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The Most Visited Website in Every Country (That Isn’t A Search Engine)

Hostinger -“The World Wide Web has connected people and cultures from nearly every part of the globe. It’s given us instant access to news and media from every country and the tools to translate content from one language to another. But while it has introduced new forms and ideas on a global scale, the web has not succeeded in fully homogenizing its international users. Indeed, in recent years, commentary has focussed on how the internet polarizes different ways of thought. Meanwhile, the very purpose of going online remains a matter of cultural difference. For example, Peruvians spend more time streaming TV and movies than anyone else; Filipinos spend an average of four hours and 15 minutes on social media each day. Geoblocking hinders users in some countries from accessing certain websites, while great swathes of Asia and Africa aren’t online at all….we have identified and mapped the most visited website in every country around the world, and also the top news, banking, fashion, and food website in each region…”

World Weather Attribution

Download the full study: High temperatures exacerbated by climate change made 2022 Northern Hemisphere droughts more likely, pdf (55 pages, 5.2 MB) “High temperatures exacerbated by climate change made 2022 Northern Hemisphere droughts more likely 05 October, 2022. Western Central Europe, North America, China, and other parts of the Northern Hemisphere faced water shortages, extreme… Continue Reading

Exploring gaps in city climate planning and the need for regional action

Brookings: “The growing threats from climate change leave the global population no choice: We must decarbonize human activity as soon as possible. That includes changing how we build, travel, generate power, and more to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Achieving such transformative change will require a mix of policy reforms, new technologies, and significant capital… Continue Reading

Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Report on Digital Asset Financial Stability Risks and Regulation

“The Financial Stability Oversight Council (Council) today released its Report on Digital Asset Financial Stability Risks and Regulation. The Council voted to approve the report in response to Section 6 of President Biden’s Executive Order 14067, “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets.As called for by the Executive Order, the report reviews financial stability risks and… Continue Reading

Quartz’s Best Companies for Remote Workers 2022

“What makes a company great for remote workers? Is it the perks? The wifi reimbursements? The virtual bonding events? The occasional in-person gatherings? The embrace of the diversity and flexibility that so many people are craving now? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes—plus effective leadership, warm colleagues, good managers, competitive pay, clear communication, helpful training,… Continue Reading

Existing and Potential Use Cases for Blockchain in Public Procurement

Telles, Pedro, Existing and Potential Use Cases for Blockchain in Public Procurement (July 20, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4168144 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4168144 “The purpose of this paper is to assess the possibility of using blockchain technology in the realm of public procurement within the EU, particularly in connection with the award of public contracts. In this… Continue Reading

Submarine Cables: Risks and Security Threats

Energy Industry Review: “99% of the internet network runs through submarine cables. It is estimated that over USD 10,000 billion in financial transactions run today through these “seabed highways”. This is especially the case of the main global financial exchange system, SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications), which has recently been banned for many… Continue Reading

Useless Meetings Waste Time and $100 Million a Year for Big Companies

Bloomberg [read free]: “Unnecessary meetings are a $100 million mistake at big companies, according to a new survey that shows workers probably don’t need to be in nearly a third of the appointments they attend. The survey, conducted over the summer by Steven Rogelberg, a professor of organizational science, psychology and management at the University of… Continue Reading

Social Security: What Would Happen If the Trust Funds Ran Out?

CRS Report – RL33514| Social Security: What Would Happen If the Trust Funds Ran Out?: “Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. Under their intermediate assumptions and undercurrent law, the Social Security trustees project that the OASI trust fund will become depleted in 2034 and the DI… Continue Reading

Climate Change: Enhancing Federal Resilience

GAO – Climate Change: Enhancing Federal Resilience GAO-22-106061 Published: Sep 19, 2022. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2022. “Between fiscal years 2015 and 2021, selected appropriations for disaster assistance totaled $315 billion. Disaster costs are projected to increase as certain extreme weather events like drought or extreme rainfall become more frequent and intense because of climate… Continue Reading