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Data Breach Reports (December 2, 2014)

December 9, 2014 Comments off

Data Breach Reports (December 2, 2014)
Source: Identity Theft Resource Center

Breaches on this list typically have exposed information which could potentially lead to identity theft, including Social Security numbers, financial account information, medical information, and even email addresses and passwords. ITRC follows U.S. Federal guidelines about what combination of personal information comprise a unique individual, and the exposure of which will constitute a data breach.

ERCOT Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

December 5, 2014 Comments off

ERCOT Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan (PDF)
Source: Electric Reliability Council of Texas

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is the independent system operator (ISO) for the Texas Interconnection, encompassing approximately 90% of electric load in Texas. ERCOT is the independent organization established by the Texas Legislature to be responsible for the reliable planning and operation of the electric grid for the ERCOT interconnection. Under the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability construct, ERCOT is designated as the Reliability Coordinator, the Balancing Authority, and as a Transmission Operator for the ERCOT region. ERCOT is also registered for several other functions, including the Planning Authority function.

In June 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, which calls for reductions in the carbon intensity of the electric sector. The Clean Power Plan would set limits on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants, calculated as state emissions rate goals. For Texas, EPA has proposed an interim goal of 853 lb CO2/MWh to be met on average during 2020-2029, and a final goal of 791 lb CO2/MWh to be met from 2030 onward. EPA calculated the state-specific goals using a set of assumptions about coal plant efficiency improvements, increased production from natural gas combined cycle units, growth in renewables generation, preservation of existing nuclear generation, and growth in energy efficiency.

ERCOT has evaluated the potential implications of the proposed Clean Power Plan for grid reliability and conducted a modeling analysis of the impacts to generation resources and electricity costs in the ERCOT region. Based on this analysis, ERCOT anticipates that implementation of the proposed Clean Power Plan will have a significant impact on the planning and operation of the ERCOT grid. ERCOT estimates that the proposed CO2 emissions limitations will result in the retirement of between 3,300 MW and 8,700 MW of coal generation capacity, could result in transmission reliability issues due to the loss of generation resources in and around major urban centers, and will strain ERCOT’s ability to integrate new intermittent renewable generation resources. The Clean Power Plan will also result in increased energy costs for consumers in the ERCOT region by up to 20% in 2020, without accounting for the costs of transmission upgrades, procurement of additional ancillary services, energy efficiency investments, capital costs of new capacity, and other costs associated with the retirement or decreased operation of coal-fired capacity in ERCOT. This summary report describes the results of ERCOT’s analyses.

Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

November 25, 2014 Comments off

Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing
Source: Digital Promise and the Education Industry Association

For the promise of learning technology to truly become reality for students and teachers, classrooms have to be equipped with the tools that fit their needs.

There are a lot of factors to finding the right match. One of the most important, we’ve found, is also one of the most overlooked – procurement. If it’s not your day job, it probably sounds pretty boring. It makes you think of bureaucracy and rules and everything that gets in the way of innovation.

But procurement matters. It’s the process for discovering, evaluating, and acquiring classroom tools and resources, and it’s key to how schools create teaching and learning environments, how developers decide on features and product improvements, and ultimately how innovations with impact are able to spread.

“Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing” is a new report from Digital Promise and the Education Industry Association that identifies the key obstacles and potential solutions for the procurement of K-12 personalized learning tools. The Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education surveyed district leaders, educators, and learning technology developers from across the country for this study, with a subset participating in in-depth interviews.

Terrorism Risk Insurance — Economic and Insurance Implications of TRIPRA’s Non-Renewal

November 5, 2014 Comments off

Economic and Insurance Implications of TRIPRA’s Non-Renewal
Source: Insurance Information Institute

The question of what happens if the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (TRIPRA) is not renewed by Congress is no longer a theoretical one.

Since insurance policies negotiated during 2014 extend beyond the imminent December 31 expiration date of the program, the negative consequences of non-renewal are already being experienced by businesses across America and their insurers.

The private sector simply does not have the capacity to provide insurance or reinsurance for terrorism risk to the extent currently provided by TRIPRA (Figure 1). As a result, in the absence of the act, terrorism risk insurance would be less available and less affordable.

Coverage for terrorist-caused economic damages also would likely be more costly or limited in scope if the federal government played no role in this market.

New Survey: Wireless Consumers On The Role of Government in Mobile Innovation

November 4, 2014 Comments off

New Survey: Wireless Consumers On The Role of Government in Mobile Innovation
Source: Mobile Future

Today, we released a new nationwide survey which finds wireless consumers deeply skeptical of an expanding regulatory role for government in the wireless sector.

Among the findings:

  • 90% of Consumers Believe Today’s Level of Regulation or Less Would Help Spur More Innovation.
  • 72% of Consumers, 79% of Millennials and >88% of Heavier Data Users Are Open to New Business Models and See Consumer Benefits.
  • 88% of Consumers Believe the Government Should Not Block—or Be Involved at All—In Approving New Wireless Business Models.
  • Only 10% of Consumers Say Their Wired and Wireless Habits Are Similar—Demonstrating Awareness of Mobile Network Differences.
  • Consumers Are Twice as Likely to Use Smartphones, But Basic Phone Use Remains Significant.

Insurance — Residual Market Property Plans: From Markets of Last Resort to Markets of First Choice – 2014

November 3, 2014 Comments off

Residual Market Property Plans: From Markets of Last Resort to Markets of First Choice – 2014
Source: Insurance Information Institute

Executive Summary

  • The exposure value of the residual property market in hurricane-exposed states has declined significantly from the peak levels seen in 2011. In fact between 2011 and 2013, total exposure to loss in the plans fell by almost 30 percent to $639 billion. Policy counts in 2013—at around 3.2 million—are also down from their 2011 highs.
  • While attempts by certain states to reduce the size of their plans appear to be paying off, the fact that many of the plans charge rates that are not actuarially sound and do not accurately reflect the risk of loss means that a major hurricane could expose residents in certain states to billions of dollars in post-storm assessments.
  • Increased appetite for these risks from the capital markets—highlighted by Florida Citizens Property Insurance Corp’s record-setting $1.5 billion catastrophe bond issued in 2014 (the largest single catastrophe bond issuance in history)—should not detract from the core concerns that this concentration of risk represents.
  • As long as the plans continue to grow and their coverage remains underpriced, state finances will remain under threat, while policyholders and ultimately taxpayers, many of whom live nowhere near the coast, will continue to face the prospect of increased assessments in the years ahead.

State of the App Economy 2014

October 29, 2014 Comments off

State of the App Economy 2014
Source: ACT | The App Association
From full report (PDF):

This is ACT | The App Association’s third annual report on the mobile economy. In 2012, we published our first study, Apps Across America, a report originally requested by the Energy and Commerce Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives for its hearing, “Where the Jobs Are: There’s an App for That.” Last year we took a closer look at the Apple App Store on its five-year anniversary to chart the greatest influences impacting app economy growth.

Only six years old, the app industry has grown at a tremendous rate that shows no signs of slowing down. Having risen to an $87 billion marketplace, analysts project growth beyond $150 billion by 2017.3 Much of this is derived from incredible innovation by app makers that have harnessed the power of mobile connectivity to change the way we work, play, shop, and communicate.

Most recently we have seen advances in mobile technology that offer new ways for consumers to monitor their health and connect with medical professionals. As more schools have implemented curricula using interactive touchscreen displays, there has been dramatic growth in education and children’s apps.

To explore the evolution of the app industry, we reviewed the top 650 apps across key categories in Google Play and the Apple App Store. In addition to the categories featured in our previous reports, we broadened our focus this year to include the categories Kids, Health, and Medical. We found that the app industry is growing and diversifying while creating new companies and jobs across the country.

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