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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper

The first human rights report prepared by officials of the Trump administration drops the section on Reproductive Rights, that covered access to contraception and abortion, and omits the phrase “Occupied Territories” from the description of Israel’s presence in Gaza and the West Bank. The annual report is mandated by Congress.   From the State Department

 

A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Disinformation: Final Report of the Independent High-level Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,European Union,Laws/Regulations,Propaganda,Telecommunications/Internet

http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/dae/document.cfm?doc_id=50271

Examines the concept and various forms of disinformation, describes its harm, and proposes a five part approach to solving the problem short of imposing censorship.  From the European Commission

 

Defining and Measuring the Digital Economy, 2005-2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.bea.gov/digital-economy/_xls/digiecon-0318.xlsx

Spreadsheet with time series of digital economy estimates for a recent 12 year span.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

Defining and Measuring the Digital Economy

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.bea.gov/digital-economy/_pdf/defining-and-measuring-the-digital-economy.pdf

A working paper explaining how an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department will be trying to measure the digital portion of the U.S. economy.  The project seeks to calculate the digital economy’s contribution to U. S. GDP.    From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

Draft Interagency Report on Status of International Cybersecurity Standardization for the Internet of Things (IoT)

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

https://csrc.nist.gov/CSRC/media/Publications/nistir/8200/draft/documents/nistir8200-draft.pdf

Describes five IoT technology application areas and the status of international cybersecurity standards in these areas.  From the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community: Statement for the Record

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Russia,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism,WMD

https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/Testimonies/2018-ATA—Unclassified-SSCI.pdf

Covers terrorism, transnational organized crime, cyber threats, WMD, and emerging, disruptive technologies.  Also covers threats by regions of the world.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 

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

 

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