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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Telemarketing Regulation: National and State Do Not Call Registries

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43684.pdf

Outlines the laws underpinning the national do not call list, describes the regulations implementing the list, answers some of the most frequently asked questions, and discusses penalties for violating the rules.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Internet Access: Households and Individuals 2014

Categories: Great Britain,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_373584.pdf

Statistics on the trend in Internet use in the United Kingdom.  Over three quarters of adults in Great Britain used the Internet every day in 2014 with 68% using a mobile phone, portable computer or handheld device to access the Internet on the go.  From the Office of National Statistics

 

Data Transparency: Oversight Needed to Address Underreporting and Inconsistencies on Federal Award Website

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/664536.pdf

Examines flaws in the federal website USASpending.gov, which was set up under the authority of 2006 legislation to enable tracking of how the federal government spends $1 trillion annually on contracts and grants.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Big Data and Public Health

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-474.pdf

Examines the current and potential uses for big data in health improvement and the legal and practical issues raised by data use for public health or research purposes.  One of a series of Big Data studies released by this organization. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

Categories: Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/publications/comments-NN-library-highered_NN-18jul2014-final.pdf

Comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission by a coalition of library and educational organizations relating to the issue of so-called net neutrality. The coalition takes exception to an FCC proposed rulemaking which provides for different levels of service and pricing.  From the Federal Communications Commission

 

NIH System to Monitor Emerging Drug Trends

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Education-Higher,Health/Medical,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2014/nida-17.htm

Agency press release about the creation of a National Drug Early Warning System, funded by the National Institutes of Health at the University of Maryland and targeted at social media sites, to monitor emerging trends that will  help health experts respond quickly to outbreaks of illicit drugs.  From the National Institutes of Health

 

2013 Commonwealth of Virginia Information Security Report

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD1762014/$file/RD176.pdf

Assesses the strength of agency information technology security programs in Virginia.  Identifies agency business applications as the primary attack vector within state government.  From the Virginia Information Technologies Agency

 

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Telecommunications/Internet,United Nations,Women

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002270/227025e.pdf

Examines progress in press freedom, media independence, and safety of journalists.  Also focuses on inclusion of women in the news media.  From UNESCO

 

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