National Security Reports – May 2018 Update

Gina Haspel’s CIA Torture File (National Security Archive); Rare Earth Elements – Recent Developments; The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for CongressNavy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress , Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress, Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Definitions in Brief, Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background and Issues for Congress, CRS Reports on the “Iran Deal”,(all CRS); Artificial Intelligence and National Security; Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines (Combating Terrorism Center); 2017 Internet Crime Report (FBI); Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences (Chatham House); Data Breach Trends – Year End 2017 (Risk Based Security); 2018 Special Operations Command Fact Book  (SOC); Privacy & Data Security Update: 2017 (Federal Trade Commission); Pre-Radicalization Criminal Activity of United States Extremists (START); Global Risks Report 2018 (World Economic Forum); Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers: We Need to Change the Way We are Doing Business (UN Secretary-General); and Global Food Security: A Primer (JSTOR).

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What Is the GDPR?

This recently enacted EU directive could have a major impact on your online interactions. Of late, there have been many questions raised over privacy and data ownership, and this Come here to find out more info; this EU site also offers additional information on this law.  This CRS report is also helpful – Data, Social Media, and Users: Can We All Get Along?; the European Parliament Think Tank has issued numerous papers on this legislation and its impact on both providers and users. Another excellent source is from the Law Library of the Library of Congress – Personal Data Protection and the EU GDPR – that points the way to other useful links. There are even implications for libraries in how they record, store, and disseminate records such as circulation transactions or online reference conversations.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Abraham Lincoln – Additional Primary Sources

We have quite rightly highlighted primary/secondary sources on whom some consider the finest of our presidents. (He ranks #1 in the C-SPAN Historians Survey of Presidents 2017, a position he has held in the previous iterations of this poll.) We have come across other collections at Brown University that we would like to recommend: “Brown’s Lincoln Broadsides collection comprises an assortment of printed materials intended for broad public distribution in a variety of formats. Within this digital collection you will find, for example: handbills (a single sheet of text intended for wide public distribution), leaftlets (a handbill folded to create multiple leaves), small pamphlets (unbound booklets, typically stapled or sewn), souvenir cards, circulars, broadsheets, brochures.”; Lincoln Envelopes –  “This collection contains embellished envelopes created during the period surrounding Lincoln’s presidency and the time immediately after his assassination. Many of the envelopes depict Lincoln himself….”; Lincoln Graphics “…include most of the known photographic images of Lincoln, along with engravings and popular prints by, among other firms, Currier & Ives and Kurz & Allen.”; Lincoln Manuscripts

The Hay Library’s famed collection of manuscripts authored or signed by Lincoln, now comprises nearly 1,100 pieces.

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Why Are We Getting So Many Spam Phone Calls?

Whatever happened to the “Do Not Call Registry” that almost everyone signed up for? How come we are now inundated with robocalls? As this NPR interview points out, the technology that blocks these types of calls has been superseded by marketers using more sophisticated types of equipment. And as the government does not appear to be doing anything about these breaches, we’d better get used to this situation for some time.

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Jersey City Narrows Gap in Population with Newark

According to the 2017 population estimates just released by the Census Bureau, Jersey City’s increase in population outpaced Newark’s growth, further tightening the competition for the title of New Jersey’s largest city. The numbers are:

Jersey City: 267,446 (2016) – 270,753(2017)

Newark: 284, 386 (2016) – 285,154 (2017)

Newark’s population grew by a mere 768 residents; Jersey City expanded by 3307 people.

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Health Statistics for America’s Largest 500 Cities

Emanating from NYU, the City Health Dashboard utilizes 36 key metrics in determining the health factors of a municipality. You can drill down these data to the census tract level in each city. Jersey City’s profile is replete with figures revealing the health and social indicators at the neighborhood level. You can also compare across cities as well as across metrics. There is much valuable information here; this is a source worth exploring.

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Photos of 2018 NJCU Graduation

Well over one hundred photos are available for your perusal, courtesy of The Jersey Journal.

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