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Good to Know…Week of June 27, 2011


TECH
Ongoing Storm of Cyberattacks is Preventable, Experts Say
The CIA has become a member of a less-than-exclusive club of high-profile targets hit by online attacks, falling victim to a denial-of-service attack that temporarily took down its website.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

Afghanistan’s Amazing DIY Internet
FabFi is an ambitious project which is creating Internet networks for eastern Afghanistan whose main components can be built out of trash. It’s low-tech, it’s simple—and it works.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

Google, IBM, YouTube, And Kabul? Pentagon Hosts Afghan Tech Entrepreneurs In The U.S.

“The goal,” says Paul Brinkley, a former technology executive and now Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, “is to create an indigenous economy in Afghanistan that gives the Afghans hope, creates employment opportunities for young people, and discourages association with the radicals.”

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

How GIS can make you a better citizen
Now government agencies and volunteer groups are beginning to port the power of full-fledged GIS—geographical information systems—to cell phones, turning these ultra-portable devices into two-way mobile sensors that can receive and deliver critical information during crises.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Government Job Loss Slows Economic Recovery, Report Finds
The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings examined economic data from the start of the recession in 2008 through the first quarter of 2011 for the nation’s largest 100 urban areas, and found the locations that had made the weakest recoveries had typically lost government jobs. Cities where government work had increased were better able to rebound. Areas that depended on the education, oil and gas industries also fared well.

To read this article, go to: GovExec.com

California Legislature to Forfeit Pay, Chiang Says
State Controller John Chiang has decided to deny California lawmakers their pay for failing to produce a truly balanced spending plan, infuriating legislative leaders but pumping new life into budget negotiations just 10 days before the start of the new fiscal year.

To read this article, go to: LATimes.com

Ending “Too Big To Fail”
Over two years ago, the United States and the global economy faced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The crisis was rooted in years of unconstrained excess on Wall Street, and prolonged complacency in Washington and in major financial capitals around the world.

To read this article, go to: Brookings.edu

Fairfax County Reduced Homelessness by 16 Percent During Recession
Fairfax County, along with the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, doesn’t want to just manage homelessness by assisting families and individuals as they fall on hard times. They want to end homelessness.

And since 2008, when homelessness numbers were on the rise and the economy was sinking, Fairfax has actually reduced its overall homeless population by nearly 16 percent and its homeless families by 19 percent.

To read this article, go to: WashingtonPost.com

LIFE EXPECTANCY
Life Getting Shorter for Women in Hundreds of U.S. Counties
New study shows shocking, regionally focused departure from upward trend in life expectancy in the period from 1987 to 2007. Additional graphics show largest gains and losses in life expectancy by county, highest and lowest life expectancy by county, and offer state-by-state snapshots of every county.

To read this article, go to: www.RemappingDebate.org

BUTTERFLY EFFECT
Melting Arctic Ice and the Fight on Top of the World
In this installment of the Butterfly Effect, climate change is creating incredible economic opportunity in the Arctic, leading to saber rattling from Canada and Russia. Whichever region benefits the most will have enormous geopolitical consequences.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

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