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An update to the Economic Outlook: 2018 to 2028

CBO – An Update to the Economic Outlook: 2018 to 2028 – “In CBO’s updated projections, real gross domestic product (GDP) grows by 3.1 percent in 2018 and 2.4 percent in 2019. In both years, growth in actual GDP outpaces growth in potential (that is, maximum sustainable) GDP, creating excess demand in the economy and further lowering the unemployment rate. In CBO’s forecast, that excess demand leads to higher inflation and interest rates—which, along with slower growth of federal outlays, restrain demand and slow GDP growth after 2019. By 2022, the excess demand in the economy disappears. From 2023 to 2028, real GDP grows by about 1.7 percent each year—close to CBO’s estimate of the economy’s maximum sustainable rate of growth.”

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PEG White paper: Towards a Standardized Framework for Media Blockchain

Via David Gerard – author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts – See JPEG White paper: Towards a Standardized Framework for Media Blockchain. “On the JPEG initiative for standardization of media blockchain, exploring relevant standardization activities, industrial needs and use cases.” ISO/IEC JT1/SC29/WG1 WG1 N80019 Editors: Frederik Temmermans,… Continue Reading

Paper – Why Britain Voted for Brexit

Britain’s Populist Revolt – A scholarly analysis of Why Britain Voted for Brexit, written by Matthew Goodwin, professor of politics at the University of Kent. [research paper, 2017]: “More than two years have passed since Britain voted for Brexit. Ever since that moment, the vote to leave the European Union has routinely been framed as… Continue Reading

Study – Bad policing, bad law, not ‘bad apples,’ behind disproportionate killing of black men

EurekAlert – news release: “Killings of unarmed black men by white police officers across the nation have garnered massive media attention in recent years, raising the question: Do white law enforcement officers target minority suspects? An extensive, new national study from the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark reveals some surprising… Continue Reading

For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades

Pew Research Center: “On the face of it, these should be heady times for American workers. U.S. unemployment is as low as it’s been in nearly two decades (3.9% as of July) and the nation’s private-sector employers have been adding jobs for 101 straight months – 19.5 million since the Great Recession-related cuts finally abated… Continue Reading

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2016

U.S. Census Bureau – Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2016 – “The presence and use of computers has grown considerably over the past few decades. In 1984, 8 percent of households reported owning a computer according to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Over half of adults who said they used a computer… Continue Reading

Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace 2018

Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace 2018 – Economic cyber espionage will only get worse, ODNI report says “In the 2011 report to Congress on Foreign Spies Stealing U.S. Economic Secrets in Cyberspace, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive provided a baseline assessment of the many dangers facing the U.S. research, development, and manufacturing sectors… Continue Reading

Meet the brave men and women standing up for their land and our environment in the face of violence and threats

Global Witness: “The food on our plates, the rings on our fingers and the wooden furniture in our homes: all too often there is a violent reality behind household items we use everyday. As agribusiness booms, tropical forests are logged and mining continues to deliver huge revenue to major global corporations, there are increasingly brutal attacks on land… Continue Reading

Methodology of Legal Research: Challenges and Opportunities

Langbroek, Philip M. and van den Bos, Kees and Simon Thomas, Marc and Milo, J. Michael and van Rossum, Wibo M., Methodology of Legal Research: Challenges and Opportunities (December 13, 2017). Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 3, p. 1–8, 2017. Available at SSRN 23 Jul 2018 : https://ssrn.com/abstract=3118156 “The position of legal studies has… Continue Reading

Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing

Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing. Science Advances 01 Aug 2018: Vol. 4, no. 8, eaau2161. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2161 “The patterns by which different nations share global fisheries influence outcomes for food security, trajectories of economic development, and competition between industrial and small-scale fishing. We report patterns of industrial fishing effort for vessels flagged to higher- and… Continue Reading

SNAP benefits add up to $1.86 per person, per meal. Here’s what that looks like.

“CityLab Editor’s note: Earlier this month, the White House surprised many observers by declaring a successful end to the War on Poverty. Now, the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is in the hands of Congress as it negotiates a farm bill. So CityLab visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger is taking a closer look… Continue Reading

Paper – What Governments Across The Globe Are Doing To Seize The Benefits Of Autonomous Vehicles

A Policy Paper on Autonomous Vehicle: “This policy paper introduces some of the main policy and regulatory actions that are being undertaken in the international arena in relation to automated vehicles (AVs). We cover initiatives from the G7 international meetings, the United States, the European Union, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China, and New Zealand. This… Continue Reading