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Consumer Reports Study Finds Marketplace Demand for Privacy and Security

Consumer Reports – “American consumers are increasingly concerned about privacy and data security when purchasing new products and services, which may be a competitive advantage to companies that take action towards these consumer values, a new Consumer Reports study finds. The new study, “Privacy Front and Center” from CR’s Digital Lab with support from Omidyar… Continue Reading

COVID-19: Government Resources for Real-Time Economic Indicators

CRS Insight via LC – COVID-19: Government Resources for Real-Time Economic Indicators, October 21, 2020: “This CRS Insight presents select real-time economic indicators that attempt to measure the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the U.S. economy. Created by select federal government agencies, these new or unique indicators attempt to measure the… Continue Reading

A Reset for Library E-books

Publishers Weekly – In the wake of the pandemic, can publishers and libraries finally hash out their differences? “…But in mid-March, when the reality of the pandemic became apparent, everything changed. As libraries closed their doors and began shifting their print budgets to digital, dozens of publishers began slashing library e-book and digital audio prices and… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 18, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 18, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Monthly poverty rates in the United States during COVID-19

Center on Poverty & Social Policy – “This report presents monthly poverty rates in the U.S. before and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In contrast to measures of poverty based on a family’s annual resources, we project poverty rates based on a family’s monthly resources. We find that the monthly poverty rate increased from 15% to… Continue Reading

Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education – classic apprenticeship program

“The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is a classic apprenticeship program that combines classroom learning with paid on-the-job experience, teaching skills in demand across an industry. A new report by Opportunity America president Tamar Jacoby and Brookings Institution senior fellow emeritus Ron Haskins draws on focus groups, an online survey and data from the… Continue Reading

Mapping the Coronavirus Outbreak Across the World

Bloomberg – “The world is bracing for a new wave of Covid-19 infections, as the coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 40.0 million people and killed more than 1,110,000 globally since late January. Efforts many countries took to stamp out the pneumonia-like illness led to entire nations enforcing lockdowns, widespread halts of international travel, mass… Continue Reading

As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place

The New York Times – “A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms. “…Maine Business Daily is part of a fast-growing network of nearly 1,300 websites that aim to fill a void left by vanishing local newspapers across the country. Yet the network,… Continue Reading

HP Workforce Evolution Survey

HP Workforce Evolution – Survey Findings, October 2020 – “Despite the hardships office workers are facing during these times, employees believe they can use this disruption to better their ways of working: Employers have scratched the surface of supporting employees in the new ways of working, but they are not prepared to provide everything employees… Continue Reading

U.S. Virus Cases Climb Toward a Third Peak

The New York Times – “The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States is surging once again after growth slowed in late summer. While the geography of the pandemic is now shifting to the Midwest and to more rural areas, cases are trending upward in most states, many of which are setting weekly… Continue Reading

USAJOBS Website: OPM Has Taken Actions to Assess and Enhance the User Experience

USAJOBS Website: OPM Has Taken Actions to Assess and Enhance the User Experience GAO-21-31: Published: Oct 13, 2020. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2020. “The Office of Personnel Management maintains USAJOBS—a website for posting federal job opportunities from across the government. USAJOBS connects federal agencies with job seekers and facilitates the transfer and merit-based promotions of… Continue Reading

Working from home 101: Every remote worker’s guide to the essential tools for telecommuting

ZDNet – Working from home: The future of business is remote – From Fortune 500 enterprises to very small businesses, every organization has been thrust into the future faster than prognosticators dared dream. What factors will determine failure or success in this brave new world of work? ZDNet: “Mastering remote work is all about finding… Continue Reading