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Paper – The Costs of War: Obstacles to Public Understanding

Via Secrecy News – “It is hard even for attentive members of the public to fully comprehend the U.S. military budget. “The scale of spending alone makes it hard to grasp. Public understanding of the costs of war is further limited by secrecy, faulty accounting, and the deferral of current costs,” I argued recently in a short paper for the Costs of War Project at Brown University. See The Costs of War: Obstacles to Public Understanding, November 14, 2018.

  • Neta C. Crawford of Brown University estimated the post-9/11 costs of war at $5.9 trillion through FY 2019.

List of free GDPR resources and templates

IT Governance: “The EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires all organisations that process EU residents’ personal data to abide by its strict terms. We’ve produced five free resources to help you understand what the GDPR requires you to do… Webinars: Supporting you in your GDPR compliance project Green paper: EU General Data Protection Regulation – A compliance guide Video:… Continue Reading

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

The New York Times: “…When Facebook users learned last spring that the company had compromised their privacy in its rush to expand, allowing access to the personal information of tens of millions of people to a political data firm linked to President Trump, Facebook sought to deflect blame and mask the extent of the problem.And… Continue Reading

Emotional Intelligence and Lawyers—an Old New Frontier

Law Practice Today: Emotional Intelligence and Lawyers—an Old New Frontier – “…Still think that EQ is too soft? Or that you either have “it” or you don’t? Neuroscience supports the concept that emotions start in our brains. A few years ago I enrolled in an online course through Coursera, Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence, in… Continue Reading

A brief history of the numeric keypad

UX Design: “There’s no logical reason why telephones and calculators use different numeric keypads. So why do we still follow the same convention? Picture the keypad of a telephone and calculator side by side. Can you see the subtle difference between the two without resorting to your smartphone? Don’t worry if you can’t recall the… Continue Reading

Biography of Marc Chagall, Artist of Folklore and Dreams

ThoughtCo., Jackie Craven: “Marc Chagall (1887-1985) emerged from a remote Eastern European village to become one of the most loved artists of the 20th century. Born in a Hasidic Jewish family, he harvested images from folklore and Jewish traditions to inform his art. During his 97 years, Chagall traveled the world and created at least 10,000 works, including paintings,… Continue Reading

Oracle’s Internet Intelligence Map presents a real-time view of online threats

Venture Beat: “Distributed denial of service attacks. Malware. State-imposed internet blackouts. It’s hard to keep abreast of every bad actor and natural disaster impacting the internet, but Oracle is making it a bit easier with the launch of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s Internet Intelligence Map, a real-time graphical representation of service interruptions and emerging threats. It’s… Continue Reading

CRS – False Statements and Perjury: An Overview of Federal Criminal Law

CRS report via FAS – False Statements and Perjury: An Overview of Federal Criminal Law, Charles Doyle, Senior Specialist in American Public Law. May 11, 2018. “Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly warned President Trump’s lawyers in a March meeting that if the President declined to participate in a voluntary interview, Mueller could issue a subpoena… Continue Reading

Copyright Office Virtual Catalog

About the Virtual Catalog [Proof of Concept]: “The U.S. Copyright Card Catalog provides an index to copyright registrations and other public records pertaining to ownership of intellectual property. The catalog enables users to identify original copyright registration records and other U.S. Office records from 1870 through 1977. The information in these records typically includes: author(s),… Continue Reading

Tracking the Journeys of Migratory Birds

Data Innovation: “National Geographic has created a series of data visualizations illustrating how migratory birds make their thousand-mile flights to follow the “green wave”—the seasonal growth of vegetation around the planet. The maps demonstrate how the birds often take the most direct path, despite the prevalence of storms and predators, to conserve energy. The animations… Continue Reading

Gardening: The Wonderdrug

“In a world of instant communication, we are constantly exposed to the latest cures for whatever ails us – the latest wonderdrugs. Most are costly and many come with dire risks and side effects. Yet sometimes age-old simple cures can work wonders too. Gardening is turning out to be one of the best drugs available… Continue Reading

Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Nathan Yau – Flowing Data: “Data is a representation of real life. It’s an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything in a spreadsheet, which leads to uncertainty in the numbers. How well does a sample represent a full population? How likely is it that a dataset represents the truth? How much do you trust… Continue Reading