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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

 

Executive Directive 2: Assessing and Evaluating Major Information Technology and Service Contracts

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

https://governor.virginia.gov/policy/executive-directives/ed-02/

This directive calls for a report on how the state of Virginia acquires its information technology services and especially the use of IT contingency contractors.  Calls for a review of all major IT projects and contracts and a cost-benefit analysis of in-sourcing versus out-sourcing IT jobs.  From the Office of the Governor

 

 

TV Watching and Computer Use in U.S. Youth Aged 12-15, 2012

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,Youth

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db157.pdf

Presents national estimates of television watching and computer use outside of school by American youth including characteristics by sex, race and weight status.  Excessive TV and computer use has been linked to obesity among youth.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2013

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201407.pdf

41% of American homes had only wireless phones in the second half of 2013.   Presents estimates of the size and characteristics of this population.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

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