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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The State of Broadband 2014: Broadband for All

Categories: Business/Economics,Education,Telecommunications/Internet,United Nations

http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/reports/bb-annualreport2014.pdf

Describes the penetration of broadband access to the Internet and its application for sustainable development and education.  Estimates that 40% of the world population will be online by the end of 2014.  From the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

 

Virginia’s Information Technology Governance Structure

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/reports/Rpt459.pdf

Criticizes muddled authority lines, especially between the Secretary of Technology and the Chief Information Officer, lack of clear responsibility for who secures the state’s data, lack of enforcement in procurement requirements and more.  Offers recommendations for legislative and executive action.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Guidance on Managing Email

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2014/m-14-16.pdf

Lays out official policies and procedures for how federal agencies are to properly manage email records.  From the Office of Management and Budget

 

Broadcast Television and Radio: Disclosure Requirements for Broadcasted Content

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Congress,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665860.pdf

Describes the disclosure requirements and practices of TV and radio stations that air ads or programming that affect their interests and may be intended to influence Congress and any requirements to air opposing views. Also discloses what is known about the number and market value of such ads aired from 2007 to 2012.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies, Part 2

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4485.pdf

Provides information on the value of U.S. digital trade and the potential growth of this trade and the contributions of digital trade to the U.S. economy.  Includes a survey of U.S. firms in industries particularly involved in digital trade.  From the United States International Trade Commission

 

Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint…

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/09/google-refund-consumers-least-19-million-settle-ftc-complaint-it

Press release which explains the terms of the consent agreement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission for refunds to consumers who were billed for mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play store by children without authorization by the account holder.  Also contains link to text of consent agreement.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

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

 

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