Wednesday, November 17, 2010

11.17 :: 70 Years of Decisions :: Good Spectrum is Hard to Find :: Well Now that We All Agree :: 11 /8s :: Opt Out Invasive Body Scanners Nov. 24 ::

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece
the people. – Abraham Lincoln

Transformative Choices: A Review of 70 Years of FCC Decisions
Sherille Ismail, OSP, October 2010, fcc
The paper presents a historical review of a series of pivotal
FCC decisions that helped shape today's communications landscape. It
finds that there have been a
number of successful efforts by the FCC, before and after the 1970s,
to promote new entrants, especially
in the markets for commercial radio, cable television, telephone
equipment, and direct broadcast satellites
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my first FCC TAC meeting, CAIDA
I recently attended my first FCC Technological Advisory Council
meeting (video archives). A week before the meeting we received a memo
from the chairman of the committee (Tom Wheeler) notifying the
committee of a "clear and challenging mandate from Chairman
Genachowski: to generate ideas and spur actions that lead to job
creation and economic growth in the ICT [information and communication
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NTIA Releases New Spectrum Report: Concludes Finding New Spectrum Is Hard., PK
When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its National
Broadband Plan (NBP) back in March, it focused very heavily on making
500 MHz of new spectrum available for broadband ove the next ten
years. The Obama Administration endorsed this goal back in May, and
ordered the relevant federal agency — Department of Commerce National
Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) — to do a study
on how to make this happen on the Federal side.
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New Research Study to Examine Teens' Online Behavior, Pew
Pew Research Center and Family Online Safety Institute will conduct
research focused on teenagers' online activities and digital
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Federal Register Notice: Reopening of Comment Period, NTIA
The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force announces that
the closing deadline for submission of comments responsive to the
September 29, 2010 notice of inquiry on the global free flow of
information on the Internet has been reopened and will extend until
December 6, 2010
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Wireless Firms Count On The Future Of The Internet, NPR
The Internet has been an economic bonanza for innovators and
entrepreneurs. The world wide web allowed start-ups to thrive at the
expense of established companies. But as the Internet age matures,
there are concerns big business is trying to exert more control.
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Who Should Govern the Internet?, COMCAST
Later today, I'll deliver a speech at an event hosted by the Center
for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. The new Center
is committed to "developing data-driven scholarship to enhance
understanding of technology's legal, economic, social, and governance
ramifications." I'm grateful for their invitation to discuss a timely
and important topic: the right role for government, and for other
institutions, in governing the Internet.
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The IETF and an Evolving Internet, Cable
Last week, the Internet Engineering Task Force (i.e. the "IETF") held
their meeting in Beijing, China. The IETF's mission is "to make the
Internet work better by producing high quality, relevant technical
documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the
Internet." As the Internet is global, the IETF meets three times a
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With Consensus at Hand on Net Neutrality, Time to "Check the Box", COMCAST
At yesterday's Brookings forum on "Internet Governance and Regulation:
What Should Be Government's Role?" Comcast's David Cohen delivered a
keynote calling for a greater reliance on the role of engineers and
the importance of transparent and consensus-based processes for
governing the Internet. He noted that long-standing engineering fora
such as the Internet Engineering Task Force have provided global
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Our Innovation Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges, FCC
Earlier today, Chairman Genachowski spoke at the annaul meeting of the
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Atlanta.
In concert with the conference's "Keeping the Focus" theme, the
Chairman spoke to the primary focus of the FCC: the economy and jobs.
We're serving this mission through harnessing the opportunities of
communications technology and putting an emphasis on innovation.
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IPv6 Task Force Guiding Agencies on Next-Generation IP, Exec Gov
The federal IPv6 Task Force, led by Chairman Peter Tseronis, will
begin meeting with federal agencies today to provide guidance about
the switch to the next-generation IPv6, according to a report on
Government Computer News.
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105/8 Allocated to AfriNIC - 11 /8s Remain at IANA, ARIN
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IPv6 Inside Everything and Everybody, Circleid
With the market for connected humans reaching saturation in advanced
economies, mobile operators now see connected devices as the next
growth opportunity. 'Everything that can benefit from being connected
will be connected', according to Ericsson's CTO (source). In the
meantime, Intel dreams of embedding processors into everything that
can gain something from communicating. Intel is quoted as counting on
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Public hangs up on printed phone books, Globe and Mail
Campaign presses Yellow Pages Group to stop mailing out heavy paper
tomes 'without permission' as contact information migrates online
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As Netflix bears down, Hulu Plus cuts price, CNET
Hulu Plus is playing catchup with rival Web video service Netflix and
has apparently realized that the best way to compete is to offer a
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Hulu opens premium service in U.S., Globe and Mail
Hulu Plus, which offers streaming TV content, launches with price cut,
but it's unavailable in Canada
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Paul Lanois, Caught in the Clouds: The Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, and
Privacy? NW J. Tech and Intel Prop 2010, NW J Tech & IP
ccording to a recent study by The Nielsen Company, the average
American Internet user spends over fifty-five hours per month online.1
However, despite the wide range of possibilities offered by the
Internet, Americans spend about half of their online
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From AM radio to satellite TV: seven decades of FCC regulation, Ars Technica
It was 1926. Broadcast radio was all the rage. But most stations
barely resembled the kind of outlets we listen to today. The majority
were run by colleges, civic organizations, and in some instances,
labor unions. Only 4.3 percent could be classified as "commercial
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Report: Obama administration to appoint Web privacy czar, Ars Technica
The US government is preparing to appoint a privacy czar and introduce
legislation to address growing concerns over Internet privacy. The
announcement is expected to come within weeks along with a report from
the US Commerce Department, though at this point, the details are
apparently far from being hammered out.
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M. Blane Michael, Reading the Fourth Amendment: Guidance from the
Mischief that Gave it Birth, NYLR Vol. 85 Num. 4 Oct. 2010, NYLR Vol.
85 Num. 4
The Supreme Court begins the twenty-first century with increasing use of a
cramped approach to Fourth Amendment interpretation. That approach, championed
by Justice Scalia, gives determinative weight to outdated common law rules
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Opt-Out Day Called Against Invasive Body Scanners, Wired
In the wake of a pilots' group calling on members to boycott body
scanners, an activist has launched a public movement to designate Nov.
24 as National Opt-Out day to encourage airline passengers to protest
the use of invasive body scanners and "enhanced pat-downs."
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100 Naked Citizens: 100 Leaked Body Scans, Wired
At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise: The
images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a
Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These
are those images.
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Website Publishes 100 Pictures Of Federal Security Body Scans, NPR
The images were among the 35,000 that U.S. Marshals at an Orlando
courthouse admitted to saving. Their release intensifies the debate
over how private those images remain.
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TSA Investigating 'Don't Touch My Junk' Passenger, Wired
The TSA has launched an investigation of a passenger in San Diego who
left the airport after opting out of an invasive body scan and
criticizing the proposed alternative pat-down. He also faces an
$11,000 fine.
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F.B.I. Seeks Wider Wiretap Law for Web, NYT
The agency's director, in meeting with Silicon Valley executives, says
it is necessary for a 1994 law to be freshened to cover Internet
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Clues suggest Stuxnet Virus was built for subtle nuclear sabotage, Ars Technica
New and important evidence found in the sophisticated "Stuxnet"
malware targeting industrial control systems provides strong hints
that the code was designed to sabotage nuclear plants, and that it
employs a subtle sabotage strategy that involves briefly speeding up
and slowing down physical machinery at a plant over a span of weeks.
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Thierer Joining Mercatus Center's Technology Policy Program, TLF
I'm very pleased to announce that I am today joining the Mercatus
Center at George Mason University as a Senior Research Fellow. I will
be working in the Mercatus Center's Technology Policy Program and
covering many of the same issues I have been active on for many years
now, including: free speech and child safety issues; privacy and
advertising policy; communications and media law; Internet governance;
online taxation and e-commerce regulation; and much more.
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