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July 07, 2017
By: Jayant Kairam, Luskin Center Advisory Board MemberCities have long been testing grounds for policy innovation. That identity is critical as we barrel headfirst into an urbanized world. As of 2014, 54 percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas, and the United Nations estimates that by 2050, over 6 billion people will live in cities.So, it only makes practical and economic sense that local leaders around the world have doubled-downed on addressing one of, if not the,...
March 06, 2017
Innovation that supports the coequal goals of efficiency, equity and the environment in the vehicle industry requires coordination across federal, state and local policy. Without coherence in regulatory intent and implementation from federal to local government agencies, self-driving cars will repeat many of the shortcomings of the two largest surface transportation technology innovations in the last century: gasoline-powered cars and clean vehicles.  California and Los Angeles are prime...
March 01, 2017
Reposted from an earlier article.Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors published a study  that concluded that successful renewable energy markets offered  investors “TLC”—transparency, longevity, and certainty. The research  found that US energy policy lacked a stable and reliable set of rules.A glaring example is Congress’ failure to extend the Production Tax  Credits for wind projects, which expire this year. Given the lead time  for such projects, the industry has...
November 14, 2016
By Mary Ellen HannibalThe Trump ascendency is making a whole lot of people feel helpless right now, especially around his promises to gut environmental protections.  It’s not only climate change that necessitates we protect rather than pulp the environment now.  Species are disappearing at a record rate.  The World Wildlife Fund recently reported that in the last 40 years we have lost nearly 60 percent of vertebrate wildlife.  This is not just about polar bears going away...
March 16, 2016
Written by: Sarah Godoy The accessibility of technology is revolutionizing how the 3.17 billion Internet-users view and share information. Google generates 3.5 billion searches per day, or 1.2 trillion searches per year, and takes an average of .2 seconds to generate search results. Even among the most marginalized populations in the world, including Syria’s refugee children—86% of whom have access to a smartphone—and human trafficking victims, access to technology is pervasive. This...
March 16, 2016
Written by: Rebecca Sadwick and Sarah GodoyFor many, the term “human trafficking” evokes images of perversions hidden in illicit underground markets of developing nations. Ironically, the demand of developed nations like the United States drive the illicit markets domestically and overseas, and hundreds of thousands of domestic and foreign-born adults and children are at risk of being sex trafficked within the United States each year. The demand for commercial sex acts with minors is not...
May 13, 2015
Via Rachel Wolfson's LinkedInIt’s quite obvious that a gender gap exists between women and men in the tech startup world. An article featured on TechCrunch noted that, “Of the 1090 startups that raised Series A rounds in 2014, approximately 10 percent were founded by women. By state, California and New York stood on equal footing just slightly above the national average, where 12 percent of companies had at least one female founder.”Yes, the great gender divide in the world of tech still...
March 31, 2015
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 We are beginning to reach a point where the urgency of climate change and its consequences is being met with serious technical and policy innovation. The call of science is finally starting to be answered by industry and government. Needless to say, it is a very exciting time to be following and advocating for alternative energy solutions and other serious climate change mitigation strategies, especially in a state like California. In fact, so much is happening on a daily, monthly and...
March 25, 2015
via UCLA AndersonOn Tuesday, March 24, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, convened a hearing titled Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Key Considerations Regarding Safety, Innovation, Economic Impact, and Privacy. Among the witnesses scheduled to give testimonial is John Villasenor, UCLA professor of electrical engineering and public policy and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C....
January 29, 2015
We can't afford not to take advantage of vehicle automation technologies. With proper design, testing and regulation, advanced vehicle automation has the potential to greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities attributable to motor vehicle accidents.Vehicle automation has already provided important safety advantages. Technologies such as electronic stability control — which improves performance on turns and slippery surfaces — and anti-lock brakes have been around for many years, and...