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Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology

Presents the results of a national study on current conditions for artists and the trends affecting their ability to create work and contribute to their communities.  Major factors include the increasing importance of technology, income inequities and the “gig” economy, and the tendency of the arts ecosystem to privilege a narrow band of aesthetic approaches.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


Copyright Office Special 1201 Study: Request for Additional Comments

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Property Rights

Requests additional comments from the public in connection with its ongoing study of the operation of laws regarding the circumvention of copyright protection systems.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, posted on the Federal Register.


Human Rights in Russia: No Light at the End of the Tunnel

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,European Union,Russia

Describes the human rights situation in Russia as “increasingly difficult” with repressive legislation curtailing freedom of expression and human rights activism.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


Freight Facts and Figures 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Environment,Statistics,Transportation

Covers the volume and value of freight flows in the U.S., the condition and performance of the freight network, and the safety, energy, and environmental implications of freight transportation. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Covers characteristics and trends of personal travel in the U.S., the network over which such travel takes place, and related economic, safety, and environmental aspects of passenger travel.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines: Promoting Innovation and Access to Health Technologies

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,United Nations

Report of a panel created in September 2015 to spur health technology innovation and increase access to medicines.  Offers recommendations for reconciling the rights of inventors, trade rules, public health, and human rights.  From the High Level Panel.


Annual Energy Outlook 2016 With Projections to 2040

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Presents projections of energy supply, demand, and prices through 2040.  Also covers related legislation and regulations, market trends, and selected energy topics.  From the Energy Information Administration


Global Implications of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Categories: Climate Change,Crime/Justice,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,Treaties

Defines the nature of illegal and unregulated fishing, describes the threat to legitimate fishing and ocean health posed by such activities, and prospects for alleviation of the problem through such actions as the Port State Measures Agreement that came into force in June 2016.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence


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