The various types of cloud technology services available to the K-12 sector are discussed in K-12 Edtech Cloud Service Inventory from the Berkman Center, Harvard University. Also from the Berkman Center – Youth Perspectives on Tech in Schools: From Mobile Devices to Restrictions and Monitoring – examines their use of digital technology in an educational setting and what they can, and cannot, do with it. Cellphone, smartphone, and Internet usage/ownership in developing economies are the foci of the Pew Center’s Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology. Numerous statistical tables along with breakdowns by age add to the utility of this report. Teens & Technology: The Digital Landscape (Pew) interviews students 12-17 years of age and elicits from them how they use with social media/mobile technology in their everyday lives. Children from low-income families face barriers when trying to interact with the digital world. Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide from the RAND Corporation shows how this level of education can help overcome this deficit. Where we are now with the internet and where we will be going is the focus of an ongoing series of reports issued by Pew on its The Web at 25 site. Recent statistics on online higher education and the survey questions that generated them are at Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States.
Archive for March, 2014
The Future of the U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force (RAND); Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: Procedural and Operational Changes (CRS); Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community (DNI); Staff Report: Slipping Through the Cracks: How the D.C. Navy Yard Shooting Exposes Flaws in the Federal Security Clearance Process (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform); Handbook on European data protection law (European Court of Human Rights); The Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure (Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs); Annual Report on Assistance Related to International Terrorism, Fiscal Year 2013 (US State Dept); CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Reporting on and Planning for the Use of Contract Personnel (GAO); Cyber Electromagnetic Activities(U.S. Army); Countering Violent Extremism in the United States (CRS); Cybersecurity and the North American Electric Grid: New Policy Approaches to Address an Evolving Threat (Bipartisan Policy Center. Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative); 2014 Military and Security Development Involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DoD); and Who Are the Customers for Intelligence? (Association of Former Intelligence Officers).
Here is Mayor Fulop’s budget as he introduced it; it calls for a tax decrease.
The World Meteorological Organization has just issued its latest annual report of the state of the world’s climate. It ain’t pretty: “…it is clear that the planet is experiencing an overall warming trend. Thirteen of the fourteen warmest years on record have all occurred in the twenty-first century….”(Foreword) It reviews the severe weather that impacted the world in 2013 from a record number of tropical cyclones to abnormally cold weather. And so it goes.
According to the the recent report from the CDC – Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010 – 1 in 68 children have autistic spectrum disorder; New Jersey’s overall rate is 1 in 45. Occurrence varies by sex, race and intellectual disability (meaning that 46% of those children with ASD have an IQ above 85). Key findings can be reviewed.
The internal report that examined thousands of pages of documents on Bridgegate was released yesterday. According to the report, Governor Christie played no role in the lane closures of the George Washington Bridge. Here is a release from the governor’s office highlighting the key points. Extensive coverage is provided by NJ Spotlight, The Star-Ledger, and The New York Times.
OECD forecasts during and after the financial crisis: a post-mortem (OECD); Beige Book (Federal Reserve); Are the Long-Term Unemployed on the Margins of the Labor Market? (Brookings);and Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test 2014 (Federal Reserve).