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Executive Order: Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Promotes the voluntary creation of private/public Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations to counter cybersecurity threats. Also calls for the government to select a nongovernmental organization to serve as the Standards Organization which will identify a set of common cybersecurity standards.  From the White House


Will the Check Be in the Mail? An Examination of Paper and Electronic Transactional Mail

Categories: Postal Service,Telecommunications/Internet

Examines three months of billing data from a major U.S. utility and finds that people prefer to receive bills via traditional mail but to pay bills electronically.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service


Tracking and Hacking: Security and Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk

Categories: Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

New computerized technologies that have the potential to improve driver safety and vehicle performance can also allow hackers to gain control over essential functions and cause proliferation of information about drivers’ habits for commercial purposes.  This report features answers from auto makers about the current status of the technology.  From the office of Senator Edward Markey.


Ransomware on the Rise

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes computer malware attacks that result in demands for payment of ransom to restore access to files or prevent their destruction.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Legislation Email Alerts on

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Announces new service of email alerts for legislation introduced by a member of Congress, for activity of a particular bill, or for new issues of the Congressional Record.  From and the Library of Congress


Chairman Wheeler Proposes New Rules for Protecting the Open Internet

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Fact sheet on the FCC chairman’s proposal to promote an Open Internet by revising existing rules and treating broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act.  From the Federal Communications Commission


2015 Broadband Progress Report and Notice of Inquiry on Immediate Action to Accelerate Deployment

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Concludes that broadband is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion and that a digital divide persists between urban and non-urban parts of the country.  From the Federal Communications Commission


International Broadband Data Report: Fourth Report

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Compares the state of broadband deployment in the U.S. and the country’s broadband speeds/prices with the international community.  Finds the U.S. continues to lag behind a number of other developed countries in broadband metrics.  From the Federal Communications Commission


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