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FAA to rule soon on increasingly popular use of drones

WSJ – “Highly anticipated federal rules on commercial drones are expected to require operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, below 400 feet and within sight of the person at the controls, according to people familiar with the rule-making process. The drone industry has awaited commercial rules for about six years, hopingContinue Reading

Law Enforcement Without Borders

CDT – “A critical case is now working its way through the US courts—one that raises important questions for users and providers of cloud services in both the US and Europe. As part of a US criminal investigation, a US federal court has ordered Microsoft to hand over a customer’s files that the company holdsContinue Reading

Market-making and proprietary trading: industry trends, drivers and policy implications

Bank for International Settlements, CGFS Publications No 52 – November 2014 – “Market-makers serve a crucial role in financial markets by providing liquidity to facilitate market efficiency and functioning. This report – prepared by a Study Group chaired by Denis Beau (Bank of France) – assesses changes in the supply of and demand for market-making services as wellContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Group Purchasing Organizations, Medicare Program Integrity, Defense Logistics, Vaccine Injury Compensation

Group Purchasing Organizations: Funding Structure Has Potential Implications for Medicare Costs, GAO-15-13: Published: Oct 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2014. Medicare Program Integrity: CMS Pursues Many Practices to Address Prescription Drug Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, GAO-15-66: Published: Oct 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2014. Defense Logistics: Greater Awareness of Recommendations and Improvements in Data QualityContinue Reading

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Regin: Top-tier espionage tool enables stealthy surveillance

Symantec Security Response: ” An advanced spying tool, Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals.  An advanced piece of malware, known as Regin, has been used in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets since atContinue Reading

The world economy in 2014 still in the doldrums

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – Geneva – October 2014. “The world economy has not yet escaped the growth doldrums in which it has been marooned for the past four years, and there is a growing danger that this state of affairs is becoming accepted as the “new normal”. Policymakers everywhere, but particularly in the systemically important economies,Continue Reading

The State of the Birds 2014 United States of America

“One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation’s top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted. The authors call the results unsettling. The report finds bird populations declining across several keyContinue Reading

Annual Homeless Assessment Report 2014

HUD – “This report outlines the key findings of the 2014 Point-In-Time (PIT) and Housing Inventory (HIC) counts conducted in January 2014. Specifically, this report provides 2014 national, state, and CoC-level PIT and HIC estimates of homelessness, as well as estimates of chronically homeless persons, homeless veterans, and homeless children and youth. All Homeless People:Continue Reading

Sexual Violence at Institutions of Higher Education

CRS – Sexual Violence at Institutions of Higher Education, Gail McCallion, Specialist in Social Policy; Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney. October 23, 2014. “In recent years, a number of high-profile incidents of sexual violence at institutions of higher education (IHEs) have heightened congressional and administration scrutiny of the policies and procedures that IHEs currently have in place to address campus sexualContinue Reading

CERN Open Data Portal

“The CERN Open Data portal is the access point to a growing range of data produced through the research performed at CERN. It disseminates the preserved output from various research activities, including accompanying software and documentation which is needed to understand and analyze the data being shared. The portal adheres to established global standards in dataContinue Reading

North Dakota’s Oil Industry Has Grown, Spills and Leaks Have Soared

The Downside of the Boom: As North Dakota’s Oil Industry Has Grown, Spills and Leaks Have Soared,” by Deborah Sontag and Robert Gebeloff: “[A]s the [North Dakota fracking] boom … exploded, the number of reported spills, leaks, fires and blowouts has soared, with an increase in spillage that outpaces the increase in oil production …Continue Reading