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Intellectual Property for the Twenty-First-Century Economy

Intellectual Property for the Twenty-First-Century Economy, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Dean Baker, Arjun Jayadev. October 17, 2017.

“Developing countries are increasingly pushing back against the intellectual property regime foisted on them by the advanced economies over the last 30 years. They are right to do so, because what matters is not only the production of knowledge, but also that it is used in ways that put the health and wellbeing of people ahead of corporate profits…The IP standards advanced countries favor typically are designed not to maximize innovation and scientific progress, but to maximize the profits of big pharmaceutical companies and others able to sway trade negotiations. No surprise, then, that large developing countries with substantial industrial bases – such as South Africa, India, and Brazil – are leading the counterattack. These countries are mainly taking aim at the most visible manifestation of IP injustice: the accessibility of essential medicines. In India, a 2005 amendment created a unique mechanism to restore balance and fairness to patenting standards, thereby safeguarding access. Overcoming several challenges in domestic and international proceedings, the law has been found to comply with WTO standards. In Brazil, early action by the government to treat people with HIV/AIDS resulted in several successful negotiations, lowering drug prices considerably…”

NOAA, NASA team up again to investigate the atmosphere over Antarctica

NOAA: “Thirty years after NASA and NOAA launched a groundbreaking airborne campaign to study the Antarctic ozone hole, the two federal science agencies have once again joined forces over the world’s highest, driest and coldest continent to sniff out the secrets of the atmosphere. On Oct. 14, NASA’s heavily instrumented DC-8 flew over Antarctica as… Continue Reading

Research – The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world

The Conversation: “Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We’ve seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access… Continue Reading

DHS issues operational network security directive to all federal agencies

FCW.com: “The Department of Homeland Security is requiring agencies to use new email and web security guidelines that address man-in-the-middle attacks. A binding operational directive from DHS gives federal agencies 90 days to implement a pair of tools, Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) and STARTTLS. DMARC is an email authentication tool designed to… Continue Reading

CRS – U.S. Periods of War and Dates of Recent Conflicts

CRS report via FAS – U.S. Periods of War and Dates of Recent Conflicts, Barbara Salazar Torreon, Senior Research Librarian. October 11, 2017. “Many wars or conflicts in U.S. history have federally designated “periods of war,” dates marking their beginning and ending. These dates are important for qualification for certain veterans’ pension or disability benefits.… Continue Reading

Arms Sales in the Middle East: Trends and Analytical Perspectives for U.S. Policy

CRS report via FAS – Arms Sales in the Middle East: Trends and Analytical Perspectives for U.S. Policy, Clayton Thomas, Analyst in Middle Eastern Affairs. October 11, 2017. “This report analyzes state-to-state arms sales in the Middle East with a particular focus on U.S.transfers, as authorized and reviewed by Congress.The information in this report, including… Continue Reading

Visualizing Diversity in U.S. Newsrooms

Center for Data Innovation: “Google News Lab, design firm Polygraph, and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) have created a data visualization illustrating the changes in gender and racial diversity of newsrooms in the United States over time. The visualization uses data from ASNE and the American Community Survey to compare the differences between… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity, Encryption and United States National Security Matters

Cybersecurity, Encryption and United States National Security Matters, Senate Armed Services Committee, September 13, 2016 (published September 2017), via FAS. Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News: “What constitutes an act of war in the cyber domain? It’s a question that officials have wrestled with for some time without being able to provide a clear-cut answer. But in… Continue Reading

Outside – Joel Clement on Why He Quit the Dept. of the Interior

“The longtime DOI employee says he was forced out because he spoke up about the risk climate change poses to Alaskans. We caught up with him to talk the state of the Interior, how his colleagues are faring…” “…Until June 2017, Clement was in charge of the Office of Policy Analysis, where he worked primarily… Continue Reading

FCL: A Formal Language for Writing Contracts

Farmer W.M., Hu Q. (2018) FCL: A Formal Language for Writing Contracts. In: Rubin S., Bouabana-Tebibel T. (eds) Quality Software Through Reuse and Integration. FMI 2016, IRI 2016 2016. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 561. Springer, Cham “A contract is an artifact that records an agreement made by the parties of the contract.… Continue Reading

Google Scholar – Follow Related Research for Key Authors

Follow Related Research for Key Authors, October 13, 2017: “Scholar provides several ways to keep up with research in your area. You can set up keyword alerts, get recommendations related to your publications and follow your colleagues’ profiles. Today, we are adding another approach to stay up to date in areas of your interest. Now,… Continue Reading

Carter Journalism Institute Launches “First Amendment Watch” to Highlight, Analyze Threats to Freedom of Expression

“The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has launched First Amendment Watch —an online resource that goes beyond the headlines to provide much-needed coverage and context to the debate over freedom of expression. NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has launched First Amendment Watch—an online resource that goes beyond the headlines to provide much-needed coverage and… Continue Reading