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Exposing Hidden Relations: Storytelling, Pedagogy, and the Study of Policy - Kristen Moore, 2013

Within a Technical Communication classroom, policywork has been used to teach students the vital discursive and conceptual skills valued by technical fields. However, given the move of technical communicators into the public sphere, these skills can and should be expanded to include diverse practices and modes of thought. As such, this article suggests that storytelling can be used as a pedagogical tool to help students think more critically about the (sometimes hidden) relationships that policywork inheres. This article articulates relational work as a target skills set for students and suggests specific activities and handouts for developing these skills
stories  Policy  pedagogy 
may 2019 by pierredv
UK and India offer contrasting spectrum trading experiences | PolicyTracker, Jan 2019
"A deal to swap spectrum between Telefonica and Vodafone in the UK received regulatory encouragement, while India's Reliance Jio Infocomm and RCom were given the cold shoulder. However, both situations indicate trading is on the rise. "

"The UK agreement is of interest because it is the first time two of the country’s mobile operators have agreed to trade spectrum without being told to by Ofcom as a condition attached to regulatory clearance of an M&A deal."

"Elsewhere, the US has always been a leader in swapping and selling spectrum, arguably treating it more like a financial asset than other mobile markets. In addition, because of the size of the market, licences are awarded on a regional basis, meaning operators often need to fill gaps in coverage, for which trading is suited. A similar argument holds in Australia."
Policy  spectrum-trading  spectrum  Ofcom  India 
january 2019 by pierredv
South Africa opens door to spectrum liberalisation | PolicyTracker Sep 2018
"South Africa’s telecoms ministry has published a draft amendment to the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) that places significant emphasis on spectrum issues, with changes to access policies and licensing.

"The draft version of the amendment bill–to be presented to the South African parliament this week–includes measures designed to encourage spectrum liberalisation, such as plans to create a national wholesale open access network (WOAN) and to enable spectrum sharing, trading and refarming as well as the introduction of a “use it or lose it” licensing regime.

"The new act also gives the government, instead of the regulator ICASA, full control of the national radio plan. However, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services must still consult with the regulatory body on future actions."
spectrum  policy  South-Africa  PolicyTracker 
september 2018 by pierredv
Help to shape policy with your science - Nature career feature, Aug 2018
"When scientists get involved in policy, they should be careful not to advocate for specific solutions, warns Gluckman. Instead, he says, quoting from a book by political scientist and public-policy expert Roger Pielke Jr, a scientist should be an ‘honest broker’, helping policymakers to understand possible policy options and their consequences."

"Most of all, scientists should understand that policymakers rarely want to hear about the results of a researcher’s latest peer-reviewed study. "

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"To make sure science influences policy, it’s best to collaborate with policymakers from the start, says Mach."
policy  policy-making  advocacy  science  NatureJournal 
august 2018 by pierredv
US space policy, organizational incentives, and orbital debris removal (page 2) - The Space Review
Page 2: The economics of space debris, revisited

"The situation is made even more challenging with the existing legal obstacles to ADR. Under the current international legal framework, there is no distinction between a functional satellite and a piece of space debris: all are equally considered to be merely “space objects.” "

"While the DOD has recently shifted a significant amount of money to deal with space threats, the vast majority of it appears to be directed at counterspace threats and not dealing with space debris. "
SpaceReview  space  space-debris  policy  Brian-Weeden  orbital-debris  satellite  STM  space-traffic-management 
december 2017 by pierredv
[pdf] Scott Pace, “Space Development, Law, and Values”, Dec 2017
Dr. Scott Pace
Executive Secretary, National Space Council
Lunch Keynote “Space Development, Law, and Values”
IISL Galloway Space Law Symposium Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.,
December 13, 2017
space  US  policy  speech 
december 2017 by pierredv
An Intelligence in Our Image: The Risks of Bias and Errors in Artificial Intelligence | RAND March 2017
Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence Agents Influence Many Areas of Life Today. In particular, these artificial agents influence the news articles read and associated advertising, access to credit and capital investment, risk assessments for convicts, and others.

This Reliance on Artificial Agents Carries Risks that Have Caused Concern

= The potential for bias is one concern. Algorithms give the illusion of being unbiased but are written by people and trained on socially generated data. So they can encode and amplify human biases. Use of artificial agents in sentencing and other legal contexts is one area in particular that has caused concerns about bias.

= Another concern is that increasing reliance on artificial agents is fueling the rapid automation of jobs, even jobs that would seem to rely heavily on human intelligence, such as journalism and radiology.

= Among other risks are the possibility of hacked reward functions (an issue with machine learning) and the inability to distinguish among cultural differences.
RAND  AI  policy 
april 2017 by pierredv
Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: The End of Puzzle Solving | Issues in Science and Technology
"This position, however, implies that in important respects the postmodernists have won. From the point of view of the scientific realists the contagion has spread: the autonomy of science has been chipped away, and its status as a uniquely objective view on the world is widely questioned. The politicizing of science, once a distant threat, is today a commonplace."

Young scientists "are also living through the breakdown of what Thomas Kuhn called “normal science.” Kuhn argued that scientists spend the vast majority of their time engaged in “puzzle solving,” working on specific problems within well-established and secure frameworks. But whereas Kuhn recognized the possibility of the occasional revolution in science—think of the shift from Ptolemy to Copernicus, or from Newton to Einstein—such revolutions were at least initially intra-scientific affairs. In contrast, the disruption today is between science and the other mega-categories of life."
Issues  science  policy  philosophy  Jurgen-Habermas  Thomas-Kuhn  Bruno-Latour 
january 2017 by pierredv
Congress asserts itself | Global Policy Watch - Dec 2016
"Congress, and particularly the House of Representatives, appears poised to assert itself in a way not seen for decades."
Covington  politics  policy  regulation 
december 2016 by pierredv
EconPapers: The fallacy of evidence based policy - Saltelli & Giampietro 2015

Abstract: The use of science for policy is at the core of a perfect storm generated by the insurgence of several concurrent crises: of science, of trust, of sustainability. The modern positivistic model of science for policy, known as evidence based policy, is based on dramatic simplifications and compressions of available perceptions of the state of affairs and possible explanations (hypocognition). This model can result in flawed prescriptions. The flaws become more evident when dealing with complex issues characterized by concomitant uncertainties in the normative, descriptive and ethical domains. In this situation evidence-based policy may concur to the fragility of the social system. Science plays an important role in reducing the feeling of vulnerability of humans by projecting a promise of protection against uncertainties. In many applications quantitative science is used to remove uncertainty by transforming it into probability, so that mathematical modelling can play the ritual role of haruspices. This epistemic governance arrangement is today in crisis. The primacy of science to adjudicate political issues must pass through an assessment of the level of maturity and effectiveness of the various disciplines deployed. The solution implies abandoning dreams of prediction, control and optimization obtained by relying on a limited set of simplified narratives to define the problem and moving instead to an open exploration of a broader set of plausible and relevant stories. Evidence based policy has to be replaced by robust policy, where robustness is tested with respect to feasibility (compatibility with processes outside human control); viability (compatibility with processes under human control, in relation to both the economic and technical dimensions), and desirability domain (compatibility with a plurality of normative considerations relevant to a plurality of actors).
science  policy  Saltelli  Giampietro 
october 2016 by pierredv
Significant Digits: Responsible Use of Quantitative Information - European Commission
In this workshop we will review a seminal essay by Andrea Saltelli and Mario Giampietro, The Fallacy of Evidence Based Policy. That paper contains positive recommendations for the development of a responsible quantification. The conference will be devoted to the analysis and development of those ideas.
EU  statistics  research  workshop  report  policy  science  Saltelli  Giampietro  economics 
october 2016 by pierredv
The new astrology - Aeon, Alan Jay Levinovitz
Economists play the same role today, and get the same extravagant perks, as state astrologers in Ancient China
Obstacles to change: "mathiness, conflict of interest and sunk-cost bias"
aeon  China  economics  government  history  policy  finance 
april 2016 by pierredv
You could be wearing your alibi right now - life - 01 January 2015 - New Scientist
"a [android] smartphone running Alibi discreetly records an hour of location data and audio, as well as photographs of a person's surroundings. This data is constantly overwritten until a user elects to store the past hour's cache secretly on their device." - "apps like Cop Recorder and Police Tape, which send covert records of interactions with authority figures to a central server"
law  technology  wearables  NewScientist  policy  apps  surveillance 
april 2015 by pierredv
The Tragedy of the American Military - The Atlantic
"The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win." "The most biting satirical novel to come from the Iraq-Afghanistan era, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain, is a takedown of our empty modern “thank you for your service” rituals." "Chickenhawk Nation, based on the derisive term for those eager to go to war, as long as someone else is going" "A chickenhawk nation is more likely to keep going to war, and to keep losing, than one that wrestles with long-term questions of effectiveness." "The country thinks too rarely, and too highly, of the 1 percent under fire in our name."
military  war  policy  defense  politics  usa  *  theAtlantic 
january 2015 by pierredv
Putin's Secret Weapon - GRU, July 2014
"The Vostok Battalion makes Moscow's strategy clear: The Kremlin has no desire for outright military conflict in its neighbors. Instead, the kind of "non-linear war" being waged in Ukraine, which blends outright force, misinformation, political and economic pressure, and covert operations, will likely be its means of choice in the future. These are the kinds of operations in which the GRU excels."
Russia  spying  GRU  Ukraine  Foreign  Policy 
july 2014 by pierredv
Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Resetting America's military - May 2014, Brimley & Scharre
"American forces are hampered by overlapping roles and missions, arcane organizational structures, cold war platforms and programs, and recruiting practices detached from modern needs" Proposals: 1. "the military would be organized around its three overarching missions: defend the homeland, defeat adversaries, and maintain a stabilizing presence abroad" 2. "The military's personnel system would also be reformed to meet modern needs" - new recruitment tools and contracts
Foreign  Policy  infographic  visualization 
june 2014 by pierredv
Washington's Sleeping Sickness - Foreign Policy May 2014
Dispiriting assessment of US inability to address existential challenges - not least because the only remedy proposed is "courage". The problem is not partisanship, but inertia. Two causes: "money is speech", and "superpower smugness". Re Brimley & Scharre's proposal to reboot the US military: "Yet the one thing that we know about this idea is that it's never going to happen. That is because it would require the kind of far-reaching change that the government is terrible at achieving. It would involve confronting moneyed, entrenched interests in the private sector as well as the Pentagon, which kills ideas that threaten its core programs more efficiently than it does any foreign enemy." "In Washington, however, strength lies with the opponents rather than the proponents of change." "Washington's debilitating strain of sleeping sickness [regarding the military] affects other parts of the government too. Indeed, the political system hates action more than nature abhors a vacuum. "
Foreign  Policy  David  Rothkopf  comment  opinion  US  government  Congress 
june 2014 by pierredv
High as a Kiwi: Inside the nation saying yes to drugs
"What happens if you stop banning drugs? New Zealand is about to find out – and the rest of the world is watching" Risk assessment - incidence matters, cf. spectrum: "Any negative effect reported to a hospital or poisons hotline is ranked in one of three categories. Mild reactions such as restlessness, mild pain or vomiting are given a score of 1. Cramp, unconsciousness or hallucinations score 2; coma, paralysis or deafness score 3. Any product that accumulates a score of more than 2 per 20,000 units sold is taken off the market." Cf. intermod: "A 2010 study by Chris Wilkins from Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, found that 86 per cent of BZP users combined the pills with other drugs – usually alcohol, but also cannabis and ecstasy. "I think unfortunately they'll get some nasty surprises that their low-risk product is used in combinations. That's something that's hard to model in advance," Wilkins says."
NewZealand  drugs  pharma  policy  NewScientist  risk  regulation  spectrum  intermodulation 
may 2014 by pierredv
How the American people would fix Social Security -
"The process they went through simulates the one a policymaker goes through. (Try this "policy simulation" yourself at"
US  politics  CSMonitor  social-security  simulation  policymaking  policy 
april 2014 by pierredv
The Slow Track to Happiness - Foreign Policy Mar 2014
"Spending more time praying, it seems, leads Muslims to make decisions that result in slower economic growth -- but greater happiness."
Foreign  Policy  religion  happiness  Islam  ramadan 
march 2014 by pierredv
Brussels proposes EU-wide framework for audio PMSE spectrum use - Feb 2014
"The European Commission asked EU member states, PMSE manufacturers and other spectrum users to respond to the proposals in writing within two weeks." "The new legislative framework would guarantee a small amount of harmonised spectrum for PMSE and an additional tuning range of spectrum that the PMSE community would be entitled to, but that would leave the majority of spectrum that PMSE wants to use at the disposal of national regulators. " 'Firstly, the European Commission wants to allocate 29 MHz of spectrum to audio PMSE in the duplex gaps in the 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. " "A representative from a Dutch broadcaster said that the experiment did not take into account the inter-modulation problems in guard bands that are caused between IMT channels used by different MNOs." "The Commission's second proposal is that 30 MHz of spectrum in the 470–790 MHz band tuning range could be made available to the PMSE community upon request."
PolicyTracker  PMSE  spectrum  policy  duplex  gap  700MHz  800MHz  1800MHz  intermodulation 
march 2014 by pierredv
This Is the Modern Axis of Buddhist Hate
"The man on the right is Burma's Ashin Wirathu. Known as the "bin Laden of Buddhism," Wirathu leads the country's 969 movement, which sees the country's Muslim minority as an existential threat to its majority Buddhist population. The man on the left is Sri Lanka's Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, the face of hardline Buddhism in the island nation. Together, these two robed radicals anchor a powerful, violent, and new political force in Asia."
buddhism  politics  terrorism  fundamentalism  Foreign  Policy 
march 2014 by pierredv
The NSA's New Code Breakers - By Matthew M. Aid | Foreign Policy
"Former U.S. intelligence officials confirm that the more than 1,500 cryptanalysts, mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and computer technicians who comprise NSA's elite cryptanalytic unit, the Office of Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services (S31), have had a remarkably large number of code-breaking successes against foreign targets since the 9/11 attacks. But these wins were largely dependent on clandestine intelligence activities for much of their success in penetrating foreign communications networks and encryption systems, and not the more traditional cryptanalytic attacks on encrypted messages that were the norm during the Cold War era."
NSA  hacking  surveillance  Foreign  Policy  cryptography 
october 2013 by pierredv
Secret Cold War Documents Reveal NSA Spied on Senators - By Matthew M. Aid and William Burr | Foreign Policy
As Vietnam War protests grew, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) tapped the overseas communications of prominent American critics of the war -- including a pair of sitting U.S. senators.
NSA  surveillance  Foreign  Policy 
september 2013 by pierredv
Spy Kids - By Charles Stross | Foreign Policy
"Government departments may be structured on old-fashioned lines, but their managers aren't immune to outside influences and they frequently attempt reforms, in the name of greater efficiency, that shadow the popular private-sector fads of the day. One side effect of making corporate restructuring easier was the rush toward outsourcing, and today around 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget is spent on outside contractors. And it's a big budget -- well over $50 billion a year." "Here's the problem: The organizations are now running into outside contractors who grew up in the globalized, liquid labor world of Generation X and Generation Y, with Generation Z fast approaching. " "To Generation Z's eyes, the boomers and their institutions look like parasitic aliens with incomprehensible values who make irrational demands for absolute loyalty without reciprocity."
trends  spying  surveillance  Generation  X  Generation  Y  Foreign  Policy  Generation  Z  Charles  Stross 
august 2013 by pierredv
Schumpeter: Crazy diamonds | The Economist July 2013
"Politicians and bureaucrats do not just confuse entrepreneurship with things they like—technology, small business—they also fail to recognise that it entails things that set their teeth on edge. Entrepreneurs thrive on inequality: the fabulous wealth they generate in America makes the country more unequal. They also thrive on disruption, which creates losers as well as winners."
policy  TheEconomist  entrepreneurship  innovation 
august 2013 by pierredv
Why Nobody Cares About the Surveillance State - By David Rieff | Foreign Policy Aug 2013
David Rieff on why the general public seems unconcerned by the Snowden revelations. His guess: "In an age dominated by various kinds of techno-utopianism ... the idea that Big Data might be your enemy and not your friend is antithetical to everything we have been encouraged to believe." He concludes: "Does the public take the revelations of the data-mining scandal as an affront to their liberty? Presumably many, perhaps even most, do. But life is so full of affronts about which one would be an utter fool to imagine that one can do anything."
surveillance  privacy  Foreign  Policy 
august 2013 by pierredv
Cyber-Sabotage Is Easy - By Thomas Rid | Foreign Policy
Ask the question, "So why aren't hackers crashing the grid" but I didn't see an answer after a quick skim
hacking  sabotage  Foreign  Policy  infrastructure  cybersecurity 
july 2013 by pierredv
Debunking Broadband’s Biggest Myths With Roslyn Layton | The Commercial Observer
"Roslyn Layton, a PhD fellow studying broadband at the Center for Communication, Media and Information Studies at Aalborg University and working for Strand Consult, debunks the most common myths about American broadband."
USA  broadband  policy 
july 2013 by pierredv
Press Release - Five major projects announced as part of new EU Electronics strategy = May 2013
"The European Commission is today announcing a collection of five major projects, to boost Europe's manufacturing competitiveness by bringing research closer to industrial needs. These projects are the first steps in putting into effect the European Electronics strategy of 23 May. The 5 so-called "Pilot lines" put research at the heart of electronics manufacturing. They do this by linking up 128 partners, so that European manufacturers work directly with technology companies, chip designers, researchers, and universities at the very earliest stages of product development. The purpose is to develop the kind of innovative microchips which will give European industry and products a global competitive edge."
manufacturing  industrial  policy  EC  Europe  press  release  EuropeanCommission  electronics 
june 2013 by pierredv
With gun violence down, is America arming against an imagined threat? -
"A Pew study released Tuesday finds that Americans think gun violence has escalated when in reality it's way down from two decades ago. The violence has dropped, meanwhile, even as gun ownership has increased."
Pew  guns  CSMonitor  policy 
may 2013 by pierredv
Open data movement: how to keep information from being politicized. - Slate Magazine, David Eaves, Sep 2012
"Governments are releasing more information than ever. But now we have to face new kinds of political debates."
x:slate  expertise  policy-making  data  policy 
february 2013 by pierredv
Adam Thierer: Technopanics, Threat Inflation, and the Danger of an Information Technology Precautionary Principle - University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy
Technopanics, Threat Inflation, and the Danger of an Information Technology Precautionary Principle Thierer, Adam "Fear is an extremely powerful motivational force. In public policy debates, appeals to fear are often used in an attempt to sway opinion or bolster the case for action. Such appeals are used to convince citizens that threats to individual or social well-being may be avoided only if specific steps are taken. . . This paper considers the structure of fear appeal arguments in technology policy debates, and then outlines how those arguments can be deconstructed and refuted in both cultural and economic contexts"
AdamdThierer  via:cybertelecom  rhetoric  policy 
february 2013 by pierredv
Do We Live in a Post-Truth Era? - Feb 2013
Commentary on Breakthrough Journal's special issue on how, rather than playing a moderating role, the expert class is contributing to America's political polarization
wickedproblems  expertise  policy 
february 2013 by pierredv
The poor in America: In need of help | The Economist
"America’s poor were little mentioned in Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. They deserve better"

"Time in prison makes a person more likely to earn less, more likely to have trouble holding on to a job and less likely to be married. Roughly three-quarters of high-school dropouts with prison records never make it above the bottom income quintile. The eightfold growth in the prison population from 1970 to 2010 has turned ever more poor decisions into poor lives."
prison  policy  politics  USA  poverty 
december 2012 by pierredv
Welfare State - By Rosa Brooks | Foreign Policy Jul 2012
"The generous benefits we give our military reflect the increasingly reflexive esteem in which we hold the armed forces. Despite (or because of) the dwindling number of Americans who serve or have a close relative who serves, support for the military has become America's civil religion. "
socialism  US  budget  spending  military  DoD  Foreign  Policy 
july 2012 by pierredv
10 Things You Didn't Know About Drones - By Micah Zenko | Foreign Policy
"When drones were created, how they're used, and what their future looks like. "
drones  surveillance  warfare  Foreign  Policy 
march 2012 by pierredv
The Shadow Superpower - By Robert Neuwirth | Foreign Policy
"With only a mobile phone and a promise of money from his uncle, David Obi did something the Nigerian government has been trying to do for decades: He figured out how to bring electricity to the masses in Africa's most populous country. " Story about System D: "Systeme D. This essentially translates as the ingenuity economy, the economy of improvisation and self-reliance, the do-it-yourself, or DIY, economy."
black  market  development  Foreign  Policy  energy  via  Matt  Corwine 
november 2011 by pierredv
Instant Expert: AIDS – What works? 04 September 2011 - New Scientist
commentary by Elizabeth Pisani at end of "instant expert" insert on AIDS. She lays out a great case with many examples that any policy needs to recognize four factors - one needs to succeed at all four levels 1. biology 2. behavior 3. economics 4. politics This applies to any policy making, I suspect
politics  AIDS  economics  policy  NewScientist  healthcare 
november 2011 by pierredv
SoSP Central | Science of Science Policy
"The goal of the Science of Science Policy community is to provide a scientifically rigorous and quantitative basis for science policy. The website provides a central location with news, information and research to help inform the Federal Government's science management decisions. We welcome the active engagement and participation of Federal practitioners, researchers, and others in the broader science community. "
USA  policy  science 
october 2011 by pierredv
What's in a Domain Name? - Esther Dyson - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
Critique of plethora of new domain names, e.g.
"Coca-Cola is that farmer. It and other trademark holders are now implicitly being asked to register Coca-Cola in each new TLD - as well as to buy its own new TLDs. Otherwise, someone else may create and register those new TLDs. ICANN's registrars are already offering services to do this for companies, at a cost of thousands of dollars for a portfolio of trademarks. That just strikes me as a protection racket."
ICANN  domain-names  internet  policy  commerce 
september 2011 by pierredv
Drug experiment - The Boston Globe
Portugal "decided to decriminalize the possession of all illicit drugs — from marijuana to heroin — but continue to impose criminal sanctions on distribution and trafficking. The goal: easing the burden on the nation’s criminal justice system and improving the people’s overall health by treating addiction as an illness, not a crime"
drugs  crime  law  policy  via:mindhacks 
february 2011 by pierredv
Getting to a “Grand Bargain” for Aid Reform: The Basic Framework for U.S. Foreign Assistance : Center for Global Development : Publications
"In this paper, Jean Arkedis focuses on understanding why long-term development is often subjugated to other objectives in the day-to-day planning processes of the U.S. government. She proposes one way to ensure that funding choices are made more rationally and systematically: by aligning the differing goals of aid more explicitly with redefined foreign assistance budget accounts." via Robin Stephenson
development-assistance  aid  Foreign  Policy  reform  x:cgdev 
february 2011 by pierredv
Close Encounters of the Buddhist Kind - An FP Photo Essay | Foreign Policy
"An exclusive look inside a booming multibillion-dollar, evangelical, global Thai cult. "
buddhism  Thailand  religion  megachurches  photography  Foreign  Policy 
january 2011 by pierredv
Irony Is Good! - By Eric Abrahamsen | Foreign Policy
a dangerous seed falling on hard ground: A careful yet trenchant analysis of the role of irony in modern Chinese discourse
china  language  irony  Foreign  Policy 
january 2011 by pierredv
Productivity Commission, Radiocommunications – Inquiry Report No. 22 (1 July 2002)
2002 Productivity Commission inquiry into Radiocommunications which has a valuable discussion of spectrum licensing: Productivity Commission, Radiocommunications – Inquiry Report No. 22 (1 July 2002),
via Danny Kotlowitz
australia  radio  policy  regulation 
october 2010 by pierredv
All power to the wind – it cuts your electricity bills - opinion - 26 July 2010 - New Scientist
"Why is wind power derided as subsidised, inefficient and uncompetitive when the opposite is true, ask Jérôme Guillet and John Evans" Fascinating short analysis of marginal pricing and the Merit Order Effect in energy markets
wind  energy  NewScientist  policy  regulation  economics  **** 
august 2010 by pierredv
Six lessons from the BP oil spill -
On subsequent page, not reference to "case based" regulatory approach used by Britain "describes objectives - then challengescompanies to show that they can meet them"
csmonitor  pollution  bp  energy  policy  regulation 
july 2010 by pierredv
Shahram Amiri's Angle of Defection - By Christian Caryl | Foreign Policy
The human angle of spy defections "There is, in fact, a long history of prominent defectors having second thoughts -- and their examples vividly illustrate the complex ways in which the psychology of loyalty and treason can play out on the level of statecraft."
stories  espionage  Foreign  Policy 
july 2010 by pierredv
Public Utility Research Center - Warrington College of Business Administration
"The policymakers' functions do not include the work of making outcomes happen, for example, by deciding investment, prices, technologies, etc. This is for good reason: If we hold operators and regulators accountable for outcomes, we must also allow them the authority to decide how the outcomes are accomplished. "
regulation  policy 
july 2010 by pierredv
Frank Gavin : Five Ways to Use History Well - The Long Now
Policy makers typically ignore or misuse history. They are attracted by simplistic theories and analogies and take little account of huge events outside their policy-making domain.
Scholarly historians can cure those blindnesses but are seldom invited to. Specifically, trained historians can help improve policy decisions by bringing the perspectives of vertical history (deep causes), horizontal history (complex linkages), chronological proportionality (many big deals aren't big for long), unintended consequences (irony abounds), and recognizing the limits of policy.
Francis Gavin is an historian at the University of Texas specializing in international policy.
complexity  policy  history 
july 2010 by pierredv
Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States: An Assessment of the Measure
Results of 2006 study for FNS
"ERS, in partnership with the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the agency that administers USDA's food assistance programs, asked the National Research Council (a body of the National Academies) to convene an expert panel to examine the concepts and methodology for measuring food insecurity and hunger and the uses of those measures."
hunger  policy  poverty  us 
july 2010 by pierredv
One Step Forward, Five Steps Back: An Analysis of the Draft Privacy Legislation | The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
ITIF analysis of Boucher-Stearns, May 2010
Crux of argument: "However, much of the concern over data privacy is speculative and consumers have experienced few, if any, harms because of the current privacy laws. Before Congress enacts new laws, it should first demonstrate that better enforcement of existing privacy regulations are insufficient to protect consumers"
privacy  policy  legislation  x:itif 
may 2010 by pierredv
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