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MIT Technology Review – 50 Smartest Companies 2017

Our editors pick the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model. Each year we identify 50 companies creating new opportunities by combining important technologies and business savvy. Some are large companies that seem to be growing ever larger, like Amazon and Apple. Others, like IBM, or General Electric are old-guard giants betting on technology renewal. And the list is full of ambitious startups like SpaceX, which is changing the economics of space travel with reusable rockets; Face ++, a pioneer in face recognition technology; and additive-manufacturing firms Carbon and Desktop Metal. For additional perspective on the list, which starts here, please see our essay, “It Pays to Be Smart.”

2017 Investment Company Factbook

2017 Investment Company Factbook – A Review of Trends and Activities in the Investment Company Industry. “The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is a leading global association of regulated funds, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, and unit investment trusts (UITs) in the United States and similar funds offered to investors in jurisdictions worldwide.… Continue Reading

Paper – AI and the Law: Setting the Stage

Urs Glasser – Medium – “While there is reasonable hope that superhuman killer robots won’t catch us anytime soon, narrower types of AI-based technologies have started changing our daily lives: AI applications are rolled out at an accelerated pace in schools, homes, and hospitals, with digital leaders such as high tech, telecom, and financial services… Continue Reading

US Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership

“Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew… Continue Reading

UK – Money Laundering Regulations 2017

“The Treasury launched an 8 week policy consultation on the Transposition of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive and Fund Transfer Regulation in September. These aim to give effect to the updated global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards. The government sought views and evidence on the steps it proposed to take or should take, to… Continue Reading

Gallup – Cost of Healthcare Is Americans’ Top Financial Concern

“As the U.S. Senate begins considering legislation that could significantly change the nation’s healthcare system, the cost of healthcare leads the list of what Americans consider the most important financial problem facing their family. The 17% who name healthcare costs as their family’s most pressing financial problem is up seven percentage points since 2013 and… Continue Reading

Institute of Museum and Library Services Funding Report by State FY 2011 – 2016

“This compilation of IMLS funding reports for all states and the District of Columbia includes detailed information, maps and charts about IMLS museum and library awards from FY 2011 to FY 2016. This is a nationwide file containing reports of all states. You may also find individual states’ IMLS funding report files on our website:… Continue Reading

Great Barrier Reef valued at $56B by Deloitte economists

Great Barrier Reef Foundation – “A new Deloitte Access Economics report has calculated the total asset value of the Great Barrier Reef to be $56 billion, assessing the World Heritage site’s economic, social and iconic brand value together in one study for the first time. In the report commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation… Continue Reading

Build a Responsible Federal Budget With New Debt Fixer Tool

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget – Build a Responsible Federal Budget With Our New Debt Fixer Tool – “Now that President Trump has unveiled his full budget proposal and Congress is working on its own budget resolution, CRFB is launching a new tool that makes it easy to create your own budget and see… Continue Reading

State and Local Tax Policy

Millsap, Adam A and Gonzalez, Olivia, State and Local Tax Policy (January 12, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2990527 “This paper provides an overview of economically efficient tax policy for state and local policy makers and contains a short literature review of papers that analyze the economic effects of state and local taxes.” Continue Reading

How Many Cases? Assessing the Comparability of EU Judicial Datasets

Ontanu, Elena Alina and Velicogna, Marco and Contini, Francesco, How Many Cases? Assessing the Comparability of EU Judicial Datasets (June 17, 2017). Presented at the Conference Ius Dicere in a Globalized World XXIV Bi-Annual Colloquium of the Italian Association of Comparative Law (AIDC), Naples, 15-17 June 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2990558 “Efficiency is often considered… Continue Reading

Senate Republicans release draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

The 142 page discussion draft (bill), titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 was released at 11am on April 22, 2017 to the entire Senate who with the exception of 13 Senators, had not been engaged in its creation nor had prior access to its content. The goal of the bill is to replace… Continue Reading