The proliferation of debris in lower Earth orbit could have disastrous consequences for the future exploration and economic use of space, but current international space law fails to address it. We explore the growing threat and what the international community can do to tackle it.
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The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, a Utah woman pleads guilty to portraying a doctor, a Kaysville chiropractor meets more sexual abuse charges, and a state looks to newly regulate naturopathy.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Commission for new Interstate Compact for Counselor Licensure convenes, Tennessee considers dropping test for teacher licensure, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.
As licensed professionals and regulators will know, continuing education is a critical element of the licensing process. Why do we have continuing education requirements? Who pays for it? And what lies in store for continuing education in the future?
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative for regulators to handle the rapidly expanding field of telepractice. In this column, Julie de Gongre breaks down seven principles for regulators to keep in mind when regulating telepractice across jurisdictions.
Professor Malcolm Sparrow's thinking on preventive regulation has proved highly influential. But when it comes to translating theory to practice, sometimes regulators have a hard time applying abstract concepts. For the PSA's Douglas Bilton, an event involving his own cat in his very home helped render theory very concrete.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week’s news, licensing backlogs in several states are preventing health care workers from practicing, Oklahoma advances bill to help citizens with criminal records obtain licenses, and an Illinois city debates installing licensing requirement for landlords.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Hong Kong passes a law removing licensing exams, Ontario makes it easier for immigrants to get and keep licenses, and a California bill expedites relicensing processes.
In today's data-driven world, predictive analytics allow researchers to use a wealth of information combined with sophisticated machine learning algorithms to make predictions about future and offer advice to organizations accordingly. Is there a use-case for predictive analytics in occupational licensing? How can regulators use this technology to stay on top of trends in their field and more effectively protect the public interest?
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. British Columbia expands licensure pathway for internationally educated doctors, Ohio amendment could change the future of social work, proposal to reduce cosmetology licensure hours in Virginia sparks backlash, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.
In an era where everyone lives and breathes smartphones and social media, the average citizen, licensee, or regulator's experience with government technology is not always great. In this Voices column, Paul Leavoy explores the state of the modern experience with govtech.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, licensing databases prove critical in an investigation into fake vaccine cards, Ohio lets health care professionals work across state lines, and Iowa loosens employee licensing requirements at casinos.
As we have seen in many industries, AI carries enormous potential. But can it carry over to the world of regulation? Anna van der Gaag's work has taken her deep into the intersection of technology and regulation. In this article, she explores exciting research findings on AI in a regulatory context and shares some encouraging signs.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Washington reports vulnerabilities after a cyberattack, New Mexico moves to ease professional licensing restrictions, and Kansas threaders see licensing barriers removed.
Government leaders often find themselves analyzing data from multiple discrete sources in their everyday work. In the past, physically integrating this data has proven to be a costly and time-consuming process. Thanks to data virtualization, however, regulators can now access data from many different sources without relocating any of it. Here we look at the basics of data integration as well as different ways governments have adopted the technology.
An unwritten law of regulatory policy suggests that whenever there is a call for more regulation, there is an equal and opposite call for deregulation. Have we struck the right balance? Do calls for deregulation mean greater consequences when things go wrong? In this Voices column, Cara Moroney, a lawyer with deep experience in regulation, explores the matter and asks if deregulation is worth the costs.

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The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy.
British Columbia expands licensure pathway for internationally educated doctors, Ohio amendment could change the future of social work, proposal to reduce cosmetology licensure hours in Virginia sparks backlash, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.

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