WTVQ: New website helps students research college majors and salaries

WTVQ: New website helps students research college majors and salaries. “Students have a new interactive tool to research degree programs at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities, allowing them to compare tuition, student debt and salaries for hundreds of occupations before choosing a major. The tool, called the Kentucky Students’ Right to Know website, offers extensive data on all of the state’s public universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.”

Ricochet: Catholic Church residential school records belong to survivors and their families

Ricochet: Catholic Church residential school records belong to survivors and their families. “Beyond base self-preservation, we can imagine Church administrators assure themselves behind closed doors that the decision to keep the records private is morally defensible. Thorny issues of privacy and confidentiality, and the terrifying (if unsubstantiated) prospect of mob justice enacted upon named perpetrators, may foster a paternalistic desire to keep documents hidden. Better to keep the door locked than to expose survivors and staff alike to an onslaught of public scrutiny. But this is not a morally defensible position. These records belong to the people about whom they were written: residential school survivors and their families.”

University of New Hampshire: New Mobile App from Carsey School Allows for Easy Exploration of Federal Government Spending

University of New Hampshire: New Mobile App from Carsey School Allows for Easy Exploration of Federal Government Spending. “Curious how much U.S. government spending goes toward the military, health care, or education? Want more information on how the federal budget breaks down and the programs funded by it? The newly released FedGovSpendTM Explorer App, available from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, offers a user-friendly interface that does exactly that – allows you to easily navigate U.S. federal spending by purpose and spending type. The app is available for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.”

European Environment Agency: New European city air quality viewer allows you to check long term air pollution levels where you live

European Environment Agency: New European city air quality viewer allows you to check long term air pollution levels where you live . “Air pollution is a serious problem in many European cities, posing a real risk to health. Today, the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched the European city air quality viewer. You can check how the air quality has been over the past two years in the city where you live and compare it with other cities across Europe.”

Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio Department of Health violated public records law, court finds

Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio Department of Health violated public records law, court finds. “A special master at the Ohio Court of Claims has sided with The Columbus Dispatch in a 13-month-long records dispute over death certificate data. Special Master Jeff Clark recommended in a June 9 report that the Ohio Department of Health turn over death certificate records contained in its Electronic Death Registration System database in response to the April 20, 2020 request.”

The Guardian: If the British understood taxes better, perhaps we would vote for them to be fairer

The Guardian: If the British understood taxes better, perhaps we would vote for them to be fairer. “TaxLab, an information service unveiled by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, is a wonder of elegant clarity, its impartial explainers revealing what everyone should know: and it’s guaranteed to surprise most people. Two years in construction, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Friends Provident Foundation funded it to create a better-informed electorate. A mouse-click shows that people in Britain pay less tax (in 2019 figures), at 33% of GDP, than the EU average of 39%, while in Denmark it’s 46%. Put in your pay and TaxLab shows exactly where you stand in the income pecking order: people wildly miscalculate, both rich and poor, placing themselves too near the middle. Young people are generous to older people, but if they understood the tax biases benefiting retired people they might be more […]

Toronto Star: There were more than 800 reversed overdoses in Toronto’s shelter system last year. A new database shows which shelters were hit the hardest.

Toronto Star: There were more than 800 reversed overdoses in Toronto’s shelter system last year. A new database shows which shelters were hit the hardest.. “In the final months of 2020, a hotel shelter in Scarborough was being battered by suspected drug overdoses — Toronto paramedics attended the single shelter 23 times for non-fatal incidents of drug toxicity between October and December alone. Downtown, another hotel shelter was fighting the same battle. Seventeen times in those three months, first responders showed up at the Bond Place hotel run by Dixon Hall, for cases where the patient was successfully revived.”

SBS Spanish: Challenge to declassify documents on Australia’s involvement in Pinochet coup continues in secret

SBS Spanish: Challenge to declassify documents on Australia’s involvement in Pinochet coup continues in secret. “Dr Clinton Fernandes is challenging the decision of the National Archives of Australia to withhold the publication of historical documents relating to Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) operations between 1971-1974 in Chile, plus records about Australia’s involvement in the overthrow of President Salvador Allende. But Australian intelligence representatives say that disclosure of information may be damaging and should be kept secret.”

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s Transparency Center to Understand the Social Network Better

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s Transparency Center to Understand the Social Network Better. “Facebook wants to be clearer about its policies to help you better understand the app, and has launched a new resource to help in this respect. Facebook’s Transparency Center is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to understand how the platform deals with all manners of things. This article will help you navigate the Transparency Center so you can understand the social media network better.”

Roll Call: Pentagon renews effort to withhold more unclassified records

Roll Call: Pentagon renews effort to withhold more unclassified records. “Pentagon leaders are asking Congress to expand the kinds of unclassified information about military operations that the department can withhold from the public, continuing what has been an annual tradition for seven years and spanning three administrations. Officials with the Pentagon general counsel’s office are requesting that the Armed Services committees, in writing the fiscal 2022 defense authorization bill, prescribe changes to the Freedom of Information Act that would limit public access to certain data.”

The Independent: New website to help patients and NHS staff check hospital waiting times

The Independent: New website to help patients and NHS staff check hospital waiting times. “A group of patient activists has set up a new website using official NHS data to allow patients to check the waiting times for treatments at their local hospital. The new waiting times tool is thought to be the first automated and regularly updated website that shows hospital performance against key waiting time targets, by medical specialty such as cardiology or orthopaedics.”

‘Apple is eating our lunch’: Google employees admit in lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private (Business Insider)

Business Insider: ‘Apple is eating our lunch’: Google employees admit in lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private. “Newly unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google reveal that the company’s own executives and engineers knew just how difficult the company had made it for smartphone users to keep their location data private. Google continued collecting location data even when users turned off various location-sharing settings, made popular privacy settings harder to find, and even pressured LG and other phone makers into hiding settings precisely because users liked them, according to the documents.”

KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups

KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups. “The Washington State Department of Health created a new tool, an interactive map, showing a breakdown of different health issues like COVID-19 and pollution. Lower income areas and people of color communities were rated at higher risks for these health hazards.”