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Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43317.pdf

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44101.pdf

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

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/wh_digital_divide_issue_brief.pdf

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

http://www.uscourts.gov/statistics-reports/wiretap-report-2014

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

 

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2014

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201506.pdf

Finds that 45.4% of American homes had only wireless phones in the July-December 2014 period.  This report presents the most up-to-date estimates of the size and characteristics of the population with only wireless phone service.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Comparison of Legislative Proposals in the 114th Congress

Categories: Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44069.pdf

Reviews the similarities and differences of five bills on the topic introduced in the 114th Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Stored Communications Act: Reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)

Categories: Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44036.pdf

Provides background information on the purpose of the act, which provides privacy protection for electronic communications but also allows for government access to such communications, and reviews reform proposals to strengthen privacy provisions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Policy to Require Secure Connections Across Federal Websites and Web Services

Categories: Headlines,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2015/m-15-13.pdf

Memorandum that requires all publicly accessible federal websites to provide services  only through a secure connection or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).  Provides guidance to agencies for the transition to HTTPS and a deadline for compliance.  From the Office of Management and Budget

 

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