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Europe: Report of Workshop on Privacy, Consumers, Competition and Big Data

September 16, 2014 12:10

Source: European Data Protection Supervisor

On 2 June 2014 in the European Parliament in Brussels, the European Data Protection Supervisor hosted a workshop on the policy implications for the fields of data protection, competition and consumer protection of the rapidly expanding digital economy in the EU and in other regions, particularly the U.S.....

This report of the workshop is structured according to the five big, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - Regulation and compliance

Views: 63 | Source: European Data Protection Supervisor


UK: Hollow Promise: How London Fails People on Modest Incomes and What Should be Done about it

September 16, 2014 12:06

Source: Centre for London (UK)

From the Introduction:

The 1980s in London was defined for many by the rise of the Yuppies: young, aspirational, affluent and flash. London now has a tellingly different emerging group within its middle class: the Endies. They are Employed, but have No Disposable Income or Savings. In contrast to the Yuppies who were proudly ostentatious, the Endies live quiet and modest lives largely hidden from ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Labor - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 28 | Source: Centre for London (UK)


UK: Broken Market, Broken Dreams

September 16, 2014 12:02

Source: National Housing Federation (UK)

From Press Release:

Key findings:

The average first-time buyer today needs a £30,000 deposit, almost ten times the deposit required in the early 1980s.

First-time buyers have an average income of £36,500, compared to the average salary for first-time buyers in the 1980s of £20,000.

A first-time buyer has to borrow 3.4 times their annual income on ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Housing and real estate - Industries - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 31 | Source: National Housing Federation (UK)


UK: Adult Literacy and Numeracy

September 10, 2014 17:30

Source: House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (UK)

From Summary:

There are many adults in this country who have low levels of literacy and numeracy skills— young and old, in and out of work, with and without children—who are trying to live their lives without the skills that many people take for granted. This low level of literacy and numeracy among adults needs to be tackled, not least for those ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Education - Europe - Labor - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - United Kingdom

Views: 237 | Source: House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (UK)


Talk with Me, Not at Me: Playing to Win with Social Media

September 10, 2014 17:27

Source: Accenture

From Welcome to the Switching Economy:

(M)ost companies have failed to keep up with consumers’ expectations and behaviors because they have been playing “not to lose” when developing their customer relationships.

Instead, companies must play to win. That starts with recognizing that the traditional sales and marketing ‘funnel’ is out of synch with consumers ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - International - Internet - Technology - Telecommunications

Views: 216 | Source: Accenture


TV and Media 2014

September 10, 2014 17:24

Source: Ericsson ConsumerLab

This report looks at changing consumer behaviors and values such as the increase of streaming video as well as growing willingness to pay for anywhere access.    The TV landscape is changing. New aggregators are enabling consumers to decide what they want to watch and pick-and-mix their own services. This disruption puts the user at the center. It will be up to brands and service providers to build ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - Telecommunications

Views: 189 | Source: Ericsson ConsumerLab


The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations through 2013

September 10, 2014 17:20

Source: World Meteorological Organization

From Press Release:

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Climate Change/Global Warming - Environment - International - Science

Views: 219 | Source: World Meteorological Organization


UK: Read On. Get On.

September 9, 2014 11:43

Source: Save the Children

From Executive Summary:

Last year a quarter of all children left primary education without reading well each year, rising to two in five poorer children. Other disadvantaged groups are also likely to be failed:

• 45% of low-income, white British boys were not reading well by the age of 11.

• Low-income, white British boys, who have English as their first language, are ... <snip>

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Posted in: Children and families - Education - Europe - K-12 - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - United Kingdom

Views: 188 | Source: Save the Children


Doing Business in China: 2014 Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies

September 9, 2014 11:40

Source: U.S. Commercial Service

Market Challenges:

The depth and complexity of China’s proposed macroeconomic reforms bring with them significant challenges and pitfalls that will require skillful policy making and implementation. Problem areas to look out for include rising local debt, potential property bubbles, outflows of capital, shadow banking, excess capacity in industry sectors, and endemic ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - China - International - Investments - North America - Emerging Economies

Views: 168 | Source: U.S. Commercial Service


Doing Business in Brazil: 2014 Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies

September 9, 2014 11:34

Source: U.S. Commercial Service

From Market Overview:

The Federative Republic of Brazil is Latin America's largest economy. With 3,290,000 square miles, bordering 10 other countries and with 4,650 miles of coastline, Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and fifth largest in the world. Its population of 202 million makes Brazil the world’s sixth-most populous nation. With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013 of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - International - Investments - Latin America and the Caribbean - North America - Emerging Economies

Views: 174 | Source: U.S. Commercial Service


International Law and Secret Surveillance: Binding Restrictions upon State Monitoring of Telephone and Internet Activity

September 6, 2014 13:19

Source: Center for Democracy and Technology

From Press Release:

In the year that has followed Edward Snowden’s first disclosures concerning secret US and UK surveillance practices, many governments, human-rights groups, and UN bodies have debated—and at times disagreed sharply—about whether the Internet and telephone surveillance practices that governments employ today are consistent with international law. With ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - National security - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - Regulation and compliance

Views: 327 | Source: Center for Democracy and Technology


Ethnic Cleansing on a Historic Scale: Islamic State's Systematic Targeting of Minorities in Northern Iraq

September 6, 2014 13:15

Source: Amnesty International

From Summary:

The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) has carried out ethnic cleansing on a historic scale in northern Iraq. Amnesty International has found that the IS has systematically targeted non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim communities, killing or abducting hundreds, possibly thousands, and forcing more than 830,000 others to flee the areas it has captured since 10 June 2014.

 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Ethnic - Human rights - International - Military and defense - Religion and spirituality - Social and cultural issues - Terrorism

Views: 232 | Source: Amnesty International


Self-employed workers in the UK - 2014

September 5, 2014 12:05

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

Key Points:

• Self-employment higher than at any point over past 40 years

• Rise in total employment since 2008 predominantly among the self-employed

• Rise predominately down to fewer people leaving self-employment than in the past

• The number of over 65s who are self-employed has more than doubled in the past 5 years to reach nearly ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Labor - Poverty - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 251 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


UK: Population by Country of Birth and Nationality Report, August 2014

September 5, 2014 12:02

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

This article outlines the latest population estimates for the UK by country of birth and nationality, covering the period from 2004 up to the latest data for the year ending December 2013. The report discusses how these figures have changed over this period and highlights any statistically significant changes over the past two years in the resident population of the UK.

Key ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Ethnic - Europe - Immigration - India - International - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 216 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


Preventing Suicide: a global imperative

September 5, 2014 11:57

Source: World Health Organization

From the Preface:

Suicides are preventable. Even so, every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world and many more attempt suicide. Suicides occur in all regions of the world and throughout the lifespan. Notably, among young people 15-29 years of age, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally.

Suicide impacts on the most vulnerable of the world’s ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Australia and New Zealand - Documents in the news - Europe - Health and healthcare - International - Latin America and the Caribbean - Mental health and substance abuse - Middle East - Social and cultural issues - North America - South America

Views: 217 | Source: World Health Organization


London Infrastructure Plan 2050

September 3, 2014 09:43

Source: Greater London Authority (UK)

This is a consultation about London’s growth and how we can make the city better for everyone. Infrastructure is fundamental to every Londoner, every day, from turning on the taps in the morning to switching off the lights at night. Even though we have shown we can deliver world-class infrastructure, such as for the Olympics or HS1 and with Crossrail well underway, we know we can plan and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Climate Change/Global Warming - Energy - Environment - Europe - Government and politics - Housing and real estate - Industries - Infrastructure - Investments - Public transportation - Science - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Transportation and travel - United Kingdom

Views: 288 | Source: Greater London Authority (UK)


Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

September 3, 2014 09:40

Source: Lyon Declaration

Principles:

Sustainable development seeks to ensure the long-term socio-economic prosperity and well-being of people everywhere. The ability of governments, parliamentarians, local authorities, local communities, civil society, the private sector and individuals to make informed decisions is essential to achieving it.

In this context, a right to information would be transformational. Access to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Political process - Poverty - Social and cultural issues

Views: 264 | Source: Lyon Declaration


NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition

August 31, 2014 12:08

Source: New Media Consortium

From the Introduction:

The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a 12-year effort established in 2002 that annually identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in every sector of education around the globe. This volume, the NMC ... <snip>

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Posted in: Education - Europe - International - Internet - Technology - North America

Views: 360 | Source: New Media Consortium


What is Contact Tracing?

August 28, 2014 11:48

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Contact tracing is finding everyone who comes in direct contact with a sick Ebola patient.  Contacts are watched for signs of illness for 21 days from the last day they came in contact with the Ebola patient. If the contact develops a fever or other Ebola symptoms, theu are immediately isolated, tested, provided care and the cycle starts again - all of the new patient's contacts are ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Diseases and conditions - Health and healthcare - International - Public safety - Safety - North America

Views: 406 | Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


UK: Manual of Patent Practice (MoPP)

August 28, 2014 10:54

Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)

The Manual of Patent Practice explains our practice under the Patents Act 1977.

The Manual recites sections of the Patents Act 1977 and sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 relating to patents. Each provision includes commentary with related legislation in the margin. Further parts of the Manual show official notices and directions from the Patents and Designs Journal. ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - Legal and law enforcement - Science - Technology - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Views: 336 | Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)



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