Benchmark Blog

When immigrants are and aren’t afraid of reporting crime

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) recently released a new analysis comparing crime reporting rates among immigrants and natives. Their fundamental finding is that reporting rates in the two groups are relatively similar. When there are differences they tend to favor the immigrants, meaning that immigrants may be more likely to report crimes. Other researchers, […]

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We’re better together

With an aging population and lower birthrates in the U.S., how do we ensure the long-term economic growth doesn't fall with it?
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Competing for people

Our restrictive immigration policies mean the U.S. is losing out on high-skilled workers who are sorely needed here.
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Out of the weeds and into the skies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), currently the regulatory body in charge of the skies, has made efforts to prevent clear safety concerns. Its most recent endeavors include pilot certification tests and drone registration requirements.
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Our most overlooked tool for environmental improvement

It’s tempting to meet our biggest environmental challenges with equally big solutions that often come from the top down and are elegantly crafted to fit every situation. But meeting our most daunting environmental challenges will require more tailored solutions that consider the unique circumstances of time and place.
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Crowdsourcing conservation

America has a wealth of natural assets that deserve to be managed carefully using the best available data. In order for agencies to achieve that goal, they need to provide clearer guidance on what regulations apply to crowdsourced projects and embrace partnerships with private groups.
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Digital platforms and government actors

The debate over Free Speech on the Internet is a touchy issue, especially when we start talking about social media platforms and forums for democratic debate. Seemingly, everything boils down to a single question: Do you have a First Amendment right to social media, or not?
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An in-depth look at the broadband infrastructure bills

Acolytes claim that massive broadband expenditures will close the digital divide, but all of the plans are unabashedly focused on infrastructure. In reality, only a small part of the digital divide will actually be solved by making broadband infrastructure available everywhere.
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