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Unlocking the EU Free Movement Debate

February 9, 2016 13:00

Source: Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)

From Reforming Free Movement:

The government is currently renegotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU, ahead of a referendum on the UK’s membership to be held by the end of 2017. In November, the prime minister set out his reform priorities in a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk...

The options for reforming free movement are ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Globalization - Government and politics - Immigration - Industries - International - International Relations - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)


Privacy and Information Sharing

February 9, 2016 12:57

Source: Pew Research Center

Most Americans see privacy issues in commercial settings as contingent and context-dependent. A new Pew Research Center study based on a survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people finds that there are a variety of circumstances under which many Americans would share personal information or permit surveillance in return for getting something of perceived value. For instance, a majority ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Human rights - International - Labor - Privacy - Social and cultural issues - North America

Source: Pew Research Center


UK: IWA Wales Media Audit 2015

February 9, 2016 12:53

Source: Institute of Welsh Affairs (UK)

From the Introduction:

When the IWA conducted its 2008 audit it was clear that media deficiencies in Wales were, on any objective test, significantly worse than in either of the two other devolved territories, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The only exception to this was television provision in the Welsh language...

Seven years later, although, with some exceptions, the availability ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Ethnic - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Internet - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - Technology - United Kingdom

Source: Institute of Welsh Affairs (UK)


UK Competition Authorities

February 6, 2016 13:20

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

From Press Release:

The newly-created Competition and Markets Authority has made significant progress in improving how the UK’s competition regime works, and it is now more coherent than before...Business awareness of competition law, however, is low and while it has improved the robustness of its enforcement casework, the regime has so far not produced a substantial flow of enforcement ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Legal and law enforcement - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Source: National Audit Office (UK)


EU Commission and United States Agree on New Framework for Transatlantic Data Flows: EU-US Privacy Shield

February 6, 2016 13:16

Source: European Commission

From Press Release:

The European Commission and the United States have agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data flows: the EU-US Privacy Shield...

The EU-US Privacy Shield reflects the requirements set out by the European Court of Justice in its ruling on 6 October 2015, which declared the old Safe Harbour framework invalid. The new arrangement will provide stronger obligations on ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Human rights - Industries - International - International Relations - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - Regulation and compliance

Source: European Commission


UK: Growing London

February 5, 2016 15:24

Source: Mayor's Design Advisory Group (UK)

From A Great City’s Future:

By 2030 one and a half million people – almost as many as currently live in Birmingham – will be added to the 8.5 million living here in London. Accommodating that growth in a way that allows the city and its people to thrive and prosper will be extraordinarily challenging. Only if we think long term and plan ahead will we ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Housing and real estate - Investments - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Mayor's Design Advisory Group (UK)


UK: Cancer Drugs Fund

February 5, 2016 15:20

Source: House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

From Summary:

Survival rates for cancer patients in England have generally been worse than those in other high-income countries in Europe, mainly because patients in England tend to be diagnosed later and have poorer access to treatment. The government set up the Cancer Drugs Fund in 2010 to improve access to cancer drugs that would not otherwise be routinely available on the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Industries - Prescription drugs - Taxation - United Kingdom

Source: House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (UK)


A Framework for Programming and Budgeting for Cybersecurity

February 5, 2016 15:17

Source: RAND Corporation

When defending an organization against cyberattacks, cybersecurity professionals are faced with the dilemma of selecting from a large set of cybersecurity defensive measures while operating with a limited set of resources with which to employ the measures. Engaging in this selection process is not easy and can be overwhelming. Furthermore, the challenge is exacerbated by the fact that many cybersecurity ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Crime - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Source: RAND Corporation


UK: At What Age Is Personal Well-being the Highest? (Short story)

February 4, 2016 10:05

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

Main Findings:

This report analyses personal well-being data for over 300,000 adults in the UK, collected over 3 years between 2012 and 2015. It finds that:

those aged 65 to 79 tended to report the highest average levels of personal well-being

ratings of life satisfaction and happiness were at their lowest, on average, for those aged 45 to 59

well-being ratings ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Europe - Health and healthcare - Mental health and substance abuse - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


Draft Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the European Council, concerning a New Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union

February 4, 2016 09:58

Source: European Council

From Letter by President Donald Tusk:

Keeping the unity of the European Union is the biggest challenge for all of us and so it is the key objective of my mandate. It is in this spirit that I put forward a proposal for a new settlement of the United Kingdom within the EU. To my mind it goes really far in addressing all the concerns raised by Prime Minister Cameron. The line I did not cross, however, were ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: European Council


UK: Up or Out: A False Choice - Options for Londonís Growth

January 30, 2016 11:49

Source: London Assembly (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This report looks at where London’s housing and infrastructure growth might take place and how it can be balanced with ensuring a high quality of life for all residents.
In 2016, London will have a new Mayor who will be a central player in determining how the capital will grow - and where the expected one million new Londoners will live in the coming ten years...

 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Children and families - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Housing and real estate - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - United Kingdom

Source: London Assembly (UK)


Tech Policy for Startups: Glossary of Terms & Legislation

January 30, 2016 11:46

Source: Center for Democracy and Technology

As part of our Tech Policy for Startups program, we’ve put together a brief defining some of the necessary-to-know key terms and legislation.

 

+ Direct link to document (PDF; 97 KB)

+ Tech Policy for Startups collection

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Posted in: Business and economics - Industries - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Security - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - Regulation and compliance

Source: Center for Democracy and Technology


Digital Decisions: Policy Tools in Automated Decision-Making

January 30, 2016 11:42

Source: Center for Democracy and Technology

From Abstract:

Digital technology has empowered new voices, made the world more accessible, and increased the speed of almost every decision we make as businesses, communities, and individuals. Much of this convenience is powered by lines of code that rapidly execute instructions based on rules set by programmers (or, in the case of machine learning, generated from statistical ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - International - Internet - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Source: Center for Democracy and Technology


State of the Innovation Union 2015

January 30, 2016 11:39

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

From Executive Summary:

The Innovation Union was launched in 2010 as a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy to build on Europe’s strengths and address its weaknesses with respect to innovation and thereby make Europe more competitive in times of budgetary constraints, demographic change and increased global competition.

To this end, the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - International - Science - Technology

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


Making Life Better by Supporting UK Creativity and Innovation

January 30, 2016 11:36

Source: Intellectual Property Office via GOV.UK

From The Role of Intellectual Property:

Many sectors are dependent on their IP rights (e.g. pharmaceuticals, creative industries, consumer brands and technology companies), IP is not confined to niche areas, but touches almost every part of the economy. This means that managing and protecting a business’ IP proactively will need to become an automatic element ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - Internet - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)


Money for Something: Music Licensing in the 21st Century

January 29, 2016 14:03

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

From Summary:

The laws that determine who pays whom in the digital world were written, by and large, at a time when music was primarily performed via radio broadcasts or distributed through physical media (such as sheet music and phonograph records), and when each of these forms of music delivery represented a distinct channel with unique ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Congressional Research Service - Consumer issues - Government and politics - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Technology - North America

Source: Congressional Research Service


Report on the Implementation, Functioning and Effectiveness of the .eu Top-Level Domain

January 29, 2016 14:00

Source: European Commission

From Background:

In April 2015, the .eu Top-Level Domain (TLD) celebrated its 9th anniversary. Over the past nine years, the .eu country code TLD profiled itself as an innovative and modern extension, very much able to catch up both with the TLDs which have been in the domain environment since the late nineties and to compete with the new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) that have been introduced in ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - International - Internet - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: European Commission


5G Network Technology - Putting Europe at the Leading Edge

January 29, 2016 13:56

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

From Summary:

5G refers to a future, fifth generation of mobile network telecommunications technologies. While research on the technical characteristics and potential uses of 5G is ongoing, 5G is expected to represent a major leap forward from current telecommunications technologies, including revolutionary changes in radio interfaces and spectrum use. On the basis of current trends ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - China - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - International - Internet - Investments - Media and entertainment - Science - Technology - Telecommunications - Japan

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service


Zika Virus: Interim Investigative Guidelines

January 29, 2016 13:51

Source: Oregon Health Authority

From The Disease and its Epidemiology:

Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted primarily by several species of Aedes mosquitoes (the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses). Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks had been identified in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. In May 2015, Zika virus appeared in Brazil. This was the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Diseases and conditions - Health and healthcare - International - Latin America and the Caribbean - North America - South America

Source: Oregon Health Authority


Internet Fragmentation: An Overview

January 23, 2016 21:48

Source: World Economic Forum

From Executive Summary:

A growing number of thought leaders have expressed concerns over the past two years that the Internet is in some danger of splintering or breaking up into loosely coupled islands of connectivity. A number of potentially troubling trends driven by technological developments, government policies and commercial practices have been rippling across the Internet’s layers, from ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: World Economic Forum



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