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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World

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

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-staff-report-november-2013-workshop-entitled-internet-things-privacy/150127iotrpt.pdf

Reports on the results of a November 2013 workshop on how to provide protection for consumers in an era when 25 billion devices are connected to the Internet.  Includes staff recommendations for businesses to protect consumer security and privacy.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32589.pdf

Reviews the calls for reform of the FCC, either via procedural changes that would affect agency operations or substantive policy changes that would affect the regulation of different services and industry sectors. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Final Report: Social and Economic Impacts of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

Categories: Business/Economics,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/asr_final_report.pdf

Independent evaluation of a federal program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provided for broadband adoption and availability to achieve social and economic benefits in targeted communities.  Covers 42 case study reports.  Funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

 

Using Technology in Nonviolent Activism Against Repression

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR357-Using-Technology-in-Nonviolent-Activism-against-Repression.pdf

Results of a July 2014 workshop on key challenges and opportunities in using technologies to support nonviolent civic movements in the twenty-first century.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Cyber Operations in DOD Policy and Plans: Issues for Congress

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43848.pdf

Presents on overview of cyber threats to the U.S., including the weapons, targets, and actors involved, a brief summary of recent computer attacks, and the current status of U.S. capabilities. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.esa.doc.gov/sites/default/files/reports/documents/competitionamongusbroadbandserviceproviders.pdf

Examines the array of choices for home Internet service, their varying speeds, and the minimal speed needed for various applications.  From the Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Network Neutrality Revisited: Challenges and Responses in the EU and in the US

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,European Union,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2014/518751/IPOL_STU%282014%29518751_EN.pdf

Provides background on the debate over network neutrality including its technological, economic, and public policy aspects, and implications for European public policy.  Also includes a comparison between the debate and policy positions in the U.S. and Europe.  From the European Parliament Think Tank

 

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2014

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201412.pdf

One of a series of surveys marking the increasing reliance of American homes on wireless telephones.  44% of American homes had only wireless telephones, an increase of 3% since the second half of 2013.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

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