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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Net Neutrality Debate: Access to Broadband Networks

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40616.pdf

Describes what the term “Net Neutrality” means, actions by the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump Administration that would revise regulations relating to the Internet, earlier actions by the FCC, and Congressional responses.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Russia and 2016 Election Investigations

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.c-span.org/video/?436360-1/facebook-google-twitter-executives-testify-russias-influence-2016-election

Features executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the topic of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through manipulation of social media.  From C-Span

 

Trends in the Department of Defense’s Support Costs

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53168-dodsupportcosts.pdf

Funding for support functions consumes more of the defense budget today than it did in the 1980s.  Largest increases were attributed to health care, communications infrastructure, the science/technology program, and DoD management.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2015

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/acs/acs-37.pdf

Provides a picture of current computer use and access to broadband Internet in the U.S.  Overall 62% of American households had access to “high connectivity,” meaning a desktop or laptop, a tablet or smartphone, and a broadband subscription.  Also describes access by demographic characteristics and geography and charts computer/Internet use historically from 1984.    From the Census Bureau

 

Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command

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

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/18/presidential-memorandum-secretary-defense

Presidential directive that elevates the Pentagon’s offensive cyber-force to a 10th unified command level, on a par with other main combat commands.  It had been subordinate to Strategic Command, the unit responsible for U.S. missile defenses.  From the White House

 

Task Force on Cyber Deterrence

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0LEVv009JZZgRUAyg8nnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEya2JoNHBtBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjQ0MzBfMQRzZWMDc3I-/RV=2/RE=1503093941/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2fwww.acq.osd.mil%2fdsb%2freports%2f2010s%2fDSB-CyberDeterrenceReport_02-28-17_Final.pdf/RK=1/RS=bzAPNMmZIJQkzlaS9NP3enOPyhs-

Offers a series of recommendations for strengthening U.S. ability to deter cyber attacks and intrusions. Finds that the offensive cyber capabilities of some U.S. adversaries exceed our ability to defend critical infrastructures.  From the Defense Science Board

 

Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/800-53/sp800-53r5-draft.pdf

Offers a comprehensive set of security and privacy controls for all types of computing platforms including Internet of Things (IoT) devices to protect individuals and organizations from various external threats.    From the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce

 

Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/CyberTF/Documents/report2017.pdf

Offers recommendations for improving network security in the healthcare industry around six high-level imperatives.  From the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force

(consumer info/protection     health/medical     telecommunications/Internet)

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