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Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

Coalition of 22 State AGs File Suit To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

“Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government. “An open internet – and the free exchange of ideas it allows – is critical to our democratic process,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers – allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online. This would be a disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet. That’s why I’m proud to lead this broad coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing suit to stop the FCC’s illegal rollback of net neutrality.” Click here to read the petition. The lawsuit is led by Attorney General Schneiderman, and filed by the Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia…”

8 challenges for open government posed by emerging technology

Sunlight Foundation: 8 challenges for open government posed by emerging technology – “As 2018 begins, the big tent of open government holds both promise and peril, as nationalism, populism, low trust in institutions, and voter anger and apathy put years of gains at risk. We continue to see meaningful ways for better laws and policies to enable… Continue Reading

EU declares war on plastic waste

The Guardian – “The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030. Following China’s decision to ban imports of foreign recyclable material, Brussels on Tuesday launched a plastics strategy… Continue Reading

The Potential for Human-Computer Interaction and Behavioral Science

The Potential for Human-Computer Interaction and Behavioral Science By Kweku Opoku-Agyemang “This article is part of our special issue “Connected State of Mind,” which explores the impact of tech use on our behavior and relationships. View the complete issue here.” “A few days ago, one of my best friends texted me a joke. It was funny, so… Continue Reading

AGA-Grant Thornton Survey Shows Government CFOs Navigating Disruption

“A new survey of federal chief financial officers (CFOs) conducted by AGA and Grant Thornton, titled Navigating Disruption, reports that CFOs are finding both challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of the White House executive order for reorganization of the Executive Branch and other management initiatives. The 22nd annual AGA-Grant Thornton CFO survey, released today… Continue Reading

Wired – The Golden Age of Free Speech?

It’s the [Democracy-Poisoning] Golden Age of Free Speech: “..In today’s networked environment, when anyone can broadcast live or post their thoughts to a social network, it would seem that censorship ought to be impossible. This should be the golden age of free speech. And sure, it is a golden age of free speech—if you can… Continue Reading

Gallup – Why We Need Best Friends at Work

“So, why does Gallup ask the best friend question? The simple answer is performance. Our research has repeatedly shown a concrete link between having a best friend at work and the amount of effort employees expend in their job. For example, women who strongly agree they have a best friend at work are more than… Continue Reading

Americans See More News Bias; Most Can’t Name Neutral Source

Gallup News: “Americans’ perceptions of news media bias have increased significantly over the past generation. Thirty-two percent believe the news media are careful to separate fact from opinion, well below the 58% who held this view in 1984. Meanwhile, 66% currently agree that most news media do not do a good job of letting people… Continue Reading

New Book Celebrates the History of the Library of Congress

“A new book from Library of Congress Historian John Y. Cole, “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress,” tells the story of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and how it came to be the world’s largest library. Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden calls the Library “a place where you… Continue Reading

Research Data Management at Harvard

Research Data Management Efforts at Harvard •HMS Data Management Working Group (started 2014) •Research Computing Council – Data group (started at 2016) •Harvard Data Group (started at 2016) •Co-chaired by Ara Tahmassian (OVPR), Mercè Crosas (IQSS) •Connects and includes members of HMS and RCC groups •New Data User Agreement Group Releasing in 2018 •Harvard-wide research… Continue Reading

When 136 Bird Species Show Up at a Feeder, Which One Wins?

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: “There’s something tranquil about watching birds coexist at your backyard feeder, pecking away in their quirky abandon. That is, until the local Blue Jay arrives, flushing all your daintier songbirds out in a raucous flurry. It might seem like just plain bullying, but there’s more going on than meets the… Continue Reading