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Daily Archives: June 23, 2013

Pew – Family Caregivers are Wired for Health

Family Caregivers are Wired for Health by Susannah Fox, Maeve Duggan, Kristen Purcell, June 20, 2013

“39% of U.S. adults are caregivers and many navigate health care with the help of technology, Four in ten adults in the U.S. are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues, up from 30% in  2010. Caring for a loved one is an activity that cuts across most demographic groups, but is especially  prevalent among adults ages 30 to 64, a group traditionally still in the workforce. Caregivers are highly engaged in the pursuit of health information, support, care, and advice, both online and offline, and do many health-related activities at higher levels than non-caregivers.”

UK – Further action for Google over Wi-Fi data collection

“The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served Google Inc with an enforcement notice over the collection of payload data by Google’s Street View cars in the UK. Stephen Eckersley, ICO Head of Enforcement, said: “Today’s enforcement notice strengthens the action already taken by our office, placing a legal requirement on Google to delete the remaining… Continue Reading

The National Weather Service has declared June 23 to June 29 to be Lightning Safety Awareness Week

“The Weather Service has established a lightning safety awareness web page that provides a number of useful resources for your park’s lightning safety program: A page of lightning safety tips that includes guidance on “last resort outdoor risk reduction tips” A link to last year’s two-minute-long YouTube lightning safety video, which points out, among other things, how many people are… Continue Reading

National HIV Testing Day (June 27) serves as a reminder of the importance of HIV testing

Use these resources to answer your questions about HIV testing: HIV Testing Locations – Enter your ZIP code to find a testing location near you, including those that offer free HIV tests. Types of HIV Tests – Different HIV tests are used in different situations, but the antibody test is the most common.  Privacy Issues… Continue Reading

Report – Critical Nutrients for Premature Infants Often Unavailable Due to Shortages and Rationing

Washingtonian – Special report: Because of nationwide shortages, Washington hospitals are rationing, hoarding, and bartering critical nutrients premature babies and other patients need to survive. Doctors are reporting conditions normally seen only in developing countries, and there have been deaths. How could this be allowed to happen?  “Doctors and pharmacists say that because of nationwide shortages… Continue Reading

HUD – Promoting Resilience Post-Sandy Through Innovative Planning and Design

“The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force is pleased to launch REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage regional design competition to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region. The goal of the competition is two-fold: to promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but  locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region, and to implement selected  proposals with both public and private… Continue Reading

Is the Amazon $600 million contract to build a “private cloud” for CIA moving forward?

Follow up to previous posting, FCW Reports on Bid Protest Over Amazon Cloud Contract for CIA, news that Amazon “is staffing up to meet the demand the new contract will require. Specifically, Amazon is looking for engineers who already  have a “Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearance, or are willing to go through the elaborate… Continue Reading

McKinsey – What executives think about the economy: 2004 to now

“Every quarter since early 2004, McKinsey has asked executives from around the world about their expectations for both national economies and companies. Since September 2008, as these topics have grown in urgency, we’ve asked about them more frequently and have added additional questions, including some on customer demand, company profits and funding, and when executives expect… Continue Reading

Commentary – Calling It ‘Metadata’ Doesn’t Make Surveillance Less Intrusive

By Geoff Nunberg:  “Metadata” was bound to break out sooner or later, riding the wave of “data” in all its forms and combinations. “Big data” and “data mining” are the reigning tech buzzwords these days, and university faculties are scrambling to meet the surge in demand for courses in the hot new field of data… Continue Reading

Paper – NSA Spying Under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act

Follow up to previous posting, Council on Foreign Relations Backgrounder – U.S. Domestic Surveillance, a new CDT Paper: “The FBI and NSA have abused Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act to compel disclosure of phone records of calls made to, from, and within the United States. This surveillance is not permitted by the statute, and was… Continue Reading

EU Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2013

EUROPEAN COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT – Digital Agenda Scoreboard, Brussels, 12.06.2013, SWD(2013). 217 final. “The EU economy was marked by recession in 2012. According to the latest Commission figures, annual GDP in 2013 is forecast to contract 0.1% in the EU and 0.4% in the Euro area. Unemployment is at unacceptable levels in many countries,… Continue Reading