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UK: Too Soon to Scrap the Census

April 17, 2014 10:56

Source: House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (UK)

From Summary:

At the start of this Parliament, the Minister for the Cabinet Office indicated the ten-yearly census should be axed and the 2011 census should be the last. The census needs to change, but it is too soon to decide whether or not to scrap the census. Population estimates are of fundamental importance to the statistical system, policy makers and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Social and cultural issues - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 286 | Source: House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee


UK: Invasive Non-native Species

April 17, 2014 10:53

Source: House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (UK)

From Summary:

Invasive non-native species can have detrimental effects on the native species they supplant, as well as on human health and business. Their presence has accelerated with the expansion of international trade and travel. In this inquiry we examined the measures covered in a proposed EU regulation on the management on invasive species, as well as proposals ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Environment - Europe - Health and healthcare - Legal and law enforcement - Public safety - Safety - Science - United Kingdom - Veterinary Medicine/Animal Welfare

Views: 214 | Source: House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (UK)


IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report 2013 full year results

April 17, 2014 10:47

Source: Interactive Advertising Bureau

From Executive Summary:

Internet advertising revenues (“revenues”) in the United States totaled $42.8 billion for the full year of 2013, with Q4 2013 accounting for approximately $12.1 billion and Q3 2013 accounting for approximately $10.6 billion. Revenues for the full year of 2013 increased 17% over 2012.

Revenues increase 17% in FY 2013 — Internet advertising ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Views: 249 | Source: Interactive Advertising Bureau


Text and Data Mining

April 15, 2014 18:44

Source: Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (EU)

From Executive Summary:

Text and data mining (TDM) is an important technique for analysing and extracting new insights and knowledge from the exponentially increasing store of digital data (‘Big Data’). It is important to understand the extent to which the EU’s current legal framework encourages or obstructs this new form of research and to assess the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Postsecondary - Privacy - Security - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - Regulation and compliance

Views: 440 | Source: Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (EU)


Competency Index for the Library Field

April 15, 2014 18:35

Source: WebJunction

Introduction:

The WebJunction Competency Index has been a valuable resource for libraries since its introduction in 2009, helping staff identify and obtain the knowledge, skills and support needed to power relevant and vibrant libraries. However, with ever-increasing economic, social and educational demands, libraries have experienced dramatic changes in community needs and the tools available to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - International - Internet - Labor - Nonprofits - Postsecondary - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Views: 281 | Source: WebJunction


Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

April 15, 2014 18:32

Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGIII AR5) provides a comprehensive assessment of all relevant options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as activities that remove them from the atmosphere.

It draws on scientific literature accepted for publication prior to 4 October 2013. The WGIII ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Climate Change/Global Warming - Documents in the news - Energy - Environment - Industries - International - Science - Technology - Weather and climate

Views: 248 | Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Ukrainian Crisis: a Quick Guide to Key Internet Links

April 14, 2014 20:28

Source: Parliamentary Library of Australia

This Quick Guide provides Parliamentarians with a list of key resources and commentary about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

 

+ Direct link to Guide (PDF; 268 KB)

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Posted in: Europe - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Military and defense - Russia

Views: 423 | Source: Parliamentary Library of Australia


UK: The Geography of Youth Unemployment: a Route Map for Change

April 14, 2014 20:25

Source: Work Foundation (UK)

From Executive Summary:

The UK has a youth unemployment crisis: almost million young people in the UK are unemployed and the size of this group was rising even during times of economic growth. Currently one in five young people are seeking work but are unable to find it. Worryingly, this means that labour market conditions for young people have seen little improvement since recovery started.

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

Views: 238 | Source: Work Foundation (UK)


Cookies that give you away: Evaluating the surveillance implications of web tracking

April 11, 2014 12:52

Source: Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

From Freedom to Tinker blog entry:

Over the past three months we’ve learnt that NSA uses third-party tracking cookies for surveillance. These cookies, provided by a third-party advertising or analytics network (e.g. doubleclick.com, scorecardresearch.com), are ubiquitous on the web, and tag users’ browsers with unique pseudonymous ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Internet - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Views: 549 | Source: Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University


The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things

April 11, 2014 12:42

Source: International Data Corporation (IDC)

From Executive Summary:

This is the digital universe. It is growing 40% a year into the next decade, expanding to include not only the increasing number of people and enterprises doing everything online, but also all the "things" — smart devices — connected to the Internet, unleashing a new wave of opportunities for businesses and people around the world.

Like the ... <snip>

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

Views: 483 | Source: International Data Corporation


World Economic Outlook April 2014

April 11, 2014 12:38

Source: International Monetary Fund

Global activity has broadly strengthened and is expected to improve further in 2014–15, according to the April 2014 WEO, with much of the impetus for growth coming from advanced economies. Although downside risks have diminished overall, lower-than-expected inflation poses risks for advanced economies, there is increased financial volatility in emerging market economies, and increases in the cost ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Business and economics - Canada - China - Documents in the news - Europe - International - Latin America and the Caribbean - Middle East - Russia - North America - South America - Emerging Economies

Views: 393 | Source: International Monetary Fund


Need for Speed: Disrupting the Omni-channel

April 11, 2014 12:33

Source: Parago

From Introduction:

In every major category, consumers are using multiple devices to research and shop faster than ever. Price sensitivity continues to be at an all-time high, which is driving the desire to find the best deals. The path to purchase has accelerated, both online and in-store.

This new parago omni-channel study reveals that price, features and availability are the most important factors in ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - Internet - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Views: 373 | Source: Parago


UK: HS2 and the Environment

April 8, 2014 11:50

Source: House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (UK)

From Summary:

In this report we have examined the rationale for the HS2 aim of delivering ‘no net biodiversity loss’ and the mechanisms for environmental protection in the project. Our aim has been to inform the House on these matters ahead of the imminent second reading of the HS2 Hybrid Bill and the forming of a select committee soon after to examine ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Environment - Europe - Government and politics - Infrastructure - Investments - Public transportation - Science - Transportation and travel - United Kingdom

Views: 493 | Source: House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (UK)


Euro Area Crisis: an Update

April 8, 2014 11:47

Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)

From Summary:

There are welcome signs that the euro area crisis has eased. The eurozone has exited recession, and there are positive indications of progress in countries such as Ireland, Portugal and Spain. More than anything else, the ECB President Mario Draghi’s July 2012 commitment to “do whatever it takes” to save the euro has caused the existential crisis ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - International - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues

Views: 453 | Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)


Privacy and Competitiveness in the Age of Big Data

April 8, 2014 11:43

Source: European Data Protection Supervisor

Summary:

EU approaches to data protection, competition and consumer protection share common goals, including the promotion of growth, innovation and the welfare of individual consumers. In practice, however, collaboration between policy-makers in these respective fields is limited.

Online services are driving the huge growth in the digital economy. Many of those services are ... <snip>

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

Views: 656 | Source: European Data Protection Supervisor


UK: Changes to Copyright Law and Guidance

April 8, 2014 11:39

Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)

The government is making a series of small but important changes to copyright law to make it better suited for the digital age. These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and photographs. They will also introduce greater freedoms in copyright law to allow third parties to use copyright works for a variety of economically and/or socially valuable purposes without ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Views: 409


Next-gen Jihad in the Middle East

April 2, 2014 20:43

Source: Lowy Institute (Australia)

Executive Summary:

The current turmoil in the Middle East is incubating a new generation of jihadists. Syria has become a magnet for foreign fighters, including Australians. The political crisis in Egypt is being exploited by extremists and could result in a lengthy period of violent conflict. New spaces are opening up across the region that can be used by jihadists for training. Power struggles ... <snip>

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Posted in: Australia and New Zealand - Government and politics - International - Middle East - Military and defense - National security - Terrorism

Views: 686 | Source: Lowy Institute (Australia)


Adult Health in Great Britain, 2012

April 2, 2014 20:39

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

Key findings in 2012:

• Unemployed people (those out of work but looking for work) were almost twice as likely as those in employment to have a limiting long-standing illness or disability (17% compared with 9%)

• People with higher incomes were less likely than those on lower incomes to have a limiting long- standing illness or disability. In 2012, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Disabilities - Diseases and conditions - Ethnic - Europe - Health and healthcare - Labor - Race - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 558 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


UK: Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data

April 2, 2014 20:35

Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

From Press Release:

Eating at least seven daily portions of fruit and vegetables may confer the best chance of staving off death from any cause, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

And vegetables may pack more of a protective punch than fruit, the data suggest.

The UK government currently recommends eating ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Europe - Food and agriculture - Health and healthcare - Industries - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 663 | Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health


UK: Persuasion and Power in the Modern World

April 1, 2014 15:50

Source: House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence

From Summary:

Immense changes are taking place in the international landscape. The conditions under which international relations are conducted have undergone, and are continuing to undergo, major shifts which will accelerate and be compounded in the years immediately ahead. Unprecedented international access to state information, the digital ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Globalization - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Internet - Military and defense - National security - Technology - United Kingdom - Emerging Economies

Views: 785 | Source: House of Lords Committee on Soft Power and the UKs Influence



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