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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


Dark Web

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Govt Secrecy,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

Discusses the darker corners of the deep or unindexed web, what it is used for, how it is accessed, and how law enforcement, the military, and intelligence officials are using it.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Mapping the Digital Divide

Categories: Income/Poverty,Telecommunications/Internet

Examines the state of the digital divide in order to characterize disparities in Internet access and adoption as they exist today.  Traces disparities to factors that influence demand (household income), and cost of service provision (population density)  From the Council of Economic Advisers


Wiretap Report 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

The number of federal and state wiretaps authorized in 2014 decreased by 1 % from 2013.  This report provides information on the number and nature of federal and state applications for orders authorizing/approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


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