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Cloud: The New Engine of Business

July 29, 2014 10:33

Source: Oxford Economics

Cloud computing has matured into a powerful engine for business innovation and growth, and thus has become a strategic priority for companies worldwide. Companies expect the cloud to fuel various growth initiatives, including developing new lines of business and new products, as well as entering new markets. This paper, based on interviews and a global survey of 200 business and IT executives across the world, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Industries - International - Internet - Security - Technology - Telecommunications

Views: 109 | Source: Oxford Economics (UK)


The Path to Value in the Cloud

July 29, 2014 10:31

Source: Oxford Economics

Cloud computing is fundamentally altering business processes and changing the way organizations interact with customers, partners, and employees. Yet for all the enthusiasm, many companies lack a clear strategy for migration to the cloud and cannot measure their progress. This briefing paper, built on a national survey of 350 business and technology executives, explores how far along companies are in migrating to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Industries - International - Internet - Investments - Security - Technology - Telecommunications

Views: 36 | Source: Oxford Economics (UK)


Israel: Background and U.S. Relations

July 29, 2014 10:28

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

From Summary:

Since Israel’s founding in 1948, successive U.S. Presidents and many Members of Congress have demonstrated a commitment to Israel’s security and to maintaining close U.S.-Israel defense, diplomatic, and economic cooperation. U.S. and Israeli leaders have developed close relations based on common perceptions of shared democratic ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Middle East - Military and defense - National security - Terrorism - North America

Views: 34 | Source: Congressional Research Service


Privacy Protection for Customer Financial Information

July 29, 2014 10:25

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

Background:

With modern technology’s ability to gather and retain data, financial services businesses have increasingly found ways to take advantage of their large reservoirs of customer information. Not only can they enhance customer service by tailoring services and communications to customer preferences, but they can benefit from sharing that ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Views: 35 | Source: Congressional Research Service


Fracking Brussels: A Who's Who of the EU Shale Gas Lobby

July 26, 2014 23:55

Source: Friends of the Earth Europe

From Executive Summary:

Industry players, who include many of the big oil and gas companies, have used their influence and financial power to ensure that the EU has not introduced new EU-wide regulations on fracking in 2013 and 2014. They have invested in an extensive lobby campaign, targeting the European institutions, national governments, and individual members of the European Parliament ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Energy - Environment - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International - Legal and law enforcement - Political process - Science - Regulation and compliance

Views: 249 | Source: Friends of the Earth Europe


UK: New Research Finds Data Trust Deficit with Lessons for Policymakers

July 26, 2014 23:49

Source: Ipsos MORI

From Press Release:

The media, internet companies, telecommunication companies and insurance companies all come bottom of the “trust in data” league table.

Losing or selling personal data seen as two of the top three reasons for stopping using a company – even more so than exploiting foreign workers, damaging the environment or even charging more than competitors.

New research ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - Internet - Media and entertainment - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 252 | Source: Ipsos MORI


UK: Scrutiny of Arms Exports and Arms Controls (2014)

July 25, 2014 00:00

Source: House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls (UK)


The Committees’ inquiry:

The Committees have continued their intensive and detailed scrutiny of all aspects of the Government’s arms exports and arms control policies. In addition, the Committees have given comprehensive scrutiny to the Government’s policies on a wide range of international arms control agreements, and have ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Ethics - Europe - Government and politics - Human rights - Industries - International - International Relations - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Views: 317 | Source: House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls (UK)


Regulation of Bitcoin in Selected Jurisdictions

July 24, 2014 23:53

Source: Library of Congress

Introduction:

This report surveys forty foreign jurisdictions and the European Union, reporting on any regulations or statements from central banks or government offices on the handling of bitcoins as well as any significant use of bitcoins in business transactions. Topics covered include whether bitcoins are recognized as legal tender, the possibility of negative impacts on the national currency, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Australia and New Zealand - Business and economics - Canada - China - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - India - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Russia - Taxation - Technology - United Kingdom - North America - Japan - Emerging Economies - Regulation and compliance

Views: 313 | Source: Library of Congress


On Trial: Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa

July 22, 2014 12:04

Source: Chatham House

From Summary:

Increasing agricultural productivity and adapting farming to climate change are central to Africa’s development prospects. There are important opportunities to enhance yields and increase resilience through the adoption of improved crop varieties. In some cases, biotechnology, and in particular genetic modification (GM), offers advantages over conventional plant-breeding approaches. ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Environment - Food and agriculture - Globalization - Government and politics - Industries - International - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Public safety - Safety - Science - Technology - Regulation and compliance

Views: 515 | Source: Chatham House


UK: Speaking Volumes: the Impact of Public Libraries on Wellbeing

July 22, 2014 11:59

Source: Carnegie UK Trust

The Carnegie UK Trust was set up to promote the wellbeing of the people of the UK and Ireland, and we believe that public libraries have enormous potential to improve wellbeing in four broad areas of public policy: social, economic, cultural and education.

Our analysis of wellbeing shows that there are a number of so-called ‘domains of wellbeing’ which can be measured or monitored to explore ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Health and healthcare - Mental health and substance abuse - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 299 | Source: Carnegie UK Trust


Bringing the UKs Open Access Research Outputs Together

July 22, 2014 11:55

Source: JISC

Introduction:

In 2003, the Berlin Declaration on Open Access (OA) proposed that research outputs should be made openly available for use and reuse - with appropriate attribution - via repositories using established technical standards. In 2013 Jisc, Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Society for College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) undertook a feasibility study into the development of an “open ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Education - Europe - Intellectual property - Internet - Postsecondary - Science - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 450 | Source: JISC


Afghanistan Midyear Report 2014: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

July 17, 2014 11:06

Source: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

From Executive Summary:

In the first half of 2014, the armed conflict in Afghanistan took a dangerous new turn for civilians. For the first time since 2009 when UNAMA began systematically documenting civilian casualties in Afghanistan, more civilians were found to have been killed and injured in ground engagements and crossfire between Anti-Government Elements and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Afghanistan - Asia - Government and politics - International - Military and defense - National security - Public safety - Safety - Terrorism

Views: 564 | Source: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)


UK: House Price Index, May 2014

July 17, 2014 10:59

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

Key Findings:

UK house prices increased by 10.5% in the year to May 2014, up from 9.9% in the year to April 2014.

House price annual inflation was 11.0% in England, 6.5% in Wales, 3.6% in Scotland and -0.7% in Northern Ireland.

House prices are increasing strongly across most parts of the UK, with prices in London again showing the highest growth.

Annual house ... <snip>

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

Views: 416 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


UK: The Fourth Utility: Delivering Universal Broadband Connectivity for Small Businesses Across the UK

July 17, 2014 10:54

Source: Federation of Small Businesses (UK)

From Press Release:

(T)he Federation of Small businesses (FSB) is calling for Government to adopt much more ambitious targets for rolling out high speed broadband for businesses across the UK. With an estimated 45,000 firms still on dial up, and many more struggling with speeds lower than 2 Megabits per second (Mbps), it is clear that while the residential market may be seeing the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Internet - Investments - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 415 | Source: Federation of Small Businesses (UK)


Europe: Action Plan on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

July 15, 2014 13:09

Source: European Commission

On 1 July 2014 the Commission adopted a Communication on an Action Plan aiming at renewing the consensus on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. With this Action Plan the Commission seeks to re-orientate its policy for intellectual property enforcement towards a better compliance of IP rights by all economic actors. Rather than penalising the citizen for infringing – often unknowingly – ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Crime - Europe - Globalization - Government and politics - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Technology - Regulation and compliance

Views: 625 | Source: European Commission


UK: The Beating Heart of the School

July 15, 2014 13:02

Source: Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (UK) via CILIP

From the Introduction:

School libraries and school library provision are at a critical juncture.    In a time of educational reform, financial constraints and devolution of decision making powers, every aspect of school life has to demonstrate its value to the wellbeing and attainment of the pupils in school. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Children and families - Education - Financial issues - Government and politics - Internet - K-12 - Science - Social and cultural issues - Technology

Views: 428 | Source: Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (UK)


Local Consumer Review Survey 2014

July 15, 2014 12:58

Source: BrightLocal

This survey is an annual exploration into how consumers read & use online reviews. It seeks to quantify the value that users place on the reviews they read & how this impacts their opinions & actions when seeking a local business to use. The survey is specifically concerned with the reviews & purchase of local business services and not wider product reviews.

+ Charts (PDF; ... <snip>

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

Views: 387 | Source: BrightLocal


UK: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

July 15, 2014 12:51

Source: Parliament (UK)

From Library Research Paper:

The Government argues that emergency legislation is needed to ensure that UK law enforcement and intelligence agencies can maintain their ability to access the telecommunications data they need to investigate criminal activity and protect the public. There is cross-party agreement on the need for the Bill.

In April 2014, the European Court of Justice declared invalid a ... <snip>

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Posted in: Crime - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Human rights - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Military and defense - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - Terrorism - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Views: 443 | Source: Parliament (UK)


International and Historical Anti-poverty Strategies: Evidence and Policy Review

July 10, 2014 17:15

Source: New Policy Institute (UK)

Aim of this report:

This report aims to do two things. Firstly, it sets out how poverty in the UK compares to other countries, in Europe and elsewhere. Secondly, it compares approaches to reducing poverty across these countries, to look for evidence of strategies that work across the whole population.

This report considers the many different strategies for reducing ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - International - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom - North America - Emerging Economies

Views: 617 | Source: New Policy Institute (UK)


Report on the Surveillance Program Operated Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

July 10, 2014 17:12

Source: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

From the Introduction:

The Section 702 program is extremely complex, involving multiple agencies, collecting multiple types of information, for multiple purposes. Overall, the Board has found that the information the program collects has been valuable and effective in protecting the nation’s security and producing useful foreign intelligence. The program has operated under ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Crime - Documents in the news - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - Terrorism - North America - Regulation and compliance

Views: 606 | Source: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board



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