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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: 115 | 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 daysfrom 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 ... <snip>

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

Views: 173 | 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: 168 | Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)


Eight Great Technologies: The Internet of Things

August 28, 2014 10:50

Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK) via GOV.UK

From the Introduction:

The UK Government has identified ‘eight great technologies’ plus a further two which will propel the UK to future growth. These are:

the big data revolution and energy-efficient computing;
satellites and commercial applications of space;
robotics and autonomous systems;
life sciences, genomics and synthetic biology;<snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Energy - Europe - Food and agriculture - Health and healthcare - Industries - Internet - Science - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 169 | Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)


IFLA 2014 eLending Background Paper

August 28, 2014 10:44

Source: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Introduction:

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) released the eLending Background Paper in 2012 followed by a commissioned think piece and the Principles for Library eLending. The Background Paper intended to:

Provide an overview of the issues relating to eBooks in libraries;

Summarise ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology

Views: 128 | Source: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA)


Elitist Britain?

August 28, 2014 10:40

Source: Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (UK)

From Foreword:

This report from the Commission on Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission examines who is in charge of our country. It does so on the basis of new research which has analysed the background of 4,000 leaders in politics, business, the media and other aspects of public life in the UK. This research highlights a dramatic over-representation of those ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Documents in the news - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Legal and law enforcement - Political process - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 87 | Source: Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (UK)


A Better Web

August 26, 2014 09:00

Source: Nominet Trust (UK)

Most new communications technologies with mass appeal produce some kind of moral panic over whether people can be trusted to use them. When the first mass market novels were published, people worried that women would spend too much time reading, alone with their imaginations, rather than attending to their duties. Most of these panics have proved ill-founded.

Yet what stands out about the mixture of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Ethics - Europe - Health and healthcare - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 277 | Source: Nominet Trust (UK)


Who Pays the Piper? Rules for Lobbying Governments in Australia, Canada, UK and USA

August 19, 2014 10:20

Source: Parliamentary Library of Australia

Executive Summary:

This publication surveys lobbying codes of conduct and registers introduced by Australian federal and state governments and some overseas governments. Although lobbying is a legitimate practice and part of the democratic process, the 2014 hearings conducted by the New South Wales (NSW) Independent Commission Against Corruption have exposed weaknesses in lobbying rules. ... <snip>

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Posted in: Australia and New Zealand - Business and economics - Canada - Europe - Government and politics - International - Legal and law enforcement - Political process - United Kingdom - North America - Regulation and compliance

Views: 428 | Source: Parliamentary Library of Australia


War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarisation of American Policing

August 19, 2014 10:10

Source: American Civil Liberties Union

This investigation gave us data to corroborate a trend we have been noticing nationwide: American policing has become unnecessarily and dangerously militarized, in large part through federal programs that have armed state and local law enforcement agencies with the weapons and tactics of war, with almost no public discussion or oversight. Using these federal funds, state and local law enforcement ... <snip>

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Posted in: Government and politics - Human rights - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - Race - Social and cultural issues - Technology - North America

Views: 434 | Source: American Civil Liberties Union


“Womenomics” in Japan: In Brief

August 19, 2014 10:05

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

Overview:

Confronted with decades of economic stagnation, strict immigration controls, and a rapidly aging population, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched an ambitious plan—widely known as “Abenomics”—to restart Japan’s economy. The program has three main components: a large fiscal stimulus that ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - International - Labor - Social and cultural issues - Japan

Views: 317 | Source: Congressional Research Service


Remember the Young Ones: Improving Career Opportunities for Britain's Young People

August 19, 2014 10:00

Source: Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)

From Press Release:

This report looks at five critical elements of the school-to-work transition for young people – the role of employers, vocational education, apprenticeships, careers guidance, and the benefits system – and at lessons the UK can learn from European economies with better youth employment records.

A long period without work at a young age can ... <snip>

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

Views: 242 | Source: Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)


Women, Working Families, and Unions

August 18, 2014 09:50

Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

From Executive Summary:

One of every nine women in the United States (11.8 percent in 2013) is represented by a union at her place of work.

The annual number of hours of paid work performed by women has increased dramatically over the last four decades. In 1979, the typical woman was on the job 925 hours per year; by 2012, the typical woman did 1,664 hours of paid work per ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Gender and sexuality - International - Labor - Social and cultural issues - North America

Views: 315 | Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research


UK: Small Business Outlook 2014

August 18, 2014 09:45

Source: Centre for Cities (UK)

From Press Release:

While the UK economy is starting to recover from recession, productivity growth still remains well below the pre-recession peak - a marked contrast to previous recessions. This year's Small Business Outlook...investigates the city SMEs that are most likely to be productive and profitable, and so help to achieve a sustainable recovery and a boost to wages. These are firms adopting ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Industries - Labor - Small business and entrepreneurship - United Kingdom

Views: 224 | Source: Centre for Cities (UK)


Doing Good, while Doing Well: Is There a Win-Win Formula for Investing Responsibly in Congo’s Minerals Sector?

August 18, 2014 09:40

Source: Enough Project

From Executive Summary:

Natural resources have fueled violent armed conflict and invited corporate misbehavior for decades in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (“Congo”), but that trend is beginning to shift. While much of the minerals sector still lacks adequate security, and armed groups remain active, conditions in at least some areas are improving. State and regional institutions are ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Business and economics - Environment - Human rights - Industries - International - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - Science - Social and cultural issues - Emerging Economies - Regulation and compliance

Views: 236 | Source: Enough Project


Protecting the European Choice

August 18, 2014 09:35

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations

From Press Release:

Europe’s Eastern Partnership has developed into crisis management and the EU must develop a new strategy towards Russia and the periphery, according to this new series of essays. As tensions around Russia continue to grow following the shooting down of a Malaysian civilian airliner, Ukraine and its fellow Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries are increasingly ... <snip>

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

Views: 257 | Source: European Council on Foreign Relations


The Transfer of Personal Data to Third Countries and International Organisations by EU Institutions and Bodies

August 18, 2014 09:30

Executive Summary:

This paper provides guidance to EU institutions and bodies on how to interpret and apply the rules laid down in Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 in the context of international transfers of personal data. EU institutions and bodies increasingly need to transfer personal data to third countries or international organisations for different reasons, including cross-border cooperation and the use of transnational services. The ... <snip>

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

Views: 128 | Source: European Data Protection Supervisor


EU Data Protection Law: A ‘Right to be Forgotten’?

August 13, 2014 18:49

Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)

From the Introduction:

The so-called ‘right to be forgotten’, as it is generally but misleadingly known, is a remedy available under data protection law, enabling a data subject to obtain from the data controller the erasure of links to data which the data subject regards as prejudicial to him or her. It is a right which, in the European Union, derives from the 1995 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Technology - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Views: 540 | Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)


UK: Innovate to Accumulate: the Government's Approach to Low Carbon Innovation

August 13, 2014 18:45

Source: House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee (UK)

From Summary:

Innovative low carbon technologies such as bioenergy, offshore wind, and carbon capture and storage will be necessary to achieve the UK’s legally binding 2020 and 2050 carbon emissions targets and the Government is right to play an active role in facilitating their development. At the moment however, there is a mismatch between the resources ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Climate Change/Global Warming - Energy - Environment - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Science - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 450 | Source: House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee (UK)


The Implications of Scottish Independence on Business; Higher Education and Research; and Postal Services

August 13, 2014 18:41

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

From The Impact on Business :

In its White Paper, the Scottish Government set out the economic vision on an independent Scotland. It begins by asserting that independence for Scotland would:

... allow us to use our own resources and shape our own fiscal and economic policies for Scottish needs and circumstances. This will ensure ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 394 | Source: House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (UK)


Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

August 13, 2014 18:38

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

Introduction:

As congressional policy makers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major point of contention is the question of whether action is needed to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners of the networks that compose and provide access to the Internet, to ensure equal access and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Congressional Research Service - Consumer issues - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - Regulation and compliance

Views: 447 | Source: Congressional Research Service



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