Committee to Protect Journalists: Special Report

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) recently came out with a special report:

Getting Away With Murder

CPJ’s 2010 “Impunity Index” spotlights countries where journalists are killed and their murderers  remain free — “having a broader effect on society as a whole, effectively choking off the flow of news and information.”

The worst countries, as CPJ has ranked them:

  1. Iraq
  2. Somalia
  3. Philippines
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Colombia
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Nepal
  8. Russia
  9. Mexico
  10. Pakistan
  11. Bangladesh
  12. India

The report — including index, methodology and statistical table — is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages.

Hat tip to: Docuticker.

Influenza A(H1N1) and Pandemic Preparedness Under the Rule of International Law

Following on Sergio Stone’s post of this past April 29 — The Swine Flu Outbreak and International has very helpfully posted a link to Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) Professor Lawrence O. Gostin’s recent (July), valuable research paper “Influenza A (H1N1) and Pandemic Preparedness Under the Rule of International Law,” 301(22) JAMA 2376-2378 (2009), which analyzes Word Health Organization (WHO) powers and resources  including the Global  Alert and Response (GAR) system and the International Health Regulations (IHR), as well as the powers and resources of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Gostin reportedly finds that even though response to H1N1 so far has been strong, the WHO and CDC need more authority and resources to deal with pandemic threats under the rule of international law.

Recent Paper on Data Breach Notification Law Around the Globe

A new paper on data breach notification law around the globe is available:

Alana Maurushat, “Data Breach Notification Law Across the World from California to Australia” (April 2009). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series. University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series 2009. Working Paper 11.

The abstract reads:

Data breach notification and disclosure laws are emerging around the globe. The following article and table examine the specifics of data breach notification frameworks in multiple jurisdictions. Over the year of 2008, Alana Maurushat of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, with research assistance from David Vaile and student interns Renee Watts, Nathalie Pala, Michael Whitbread, Eugenie Kyung-Eun Hwang and David Chau, compiled the data. The table represents a detailed survey of data breach disclosure requirements in 25 countries, conducted by surveying those current or proposed statutory or similar instruments setting out the nature and conditions of such requirements to give notice. The Centre hopes that the table will be useful to compare and contrast elements of data breach notification schemes. The researchers at the CLPC will research the effectiveness of such schemes in future projects.

Hat tip to DocuTicker.

Thinking about Think Tanks

The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) has a valuable 2007 report identifying  top think tanks around the globe: The Global “Go-To Think Tanks:” The Leading Public Policy Research Organizations in the World.

Hat tip to DocuTicker.

DocuTicker’s New GreyGuide

DocuTicker has released its new GreyGuide referencing interesting and often quite valuable research reports (usually as full-text PDFs) published by government agencies, academic institutions, NGOs and other public interest research groups.