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UK: Prosperity Map [Interactive]

August 27, 2015 21:33

Source: Barclays Wealth and Investment Management

The Barclays UK Prosperity Map is new research that uses factors including average annual pay, business survival rates, the percentage of households giving to charity and exam scores to generate a unique ‘Prosperity Index Score’ for each UK region. These factors are designed to provide a deeper view of regional financial health than single measures of wealth such as assets, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Housing and real estate - Investments - Lists & Rankings - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Barclays Wealth and Investment Management


UK: Mortality Statistics: Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

August 27, 2015 21:30

Source: Department for Work & Pensions via GOV.uk

From the Introduction:

This statistical release provides information on those who have died after claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Incapacity Benefit (IB) or Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA) in Great Britain in response to a number of Freedom of Information requests. This publication supplies the exact figures asked for in those requests, as well as further ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Disabilities - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Europe - Health and healthcare - Labor - Mental health and substance abuse - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Department for Work and Pensions (UK)


The Rise of Mobile Tracking Headers: How Telcos Around the World Are Threatening Your Privacy

August 27, 2015 21:25

Source: Access

From Executive Summary:

Mobile broadband serves as a crucial means of accessing the internet for hundreds of millions of people around the globe. And for many users, mobile devices provide the only way of going online. Their devices serve as gateways to information, resources, and innovation, but they can also leak intimate details about the users themselves. In 2014, security researchers provided a key insight ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Ethics - Government and politics - Human rights - Industries - Internet - Media and entertainment - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Source: Access


UK: Evidence on the Use of Volunteers in libraries and on Volunteer-run Libraries

August 25, 2015 12:17

Source: Scottish Libraries and Information Council

From Executive Summary:

This report provides the results of a short literature review on the use of volunteers in libraries and volunteer-run libraries....

The report describes the context in which volunteers are being used in libraries: highlighting the move in both England and Scotland towards devolving more power to local communities and at the same time the tightening ... <snip>

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

Source: Scottish Libraries and Information Council


UK: An Analysis of London's Exports

August 25, 2015 12:14

Source: GLA Economics (UK)

From Executive Summary:

In 2013, London’s total exports were estimated to be around £139.9 billion, around a £64.7 billion increase from a decade earlier. Service exports accounted for around 77 per cent of the total (worth around £107.3 billion), around double the value in 2003. Goods exports grew significantly slower over the period with around £32.6 billion worth of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Globalization - Industries - International - United Kingdom

Source: GLA Economics (UK)


Intellectual Property Rights and Firm Performance in Europe: An Economic Analysis

August 25, 2015 12:10

Source: OHIM - Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (EU)

From the Foreword:

The study on the contribution made by IPR-intensive industries to the EU economy carried out in 2013, in partnership with the European Patent Office, demonstrated the importance of those industries. It showed they support directly or indirectly 35% of jobs, almost 39% of the EU’s GDP and 90% of external trade.

OHIM, through the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Small business and entrepreneurship

Source: OHIM - Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (EU)


UK: A Democratic Licence to Operate: Report of the Independent Surveillance Review

August 25, 2015 12:07

Source: Royal United Service Institute (UK)

From Executive Summary:

The British public are entitled to some answers following the disclosures made by Edward Snowden in 2013. He alleged, among other things, that the UK and US governments were conducting mass surveillance programmes. The Independent Surveillance Review (ISR) was undertaken at the request of the then deputy prime minister partly in response to this very serious ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - 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 - United Kingdom

Source: Royal United Services Institute


Accessing Extraterritorially Located Data: Options for States

August 20, 2015 16:11

Source: NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

From Press Release:

Preventing, responding to and investigating cyber incidents relies on time-critical access to relevant data which might be located in countries outside the one conducting the investigation. Operational cooperation between different private and public entities and national law enforcement agencies is one of the prerequisites of a successful ... <snip>

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Posted in: Europe - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Source: NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE)


Europe: The Silver Economy: Opportunities from Ageing

August 20, 2015 16:07

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

From Summary:

The population in the EU is ageing due to increasing longevity and low birth rates. The Commission's 2015 Ageing Report forecasts that the EU will move from having four working-age (15-64) people for every person aged over 65 years in 2013, to just two by 2060. Whilst population ageing brings challenges, it also presents opportunities. Euromonitor forecasts that the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Diseases and conditions - Education - Europe - Health and healthcare - International - Labor - Social and cultural issues - Technology

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service


Graphene Research and Enterprise: Mapping Innovation and Business Growth in a Strategic Emerging Technology

August 19, 2015 13:56

Source: NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

From NESTA Blog:

How can we use publicly-available online information from business web sites to better understand the strategies of those companies in developing and commercialising new technologies? That is the topic we probe in our new study of small and-mid-size enterprises involved in graphene.

Graphene is an ultra-thin layer of carbon with ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - China - Education - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Legal and law enforcement - Postsecondary - Science - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - United Kingdom - North America

Source: NESTA : National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (UK)


UK: Making Digital Work: Mobile

August 19, 2015 13:52

Source: Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in England

Mobile is essential. Audiences have moved there and supporting mobile devices cannot be optional if any organisation wants to survive the present and thrive in the future. Following their consumers, high-growth startups and established companies are bypassing desktop computing and prioritising phones and tablets because they are now the primary way in which digital services and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - Internet - Investments - Media and entertainment - Nonprofits - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in England


UK: The Good Childhood Report 2015

August 19, 2015 13:27

Source: Children's Society (UK)

From Summary of Findings:

In a new international comparative study of children’s subjective well-being in 15 countries, children in England ranked 14th out of 15 for satisfaction with life as a whole. England was in the bottom half of the table (ie ranking 9 or lower out of 15) for 24 out of 30 aspects of life, with especially low rankings for children’s satisfaction ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Children and families - Documents in the news - Education - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Health and healthcare - International - K-12 - Lists & Rankings - Mental health and substance abuse - Safety - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom - South America

Source: Children's Society


A Club of High and Severe Unemployment: the Single Market Over the 21 Years 19932013

August 19, 2015 13:22

Source: Civitas (UK)

The distinctive characteristics of unemployment in the single market can only be seen and analysed in a comparative perspective. We will first compare the rate of unemployment over the entire life of the single market of its 12 founder members with ten independent countries, which seem to be most similar − in terms of their labour market institutions and productivity − to those of the EU 12: Australia, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Australia and New Zealand - Business and economics - Canada - Europe - Industries - International - Labor - Lists & Rankings - United Kingdom - North America - Japan

Source: Civitas (UK)


Private Sector Use of Open Government Data: Results from the Open Data 500 Australia

August 17, 2015 17:10

Source: Department of Communications (Australia)

From the Introduction:

Open data is data that is publicly available at no cost to end-users. Open data can be used to launch commercial and non-profit ventures, do research, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems.

Data produced and held by the Government is a valuable service of government to the general public, business and non-profit sector. However, until ... <snip>

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Posted in: Australia and New Zealand - Business and economics - Government and politics - International - Internet - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: Department of Communications (Australia)


Quotas and Targets: How Do They Affect Diversity Progress?

August 17, 2015 17:07

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)

From Executive Summary:

We consider a number of key questions in this literature review. What are the effects of quotas on organisations and targeted groups? In what circumstances could quotas work most effectively if they are introduced? And when are they most likely to fail? Our conclusions are based on a large body of research referenced at the end of this report. ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - Human rights - Industries - International - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)


The Iran Nuclear Agreement and Iranian Energy Exports, the Iranian Economy, and World Energy Markets

August 17, 2015 17:03

Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies

From Introduction:

This briefing draws on a range of EIA studies, work by the World Bank, other sources, and the views of experts in the Administration on the nature and impact of the Iran nuclear agreement.

It provides a range of data and estimates on the impact of sanction on Iran’s petroleum production, exports, and economy, and the impact that full ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - Energy - Government and politics - Industries - International - International Relations - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - North America

Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies


Making Sense of the New Urban Science

August 12, 2015 18:47

Source: Cities of Data

From Executive Summary:

We are living in the age of cities. It is an urgent time, and an uncertain one. Never before have human beings built so much with such haste. Yet we understand so little about how our urban world grows — and sometimes — declines.

To meet this challenge, the world’s universities have set out to plug this knowledge gap, and establish a new science of cities. ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - Environment - International - Investments - Postsecondary - Science - Social and cultural issues

Source: Cities of Data


The Resource Curse Revisited

August 12, 2015 18:41

Source: Chatham House

From Press Release:

This paper challenges the view that the ‘resource curse’ – for which so many academics found evidence in previous decades – has now been laid to rest.

During the commodities boom of the past decade, a number of influential policy and corporate institutions have encouraged poor countries to capitalize on below-ground resources for economic growth and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Business and economics - Energy - Globalization - Industries - International - Investments - Latin America and the Caribbean - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - South America - Emerging Economies

Source: Chatham House


Shale Gas in Canada: Environmental Risks and Regulation

August 12, 2015 18:39

Source: Library of Parliament (Canada)

Introduction:

The recent increase in the development of shale gas in North America has raised significant public concerns about associated environmental risks. After providing some background information about shale gas and its extraction, this paper offers an overview of some of the environmental impacts of shale gas development, and explains how Canada’s current regulatory regime, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Canada - Energy - Environment - Health and healthcare - Industries - International - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Public safety - Safety - Science - Technology - North America - Regulation and compliance

Source: Library of Parliament (Canada)


Climate Change Negotiations: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Context

August 12, 2015 18:35

Source: Library of Parliament (Canada)

Introduction:

The key to reducing the risks of climate change is to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, in addition to preparing to adapt. Reducing emissions requires the cohesive action of the international community, particularly those countries responsible for most of the emissions. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Convention) is the guiding agreement ... <snip>

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Posted in: Canada - Climate Change/Global Warming - Energy - Environment - Government and politics - Industries - International - Legal and law enforcement - Science - North America - Regulation and compliance

Source: Library of Parliament (Canada)



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