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Daily Archives: October 24, 2017

New Research Finds Major Spike in Mobile Media Use and Device Ownership by Children Age 0 to 8

I will being this post by saying, What!, and move quickly to the report: “Common Sense today announced the release of The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight, the third installment in an ongoing series of national surveys tracking the use of media and technology among U.S. children from birth to age 8. Among the key findings is the spike in the number of young children who have their own tablet device (now 42 percent, up from 1 percent in 2011) and the amount of time children age 0 to 8 are spending with mobile devices (48 minutes, up from just five minutes in 2011). The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight is based on a large, nationally representative sample of respondents and replicates methods from 2011 and 2013 to gauge how media environments and behaviors have changed over the years. At a time of revolutionary change in the media landscape, the study is the only one of its kind, tracking young children’s use of new mobile media devices and apps along with older media platforms such as television, computers, and books. In light of the new research, Common Sense is launching a series of new PSAs featuring actor Will Ferrell as a continuation of its ongoing #DeviceFreeDinner campaign. The campaign challenges parents and kids to put down their devices during dinnertime and enjoy in-person conversation. The new ads were developed in partnership with Bay Area advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners…” [And end this by saying I sure am glad I grew up with books and reading aloud and continue both every day. And an aside, even though some folks appear to be talking to ourselves at work while looking at our multiple screens – we are really helping ourselves to understand and articulate to our customers the analysis, research and knowledge services we are proving.]

Information Technology Industry Council – principles for developing ethical artificial intelligence systems

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a suite of technologies capable of learning, reasoning, adapting, and performing tasks in ways inspired by the human mind. With access to data and the computational power and human ingenuity required to extract increasing value from it, researchers are building intelligent software and machines to enhance human productivity and empower people… Continue Reading

Political Typology Reveals Deep Fissures on the Right and Left

Political Typology Reveals Deep Fissures on the Right and Left Conservative Republican groups divided on immigration, ‘openness’: “Nearly a year after Donald Trump was elected president, the Republican coalition is deeply divided on such major issues as immigration, America’s role in the world and the fundamental fairness of the U.S. economic system. The Democratic coalition… Continue Reading

Climate Change: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure

Climate Change: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure, GAO-17-720: Published: Sep 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2017. “Climate-related impacts, such as coastal property damage, have already cost the federal government billions of dollars, and these costs will likely rise in the future. We found that information… Continue Reading

Study – Waiting periods and gun deaths

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – Waiting periods and gun deaths. Michael Luca, September 21, 2017. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1619896114 “Each year, more than 33,000 gun-related deaths occur in the United States. Waiting period laws have the potential to deter gun violence by delaying the acquisition of a firearm. Michael Luca et al. compared the… Continue Reading

Occupational Outlook Handbook Updated October 2017

“The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.” Updated October 24, 2017. Contrary to news and prevailing sentiment: “Employment of librarians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations [emphasis added]. Communities… Continue Reading

Employment is projected to grow by 11.5 million from 2016 to 2026, led by health care

BLS: “Employment is projected to increase by 11.5 million over the 2016-26 decade, an increase from 156.1 million to 167.6 million, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This growth–0.7 percent annually–is faster than the 0.5 percent rate of growth during the 2006–16 decade, a period heavily affected by the 2007–09 recession. Health care… Continue Reading

GPO and LC Digital Release of Historical Congressional Record For 1911-1921

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1911-1921 on GPO’s ( This release covers the debates and proceedings of the 62nd through the 66th Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: The final year of the… Continue Reading

2017 Municipal Equality Index

Human Rights Campaign – “HRC in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including seven in Wisconsin. The 2017 Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the… Continue Reading