Brookings Institution

Displaying 1-40 of 169 results

  • Webcasts // Aug 2011

    Low Wages And High Unemployment For U.S. Men

    In this webcast, the presenter discusses disturbing trends for men in the U.S. work force today: nearly one man in five is unemployed, wages for men who do have jobs are historically low, and workforce opportunities for men are shrinking.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Aug 2011

    The Education Crisis In Developing Countries

    The presenter explains that the education crisis in developing countries has three tiers of trouble: many children, especially those in conflict areas, can't go to school; many children who do go to school are not learning fundamental skills like reading; and post-primary students don't acquire the skills they need to...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Aug 2011

    The Long-Awaited Rise Of India

    With more than a billion citizens, a thriving economy and a rapidly modernizing military, India is swiftly becoming a growing force in geopolitics. The presenter explains the country's complex relationships with its neighbors in Asia and the Persian Gulf and describes how the increased competitive pressures of its economy will...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jul 2011

    Barriers And Benefits In Free Trade Agreements

    This webcast shows that the political arguments and protectionism often stand in the way of approving free trade agreements, and nations jockey with one another in trade negotiations to gain advantage. The presenter shows that overall, economic benefits flow to the overall national economy and all the way down to...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Addressing Export Control in the Age of Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing is reshaping the landscape with respect to business, government, university, and consumer information technologies, delivering increased flexibility and improved cost efficiencies for a wide range of services. Along with its many advantages, however, the move to the cloud also creates new mechanisms for the unintentional or intentional export...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jul 2011

    The Debt Crisis In The Eurozone

    This webcast shows that the European debt crisis has spread from Greece to Italy, and the presenter warns the contagion will continue unless structural reforms can be put in place and Greece stabilized. The presenter argues that the problem is affecting the Euro region as a whole, and greater central...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jul 2011

    Improve Medicare, Medicaid Now To Avoid Radical Changes Later

    As Washington struggles to tackle the nation's debt, policymakers on both sides of the aisle have begun to acknowledge that the current course of the country's Medicare and Medicaid programs - long thought of as the third rail of American politics - is unsustainable. In this webcast, the presenter explains...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jul 2011

    Finding The Right Balance In Regulation

    In this webcast, the presenter shows that the government regulations have the power to spur innovation or inhibit economic growth. The key, the presenter presents, is to find the right balance between the costs of regulation to business and the benefits to the public in health, safety and security.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Constraints On Leadership In Washington

    It is commonplace today to assert that American politics and governance are dysfunctional. In many respects, the received wisdom is correct. The authors survived the most severe financial crisis and economic downturn since the 1930s without falling into another Great Depression, but the country still faces enormous economic challenges. These...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jun 2011

    Coping With China In The South China Sea

    The webcast show that the tensions in the South China Sea have accelerated in recent months, as China makes assertive moves to protect its claims in the area. The presenter presents that the Asian nations in the region have strong interests in the possible sub-sea energy wealth and navigation and...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jun 2011

    Investing In The ?Next Wave? Of Technology Innovation

    Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives, changing the way we work and play. The presenter, vice president and founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, explains that the public sector is lagging behind the private sector in investment in new technologies.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jun 2011

    Can The U.S. Cut Defense Spending Wisely?

    The presenter fears that the increasing national debt, the unpopularity of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and increased pressure to keep domestic spending on programs like Social Security and Medicare intact could lead to unwise cuts in defense spending, with serious consequences for national security. The presenter says we must...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jun 2011

    African Elections And Democracy

    Nations across Africa are holding elections, a good sign for emerging democracies on the continent. However, the presenter says the quality of governance in African nations varies widely. Some states are making solid progress toward becoming effective democracies, while others remain under the sway of corrupt leaders, with serious consequences...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Building A Global Financial Center In Shanghai

    The government of the People's Republic of China has set a goal of turning Shanghai into a true global financial center by 2020, a target with which the municipal government of Shanghai is in enthusiastic agreement. This objective is a highly desirable one for Shanghai, and China as a whole,...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // May 2011

    Helping The Displaced: A Long Road Home

    As humanitarian crises continue to erupt across the globe, international aid organizations are working to provide for the basic needs of civilians impacted by war, famine, political unrest and natural disasters. Senior Fellow the presenter describes the types of aid these organizations provide over both the short and long term,...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // May 2011

    Internet Privacy And Security

    The Internet is central to our modern economy and personal lives, but online privacy and trust are often in conflict. The presenter, fellow and research director for the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, says that if people are unwilling to share their information, entire parts of the information economy...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // May 2011

    Are Harsh Interrogation Tactics Justified In The War On Terror?

    While some argue that harsh interrogation techniques helped the U.S. find Osama Bin Laden, the presenter notes that it's impossible to say whether the same information could have been extracted using conventional military interrogation methods.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Apr 2011

    Redistricting For Political Gains

    Every decade since 1790, a census of the entire U.S. population is used by state governments to apportion representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. But the redrawing of congressional districts that follows the census is an exercise in pure politics, says the presenter.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Apr 2011

    The U.S. Role In Supporting The Libyan Rebels

    As observers warn of stalemate between the rebel forces and dictator in Libya, the presenter says the United States has a responsibility to aid the cause of democracy in the region, and can speak with greater authority in North Africa than the former colonial powers of Europe.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Apr 2011

    State Budget Crises Continue

    While the federal budget and debt battles rage, similar scenarios are taking place in cash-strapped states across the nation. The Great Recession has left many states cash-strapped, and the federal budget spending cuts in education and health care spending have added to their budget woes. The presenter says that while...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    The Government's Role In The Housing Finance System: Where Do We Go From Here?

    It is time to commit to a future housing finance system for the United States as the current uncertainty surrounding this issue is likely deterring the recovery of the housing market and the broader economy. Returning to the system in place before the financial crisis is not a suitable option,...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Apr 2011

    Can An American Education Compete Globally?

    The presenter says U.S. students have never scored in the top ranks of educational achievement internationally, and the latest results, while improved, show U.S. scores in the middle range once again. The presenter discusses data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the emphasis that American culture places...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Apr 2011

    Japan~s Fukushima Disaster Slows Plans For Nuclear Renaissance

    As the depth of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan becomes more clear, a long-expected increase in the global use of nuclear power to replace fossil fuels may slow down. Nonresident Fellow the presenter says planned nuclear plants in the United States and around the world were...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Mar 2011

    Millennials Will Change The World

    The millennial generation, Americans born between 1980 and 2005, will have a tremendous influence. Three times as large as the "Baby boomers," this group will literally change the world. The presenter explains where they get their news, how they think, and how they are already wielding influence.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Mar 2011

    The Census And Changing Demographics In U.S. Schools

    The 2010 Census Bureau confirms what demographers have long predicted: a dramatic shift in the racial makeup of American population. Fewer than half of the nation's 3-year olds are Caucasian, supporting the premise that the America of tomorrow will be comprised of a minority majority. Preparation for the challenges and...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Mar 2011

    Corrupt Governance And Middle East Unrest

    Longstanding government corruption is among the factors that led to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. The presenter says the world has seen sharp increases in government corruption in recent years, but foreign aid and international sanctions are applied unequally - especially when a ruthless dictator governs an...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    The Terms They Are A-Changin'... Watching Cloud Contracts Take Shape

    Many web services are examples of cloud computing, from storage and backup sites such as Flickr and Dropbox to online business productivity services such as Google Docs and Salesforce.com. Cloud computing offers a potentially attractive solution to customers keen to acquire computing infrastructure without large up-front investment, particularly in cases...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Feb 2011

    The Sudan Referendum?Path To Peace?

    The Sudanese people have voted to split the huge African nation into two separate states, and end years of bloody civil war and ethnic strife. Yet with the oil reserves primarily located in the largely Christian south, and the transportation and export infrastructure located in the largely Arab north, the...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Feb 2011

    Unrest Spreads In The Middle East

    Protests that ousted leaders in Tunisia and Egypt are spreading to other nations in the Middle East - including Bahrain, Yemen, Iran and Libya. The presenter examines the underlying causes that have resulted in calls for reform, threatening autocratic regimes and breaking down the "Authoritarian bargain" that sustains them.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Feb 2011

    New Relationships For The United States And Latin America

    The United States has found excellent export markets among the vibrant economies of nations from Mexico to Brazil, and shares common problems - and common goals - with many of its neighbors to the south. The presenter discusses the opportunities for the U.S. in new relationships with such countries as...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Feb 2011

    Currency Manipulation And The Global Markets

    China's regulation of its currency is causing tension with the United States and emerging economies around the world, including Brazil, India and other Asian nations. The presenter explains that while every nation wants to gain the greatest possible advantage for its exports, we're not in an all-out currency war.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Responding To The New Geography Of Poverty: Metropolitan Trends In The Earned Income Tax Credit

    As an increasing number of Americans struggle to get by with less, federal supports like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - a refundable tax credit for taxpayers who work but earn low incomes - prove critical for workers and their families. Since its inception in 1975, the EITC has...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Investing In The Future: An Economic Strategy For State And Local Governments In A Period Of Tight Budgets

    Confronting near-term budget challenges, state and local governments are under tremendous pressure to focus on immediate needs at the expense of long-term investments. While these difficult economic times have also caused significant budget pressures at the national level, the federal government is able to spread out the impact of these...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Enabling Personalized Medicine Through Health Information Technology

    With federal officials pursuing the goal of a personal human genome map under $1,000 in five years, it is possible to envision a future where treatments are tailored to individuals' genetic structures, prescriptions are analyzed in advance for likely effectiveness, and researchers study clinical data in real-time to learn what...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jan 2011

    The Politics And Process Of Congressional Redistricting

    Now that the 2010 Census is concluded, states will begin the process of reapportionment - re-drawing voting district lines to account for population shifts. A Nonresident Senior Fellow, the presenter, says redistricting has been fraught with controversy and corruption since the nation's early days, when the first "Gerrymandered" district was...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jan 2011

    The History Of The State Of The Union

    Presidential scholar and former White House speech writer the presenter has seen many presidents deliver the State of the Union message, and studied its evolution over the past two centuries. As Washington prepares for President Obama's second such address, the senior fellow emeritus discusses the history of the speech.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jan 2011

    The Government And Internet Security

    The Internet has expanded communications and commerce in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. But there is a downside: personal information, business records and government materials aren't always secure from hackers and thieves. Venturing into cyberspace isn't completely safe, as Nonresident Fellow the presenter explains.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Online Identity And Consumer Trust: Assessing Online Risk

    As the Internet continues to evolve into a more social and interactive space, new threats to online consumers emerge. Beyond the now commonplace malware, these threats target the relationship between online services and consumers by attacking the core of their relationship: identity. While consumers are increasingly aware of online dangers,...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Dec 2010

    Obama~s Nominees To Federal Judgeships Lag

    The pace of confirmations to the federal bench has slowed in recent years, and President Obama's nominees to the federal district courts and appeals courts have faced considerable partisan resistance. Visiting Fellow the presenter says historically, well-qualified presidential nominees were routinely confirmed to the bench, but that's no longer the...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Dec 2010

    Climate Change: The Path From Cancun

    With the multi-nation climate change talks in Cancun done, the presenter says the path forward will be difficult in these hard economic times. Nevertheless, the presenter says leaders of nations from the most developed to the very poorest understand the need to take action.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // May 2003

    The Normal, the Fat-Tailed, and the Contagious: Modeling Changes in Emerging Market Bond Spreads

    This paper examines the statistical properties of daily changes in emerging market bond spreads over US treasuries, and simulates an agent-based model to attempt to replicate those properties. The actual data indicate that changes in spreads are definitely not normally distributed, exhibiting much fatter tails. It further indicates that the...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Saving Money Through Cloud Computing

    The US federal government spends nearly billions each year on information technology. And traditionally, computing services have been delivered through desktops or laptops operated by proprietary software. But new advances in cloud computing have made it possible for public and private sector agencies alike to access software, services, and data...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Cloud Cube Model: Selecting Cloud Formations for Secure Collaboration

    The U.S. federal government spends nearly $76 billion each year on information technology, and $20 billion of that is devoted to hardware, software, and file servers (Alford and Morton, 2009). Traditionally, computing services have been delivered through desktops or laptops operated by proprietary software. But new advances in cloud computing...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Mar 2009

    Regulating Insurance After The Crisis

    Despite a long-standing policy debate, insurance remains the only major financial industry not to be regulated at the federal level, a tradition dating from the 19th century. However, recent financial turmoil has fundamentally changed the terms of this important discussion. Nonetheless, federal policymakers may want to establish for policyholders of...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Responding To The New Geography Of Poverty: Metropolitan Trends In The Earned Income Tax Credit

    As an increasing number of Americans struggle to get by with less, federal supports like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - a refundable tax credit for taxpayers who work but earn low incomes - prove critical for workers and their families. Since its inception in 1975, the EITC has...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Enabling Personalized Medicine Through Health Information Technology

    With federal officials pursuing the goal of a personal human genome map under $1,000 in five years, it is possible to envision a future where treatments are tailored to individuals' genetic structures, prescriptions are analyzed in advance for likely effectiveness, and researchers study clinical data in real-time to learn what...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Online Identity And Consumer Trust: Assessing Online Risk

    As the Internet continues to evolve into a more social and interactive space, new threats to online consumers emerge. Beyond the now commonplace malware, these threats target the relationship between online services and consumers by attacking the core of their relationship: identity. While consumers are increasingly aware of online dangers,...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Innovation?s Darker Future: Biosecurity, Technologies Of Mass Empowerment, And The Constitution

    Using gene-splicing equipment available online and other common laboratory equipment and materials, a molecular biology graduate student undertakes a secret project to recreate the smallpox virus. Not content merely to bring back an extinct virus to which the general population is now largely na?ve, he uses public source material to...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Some Thoughts On US Financial Reforms

    The financial system around the globe faces massive changes to its regulation. Although it seems fashionable for virtually everyone outside of government to talk down the financial reforms that have been agreed upon to date, his own view is that a great deal of progress has been made and the...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Some Thoughts On EU Financial Reforms

    In the context of a transatlantic comparison, the first thing to be mentioned is the difference between the time sequence of financial reforms in the EU and its equivalent in the US. The financial crisis started simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic, with the initial disruption of some segments...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Background Paper For Panel 1: Getting Out Of The Downturn While Ensuring The Future - The U.S. Situation

    The U.S. economy is growing, but not very rapidly considering the depth of the recession. Over the second and third quarters GDP is estimated to have risen at an average annual rate of about 2 percent, and many forecasters are predicting a similar rate of expansion in the fourth quarter....

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Disparities For Women And Minorities In Retirement Saving

    The author pleased to present parts of three papers written by former RSP colleagues and outside experts on specific retirement savings issues facing women, African-Americans and Latinos. In addition, the author presents both some general solutions and some specific recommendations to help resolve these issues. There are similarities in the...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    International Counternarcotics Policies: Do They Reduce Domestic Consumption Or Advance Other Foreign Policy Goals?

    The author honored to have this opportunity to address the Subcommittee on the critical issue of the role supply-side counternarcotics policies play in reducing drug consumption in the United States and elsewhere and in advancing other U.S. foreign policy goals. The threats posed by the production and trafficking of illicit...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Does Fairness Matter In Global Governance?

    Worldwide, there has been a recent increase in expressions of cynicism. The authors are reminded that all power is hard power, and that being loved or respected is no substitute for being feared. The great power game of nations always continues, they are forewarned, even when a higher goal or...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Putting America To Work: The Essential Role Of Federal Labor Market Statistics

    All Americans deserve the opportunity to have an occupation that provides a decent standard of living. Increasingly, earning a middle class income requires that workers have a postsecondary credential and regularly upgrade their skills. The recession has accelerated this occupational transformation. Fulfilling this aspiration benefits not only individual jobholders -...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    The Next Economy And The Growth Challenge For The United States

    In 1999-2000, the Administration of President Clinton was celebrating an era of unusually strong economic growth with both strong productivity gains and employment gains. The unemployment rate was around 4 percent, inflation was low, the budget was in surplus and the stock market was high. Incomes had risen for all...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Attention: Deficit - Should Progressives Embrace Entitlement Reform? Or Look Elsewhere To Narrow The Gap? An Exchange Between Two Leading Fiscal Experts

    The growth of entitlements is on an unsustainable path. If allowed to continue, spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will require untenable tax increases, crowd out almost all other spending, or lead to a dangerous accumulation of debt. If any of these scenarios unfolds, the nation's ability to remain...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Priority No. 1: Creating An Agenda To Spur Job-Creating Economic Growth

    Events in the United States are confirming what scholars have concluded: economic downturns driven by financial crises differ fundamentally from classic cyclical recessions. Because a massive amount of wealth is destroyed and the normal flow of credit is disrupted, production shrinks sharply, demand recovers slowly as consumers and businesses shed...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Financial Reform: Now It's Up To The Regulators

    The simpler half of financial reform will be completed shortly with the passage of the Dodd?]Frank financial reform bill and its receipt of the president's signature. Hard as it may be to conceive, the complexity embedded in it's over 2000 pages of text is likely to be exceeded by the...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Russia After The Global Financial Crisis

    Two prominent American specialists on the Russian economy present a fundamental analysis of basic economic factors explaining how the global financial crisis has played out in Russia and its implications for the country's future. More specifically, the authors examine the consequences of Russia's dependence on and addiction to resource (oil...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // May 2009

    Thresholds In The Process Of International Financial Integration

    The financial crisis has re-ignited the fierce debate about the merits of financial globalization and its implications for growth, especially for developing countries. The empirical literature has not been able to conclusively establish the presumed growth benefits of financial integration. Indeed, a new literature proposes that the indirect benefits of...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Financial Globalization And Economic Policies

    The authors review the large literature on various economic policies that could help developing economies effectively manage the process of financial globalization. The central findings indicate that policies promoting financial sector development, institutional quality and trade openness appear to help developing countries derive the benefits of globalization. Similarly, sound macroeconomic...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Feb 2009

    Resources For ?Hard Power:? The 2010 Budget For Defense, Homeland Security, And Related Programs

    There are extraordinary times in American national security policy. The nation remains involved in two of the longest conflicts of its history in Iraq and Afghanistan, with more than 4,000 lives lost over six years in Iraq and more than 600 lost over nearly eight years in Afghanistan, as well...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Economic Recovery And The EITC: Expanding The Earned Income Tax Credit To Benefit Families And Places

    The economic recovery package currently under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as corresponding legislation before the Senate Finance committee, includes a number of tax relief provisions that would benefit lower-income workers and their families. One such provision would temporarily expand the federal Earned Income Tax Credit...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Prices In Emissions Permit Markets: The Role Of Investor Foresight And Capital Durability

    Of the many regulatory responses to climate change, cap-and-trade is the only one currently endorsed by large segments of the scientific, economic and political establishments. Under this type of system, regulators set the overall path of carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions, allocate or auction the appropriate number of emissions allowances to...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Oct 2008

    Making The Rescue Package Work: Asset And Equity Purchases

    If the main purpose of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 is to give banks confidence in each other, then enabling Treasury directly to bolster the capital positions of banks that need more capital may be an even more effective way to restoring confidence to the inter-bank market than...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Sep 2008

    A Brief Guide: To Fixing Finance

    Whatever steps are taken in the short run to address the current financial crisis, there is at least broad consensus that financial regulatory and supervisory reform is needed to dramatically reduce the likelihood that something like the recent set of events never recurs. This piece is a brief guide to...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    Periodic Payment Of The Earned Income Tax Credit

    There has been a shift over the last two decades in public policies designed to provide income support to impoverished households. A focus on encouraging and supporting work has guided this shift, and the tax system has become as important as the welfare office. Emblematic is the nation's largest anti-poverty...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    The Economics Of Infrastructure In A Globalized World: Issues, Lessons And Future Challenges

    The massive fiscal stimulus in the wake of the global financial crisis has refocused the international community onto the nature and role of infrastructure spending. Although this type of spending can provide a short-term demand stimulus to an economy, in the medium to longer term it can form a critical...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    A Copenhagen Collar: Achieving Comparable Effort Through Carbon Price Agreements

    The financial crisis and deep recession illustrate the unforeseen macroeconomic conditions through which climate policy must endure if it is to stabilize concentrations of greenhouse gases over the long run. It has made voters uneasy about climate policy that could raise energy costs and unemployment, even though the next agreement...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Privacy and Security in Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing can mean different things to different people, and obviously the privacy and security concerns will differ between a consumer using a public cloud application, a medium-sized enterprise using a customized suite of business applications on a cloud platform, and a government agency with a private cloud for internal...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    The Terms They Are A-Changin'... Watching Cloud Contracts Take Shape

    Many web services are examples of cloud computing, from storage and backup sites such as Flickr and Dropbox to online business productivity services such as Google Docs and Salesforce.com. Cloud computing offers a potentially attractive solution to customers keen to acquire computing infrastructure without large up-front investment, particularly in cases...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jun 2011

    Investing In The ?Next Wave? Of Technology Innovation

    Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives, changing the way we work and play. The presenter, vice president and founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, explains that the public sector is lagging behind the private sector in investment in new technologies.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jun 2011

    Can The U.S. Cut Defense Spending Wisely?

    The presenter fears that the increasing national debt, the unpopularity of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and increased pressure to keep domestic spending on programs like Social Security and Medicare intact could lead to unwise cuts in defense spending, with serious consequences for national security. The presenter says we must...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Jun 2011

    African Elections And Democracy

    Nations across Africa are holding elections, a good sign for emerging democracies on the continent. However, the presenter says the quality of governance in African nations varies widely. Some states are making solid progress toward becoming effective democracies, while others remain under the sway of corrupt leaders, with serious consequences...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // May 2011

    Helping The Displaced: A Long Road Home

    As humanitarian crises continue to erupt across the globe, international aid organizations are working to provide for the basic needs of civilians impacted by war, famine, political unrest and natural disasters. Senior Fellow the presenter describes the types of aid these organizations provide over both the short and long term,...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // May 2011

    Internet Privacy And Security

    The Internet is central to our modern economy and personal lives, but online privacy and trust are often in conflict. The presenter, fellow and research director for the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, says that if people are unwilling to share their information, entire parts of the information economy...

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // May 2011

    Are Harsh Interrogation Tactics Justified In The War On Terror?

    While some argue that harsh interrogation techniques helped the U.S. find Osama Bin Laden, the presenter notes that it's impossible to say whether the same information could have been extracted using conventional military interrogation methods.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Apr 2011

    Redistricting For Political Gains

    Every decade since 1790, a census of the entire U.S. population is used by state governments to apportion representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. But the redrawing of congressional districts that follows the census is an exercise in pure politics, says the presenter.

    Provided By Brookings Institution

  • Webcasts // Apr 2011

    The U.S. Role In Supporting The Libyan Rebels

    As observers warn of stalemate between the rebel forces and dictator in Libya, the presenter says the United States has a responsibility to aid the cause of democracy in the region, and can speak with greater authority in North Africa than the former colonial powers of Europe.

    Provided By Brookings Institution