Friday, November 19, 2010

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the
risk to be alive -- the risk to be alive and express what we really
are. -- Don Miguel Ruiz

Telework legislation is good news for budgets and workers, WAPO
At last. After tons of paper, vats of ink and who knows how many
meetings and conferences on a seemingly simple subject, Congress has
given final approval to legislation promoting telework for federal
employees. Some employees already work away from their offices, though
less than 10 percent. The...
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FCC Still Working On Neutrality Proposal - But will it be worth much?,
According to Politico, the FCC is still putting together a net
neutrality proposal and plans to take action on the controversial
issue as early as next month. As we noted in September, a push for any
real network neutrality rules is all but dead, given the waffling by
key players like Google
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Sources: FCC chief to move on net neutrality proposal, Politico
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is
putting together a net neutrality proposal and plans to take action on
the controversial issue as early as next month, according to several
sources with knowledge of the situation.
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Net Neutrality Seen Waning Lawmakers Tell Politico Forum, USTelecom
Net neutrality isn't likely to emerge in the 112th Congress, said a
bipartisan panel of lawmakers at a forum sponsored by Politico this
morning. In fact, there's a good chance Republicans and Democrats
could work together on technology legislation, said Sen. John Ensign
(R-Nev.), ranking member on the U.S. Senate's Subcommittee on
Communications, Technology, and the Internet.
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Free Press Cheers FCC Chairman for Finally Speaking Out Against
Verizon-Google Pact, Free Press
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski
expressed displeasure with the Internet pact struck between Verizon
and Google last summer, saying he wished they "didn't do exactly what
they did, when they did."
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Google's wi-fi data to be deleted, BBC
The search giant has agreed to delete all the UK data that it
accidentally captured via Street View cars.
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Chinese Woman Imprisoned for Twitter Message, NYT
A woman was sentenced to a year in a labor camp for forwarding a
satirical post on Twitter.
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Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Centrifuges, NYT
Experts reached the conclusion by dissecting the program suspected of
being aimed at Iran's nuclear program.
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Web Censorship Bill Sails Through Senate Committee, Wired
The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves a bill that would
give the attorney general the right to shut down a website with a
court order if copyright infringement is deemed "central to the
activity" of the site -- regardless if the website has actually
committed a crime.
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The 19 Senators Who Voted To Censor The Internet, Techdirt
This is hardly a surprise but, this morning (as previously announced),
the lame duck Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move
forward with censoring the internet via the COICA bill -- despite a
bunch of law professors explaining to them how this law is a clear
violation of the First Amendment. What's really amazing is that many
of the same Senators have been speaking out against internet
censorship in other
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Doctor Sues Patients Over Bad Yelp Reviews, Techdirt
We've seen all sorts of business owners get upset about Yelp, but it
seems to be ratcheting up a notch. For example, take Denver chef,
Scott Parker, who lashed out at Yelp reviewers in a recent interview
(sent in by visual77). After being asked what he'd like to see less
of, he stated:
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Republican Threat to Defund NPR Fails, Free Press
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) tried to cut off federal
funding for NPR by bringing a vote to the House floor today. While the
measure failed, this political stunt is part of a larger though
unpopular effort to undermine one of America's most consistently
trusted sources of news and information.
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An Internet Self-Regulation Tool for Consumer Privacy, Nextgenweb
A good deal of progress is being made to balance the needs for
consumer privacy, behavioral advertising, and internet innovation.
Today, USTelecom hosted a panel event discussing important ways to
balance a consumer's right to online privacy while still enabling
advertisers to gather data to target consumer buying needs and wants.
The discussion began with an overview of online
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Rep. Ron Paul Introduces Bill to Halt Body Scanner Program, EPIC
Representative Ron Paul introduced a bill that would hold TSA agents
legally accountable for airline screening procedures. Rep. Paul cited
abusive screening procedures as the reason for the legislation, titled
the American Traveler Dignity Act. In a floor speech, Representative
Paul also endorsed National Opt-Out Day, a grassroots movement of
passengers who plan to refuse the devices on November 24th. EPIC is
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Myspace Cries Uncle, Hands Lunch Money to Facebook, Gigaom
Sometimes it just doesn't pay to fight the inevitable. In the case of
Myspace, that means admitting the unpleasant — but at the same time
undeniable — fact that it has lost the social-networking race to
Facebook. The News Corp. subsidiary has been doing that gradually over
the past few months, and the latest move in that direction came today,
with the launch of a new feature that Myspace CEO Mike Jones called
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The economic implications of surveillance-enhancing design, Crawford
This term I've been focused on the law of surveillance. The students
are writing excellent papers (go, students - that second draft is due
today!) and there's a lot going on in the world on this topic.
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50 ISPs Harbor Half Of All Infected Machines - OECD Issues Study On
Botnets And ISP reactions, dslreports
Slashdot directs our attention to a new study by Delft University of
Technology and Michigan State University on botnets and how ISPs deal
with them. The study analyzed 90 billion spam messages from 170
million unique IP addresses captured between 2005 and 2009, and found
that just fifty (out of tens of thousands) of global ISPs are
responsible for about half of all infected machines. If those ISPs did
a better job of
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Stuxnet attacks could move beyond Iranian nuclear plants, Ars Technica
The Stuxnet worm, a complicated piece of malware apparently engineered
to disrupt Iranian uranium enrichment, could be modified to attack
more industries, according to experts speaking to the Senate Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
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Hacking Sweden's election with pen and paper, Wired
In Sweden's recent election, a small collection of crafty programmers
appear to have attempted to hack the voting database with a
pen-and-paper attack.
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