December 9, 2017

Cybersecurity: Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Plans to Launch Cyber.gov, a Repository for Best Practices

From Federal News Radio: With just one month under his belt, the country’s first federal chief information security officer says he’s launching a one-stop-shop for cybersecurity guidance and good ideas. Cyber.gov will be a repository for best practices, said retired Brig. Gen. Greg Touhill, the federal CISO, during an Oct. 11 AFCEA chapter Cybersecurity Summit […]

Research/Conference Paper: “After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter”

Note: The following full text paper was recently shared by the authors on arXiv. It was presented at Data For Good Exchange 2016 on September 25th. Title After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter Authors Adrian Benton Johns Hopkins University Braden Hancock Stanford University Glen Coppersmith Qntfy John W. […]

New/Updated Research Reports From Law Library of Congress on “Government Access to Encrypted Communications” and “Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws”

From a LLOC Blog Post by Jenny Gesley: A recently published Law Library of Congress report titled “Government Access to Encrypted Communications” surveys whether and how the governments in twelve countries and the European Union can gain access to encrypted communications. It focuses on whether the government can require companies to decrypt encrypted communications or provide […]

Collection Development Roundup: New Full Text Research Reports, Data Files, and Reference Resources (39 Items)

Our latest resource roundup features a number of recently published full text reports, data files, and other reference materials from governments, think tanks, and other sources. All of the items below are free to access and download. At the bottom of this post you’ll also find links to other resource roundups. Brexit Brexit: Implications for […]

Legal Research: Columbia University Launches Spanish Language Online Database of Case Law on Freedom of Expression

From UNESCO: Columbia University has launched a Spanish language online global database of freedom of expression case law and court rulings, in partnership with UNESCO, Dejusticia, FLIP (Fundacion para la Liberdad de Prensa), and Universidad Externado de Colombia. [Clip] The Spanish database includes significant decisions about Freedom of Expression and Access to Information from 16 […]

Health/Medical Research Tools: Beta Version of OpenTrials Database Goes Live Today (Info About World’s Clinical Trials)

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From Open Knowledge International: Open Knowledge International is delighted to announce the launch of the public preview beta version of OpenTrials at a panel session on ‘Fostering Open Science in Global Health’ at the World Health Summit today, 10 October 2016. OpenTrials is an open, online database of information about the  funded by the Laura […]

Reference/Data: Society at a Glance 2016 (OECD Social Indicators)

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Society at a Glance 2016: OECD Social Indicators was recently published by the OECD. The report and data can be accessed in several formats. This is the eighth edition of Society at a Glance, the biennial OECD overview of social indicators. This report addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its […]

Research Paper: Temporary Internet Blocking and Shutdowns by Governments Cost Countries $2.4 Billion Last Year”

From a Report by Darrell West, Center for Technology Innovations, Brookings: West writes: In recent years, a number of countries have blocked particular applications, shut down specific services (e.g. instant messaging and voice over internet protocol calling), turned off mobile telecommunications services, or disrupted the entire internet. Those actions separate people from their family, friends, […]

Research: ‘Security Fatigue’ Can Cause Computer Users to Feel Hopeless and Act Recklessly, New Study Suggests”

From the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that a majority of the typical computer users they interviewed experienced security fatigue that often leads users to risky computing behavior at work and in their personal lives. [Clip] The study, published this […]

New Data: Selected Statistics From the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014-15

From the National Center for Education Statistics, released today. Direct to Full Text: Selected Statistics From the Public Elementary and Secondary Education Universe: School Year 2014–15 38 pages; PDF. Selected Findings Table 1 provides counts of schools by their operating status and type. There were 98,373 operating public elementary/secondary schools in SY 2014–15; this number […]