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The Future of Jobs

January 23, 2016 21:44

Source: World Economic Forum

From the Preface:

Today, we are at the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and biotechnology,to name just a few, are all building on and amplifying one another. This will lay the foundation for a revolution more comprehensive and all-encompassing than anything we have ever seen. Smart systems—homes, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Documents in the news - Gender and sexuality - Industries - International - Labor - Social and cultural issues - Technology

Source: World Economic Forum


Essential Digital Infrastructure for Public Libraries in England: A Plan for Moving Forward

January 23, 2016 21:39

Source: Society of Chief Librarians (UK)

Abstract:

This report argues that a standards-based digital platform is the only viable technology for realising recent strategic goals articulated by leaders for England’s public libraries. The platform would allow libraries and their partners to innovate, collaborate and share in ways they cannot now do. The report further argues that the primary mode of service on this platform ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Internet - Investments - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: Society of Chief Librarians (UK)


UK: Broadbad

January 23, 2016 21:34

Source: British Infrastructure Group (UK)

From Key Findings:

Around 5.7 million people in the UK have internet connections that do not reach Ofcom’s ‘acceptable’ minimum speed of 10Mbit/s. 3.5 million of these people live in rural areas.

Poor internet connections are costing the UK economy up to £11 billion per year.

42% of SMEs report experiencing problems with their internet connectivity ... <snip>

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

Source: British Infrastructure Group (BIG)


An Economy for the 1%

January 23, 2016 21:29

Source: Oxfam GB

From Summary:

The gap between rich and poor is reaching new extremes. Credit Suisse recently revealed that the richest 1% have now accumulated more wealth than the rest of the world put together. This occurred a year earlier than Oxfam’s much publicized prediction ahead of last year’s World Economic Forum. Meanwhile, the wealth owned by the bottom half of humanity has fallen by a trillion dollars in ... <snip>

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

Source: Oxfam GB


Big Data, Big Impact: New Possibilities for International Development

January 19, 2016 10:54

Source: World Economic Forum

Executive Summary:

A flood of data is created every day by the interactions of billions of people using computers, GPS devices, cell phones, and medical devices. Many of these interactions occur through the use of mobile devices being used by people in the developing world, people whose needs and habits have been poorly understood until now. Researchers and policymakers are beginning to realise the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Government and politics - International - Internet - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: World Economic Forum


"This Is What We Die for": Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Power the Global Trade in Cobalt

January 19, 2016 10:51

Source: Amnesty International

This report documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep underground, and accidents are common. Despite the potentially ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Business and economics - Children and families - Consumer issues - Energy - Environment - Globalization - Health and healthcare - Human rights - Industries - International - Labor - Media and entertainment - Poverty - Safety - Science - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - Emerging Economies

Source: Amnesty International


Europe: Case of Barbulescu v. Romania [Employees' Email and Privacy]

January 16, 2016 13:43

Source: European Court of Human Rights

From Press Release:

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Bărbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, by six votes to one, that there had been:

no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life, the home and correspondence) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case concerned Mr ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Human rights - International - Internet - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: European Court of Human Rights


Human Development Report 2015

January 16, 2016 13:32

Source: United Nations Human Development Report Office

From the Foreword:

This Report starts with a fundamental question—how can work enhance human development? The Report takes a broad view of work, going beyond jobs and taking into account such activities as unpaid care work, voluntary work and creative work—all of which contribute to the richness of human lives.

The Report highlights impressive progress on ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Children and families - Education - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Human rights - International - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues

Source: United Nations Human Development Report Office


Global Terrorism Index 2015

January 16, 2016 13:28

Source: Institute for Economics and Peace

From Executive Summary:

This report provides a detailed analysis of the changing trends in terrorism since 2000, for 162 countries. It investigates the changing patterns of terrorism by geographic activity, methods of attack, organisations involved and the national economic and political context. The GTI has also been compared to a range of socio- economic indicators to determine the key ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Crime - Government and politics - International - Legal and law enforcement - Lists & Rankings - Military and defense - National security - Social and cultural issues - Terrorism

Source: Institute for Economics and Peace (Australia)


Digital Dividends

January 15, 2016 13:51

Source: World Bank

From the Foreword:


We find ourselves in the midst of the greatest information and communications revolution in human history. More than 40 percent of the world’s population has access to the internet, with new users coming online every day. Among the poorest 20 percent of households, nearly 7 out of 10 have a mobile phone. The poorest households are more likely to have access to mobile phones than ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Disabilities - Documents in the news - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Industries - International - Internet - Lists & Rankings - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - Telecommunications - Emerging Economies

Source: World Bank


UK: Libraries Shaping the Future: Good Practice Toolkit

January 15, 2016 13:46

Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport via GOV.UK

From the Introduction:

There are over 3000 public libraries in England which are trusted spaces, free to enter and open to all. There are more than 225 million visits per year to libraries and 98 million visits to library websites.

Libraries are trusted spaces, free to enter and open to all. In them, people explore and share reading, information, knowledge and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - United Kingdom

Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport (UK)


UK: Taking Part 2015/16 Quarter 2

January 15, 2016 13:44

Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport via GOV.UK

From Key Findings:

In the year ending September 2015, 33.9 per cent of adults had used a library in the 12 months prior to being interviewed. This is a significant decrease from 48.2 per cent in 2005/06 but a similar proportion to 2013/14.

The proportion of adults who had visited an archive (in their own time or for voluntary work) between October 2014 and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Europe - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - United Kingdom

Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport (UK)


2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Report

January 15, 2016 13:41

Source: Nielsen

From Year-end Analysis and Highlights:

• Streaming continues its growth with Audio on-demand streaming (+83% vs LY) and Video on-demand streaming (+102%) both increasing dramatically.

• Catalog continues to be the biggest share of on-demand streams, with songs over 18 months old accounting for nearly 70% of all streaming volume.

• Streaming Equivalent Albums (where ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: Nielsen


UK: Tipping the Scales: Why Preventing Obesity Makes Economic Sense

January 7, 2016 13:35

Source: UK Health Forum

Summary:

A new report from the UK Health Forum and Cancer Research UK has found that rising rates of obesity and overweight could lead to 700,000 new cancer cases in the UK, as well as millions of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. This would cost the NHS an additional £2.5 billion a year by 2035 over and above what is already spent on obesity related disease.
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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Health and healthcare - Labor - Obesity - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: UK Health Forum


Today’s Washington Press Corps More Digital, Specialized

January 7, 2016 13:31

Source: Pew Research Center Journalism & Media

The story of who is covering federal government is a striking illustration of the shifting power dynamics within American journalism at large.

Reporters for niche outlets, some of which offer highly specialized information services at premium subscription rates, now fill more seats in the U.S. Senate Press Gallery than do daily newspaper reporters. As recently as the late 1990s, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Government and politics - Industries - Internet - Investments - Media and entertainment - Political process - Technology - North America

Source: Pew Research Center Journalism & Media


Paving the Way: How Online Advertising Enables the Digital Economy of the Future

January 7, 2016 13:26

Source: IHS via IAB Europe

From Executive Summary:

€46 billion were invested in online advertising in Europe in 2014. Out of this sum, publishers active Europe generated revenues €30.7 billion from online advertising, or 30.4% of all advertising revenue.

In terms of gross value added (GVA), a standard measure of the contribution to the overall economy similar to GDP, €22 billion are directly attributable to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - International - Internet - Investments - Labor - Media and entertainment - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: IHS


Social Media Surveillance and Law Enforcement

January 5, 2016 12:21

Source: Data & Civil Rights

From the Introduction:

Law enforcement monitoring of social media is a widespread and growing practice. In 2014, a vendor’s online survey of more than 1,200 federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals found that approximately 80 percent used social media platforms as intelligence gathering tools.

The adoption of these new tools may not come as a surprise given their low ... <snip>

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Posted in: Crime - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Source: Data & Civil Rights


UK: Zero-hours and short-hours contracts in the UK: Employer and employee perspectives

January 5, 2016 12:17

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This report updates and extends the analysis of zero-hours contract work presented in the previous CIPD report Zero-hours Contracts: Myth and reality.

In addition, it presents data on short-hours contract working. As with zero-hours contracts, there is no universally accepted definition of a short-hours contract. This report ... <snip>

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

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)


UK: The Digital Skills Gap in Government: Survey Findings

January 3, 2016 11:51

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

To achieve major cost savings, government will require radical new ways of delivering public services. New technology and service ‘front ends’ play a role, but change must be more fundamental, involving radical and flexible operating models, designed around users and data. This ‘digital transformation’ means government needs the digital and technology (DaT) profession to have ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Internet - Labor - Technology - United Kingdom

Source: National Audit Office (UK)


EU Energy Governance

January 3, 2016 11:47

Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)

From the Introduction:

As a society, we are more dependent on a secure energy supply now than at any other point in history. The ‘energy trilemma’ of security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness is an ever-present challenge for policy makers.1 The European Commission’s Energy Union policy, proposed in 2014, seeks to address this challenge. It has ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Climate Change/Global Warming - Consumer issues - Energy - Environment - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International - International Relations - Investments - Science - Technology - United Kingdom

Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)



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