Privacy Advances or More Privacy Threats? What Might be Wrong with Eric Holder’s Statement
Communications / Other / Regulation

Privacy Advances or More Privacy Threats? What Might be Wrong with Eric Holder’s Statement

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Sept 30 that new forms of encryption that are now introduced by technology companies could thwart investigations of kidnappers and sexual predators, putting children at increased risk. In the wake of ongoing revelations of widespread surveillance of data and other electronic devices, Holder’s speech seems to be a well-coordinated campaign … Continue reading

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 2: Lessons from Abroad and Policy Implications
America / Immigration / Other / U.S. Domestic Policy

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 2: Lessons from Abroad and Policy Implications

As discussed in the preceding post, U.S. immigrant integration efforts occur mainly at the state and local level, with mixed success rates among various groups. However, as demonstrated by Figure 13, immigrants in the U.S. are more assimilated than in most European countries: Still, U.S. immigrant integration has room for improvement, according to the Migration … Continue reading

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 1: An Overview
America / Immigration / Other / U.S. Domestic Policy

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 1: An Overview

While debates on immigration reform have centered primarily on securing the border and potentially legalizing the undocumented population in the U.S., policymakers have overlooked one key aspect of immigration policy: immigrant integration. Through integration programs, immigrants can acquire the skills and credentials they need to successfully transition to their new life. This includes, among other … Continue reading

Validity of the ExIm Bank: Why Market Radicals Fail to Understand the Modern Economy
Economy / Other / Politics / Regulation

Validity of the ExIm Bank: Why Market Radicals Fail to Understand the Modern Economy

  Recent political proceedings on Capitol Hill regarding the reauthorization of the Export Import Bank have revealed a deficit in economic competence on the part of market fundamentalists who believe that the Ex-Im Bank should be shuttered. Founded in 1934 under the FDR administration, the Ex-Im bank has been one of the primary establishments within … Continue reading

Political Bickering over Immigration Reform Discrediting Both Sides
Immigration / Other / Politics

Political Bickering over Immigration Reform Discrediting Both Sides

President Obama announced on Monday what many have been speculating for some time now: there will be no House vote on immigration this year, meaning Obama will now take executive action to “fix” the immigration system. The president has also requested $2 billion from Congress in emergency funds to deal with the escalating immigration crisis … Continue reading

Big Border Problem Requires Big Solution
America / Immigration / National Security / Other / Politics

Big Border Problem Requires Big Solution

Facilities along the U.S. southern border are overwhelmed with the unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children crossing over from Mexico and Central America. Since October, roughly 47,000 unaccompanied children have been caught on the border, a more than 90% increase from last year, federal officials said. In total, roughly 90,000 minors may be apprehended this year and another … Continue reading

Biometrics: Changing the Way Medical Information is Gathered
Culture / Healthcare / Other / Technology

Biometrics: Changing the Way Medical Information is Gathered

In one sense, Telehealth services and biometric devices are similar; both have the potential to improve access to a breadth of valuable health information. They are also different in a sense that the proliferation and use of biometric devices may have more profound long-term societal and policy implications when compared to telehealth services. Biometric devices … Continue reading