Trust Digest 86 (March 3, 2015)

Powerful Partnerships for Collaborative Governance
In the remote mountains of the Muminabad district in the south of Tajikistan, women on a newly formed advisory board are leading to make important human connections between water service providers and consumers.
Key Words: Global Partnership for Social Accountability
Trust Issues: Transparency, Sustainability

Did United Put a Whole Route in the Sky for One Very Important Passenger?
For 18 months, a 50-seat regional jet left United Airlines’ Newark hub each Thursday night bound for Columbia, S.C. On Monday mornings, United Express flew back to Newark. Federal prosecutors want to know if United offered the flight because David Samson, then chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, spent weekends in Aiken, S.C., about 50 miles from the Columbia airport. The Port Authority and United have received subpoenas from U.S. investigators examining Samson’s travel and his communications with United, The Record newspaper in New Jersey reported earlier this month. Samson referred to the Columbia route as the “chairman’s flight,” the newspaper reported, citing a source it did not identify.
Key Words: United Airlines, Port Authority, Chairman
Trust Issues: Favoritism, Preferential Treatment

An Uneasy Relationship Between Telecom and Tech
For the next four days, a sprawling conference center here will become the global hub for the telecommunications and technology industries. More than 80,000 people — including heavy hitters like Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook; Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; and Vittorio Colao, chief executive of Vodafone — will gather to sign contracts and share contacts.
Key Words: Tech, Telecom
Trust Issues: Partnerships, Competition

Same as it ever was: Congress is still broken
Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday evening and will return to work with just seven days to avoid it again. Just like last time, there is no reason to think Republicans will allow DHS to shut down and risk getting blamed for putting the nation's security at risk. But also like last time, there is no clear path to getting a funding bill through for the agency.
Key Words: Congress
Trust Issues: Partisanship, Public Trust

Glacial Melting In Antarctica Makes Continent The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change'
From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.
Key Words: Climate Change
Trust Issues: Sustainability

After Bankruptcy, Lehman Pays $44 Million in Bonuses
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed more than six years ago, but the failed investment bank is still paying millions in bonuses to the team winding down its business. Lehman, which officially emerged from Chapter 11 nearly three years ago, paid out $44 million last year in bonuses to employees, according to a monthly operating report filed Friday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The bank paid out about $50 million in bonuses in 2013.
Key Words: Bankruptcy, Compensation
Trust Issues: Transparency

Obama, Israel's Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy
President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of the Israeli prime minister’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue.
Key Words: US-Israel Relations, Allies
Trust Issues: Partnership, Interests

Secrecy and negligence: How Congress lost control of domestic surveillance
Since disclosures of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying programs first surfaced in 2005, much of the debate in Washington has focused on executive overreach and legal interpretations that distorted surveillance provisions enacted by Congress. The Edward Snowden leaks especially reveal the startling ways the Bush and Obama administrations have stretched relatively modest provisions of the PATRIOT Act.
Key Words: NSA, Security, Congress
Trust Issues: Negligence

Data Monopolists Like Google Are Threatening the Economy
The White House recently released a report about the danger of big data in our lives. Its main focus was the same old topic of how it can hurt customer privacy. The Federal Trade Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration have also expressed concerns about consumer privacy, as have PwC and the Wall Street Journal.
Key Words: Big Data, FTC
Trust Issues: Free Market Competition, Monopoly

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