose of the Red Book is to function as a “how to” for synchronizing NEPA and other regulatory reviews. This handbook will be useful to Federal agencies that review permit applications, and Federal,Continue Reading

The 2015 Inspector General Survey

The Association of Government Accountants’ 2015 Inspector General Survey “…Our survey raised a number of concerns that continue to hamper the effectiveness of IGs and their work. Examples include: issues related to greater sharing and access to data; the IG community’s primary legislative priority; antiquated pay scales; and unfilled IG positions. Similarly, budget uncertainty, theContinue Reading

Business in the United States: Who Owns it and How Much Tax They Pay

Business in the United States: Who Owns it and How Much Tax They Pay, September 20, 2015 “Pass-through” businesses like partnerships and S-corporations now generate over half of U.S. business income and account for over half of the post-1980 rise in the top- 1% income share. We use administrative tax data from 2011 to identifyContinue Reading

New Report Highlights Need for FOIA Reform

News release: “In its second National Action Plan (NAP) for the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the White House committed to standardizing FOIA practices across federal agencies, improving agency FOIA processes by reducing backlogs and promoting proactive disclosure, and increasing FOIA trainings across the government. A new report from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS),Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Animal Rights on the Road to Personhood

Via – Animal Rights on the Road to Personhood – Ken Strutin’s paper addresses a seminal issue that has been an integral part of the personal and collective ethic of diverse peoples around the world. As Strutin states, when life is classified biologically, it is also defined legally. Thus is formed the tension betweenContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Wearable tech data as evidence in the courtroom

Via – Wearable tech data as evidence in the courtroom – Nicole Black discusses how data downloaded from wearable technology has entered into the discovery phase of personal injury cases. A wealth of data can be collected about the direct activities of individuals who are using wearable devices while exercising, as well as conductingContinue Reading