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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Net neutrality refers to placing restrictions on the owners of networks to ensure equal access to the Internet and, for example, not allowing better access for those who pay more.  This report discusses regulatory authority of the FCC, legislative proposals and court decisions that are in play during the current policy debate.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library


The NSA Archive

Categories: Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

A collection of documents from the National Security Agency that were made public by Edward Snowden beginning in June 2013.  Posted by the American Civil Liberties Union


Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities and Recent Developments

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes the National Security Agency information collection programs that have been controversial since the Snowden disclosures and the various constitutional challenges to those programs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


A “Kill Chain” Analysis of the 2013 Target Data Breach

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Telecommunications/Internet


Presents an explanation of how the Target breach of security occurred and how Target missed a number of opportunities to stop the attackers and prevent the massive theft of personal and financial information of 110 million Target customers.  From the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

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

Examines the progress of press freedom around the world since the 1991 Windhoek Declaration.  Cites technological change and the global financial crisis as the most disruptive factors.  Separate chapters on freedom, pluralism, independence, and safety.  From the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress

Categories: Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes challenges in trying to build a nationwide network that meets state, local, and tribal needs for interoperable emergency communications. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Chinese People’s Liberation Army and Information Warfare

Categories: China,Defense/Military,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

Explains how the Chinese Army is revising its operational doctrine to meet what it sees as the new mode of integrated operations and information warfare in the modern world.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


Launching Cyber Virginia and the Virginia Cyber Security Commission

Categories: Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

Provides the text of Executive Order #8  which brings public and private sector experts together to make Virginia a leader among states in cyber security.  From the Governor’s Office


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