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An analysis of 2 decades of efforts to improve social mobility – UK

Report shows that government policies over the last 20 years have delivered little progress on social mobility in Britain.

“Two decades of government efforts to improve social mobility have failed to deliver enough progress in reducing the gap between Britain’s ‘haves and have nots’, the Social Mobility Commission warns today (28 June 2017) in a hard-hitting new report. The commission, an independent body that monitors progress on social mobility, calls on current and future governments to learn 5 key lessons from the mistakes and successes of the past 20 years. It warns that without deep-seated reform, social and economic divisions in British society are set to widen with consequences for community cohesion and economic prosperity. The ‘Time for change’ report examines various public policies pursued over the last 20 years and assesses the impact they have had – for good or ill – on social mobility in Britain. The in-depth analysis, carried out for the first time, covers 4 life stages from the early years and school through to training and further/higher education and then into the world of work. It gives ‘red’, ‘amber’ and ‘green’ ratings depending on how successful governments have been in translating policy into positive social outcomes. Damningly, the report is not able to give a single ‘green’ rating to any of the life stages. Both early years and schools are given an ‘amber’ rating, while young people and working lives receives a ‘red’. Overall, only 7 policies score a green while 14 score ‘amber’ and 16 ‘red’. While the report says that some policies – such as increasing employment and getting more working-class young people into university – have had a positive impact, overall the report concludes that ‘too little’ has been done to break the link between socio-economic background and social progress. It says that over 20 years new divides have opened up in Britain, across geographies, income groups and generations – and that many policies of the past are no longer ‘fit for purpose’. It comes up with 5 key lessons from the past and makes recommendations for government which includes…”

Investigative Report – HUD is being deconstructured

ProPublica and New York Magazine joint reporting: “…HUD has long been something of an overlooked stepchild within the federal government. Founded in 1965 in a burst of Great Society resolve to confront the “urban crisis,” it has seen its manpower slide by more than half since the Reagan Revolution. (The HUD headquarters is now so… Continue Reading

New Yorker – Who Owns the Internet?

Who Owns the Internet? What Big Tech’s monopoly powers mean for our culture. “…Today, just about everybody uses it for everything. Even as the Web has grown, however, it has narrowed. Google now controls nearly ninety per cent of search advertising, Facebook almost eighty per cent of mobile social traffic, and Amazon about seventy-five per… Continue Reading

US Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress

CRS report via FAS – U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress. Ronald O’Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs; Michael Moodie, Assistant Director and Senior Specialist in Foreign, Affairs, Defense and Trade. August 17, 2017. “The overall U.S. role in the world since the end of World War II in 1945 (i.e., over… Continue Reading

GPO and LC partner on release of digitized Congressional Record 1931-1940

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1931-1940 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 72nd thru the 76th Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: The Great Depression The last two… Continue Reading

Digital Regulation: Designing a Supranational Legal Framework for the Platform Economy

Finck, Michèle, Digital Regulation: Designing a Supranational Legal Framework for the Platform Economy (June 20, 2017). European Law Review (2018 Forthcoming); LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 15/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2990043 “This paper examines digital data-driven platforms and their impact on contemporary regulatory paradigms. While these phenomena are increasingly proclaimed as paradigm altering in… Continue Reading

2017 International Data Base Update

“The U.S. Census Bureau’s International Data Base update provides revisions for 16 countries and areas. Revised estimates and projections are available for American Samoa, Angola, Botswana, Burma, Guam, Iran, Jordan, Liberia, Mali, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Tunisia, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Zimbabwe. The International Data Base is a series of estimates… Continue Reading

MIT Technology Review – 2017 Entrepreneurs | Innovators Under 35

“MIT Technology Review, as a rule, focuses on the technology first—the breakthrough, the surprise, the accidental discovery with the potential to upend the way we live. Our annual look at 35 outstanding innovators under 35 is a reminder that behind all those innovations are people with dreams, fears, and ambitions. Sometimes they hack away at… Continue Reading

Gartner Releases “Hype Cycle for the Digital Workplace, 2017”

“Digital business execution is requiring more frequent and complex decision making, continuous problem solving and rapid pattern recognition, all of which require workforce digital dexterity. In most organizations, however, responsibility for helping employees develop the desire and ability to exploit a wide range of transformative technologies — highlighted in the Gartner, Inc. Hype Cycle for… Continue Reading

Report to Congress: DATA Act Pilot Program

Report to Congress: DATA Act Pilot Program, Office of Management and Budget, August 10, 2017. “In May 2017, the Administration enabled a new view of Federal spending that for the first time, linked Federal account information to awards. This represents the successful implementation of the centerpiece of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014… Continue Reading

OpenCorporates posts French company registration database

opencorporates blog: “It is thanks to the persistence, effort, and hard-work from open data advocates both inside and outside government that French companies are now available as open data. Since January, France’s Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE) has published the official “SIRENE” company registration database as open data, and after extensive… Continue Reading

Fortune’s 2017 40 Under 40

“Fortune’s 2017 40 Under 40, our annual ranking of the most influential young people in business. Read on to meet these disruptors, innovators, rebels and artists—and prepare to be inspired” Continue Reading