IISD: UN-Habitat Database Provides Budget, Expenditure Data for Over 100 Cities. “The first database of its kind, UN-Habitat’s Global Municipal Database (GMD) offers a standard set of indicators and local-level, per capita budget data for over 100 cities. The database, launched in September 2018, aims to highlight the importance of local financial data to policy- and decision-making.”
World Trademark Review: Social media buy-and-sell groups to be targeted in anti-counterfeiting initiative backed by UK government . “A new initiative has been developed in the UK to create greater awareness amongst the administrators of social media groups about their legal responsibility to prevent the promotion and sale of counterfeit goods. Talking to WTR, one of the organisers claims that the programme – which is backed by the UK government – could be rolled out internationally.”
CNET: China has an actual court dedicated to the internet. “Those disputes typically involve online shopping, service contracts, lending, copyrights and domains. Xinhua cited An Fengde, vice president of the Beijing Higher People’s Court, as saying the number of internet-related cases are rising rapidly in China. In the first eight months of this year, Beijing’s courts were reportedly stuffed with 37,631 online-related disputes, up 24.4 percent compared with the same period last year.”
Social Media Explorer: Free Video Creation Tools for Social Media Marketers on a Budget. “In this post, you’ll find professional-level video editing software for Mac and Windows, mobile apps for quick compilations, screen and video recording tools, and instant GIF and thumbnail builders. But before we jump into reviewing them, let’s take a moment and recall few video publishing trends you should keep in mind before hitting the ‘Share’ button.”
Tree Hugger: Where to find free campsites in Canada and the U.S.. “Camping is the best way to see the world for the least amount of money, particularly if you’re sleeping in a tent and have no need for electrical and water hookups. But, as any camper will tell you, the costs still accumulate…. A frugal alternative is to seek out free (or greatly reduced) campgrounds. These exist throughout the United States and Canada, and they tend to be off the beaten track, which is appealing to travellers who may find conventional campgrounds to be overcrowded. The Internet makes it fairly easy to locate these spots, and by doing a bit of research in advance, you’ll be able to save a chunk of money, while exploring new parts of the country. Check out the following resources if you’re interested in free camping.” This looks weird in RB, but the article is kind of a compendium of databases/collections of info about free camping spots.
Chicago Tribune: New website offers comparative shopping data for prospective Illinois college students. “The state is rolling out an ambitious new centralized data portal for prospective Illinois college students that compiles information on graduation rates, costs, student debt and, for the first time, potential career earnings of graduates of the state’s two- and four-year institutions.”
BuzzFeed News: Teachers Are Moonlighting As Instagram Influencers To Make Ends Meet. “If you saw Amy Groesbeck during school hours, you’d think she’s just your typical third-grade teacher. But when the 33-year-old goes home each evening, that’s when her second job begins. She pulls out her iPad and logs into Instagram — where she has more than 90,000 followers.”