A new report from the Congressional Research Service introduces the “Dark Web” and its implications for law enforcement and security.
“The Dark Web is a general term that describes hidden Internet sites that users cannot access without using special software. Users access the Dark Web with the expectation of being able to share information and/or files with little risk of detection,” the CRS report said.
“This report illuminates information on the various layers of the Internet, with a particular focus on the Dark Web. It discusses both legitimate and illicit uses of the Dark Web, including how the government may rely upon it. Throughout, the report raises issues that policy makers may consider as they explore means to curb malicious activity online.” See Dark Web, July 7, 2015.
Other new or updated reports from CRS on topics of current policy interest include the following.
Is There a Judicial Remedy for Victims of Federal Data Breaches?, CRS Legal Sidebar, July 15, 2015
Recent Shooting in San Francisco Raises Questions about “Sanctuary Cities” and Compliance with Immigration Detainers, CRS Legal Sidebar, July 9, 2015
Women in Combat: Issues for Congress, July 14, 2015
H.R. 6: The 21st Century Cures Act, July 8, 2015
Hydropower: Federal and Nonfederal Investment, July 7, 2015
Reestablishment of Diplomatic Relations with Cuba, CRS Insights, July 10, 2015
Display of the Confederate Flag at Federal Cemeteries, CRS Insights, July 10, 2015
Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response, July 15, 2015
Momentum appears to be gathering in favor of providing authorized public access to CRS reports. (The access offered by Secrecy News is “unauthorized” by Congress or CRS.)
“By providing public access to CRS reports, we can elevate our national discourse and make it easier for citizens to cut through the misinformation that too often confuses the national debate,” wrote Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) in a June 17 letter to the House Administration Committee. See “Should Congressional Research Service Reports Be Public?” by Hannah Hess, Roll Call, July 14.
Meanwhile, CRS has recently updated its arguments in opposition to such public access. See “Considerations Arising from the Public Dissemination of CRS Products,” April 2015.