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Another Timely CRS Report — “Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress”

Another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report

  • Syria’s Chemical Weapons:
    Issues for Congress
    By Mary Beth D. Nikitin
    Specialist in Nonproliferation
    & Paul K. Kerr
    Analyst in Nonproliferation
    & Andrew Feickert
    Specialist in Military Ground Forces
    August 20, 2013 [R42848]

is here.

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United Nationas Human Rights Council (UNHRC): Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

The subject report of the UNHRC is here.
From the report’s introduction:

1. The present report analyses the implications of States’ surveillance of communications for the exercise of the human rights to privacy and to freedom of opinion and expression. While considering the impact of significant technological advances in communications, the report underlines the urgent need to further study new modalities of surveillance and to revise national laws regulating these practices in line with human rights standards.

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2013 Global Information Technology Report (GITR) and Networked Readiness Index (NRI)

The World Economic Forum has published

The Global Information Technology Report 2013: Growth and Jobs in a Hyperconnected World

Beñat Bilbao-Osorio, Soumitra Dutta, and Bruno Lanvin, Editors

The online edition is here.

The executive summary begins with

When The Global Information Technology Report (GITR) and the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) were created some 12 years ago, the attention of decision makers and investors was on adopting business and financial strategies that would allow them to develop in the context of a fast-moving but nascent Internet economy. Over more than a decade, the NRI has provided decision leaders with a useful conceptual framework to evaluate the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) at a global level, and to benchmark the ICT readiness and the usage of their economies.

Today, the world has undergone massive changes: the Internet bubble has come and gone, and emerging countries such as China and India have become prominent global users and providers of ICT equipment and services. Struggling to emerge from the financial crisis, developed economies are striving to return to higher levels of growth and competitiveness while fighting stubbornly high unemployment rates, especially among their youth. Both emerging and developed economies are focusing on innovation, competing globally for talent, resources, and market shares. Information flows and networks have spread across borders in ways that could not be imagined before the onset of the Internet, the global adoption of mobile telephony and social networks, and the rapid growth of broadband. Business models have been redefined, the workplace has been redesigned, small startups have evolved into large companies, and entire functions of society (education, health, security, privacy) are being rethought.

and is divided into the following sections, indicating the order discussion throughout the full, 409-page report:

  • ICTs, COMPETITIVENESS, GROWTH, AND JOBS: A COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP
  • PART 1: THE CURRENT NETWORKED READINESS LANDSCAPE
    • Insight from the NRI 2013 on the world’s networked readiness
    • Digitization for Economic Growth and Job Creation: Regional and Industry Perspectives
    • Convergent Objectives, Divergent Strategies: A Taxonomy of National Broadband and ICT Plans
    • The Importance of National Policy Leadership
    • Fiber Broadband: A Foundation for Social and Economic Growth
    • The Economic Impact of Next-Generation Mobile Services: How 3G Connections and the Use of Mobile Data Impact GDP Growth
    • Better Measurements for Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technologies
    • Re-Establishing the European Union’s Competitiveness with the Next Wave of Investment in Telecommunications
    • The Big Opportunity for Inclusive Growth
  • PART 2: CASE STUDIES OF LEVERAGING ICTS FOR COMPETITIVENESS AND WELL-BEING
    • Colombia’s Digital Agenda: Successes and Challenges Ahead
    • The Metamorphosis to a Knowledge-Based Society: Rwanda
    • E-Government in Latin America: A Review of the Success in Colombia, Uruguay, and Panama
  • PARTS 3 AND 4: COUNTRY/ECONOMY PROFILES AND DATA PRESENTATION

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