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Daily Archives: February 17, 2014

Handbook on European data protection law

“This handbook is designed to familiarise legal practitioners who are not specialised in the field of data protection with this area of law. It provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks. The rapid development of information and communication technologies underscores the growing need for the robust protection of personal data – a right safeguarded by both European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) instruments. Technological advances expand the frontiers of, for example, surveillance, communication interception and data storage; all of these pose signifi cant challenges to the right to data protection. The Handbook on European data protection law explains key jurisprudence, summarising major rulings of both the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Where no such case law exists, it presents practical illustrations with hypothetical scenarios. In a nutshell, this handbook aims to help ensure that the right to data protection is upheld with vigour and determination.”

Commentary – How Gracenote Became a Big Metadata Player

Vijith Assar via Slashdot: “Last week, Tribune Company completed the $170 million acquisition of Gracenote, a deal originally set in motion in late 2013. The merger is an unusual one: Gracenote owns a massive library of media metadata, and the Tribune Company is best known as the publisher of print newspapers and tabloids, most notably its flagship paper in Chicago. Five… Continue Reading

K-12 Edtech Cloud Service Inventory

Meister, Isaac and Solow-Niederman, Alicia, K-12 Edtech Cloud Service Inventory (January 15, 2014). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2014-2. Available at SSRN: or “A wide range of cloud technologies are now available to K-12 educators, ranging from replacements for school- and district-maintained servers (infrastructure as a service, in which servers traditionally maintained by… Continue Reading

Academic Libraries: 2012 First Look

“This report presents tabulations for the 2012 Academic Libraries Survey (ALS) conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the Institute of Education Sciences. The 2012 ALS population included postsecondary institutions with all of the following: total library expenditures that exceed $10,000; an organized collection of printed or other materials, or a combination… Continue Reading

Borrowing Culture and Debt Relief: Evidence from a Policy Experiment

De, Sankar and Tantri, Prasanna L., Borrowing Culture and Debt Relief: Evidence from a Policy Experiment (February 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: “Using a model as well as extensive empirical tests, the present paper investigates the effects of a large-scale debt waiver program on the post-waiver debt repayment behavior of borrowers in a typical… Continue Reading

ISS observation – When can I spot the Space Station?

Observation of the International Space Station – “The International Space Station can easily be spotted with the naked eye. Because of its size (110m x 100m x 30m) it reflects very much sunlight. The best time to observe the ISS is when it is night time at your location, but the Space Station is sunlit. Such… Continue Reading

Doctoral Candidate Publishes The Color of Corporate Corrections, Part II

Via Moyers and Company: “It’s well known that people of color are overrepresented in America’s prisons relative to their share of the population. But a recent study finds that they make up an even larger share of the populations of private, for-profit prisons than publicly run institutions. According to Christopher Petrella, a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley who… Continue Reading

North Korea: UN Commission documents wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity

UN Commission on Human Rights – “A wide array of crimes against humanity, arising from “policies established at the highest level of State,” have been committed and continue to take place in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, according to a UN report released Monday, which also calls for urgent action by the international community… Continue Reading

The Corporate Income Tax System: Overview and Options for Reform

The Corporate Income Tax System: Overview and Options for Reform, Mark P. Keightley,  Specialist in Economics; Molly F. Sherlock,  Specialist in Public Finance. February 14, 2014 “Many economists and policymakers believe that the U.S. corporate tax system is in need of reform. There is, however, disagreement over why the corporate tax system needs to be reformed, and what specific policy… Continue Reading

CRS – Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits

Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits. Julie M. Whittaker,  Specialist in Income Security, Katelin P. Isaacs,  Analyst in Income Security. February 12, 2014 “Several types of benefits may be available to unemployed workers to provide them with income support during a spell of unemployment. The federal-state Unemployment Compensation (UC) program may provide income support through the payment of UC benefits for… Continue Reading