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In Case You Missed It

Magazine article Information Today

In Case You Missed It

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In the interest of promoting greater awareness of the research churned out by government agencies, think tanks, interest groups, and academia, etc., here's a roundup of recent reports that are worth your attention.

* "The Emergence of Cybersecurity Law"

Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Hanover Research [bit.ly/17xAlYk]

"This paper examines cyberlaw as a growing field of legal practice and the roles that lawyers play in helping companies respond to cybersecurity threats." Sections include Cybersecurity and the Law, Legal Developments in Cyberlaw, and How Lawyers Help Meet Cyberthreats.

* "Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate"

Congressional Research Service (CRS) [fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40616.pdf]

"A major focus in the debate is concern over whether the current framework is sufficient for policy makers to enable them to take the necessary steps to ensure access to the Internet for content, services, and applications providers, as well as consumers." The report covers Federal Communications Commission (FCC) activity, industry initiatives, technical aspects of network management, and congressional activity. It is updated regularly; as of late February, this was the most recent version. For a look at the Net Neutrality issue through a European Union (EU) lens, check out the following entry.

* "Network Neutrality Revisited: Challenges and Responses in the EU and in the US"

European Parliament [bit.ly/lzKW5qh]

This is a bit geekier (and longer) than the CRS report, but if you're interested in how the Net Neutrality debate is playing out in Europe, you'll want to at least give it a browse. It examines "quality differentiation" ("different qualities of service at different prices") in the context of technology, economics, and public policy. It also discusses stakeholder concerns, and there's a section comparing relevant EU and U.S. legislation, broadband markets, and competition law.

* "The Impact of the Dark Web on Internet Governance and Cyber Security"

Global Commission on Internet Governance [bit.ly/1BAUt8P]

"The dark web is a part of the deep web that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard web browsers." The report points out that "anonymity can be used for both good and bad" and discusses why "it is important to develop tools that can effectively monitor it."

* "Mobile Dating Apps Can Place Confidential Information at Risk"

IBM [is.gd/JKaxIO]

This report points out that "many of these dating applications have access to additional features on mobile devices such as the camera, microphone, storage, GPS location and mobile wallet billing information ..." that makes them attractive to hackers. You'll have to register (for free) to get a look at the full text.

* "Bitcoin: Questions, Answers, and Analysis of Legal Issues"

CRS [fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43339.pdf]

Leave it to the CRS to provide a lucid, meticulously sourced explanation of what bitcoin is, where it originated, how it works, its advantages and disadvantages, and why Congress has taken an interest in it, etc. This report is updated regularly; the Jan. 28 version is the latest and most easily accessible. (And here's my obligatory mini-rant decrying the fact that CRS reports are still not made available directly to the taxpayers who fund them, leaving folks such as Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy to collect as many as possible and put them on the open web. …

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