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Changes in Tech and Trade Disrupting Manufacturing-Led Development

“Advances in technology and changing trade patterns are affecting opportunities for export-led manufacturing. Smart automation, advanced robotics and 3-D printing are new factors influencing which locations are attractive for production. While these shifts threaten significant disruptions in future employment, particularly for low-skilled workers, they also offer opportunities, according to a new report released today by… Continue Reading

Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft

US Cert Security update: Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft “You can be a victim of identity theft even if you never use a computer. Malicious people may be able to obtain personal information (such as credit card numbers, phone numbers, account numbers, and addresses) by stealing your wallet, overhearing a phone conversation, rummaging through… Continue Reading

Court upholds Illinois biometrics law on use of facial scans

Fortune – “A federal judge this week delivered a key victory for customers who claim the digital scrapbook company Shutterfly violated their privacy by collecting scans of their faces without permission. In a 19-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall rejected Shutterfly’s argument that an Illinois state law, which restricts how companies can use biometric… Continue Reading

LC – An App to Answer Your Questions about the Constitution

Margaret M. Wood, legal reference librarian in the Law Library. “Two years ago, in honor of Constitution Day—celebrated annually on September 17—I wrote a post about the publication “Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation,” also referred to as the “Constitution Annotated.” Along with the U.S. Code, it is one of my favorite work… Continue Reading

The Best States for Data Innovation

Center for Data Innovation – “Across the United States, data scientists, civic leaders, educators, and business leaders are laying the groundwork for using data to grow the economy and address a range of societal challenges. This report – The Best States for Data Innovation – reviews a series of indicators that rank states on the degree… Continue Reading

Purdue makes disaster recovery management book freely available

“Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc in recent weeks, and Purdue University Press is making its book, “Disaster Recovery Project Management: Bringing Order from Chaos,” freely available as a resource for those involved in recovery efforts. Randy Rapp, the book’s author and a Purdue associate professor of building construction management, says he hopes his expertise… Continue Reading

A visual introduction to machine learning

R2D3 is an experiment in expressing statistical thinking with interactive design: “In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions….Using a data set about homes, we will create a machine learning model to distinguish homes in New York from homes… Continue Reading

DataVizProject.com: A comprehensive archive of data visualisations

Via DataDrivenJournlsim: “DataVizProject is a project by ferdio – a Copenhagen based infographic agency transforming data and information into captivating visuals.” “We know. There’s already a lot of tools, libraries, books and posters out there about data visualisations. We really like them and we have no intention to compete with those. Most of them have… Continue Reading

CBO’s Projections of Federal Receipts and Expenditures in the National Income and Product Accounts

“The fiscal transactions of the federal government are recorded in two major sets of accounts that are conceptually quite different. One set is The Budget of the United States Government, prepared by the Office of Management and Budget. The budget is the framework generally used by executive branch agencies and the Congress and is the… Continue Reading

CBO – An Analysis of Corporate Inversions

An Analysis of Corporate Inversions, CBO, September 18, 2017 “U.S. multinational corporations—businesses incorporated and operating in the United States that also maintain operations in other countries—can use a variety of strategies to change how and where their income is taxed. One such strategy is a corporate inversion, which can result in a significant reduction in worldwide… Continue Reading

Twitter releases new transparency report

“With our 11th biannual Twitter Transparency Report, Twitter has expanded on work announced in our last #TTR to share more information about government Terms of Service requests we receive and how we handle such requests. In March of 2017, we introduced a new section covering government TOS reports, but it was limited to government requests… Continue Reading

CRS – Domestic Terrorism: An Overview

Domestic Terrorism: An Overview, Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism. August 21, 2017. “The emphasis of counterterrorism policy in the United States since Al Qaeda’s attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11) has been on jihadist terrorism. However, in the last decade, domestic terrorists—people who commit crimes within the homeland and draw inspiration… Continue Reading