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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Driver Electronic Device Use in 2014

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Provides statistics on the prevalence of drivers’ use of handheld electronic devices and text messaging.   Also covers cell phone use. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Authors Guild et al v. Google

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

Decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit that the digitizing of millions of books by Google to create an online library is transformative and not a violation of the concept of fair use. From Justia


Summer Study Report on Strategic Surprise

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

A study of how to counter threats and prevent regrets in eight areas including nuclear proliferation, missile defense, space security, undersea warfare, cyber vulnerabilities and more. From the Defense Science Board


Broadband Activities in the Commonwealth: An Annual Status Report

Categories: Govt Finance,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues$file/RD233.pdf

Highlights the initiatives and activities that have occurred in the past year and identifies the needs that remain. The year marked the first funding of the state program by the General Assembly as the federal broadband initiative grant ended. From the Center for Innovative Technology and others


Principles for Governing the Internet: A Comparative Analysis

Categories: Telecommunications/Internet,Treaties,United Nations

Analyzes existing national laws, self-regulatory guidelines, multilateral treaties and other documents relating to Internet governance and finds them inadequate as Internet governance principles. Proposes a policy of what is called Internet Universality. From UNESCO


Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations

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

Discusses concerns that enhanced encryption techniques may hamper law enforcement investigations and what policy options might be available to mitigate the problem. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Baseline Report on HB2320

Categories: Education-Higher,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

Study report with 5 preliminary conclusions on development of a plan by the state’s two or four year private or public colleges for a cooperative online degree program at a per student tuition cost of $4,000 or less per year.  2015 legislation (HB 2320) in the General Assembly had called for preparation of such a plan.  From the State Council of Higher Education


Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

Categories: Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

A roundup of recent legislation, hearings, and executive directives relating to cybersecurity issues over the past few years.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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