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Office of the Secretary: Evaluation of Email Records Management and Cybersecurity Requirements

https://oig.state.gov/system/files/esp-16-03.pdf

Provides an overview of laws and regulations relating to management of email records, assesses the effectiveness of electronic records management by the Office of the Secretary, evaluates compliance with records management requirements, and examines requirements related to the use of non-Departmental systems. Includes 8 recommendations for improvement.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of State

 

Briefing on the State Department Inspector General’s Report … Evaluation of Email Records Management and Cybersecurity Requirements

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/05/257733.htm

Transcript of the press conference of May 25, 2016 with senior State Department officials on the topic of use by past Secretaries of State of private email servers for official business.  From the State Department

 

Consumer Help Center Data

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Telecommunications/Internet

Provides the public with more information about consumer complaints relating to services (phones, televisions, the Internet, radio, or other accessibility issues), the method by which the consumer receives the service, and the specific issue that caused the complaint.  Covers complaints filed since 2015.  From the Federal Communications Commission

 

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2015.

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201605.pdf

The number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow.  This survey finds that 48.3% of American homes had only wireless telephones.  Covers demographic characteristics and health measures by household telephone status.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Thomas.gov to Retire

Categories: Congress,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2016/16-004.html

Agency press release on the retirement of the website which will be replaced by Congress.gov.   The Thomas site was launched in 1995 to cover the work of Congress but lacks modern features which Internet users expect. From the Library of Congress

 

Vehicle Cybersecurity

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676064.pdf

Advanced software  code in vehicles supports safety features but leaves vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks.  This report covers key cybersecurity vulnerabilities in modern vehicles, key technologies to mitigate these vulnerabilities, stakeholder views on challenges related to vehicle cybersecurity, and federal efforts to protect vehicle cybersecurity.  From the Government Accountability Office

(consumer info/protection     science/technology     telecommunications/Internet     transportation)

What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44473.pdf

Reviews the evolution of programming since the 1950s, the regulatory structure that was created to protect property rights and promote competition, and whether that regulatory structure needs major changes in the age of online video distributors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2015/index.htm

The annual report, now in its 40th year, on the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.  Each country report follows a standard format with sections devoted to civil liberties, political freedoms, corruption in government, human trafficking, and worker rights.  From the State Department

 

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