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Daily Archives: November 20, 2017

Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046

Presentation by Michael Bennett, an analyst in CBO’s National Security Division, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. November 20, 2017.

“The Obama Administration’s 2017 plans for nuclear forces would cost about $1.2 trillion (in 2017 dollars) over the 2017–2046 period, CBO estimates. About $400 billion of that total would pay for modernization, according to CBO’s assessment of the most recent detailed plans for the Departments of Defense and Energy. This presentation analyzes options that would reduce the 30-year costs of nuclear forces by between 2 percent and 11 percent if they were implemented for the next generation of systems (and more if they were implemented now). Those options would affect the capability of nuclear forces in different ways.”

Switching Jobs When people move to different jobs, here’s where they go.

FlowingData: “Many dream of the day they can walk into their boss’s office to tell him or her what they really think and then storm out in a blaze of glory. Or, maybe there’s less bitterness involved, and you just feel like it’s time to shift the career path. Where do you go after you… Continue Reading

Best web browsers of 2017: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera go head-to-head

PCWorld: “The web browser is by far the most important piece of software on your PC—at least for most users. Unless you’re at a workstation crunching numbers or editing the next Star Wars you probably spend the majority of your computer time staring at a web app or a website. That’s why it’s important to… Continue Reading

Princeton Researchers – Over 400 of the World’s Most Popular Websites Record Your Every Keystroke

Motherboard – Session replay scripts” can be used to log (and then playback) everything you typed or clicked on a website: “Most people who’ve spent time on the internet have some understanding that many websites log their visits and keep record of what pages they’ve looked at. When you search for a pair of shoes… Continue Reading

Belfer Center Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs: “People join campaigns for different reasons: electing a leader they believe in, advancing an agenda, cleaning up government, or experiencing the rush and adrenaline of campaign life. These are some of the reasons we got involved in politics. We certainly didn’t sign up because we wanted to become… Continue Reading

Trends in Technology and Digital Security

“Foreword – On September 14, 2017, the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security (CCHS) convened a Symposium on Trends in Technology and Digital Security. Four panels addressed emerging threats and their implications for security policy, with a focus on digital infrastructure protection and anticipatory analysis. In addition, a featured speaker from abroad… Continue Reading

Analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Tax Policy Center: “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is working its way through Congress. On November 9, the House Ways and Means Committee passed a version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (link is external) and the entire US House of Representatives passed its version of the bill (link is external)on November 16.… Continue Reading

Jameel Jaffer: Government Secrecy in the Age of Information Overload

“Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and former Deputy Legal Director for the ACLU, delivered the tenth annual Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on October 17,  2017, entitled “Government Secrecy in the Age of Information Overload.” Following is a… Continue Reading

Asylum Decisions Depend on Judge Assigned – SF and Newark Have Worst Records

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Very recent data from the Immigration Courts, current through September 2017, reveals that the outcome for asylum seekers continues to depend on the identity of the immigration judge assigned to hear the case. In the San Francisco as well as the Newark Immigration Courts, for example, the odds of being granted… Continue Reading