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2015 Digital Business Study

“The 2015 Digital Business Study, conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte, finds that an organization’s digital maturity is the product of strategy, culture and leadership. Select an industry in the interactive graphi to see how your organization measures up.” The full report on the findings, “Strategy, Not Technology, Drives Digital Transformation,” can beContinue Reading

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

F. Tim Knight via Slaw [via Darlene Fichter]: “The third issue of the IFLA Law Libraries Section Newsletter came out last month. It includes a nice report on last summer’s IFLA conference in Lyon, France, which is worth reviewing to get a sense of what’s front of mind in international law libraries. However, what IContinue Reading

2015 Global Peace Index reveals increasingly divided world

Institute for Economics and Peace – Peacefulness in Europe reaches an historic high – The Middle East is spiralling into deepening violence – See The 2015 Global Peace Index “Many OECD countries reached historically high levels of peace, boosted by reductions in homicide rates, levels of military expenditure and military engagements. Iceland tops the Index asContinue Reading

Human Capital, Educational Levels and Growth

“Kochav, Yair and Spivak, Avia and Strawczynski, Michel, Human Capital, Educational Levels and Growth (July 21, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “This paper analyzes the transition of countries between educational levels in the period 1970-2010 in order to assess the contribution of human capital to the increase of GDP per employee. Using aContinue Reading

Leaked drone company emails reveal plans to deliver spyware using drones

Cora Currier – The Intercept: “There are lots of ways that government spies can attack your computer, but a U.S. drone company is scheming to offer them one more. Boeing subsidiary Insitu would like to be able to deliver spyware via drone. The plan is described in internal emails from the Italian company Hacking Team, which makes off-the-shelf software that can remotely infectContinue Reading

Fewer Banking-Related Federal Civil Lawsuits

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest available data from the federal courts show that during June 2015 the government reported 18 new “banks and banking” civil filings. This number has been trending downward since new filings peaked at 79 during November of 2011. If filings continue at the same pace during the remainder of thisContinue Reading

AP Video Archive available on YouTube

The rise of video is undeniable – search has progressively moved from words and concepts to images – and the AP Archive is yet another example a shift from reading to watching.  Via YouTube – “The AP Archive is the film and video archive of The Associated Press — the world’s largest and oldest newsContinue Reading

Number of food recalls and costs to business and society are rising

Swiss Re: “Publication finds that the number of recalls per year in the US has almost doubled since 2002 Food contamination costs US health authorities USD 15.6 billion per year; nearly 9 million Americans became sick from contaminated food in 2013 alone Half of all food recalls cost the affected companies more than USD 10Continue Reading

Social Security Disability Trust Fund Projected Depleted by 2016

“The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year later than projected last year, with 79 percentContinue Reading

Google – Your Timeline: Revisiting the world that you’ve explored

Google Maps: “Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been — whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We’re gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way toContinue Reading

Google – Download your past searches

Google: “You can download all of your past searches. This gives you access to your data when and where you want. Download a copy of your past searches Visit your Web & App Activity page. In the top right corner of the page, touch Menu >  Download searches. Choose Create Archive. When the download is complete,Continue Reading

Information Avoidance

Golman, Russell and Hagmann, David and Loewenstein, George, Information Avoidance (July 17, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “We commonly think of information as a means to an end. However, a growing theoretical and experimental literature suggests that information may directly enter the agent’s utility function. This can create an incentive to avoid information,Continue Reading