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  • What's the Buzz? The City-Scale Impacts of Drone DeliveryAugust 9, 2017

    This report examines the developing technology for using drones to deliver packages and attempts to identify the societal impacts. In particular, the author estimates the potential effects on energy consumption, infrastructure requirements, aerial congestion, privacy, and noise for a range of cities and operating conditions.

  • Exploring Cyber Security Policy Options in AustraliaAugust 7, 2017

    RAND conducted a cyber security exercise with participants from government, industry, think tanks, academia, and the media in Canberra, Australia. The goal was to explore opportunities to improve cyber security, assess the implications of possible solutions, and inform Australia's next national Cyber Security Strategy.

  • Reducing Coastal Flood Risk with a Lake Pontchartrain BarrierAugust 4, 2017

    This report describes the results of an evaluation of the potential benefits for coastal Louisiana from a barrier across the mouth of Lake Pontchartrain. Conducted in advance of Louisiana's 2017 Coastal Master Plan, it includes estimates of the reduction in storm surge and wave heights, flood depths, and economic damage with proposed barrier options in place. It also estimates potential induced economic damage in neighboring areas.

  • Can an Informative Letter Reduce Gun Crime and Be Cost-Effective? A Study of Los AngelesAugust 2, 2017

    Between January 2013 and September 2015, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office sent letters to individuals who had just purchased a handgun reminding them of their legal responsibilities as gun owners. This report evaluates the effect of the letters sent by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office on city-level rates of homicide, robbery, and aggravated assault with a firearm and conducts a cost-benefit assessment of this letter program.

  • Resilience Dividend Valuation Model: Framework Development and Initial Case StudiesAugust 1, 2017

    The RAND Corporation and the Rockefeller Foundation formed a partnership to develop a modeling framework that can be used to estimate the net benefits of a resilience project. We call the framework the Resilience Dividend Valuation Model (RDVM). This report discusses the motivation for the RDVM, describes how we developed it, and offers a set of case studies to demonstrate how the RDVM can be applied across diverse settings.