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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/assets/crs/R40616.pdf

Net neutrality refers to placing restrictions on the owners of networks to ensure equal access to the Internet and, for example, not allowing better access for those who pay more.  This report discusses regulatory authority of the FCC, legislative proposals and court decisions that are in play during the current policy debate.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library

 

Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force Report on FracFocus 2.0

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Geology/Mining

http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/04/f14/20140328_SEAB_TF_FracFocus2_Report_Final.pdf

Recommends actions that will improve the effectiveness of the public disclosure of chemical additives used in the fracking process for unconventional gas production.  Calls for full disclosure of constituents of fracturing fluids despite claims of trade secrets exemptions.  From the Department of Energy

 

Global Study on Homicide 2013: Trends, Contexts, Data

Categories: Births/Deaths,Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.unodc.org/documents/gsh/pdfs/2014_GLOBAL_HOMICIDE_BOOK_web.pdf

Aims to improve understanding of criminal violence by providing information on where it occurs, who is most at risk, and how their lives are taken.  Reports that 437,000 persons were killed in 2012 with the largest number (36%) occurring in the Americas.  From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

 

2013 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Business/Economics,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining,Treaties

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/vprpt/2013/224673.htm

Describes U.S. activities over the past year to implement the principles created to minimize human rights risks associated with extractive minerals activities by a group of countries, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.  The voluntary principles are considered a benchmark for responsible business practice in the most challenging environments.  From the State Department

 

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2013 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Sex Issues

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/302423/Cm_8842_Accessible_v0.3.pdf

The British human rights report.  Describes British efforts to defend human rights and promote democracy around the world.  Includes sections on human rights situation in 28 countries of concern and preventing sexual violence initiative.  From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Command Paper Cm 8842.