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Good to Know…Week of March 21, 2011

Six Ways Fukushima is Not Chernobyl
The crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi has already been dubbed the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, and the situation there continues to worsen.
But along with references to the “ch-word,” as one nonproliferation expert put it [1], experts have been quick to provide reasons why the Daiichi crisis will not be “the next Chernobyl.”

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

Will Enthusiasm for Democracy Endure in Egypt and Elsewhere?
The speed at which pro-democracy movements have redefined the political landscape in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt is impressive. It harkens back to an equally dramatic wave of democratization that took place two decades ago with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet empire and its satellites.

To read this article, go to: http://pewresearch.org

Q-and-A with Michelle Bachelet, Head of UN Women
On a press conference call in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, UN Women executive director Michelle Bachelet discussed her plans for the new organization, the challenges facing women in Libya and Cote D’Ivoire, and why she thinks women and girls need to stay on top of the international agenda.

To read this article, go to: www.undispatch.com

Proposed Laws on ID Tech Take Privacy to the Extreme
Backlash against the REAL ID act, which sets national standards for state-issued drivers’ licenses and ID cards, has resulted in some extreme prohibitions being introduced in state legislatures.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

Google Apps for Gov a Boon for Teleworkers
Every organization, no matter how small or large, needs its people to be able to coordinate with one another. That is especially true if users are in remote locations or are teleworking. Whether that means online group communications or simply keeping document versions straight, a collaboration platform is essential to any smooth operation.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com


HHS Seeks to Let States Data-mine for Fraud
HHS’ inspector general’s office has issued a draft rule that would allow states to use federal funds to help identify instances of Medicaid fraud.

To read this article, go to: https://home.modernhealthcare.com

Google Announces New Service for Nonprofits
Google has announced a new program for nonprofits, which they say will include a grant for adwords, exclusive tools, and collaboration forums. “Instead of applying to each Google product individually,” nonprofits can apply for a suite of tools here, according to Google’s blog post.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

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