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World Press Freedom Index 2015

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The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.

Quick Summary: Top of the list are three Scandinavian countries, Finland which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark. At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea were the worst performers.

The United States ranked 49th, down three places from 2014.

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Families Unlocking Futures: A Report on the Juvenile Justice System

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“Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice” introduces the perspective of families, the parents, and other relatives who are uniquely affected by the systems that can determine the future of their children. Routinely, families are dismissed as spectators, at best, while judges, prosecutors, probation officers, and public defenders determine the fate of young people who enter the juvenile justice system. This report  from the Data Center spells out how the professionals who turn the wheels of juvenile systems can learn from the experiences and thoughts of families, and how they can include them as active participants and partners.

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Artificial Scarcity: How Data Caps Harm Consumers and Innovation

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New America’s Open Technology Institute released this  report examining the use of data caps on wired and mobile broadband service in the United States. The report analyzes the financial incentives that major Internet service providers have to implement these usage limits and research that demonstrates the behavioral effect of these policies on consumers.

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