We seem to have reached that time of year when people start to review the year that has passed and turn their attention to the year ahead. In that vein The Economist has issued it’s latest set of interviews, opinion pieces and predictions for the near future, with their World in 2008 feature. It includes special sections on China, finance and the world in figures.
Over at the United Nations Development Programme, the 2007/8 Human Development Report majors on Climate Change, which could lead to reversals in human development that disproportionately affect poorer countries. The site also includes tools that enable you to compare your carbon footprint with regions and countries around the world.
Intute: Social Sciences features more resources on the issue of Economics.
With the full story of the lost data discs from HM Revenue and Customs still emerging, the topic of data security and disclosure is a political hot potato. New research from the ESRC looks into people’s online behaviour and has found that internet users will reveal more personal information online if they believe they can trust the organisation that requests the information.
‘Even people who have previously demonstrated a high level of caution regarding online privacy will accept losses to their privacy if they trust the recipient of their personal information’ says Dr Adam Joinson
Key findings from the study include:
- If a website is designed to look trustworthy, people are willing to accept privacy violations
- If the response ‘I prefer not to say’ appears at the top of an options list, users are far less likely to disclose information
- If given the opportunity to remain vague in their responses, they are more likely to opt for less disclosure e.g. when asked about salary details
- People with a high level of concern regarding privacy online may act in a way that is contrary to their stated attitudes when they come across a particular set of conditions
- People who are unconcerned about privacy would soon become opposed to ID cards if the way that they were asked for information made them feel that their privacy was threatened
Find out more about the research from the ESRC Award webpage, the Privacy and Self-Disclosure Online project website and from Adam Joinson’s personal webpage.
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Exams, tests, coursework and other forms of measuring pupil progress fall under the general rubric of Educational Assessment, a new subject section added to the Intute: Education gateway.
This Wikipedia definition approaches the topic from a psychological point of view, but provides a decent introduction to some of the issues educationalists explore when looking at the topic of assessment.
The Educational Assessment section has initially been populated with items that were already part of the Intute: Education gateway, but do new items will be added to it over time and feel free to suggest a site for inclusion.
For more on educational assessment try the DCSF website for individual documents, the Teachers TV website for instructional videos and the Teaching and Learning Research Programme for research on assessment.
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Do you want to track down Economics text books? More than 1700 economics books can be previewed online thanks to a new feature of the Economics Network’s book catalogue. Their economics book database now links to the Google Books preview or other paper and online sources that cite that book.
A new interface to World Bank data is available – called geo.worldbank.org – it mashes up information on projects, population, economic indicators, reports and even local field office contacts from the World Bank with Google Maps, so you can zoom in and out, like any other Google Maps search.
… and finally, concerns about the state of the US economy take some bizarre turns when rappers start flashing stacks of Euros instead of dollars, but Aaron Schiff at 26econ.com is looking at how chatter in the economics blogosphere may reflect real world concerns.
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