Monday, January 31, 2011

1.31 :: WiFiHiJi :: Too Soon? :: Remember Y2K? :: 0 Days :: Kill Switch :: Gone in 60 Seconds :: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
We shall hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope. -Martin
Luther King, Jr.

Will FCC and Congress Sabotage Obama State of the Union High Tech Goals?, PK
President Obama's State of the Union speech last night certainly hit
quite a few high notes for the tech community. There were a half
dozen mentions of the Internet, shout-outs to Facebook and Google and
a mention of better use of wireless spectrum.
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Facebook turns on HTTPS to block WiFi hijacking, Wired
Facebook announced Wednesday it would begin supporting a feature to
protect users from having their accounts hijacked over WiFi
connections or snooped on by schools and businesses.
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Netflix CEO wades into net neutrality debates, WAPO
Netflix, the DVD mail-order-company-turned-online-video-giant, is
firing back at cable and telecom firms as it weighs in on an
increasingly thorny debate over net neutrality.
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Rockefeller, Waxman Statement on Verizon's Net Neutrality Appeal,
Senate Commerce
Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Representative
Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on Energy
and Commerce, released the following statement after Verizon
Communications filed an appeal challenging the Federal Communications
Commission's (FCC) Report and Order on Net neutrality rules:
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Not so fast! FCC says net neutrality lawsuits filed too soon, Ars Technica
The Federal Communications Commission is asking a DC appeals court to
throw out the Verizon and MetroPCS lawsuits against the agency's new
Open Internet rules. Verizon filed the initial lawsuit papers on
January 20, arguing that the FCC's move "goes well beyond any
authority provided by
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22% of online Americans used social networking or Twitter for politics
in 2010 campaign, Pew
Republicans catch up to Democrats in social media use for politics.
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To avert Internet crisis, the IPv6 scramble begins, CNET
Remember Y2K? The Internet today is facing a similarly big problem all
over again, but nobody knew exactly when it would hit--until now.
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Comcast Activates First Users With IPv6 Native Dual Stack Over DOCSIS, COMCAST
We are excited to announce that Comcast has successfully activated our
first group of cable modem customers using IPv6 in a "Native Dual
Stack" configuration. These customers can now access content and
services natively over both IPv6 and IPv4, since they have both IPv4
and IPv6 addresses. As a result, they do not need to use any tunneling
or translation solutions including Network Address Translation (NAT);
they can access IPv6 and IPv4 directly at high-speed, in an
unencumbered fashion.
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2-Feb 2011 ????, The IPv4 Depletion Site
As everybody can see, my depletion countdown has been showing "today"
for quite some time now. The reason is that APNIC's pool is at a level
where they normally would request and get 2 x /8 allocated from IANA.
At this point in time, the IANA depletion date is defined by the
discrete event when IANA decides to delegate these last 2 blocks to
APNIC. However, APNIC and/or IANA are for some reason is waiting
longer than expected to finalize this last delegation.
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IPv6 address design, IPv6 Act Now
There are a few culprits that regularly contribute to delayed or
failed IPv6 deployment projects, such as poor DNS planning,
insufficient testing, unanticipated application behavior, and poor
IPv6 support in peripheral support, management, or security systems.
Many deployment projects suffer temporary halts when the original IPv6
address design is found to be inadequate – in a few cases, the address
design has had to be reworked more than once.
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Most US Federal Websites More than a Year Behind Meeting DNSSEC
Mandate, Circleid
Carolyn Duffy Marsan reporting in Network World: "Half of U.S.
government Web sites are vulnerable to commonplace DNS attacks because
they haven't deployed a new authentication mechanism that was mandated
in 2008, a new study shows. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
issued a mandate requiring federal agencies to deploy an extra layer
of security — called DNS Security Extensions or DNSSEC — on their .gov
Web sites by Dec. 31, 2009."
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U.S. warns against blocking social media, elevates Internet freedom
policies, WAPO
The decision by Egyptian officials to virtually shut down Internet
access to the country Friday marked an audacious escalation in the
battle between authoritarian governments and tech-savvy protesters. It
was also a direct challenge to the Obama administration's attempts to
promote Internet freedom.
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More news websites blocked in Iran, Globe and Mail
Access to foreign news, including reports about Egypt, more restricted
than usual
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Egypt Cuts Off Most Internet and Cell Service, NYT
Egypt has cut off nearly all Internet traffic into and out of the
country and disrupted cellphone service as it struggles to contain
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Larry Magid: Mubarak Can Cut the Net but Can't Stem Information Flow, Huff
No matter how many plugs he pulls or cables he cuts, Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak is not going to completely suppress
information flowing within his country or between Egypt and the rest
of the world. Information has a way of slipping out, and despite an
apparent internet blackout, some people have been able to tweet and
post updates to Facebook, and other sites.
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The Role Of New And Old Media In Egypt, NPR
Adel Iskandar, an instructor at Georgetown University's Center for
Contemporary Arab Studies, speaks to host Michele Norris about the
protests in Egypt and the role of social media.
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In a span of minutes, a country goes offline, Globe and Mail
Egypt's government orders Internet service providers to shut down all
connections, isolating 80 million people and the ringleaders of the
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Egyptians Connecting To The Internet Via Modem, Fax, Ham Radio, Huff
Despite Egyptian authorities shutting down access to the internet,
protesters in Cairo have been able to get online by some creative
methods. Check out the slideshow to see how they're doing it.
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Anonymous Internet Users Help Egypt Communicate, Huff
"Internet not working, police cars burning," sent out one Egyptian.
"Today marks a great day for Egypt," sent out another.
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Without Internet, Egyptians find new ways to get online, CW
"When countries block, we evolve," an activist with the group We
Rebuild wrote in a Twitter message Friday.
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Microsoft shifts some work out of Egypt, CW
Microsoft, one of the companies located in Cairo's Smart Villages
hi-tech office park, has begun shifting work to other locations in the
wake of the on-going unrest in Egypt.
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Old tech aids Egyptian protests, BBC
Fax machines, ham radio and dial-up modems are helping people get
around the net block imposed on Egypt.
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Egypt's Only Internet Provider Still In Service, Huff
Amidst the Internet blackout in Egypt that experts have deemed the
"worst in Internet history," one service provider, the Noor Group, has
been up and running nearly uninterrupted since the protests in Egypt
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Egypt Leaves the Internet, Renesys
Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action
unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to
have ordered service providers to shut down all international
connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic
routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every
Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website,
school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four
Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the
rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat
Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off
the air.
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NYT interviews Egyptian blogger via Skype, Lost Remote
It looks like much of Egypt is without internet access at this hour,
but earlier the NY Times interviewed Gigi Ibrahim (@Gsquare86), an
Egyptian blogger and activist, who's been sending out a steady stream
of tweets from Cairo. And they did it via Skype: Call it "social
newsgathering," a new skill that involves Twitter sleuthing, [...]
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How Egypt Switched Off the Internet, Gigaom
Amid spreading protests, the Egyptian government has taken the
incredible step of shutting down all communications late Thursday.
Only a handful of web connections, including those to the nation's
stock exchange, remain up and running.
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Egypt's Internet Blocked - I Call on My Friend Tarek Kamel to Unblock
It and Join His People, Circleid
Internet all over Egypt has been blocked in an unprecedented revolt. I
call on my friend Tarek Kamel, Egypt's Minister of Telecommunication,
to overturn this oppressive decision and to unblock the Internet in
all Egypt immediately and to join his people in their peaceful revolt.
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Egyptian Government Shuts Down Most Internet and Cell Services, Circleid
The Egyptian government has disabled most Internet and cell phone
services in an apparent effort to disrupt the anti-government protests
gripping the country. Egypt's four primary Internet providers all
stopped moving data early Friday, effectively cutting off Egyptians
from the outside world and each other.
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The Internet Society on Egypt’s Internet shutdown, ISOC
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How Egypt did (and your government could) shut down the Internet, Ars Technica
How hard is it, exactly, to kill the Internet? Egypt seems to have
been able to do it. But Egypt's situation isn't exactly the same as
that in the Western world. And even though Egypt only has four big
ISPs, the fact that everything went down after midnight local time
suggests that it took considerable
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Al Jazeera English shines as communications cut in Egypt, Lost Remote
With social media largely silenced after the Egyptian government cut
the Internet and mobile phones, the world is watching (and tweeting
about) Al Jazeera's live coverage. Al Jazeera English quickly became
the leading source of live coverage from Cairo — both on TV and a live
stream online. "All day today I've been watching Al [...] Related
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What should the U.S. learn from Egypt's use of the "Internet Kill
Switch?", Center for Internet and Society
The outbreak of civil unrest in Egypt this week has unfolded with
rapid momentum. As in Tunisia, access to video, Twitter and other
feeds at first appeared to help the Egyptian citizenry stand up for
their democratic and human rights, including the right to be safe in
their homes and businesses, and to come to consensus on being so.
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Maldives to Egypt: Can a Revolution be Censored?, Global Voices
When the Egyptian government decided to go for a total Internet
shutdown of the country to curb the growing anti-government protests,
people in the Maldives were reminded of 13 August 2004 when the
government of Maldives blocked Internet in the country following a
massive pro-democracy demonstration. The government of Maldives
cracked down on protesters, shutdown the Internet completely across
the country, imposed a state of emergency, and hoped news of events in
the Maldives would not reach the rest of the world.
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Egypt: The World is Watching, Global Voices
As Egyptian demonstrators take to the streets for the sixth day in a
row, netizens continue to pull all the stops to keep the world
informed of what is happening on the ground. Here's a snapshot of
reactions from Twitter this morning, compiled by Jordanian Nadine
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Anonymous on TV, Al Jazeera reporters still tweeting, Lost Remote
The Egyptian government closed Al Jazeera's Cairo bureau early Sunday,
pulled its reporters credentials and blocked the network's TV signal
in Egypt, the network said. "Our staff has packed up our entire office
in the downtown bureau and has relocated," says a producer in an audio
report filed here. "We are doing phone interviews. No [...] Related
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The Background Story Of The NY Times' Relationship With Julian Assange, Techdirt
If you haven't yet, set aside some time to read the NY Times'
executive editor Bill Keller's account of the paper's association with
Julian Assange. It gives some interesting (and not too surprising)
background details about the relationship, Assange himself, and
Keller's views on the overall impact of Wikileaks. Assange, not
surprisingly, does not come off too well in the account, reinforcing
the reports of his being
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Report: Hulu in danger of losing more content, CNET
Hulu's owners may pull some of their TV content from the company's
free service and may offer more to its competitors, according to The
Wall Street Journal.
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Netflix still skyrocketing just about everywhere, Lost Remote
If you wonder why so many entertainment programming and distribution
execs are on edge about the rise of Netflix, take a look at how
quickly the company's growth is accelerating, according to new numbers
released by the company today: These are new subscribers, not total
subscribers, and the 7.7 million last year was double Netflix's [...]
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Senator Wyden Proposing Legislation Requiring Warrants For Law
Enforcement To Get Device Location Info, Techdirt
Senator Ron Wyden is quickly becoming a politician to be proud of on
issues that we feel are important. We've already seen him
single-handedly stand up to COICA (and forcefully stand behind that
position after facing ridiculous lobbying pressure). He also was one
of a very small number of US politicians who has publicly expressed
concerns about ACTA. But it's not just on copyright issues. Senator
Wyden is now proposing a new law that would require that law
enforcement get a warrant before being able to get location info from
mobile devices.
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Department of Commerce Comments, Future of Privacy
FPF filed comments with the Department of Commerce on the Privacy Green Paper.
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Celebrating Data Privacy Day, Google
It's become a welcome tradition: Today is the fourth annual Data
Privacy Day. Dozens of countries have been celebrating with events
throughout the week to inform and educate us all about our personal
data rights and protections.
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Privacy in a Mobilized World, AT&T
It's National Data Privacy Day and what better way to celebrate than
to look at the progress on privacy made yesterday by our friends at
GSMA – the association representing the worldwide mobile
communications industry. We have been pleased to work with the GSMA
folks and other industry members to develop a set of universal Privacy
Principles as part of GSMA's Mobile Privacy Initiative.
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Privacy & Innovation: A Data Privacy Day Reflection, Center for
Internet and Society
The intuition that privacy and innovation are somehow opposed is
surprisingly common. It is true that overzealous or reactionary
appeals to privacy can cut off interesting ventures. (For instance,
some believe Steamtunnels would have evolved into a social network in
1999 were it not shut down by the Stanford University due to privacy
and copyright concerns.) But privacy generally supports innovation,
and vice versa.
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Internet 'Kill Switch' Legislation Back in Play, WIRED
Legislation granting the president internet-killing powers is to be
re-introduced soon to a Senate committee, the proposal's chief sponsor
told on Friday. The resurgence of the so-called "kill
switch" legislation came the same day Egyptians faced an internet
blackout designed to counter massive demonstrations in that country.
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Federal Officials Finally Admit That Photographing Federal Buildings
Is Not A Crime, Techdirt
There is nothing against the law about photographing federal buildings
from public property. And yet, there have been plenty of stories about
security guards and law enforcement trying to block photographers from
taking those shots. There have been stories of seized cameras, demands
to delete photos, etc., and the usual defense is that they're just
"protecting against terrorism." However, after a settlement in a
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Has The Fourth Amendment Been Dismantled By Technology And The Courts?, Techdirt
Michael Scott points us to a fascinating book chapter by Christopher
Slobogin, in which he discusses how the courts have effectively
stripped away the Fourth Amendment in a technological era by
effectively saying that "virtual" technology-based searches don't fall
under the Fourth Amendment and, thus, do not need the same sort of
oversight. This is, as he notes, a problem and he argues that it's
time to bring those types of searches back under the umbrella of the
Fourth Amendment:
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EFF Uncovers Widespread FBI Intelligence Violations, EFF
EFF has uncovered widespread violations stemming from FBI intelligence
investigations from 2001 - 2008. In a report released today, EFF
documents alarming trends in the Bureau's intelligence investigation
practices, suggesting that FBI intelligence investigations have
compromised the civil liberties of American citizens far more
frequently, and to a greater extent, than was previously assumed.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

TPRC Call for Papers


TPRC Presents
The 39th Research Conference on Communication, Information, and Internet Policy
Hosted by George Mason University Law School, Arlington, Virginia
Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, 2011

TPRC is an annual conference on communication, information and
internet policy that convenes international and interdisciplinary
researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and
nonprofit organizations. Its purpose is to present original research
relevant to policy making, share the knowledge requirements of
practitioners, and engage in discussion on current policy issues. The
conference program consists of presentations selected from submitted
paper abstracts, student papers and panel submissions.

TPRC is now soliciting abstracts of papers, panel proposals, and
student papers for presentation at the 2011 conference, to be held
September 23-25, 2011 at the George Mason University Law School, in
Arlington, Virginia. These presentations should report current
theoretical or empirical research relevant to communication and
information policy, and may be from any disciplinary perspective – the
sole criterion is research quality. Themes of particular interest
include, but are not limited to:

1. Network Competition
2. Broadband Deployment and Adoption
3. Wireless Communications
4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
5. Media, New and Old
6. Intellectual Property
7. Privacy, Security, Identity and Trust
8. Internet Ecosystem Governance
9. Affordability and Access
10. International and Comparative Studies
11. Societal Challenges, Endangered Rights and Social Justice
12. Emerging Topics

Full category descriptions can be found via our web site.

Submissions are due by March 31, 2011. Abstracts and panel proposals
must be submitted electronically at by following
the submit button at the end of each topic description. Standards for
abstracts are provided below. The review process is single blind, and
a short biographical sketch for each author is required.

Acceptances/rejections will be provided by May 15, 2011. Complete
papers for accepted abstracts will be due to TPRC on August15, 2011.
Papers not submitted in final form by the due date will be removed
from the program. At least one author of the paper is expected to
attend the conference to present the accepted submission.

Students are encouraged to submit papers for the student paper
competition. Visit our web site, for the Student Papers
CFP. Full student papers must be submitted by April 30, 2011.

We also welcome proposals for panel discussions of broad interest.
These should include a description of the panel topic, a proposed
panel moderator and a list of possible panelists. Panel proposals
should be submitted by March 31, 2011 at

The journals Telecommunications Policy and Journal on Information
Policy will both invite papers for special issues from this year's
conference. Guest editors drawn from the TPRC Program Committee will
invite selected authors to submit their papers for review.

Please address inquiries to

Thank you to our 2011 Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors:
Comcast, Google, Time Warner Cable, National Cable &
Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Telstra Corporation Ltd.,
T-Mobile, Telefonica Internacional USA, Sprint, Georgetown University
- Communication, Culture & Technology Program, George Mason University
School of Law,

Academic Sponsors:

The Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan
State University, The Public Policy Research Center at the University
of Florida, The Public Utility Research Center at the University of
Florida, The University of Pennsylvania School of Law - Center for
Technology, Innovation, and Competition, University of Colorado -
Silicon Flatirons Center, University of Colorado – Interdisciplinary
Telecommunications Program, Syracuse University – School of
Information Studies, University of Southern California - Annenberg
School for Communication and Journalism, University of Michigan School
of Information, Cardozo Law School Intellectual Property and
Information Law Program

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For sponsorship
information, please contact Syd Verinder,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

1.19 :: Now Reporting from the State of the Net Conference :: NBCUNIVERSALCOMCASTHULUGE :: Net Promotes Community (Who Knew??) ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing
evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you murder the hater, but you
do not murder hate. In fact, violence, merely increases
hate....Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding
deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot
drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out
hate; only love can do that."--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lawmaker: Congress will kill FCC's net neutrality rules, CW
The U.S. House of Representatives will move quickly to kill net
neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission, a
lawmaker says.
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John Tarnoff: Verizon Throws Fuel on the Net Neutrality Fire, Huff
The Net Neutrality fire continues to smolder with Verizon's
just-announced support of Comcast, in Comcast's dispute with internet
backbone provider Level 3 Communications. In a letter to the FCC,
Verizon opines that Comcast charging additional fees to Level 3 does
not violate the FCC's new Net Neutrality rules.
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FCC net neutrality decision sets up court battle, CW
Multiple lawsuits are likely over the FCC's net neutrality rules, a
group of experts says.
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Study shows Net supports civic engagement, Net Family News
Certainly "clicktivism" isn't the all of social activism - it's a
complement to it - but it's clear the Internet is an increasingly
important support to civic engagement in this country, a just-released
Pew/Internet survey shows. According to Pew's report, 75% of US adults
are active in some kind of voluntary group, and 80% of those who use
the Net are (compared with 56% of non-Internet users). Drilling down a
bit more,
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The Social Side of the Internet, Pew
The internet has become deeply embedded in group life and is affecting
the way civic and social groups behave and the way they impact their
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Study: Internet users more likely to volunteer for groups, Pew
The stigma that heavy internet usage creates lonely, reclusive people
blogging in a dark room may require rethinking.
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Court Allows Microsoft's Claims for Contributory Cybersquatting and
Dilution to Move Forward -- Microsoft v. Shah, Tech & Marketing Law
Microsoft Corp. v. Shah, et al., C10-0653 (W.D. Wash.; Jan. 12, 2011)
WSJ's Law Blog reports...
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New delegations in APNIC, IPv4 Depletion
Some recent IPv4 delegations from APNIC have moved the anticipated
IANA allocation date closer. APNIC's pool is down to 2.39 x /8. This
indicates that we are now 1-2 weeks away from the big IANA depletion
event. The following large networks got allocated in recent days: and to China TieTong Telecommunications
and to Beijing Time-vision Telecommunication
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Comcast wins U.S. Justice approval for NBCU deal, Globe and Mail
Federal Communications Commission OKs cable giant's purcahse of a
majority stake in broadcast giant with conditions
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Federal regulators approve Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal,
with asterisks, WAPO
Federal regulators on Tuesday blessed Comcast's $30 billion
acquisition of NBC Universal, imposing a slew of conditions on
everything from competition with rivals to the price of Internet
service for poor families out of concern that the firm's vast sweep
could harm consumers.
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Regulatory Approval Received for Comcast/GE Joint Venture for NBC
Universal, COMCAST
I am pleased to report that today we received final regulatory
clearance for the Comcast and General Electric joint venture relating
to NBC Universal. As we proceed to close this transaction, we look
forward to ushering in new benefits for consumers and hastening the
arrival of the digital multiplatform, anytime, anywhere media and
communications future that Americans want.
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Rockefeller Statement on FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Universal Merger,
Senate Commerce
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV released this statement after
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the merger of
Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal:
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Free Press Denounces FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger, Free Press
According to press reports on Tuesday, the Federal Communications
Commission announced its decision, by a vote of 4-1, to approve the
merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the largest media mergers
in history.
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Comcast/NBCU: Central Casting, Crawford
The biggest communications policy moment since the AT&T divestiture
has just happened: The $100 million-dollar-march (or more - what
Comcast spent to make sure this happened) has ponderously,
self-evidently reached its conclusion with the FCC's approval of the
merger between Comcast and NBCU. It wasn't the subtlest campaign; it
didn't need to be; it was effective in its discipline and heavy
persistence. The tweets are flying and the journalists are already
weighing in.
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Comcast deal means NBC loses management of Hulu, Lost Remote
NBCU will have to relinquish its "management rights" at Hulu under the
newly-approved joint venture announced by the FCC and the Department
of Justice. The agreement took more than a year to reach. One of the
issues to those who were concerned about the deal was that Comcast
would have too much control over both [...] Related posts:
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In Allowing Comcast/NBC Universal Merger, U.S. Government Recognizes
the Importance of Online Video, PK
Yesterday, the U.S. Government officially recognized the competitive
potential of online video. This isn't a reason to cheer the approval
of the merger between Comcast and NBCU--as Commissioner Copps
recognized, no plausible conditions or commitments could remedy all of
the bad effects of the merger. But observers have realized for a while
that the merger was a done deal. All that was politically possible was
to try to get the best conditions on it as possible. While the
specifics of the conditions might not be perfect, the fact that so
many of them address
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U.S. official defends domain seizures for copyright violations, CW
The director of U.S. ICE defends the recent seizure of more than 80
domain names of Web sites accused of copyright infringement.
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Google defends its linking policy in a Spanish court, CW
Spain's Data Protection Agency and Google on Wednesday faced off in
court where the search company defended its content linking policies
and business model.
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Reddit, Digg, Fark, Slashdot, TechCrunch & Others Sued Over Ridiculous
'Online Press Release' Patent, Techdirt
Last summer, you may recall, we wrote about the ridiculous situation
of a company called "Gooseberry Natural Resources LLC," which held a
ridiculous broad patent (6,370,535) that it claimed covered the basic
concept of generating a press release online. The company had sued a
bunch of (usually small) online press release services -- some of whom
were really struggling to fight the lawsuit. And, to make matters
worse, it was not clear who really owned the patent, as there appeared
to be a series of shell companies to hide the actual patent holder.
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HBO: Netflix must charge more to use our content, CNET
HBO won't come to Netflix's streaming service until the latter charges
customers $20 per month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Senator Al Franken: No joke, Comcast trying to whack Netflix, Ars Technica
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has had it with the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC), who has just created "essentially two Internets"
with weak net neutrality rules and who this week signed off on the
mega-merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. A common thread unites the
two decisions: both highlight the "growing threat of corporate
control" over information.
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The Technology of Privacy: When Geeks Meet Wonks, Google
Come to Google's Washington, DC offices for a panel discussion about
how privacy affects technology and vice versa. This discussion won't
linger on policy alone. Instead, it will focus on engineering and the
mechanics behind the best practices of online privacy.
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Lee Raine, The Social Side of the Internet, Pew Internet
The internet is now deeply embedded in group and organizational life
in America. A new national survey by the Pew Research Center's
Internet & American Life Project has found that 75% of all American
adults are active in some kind of
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OECD: Cyber attacks could create perfect storm , Globe and Mail
Future Global Shocks project identify cyber events that could cause
global shock
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White House: Private Sector Must Lead Internet Security Fight, Ecommerce Times
The world of e-commerce is booming -- but on a parallel track,
identity theft, loss of privacy and fraud are skyrocketing as well.
While the government has a role in combating Internet security abuses,
two top administration officials visited Silicon Valley to emphasize
that the private sector needs to lead the way in
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The 6th Circuit affirms the Computer Fraud and Abuse conviction of an
IT Employee, Computer Fraud
Last week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the criminal
conviction for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA") of an
employee who stole confidential data from his employer's computers.
U.S. v. Batti, 2011 WL 111745 (6th Cir. Jan. 14, 2011). The issues on
appeal were limited to whether the government had offered sufficient
proof that the value of the data stolen exceeded $5,000 to qualify as
a 5 year
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Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says, Wired
E-mails between a client and attorney are no longer considered
privileged and confidential if the client writes the messages from a
work e-mail account, a California court of appeals has ruled. The 3-0
decision Thursday by the Sacramento-based Third Appellate District
means that if you intend to sue your employer, don't discuss the
lawsuit with an attorney using company e-mail. The company has a right
to access it and use it against you in court.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

1.12 :: Jon Stewart Reports on Verizon iPhone :: Crunch :: FCC To Fine Americans Who Don't Keep Up With TV Shows :: June 8th They Cut Off NCP ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mohandas Gandhi

FCC Chief Warns CES of Spectrum Crunch, Internet News
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski stopped
by the Consumer Electronics Show to spread his message that without
swift policy action, the new mobile devices on display could overwhelm
wireless data networks.
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Jonathan Zittrain, Net Neutrality as Diplomacy, Yale Law and Policy
Review 2010, Yale Law & Policy Review
Popular imagination holds that the turf of a state's foreign embassy
is a little patch of its homeland. Enter the American Embassy in
Beijing and you are in the United States. Indeed, in many contexts –
such as resistance to search and seizure by a host country's
authorities – there
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Research: Congressional Movement Against FCC Rules, Digital Society
Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has re-introduced a bill this
past week to prohibit the FCC from regulating the Internet. The text
of the bill will eventually be placed online at Thomas. For the time
being the text of the bill has yet to be placed online, but the
cosponsors are listed with the bill information.
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'Internet Freedom Act' Tries To Stop FCC Neutrality Rules - Part of
larger Republican effort to scuttle new rules, dslreports
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) this week filed the
ironically-entitled Internet Freedom Act (pdf), which is designed to
prevent the FCC from enacting network neutrality rules intended to
protect the open Internet. As we've discussed at length, the rules do
little to nothing ISPs weren't willing to do voluntarily, fall well
short of the kind of protections most consumer advocates wanted, and
largely leave wireless networks without neutrality protections
whatsoever. Still, Blackburn is leading a Republican charge against
the new rules, a statement on her website insisting the
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Net neutrality fight far from over, CNET
Despite the FCC's recent vote to approve new broadband regulations,
this is a battle that will continue, argues consultant Larry Downes.
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Net Neutrality: Both Sides Are Wrong, CommLawBlog
Net neutrality is one of those issues that sharply divide the country.
Those who take sides in the debate, do so passionately. To call it a
"debate," though, is misleading. In a debate, people listen to each
other before responding. On network neutrality—as in health care,
financial reform, and other key national issues—people just shout at
each other. Making matters worse, the two sides not only hold
conflicting opinions, but deal in conflicting facts.
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Tea Party Targets The FCC, PK
All around Washington, members of the telecommunications lawyer clan
are doing a good bit of navel-gazing about the Net Neutrality order
released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just before
Christmas. They are delving deep into the subtleties of Sec. 706 (a)
of the Communications Act, working out intricate arguments on FCC
authority and policy.
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Major Websites Commit to 24-Hour Test Flight for IPv6, Business Wire
-Facebook, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO), websites
with more than one billion combined visits each day, are joining major
content delivery networks Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) and Limelight Networks
(NASDAQ: LLNW), and the Internet Society, for the first global-scale
trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6. On June 8, 2011, dubbed
"World IPv6 Day," participants will enable IPv6 on their main services
for 24 hours. With IPv4 addresses running out this year, the industry
must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased
costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere.
The companies are coming together to help motivate organizations
across the industry—Internet service providers, hardware
manufacturers, operating system vendors and other web companies—to
prepare their services for the transition.
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Addressing 2010, Potaroo
It's January again, and being the start of another year, it's as good
a time as any to look at the last 12 months and see what the Internet
was up to in 2010. This is an update to the report prepared 12 months
ago when looking at 2009, so lets see what has changed in the past 12
months in addressing the Internet, and look at how address allocation
information can inform us of the changing nature of the network
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The big IPv6 experiment, IPv6 Act Now
With more than 150 million page impressions per month, heise Online is
one of the biggest news sites in Germany. Globally, it is also one of
the largest sites now running in dual-stack mode, which means that
pages can be accessed via both the conventional IPv4 and via the newer
IPv6. The migration brought to light various interesting phenomena.
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Commerce Dept. Forms Office for Online ID, Internet News
The federal response to the security and privacy challenges stemming
from a constellation of online identity issues will be housed in the
Commerce Department, with a final administration report with
recommendations due out in the coming months.
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Obama to hand Commerce Dept. authority over cybersecurity ID, CNET
President Obama is planning to hand the Commerce Department authority
over a forthcoming identity management plan for Internet commerce.
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Voices Weigh in as FCC Nears Vote on Comcast-NBC Universal Venture, COMCAST
It has been two and a half weeks since the Chairman of the FCC
initiated the final procedural step in granting approval for the
Comcast-NBC Universal transaction. With an FCC decision expected very
soon, we appreciate the continuing supportive comments from a variety
of stakeholders - including diversity groups, elected officials,
policymakers, independent filmmakers, and others - recognizing the
many ways the combined company will benefit consumers and communities.
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WATCH: Stewart Rejoices Over Verizon iPhone, Huff
Tuesday night's "Daily Show" took a markedly different tone than
Monday's somber address about the tragedy in Tucson, focusing instead
on Verizon getting the iPhone to the delight of AT&T customers
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Alfred Hermida, Twittering the News: The Emergence of Ambient
Journalism, Journalism Practice, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 297-308, July
2010, Journalism Practice
This paper examines new para-journalism forms such as micro-blogging
as "awareness systems" that provide journalists with more complex ways
of understanding and reporting on the subtleties of public
communication. Traditional journalism defines fact as information and
quotes from
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The Rise of Internet-Enabled Smart TV, USTelecom
What technology trend will take the marketplace by storm this year?
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Internet-enabled smart
TV was a major focus, with manufacturers competing to roll out the
most appealing models for consumers. The latest generation of
broadband-powered televisions is banking on the app-addicted consumer
who has become accustomed to easy access to innovative Internet
offerings via
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ESPN3 breaks new ground with live BCS stream, Lost Remote
If you didn't have ESPN on cable TV last night, there was a new way to
catch the BCS Championship Game: via While the broadband
channel has streamed many games before, this game was arguably the
biggest live football event streamed directly to TV sets, via Xbox
Live and the brand new Google TV.
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FCC To Fine Americans Who Don't Keep Up With TV Shows, The Onion
Announcing that it would no longer allow Americans to fall behind, the
Federal Communications Commission introduced a plan Monday to levy
steep fines on anyone failing to keep up with the nation's TV shows.
"Our economy lost more than $200,18725/
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Twitter Puts Spotlight On Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas, Huff
For the Twitter request, the government obtained a secret subpoena
from a federal court. Twitter challenged the secrecy, not the subpoena
itself, and won the right to inform the people whose records the
government was seeking. WikiLeaks says it suspects that other large
sites like Google and Facebook have received similar requests and
simply went along with the government.
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Iceland Officials Ask US To Explain Why It's Trying To Get Lawmaker's
Twitter Info, Techdirt
On Friday, we noted that US officials had sent a court order (not a
subpoena, apparently) to Twitter, asking for info from a few accounts
that had some association with Wikileaks, including that of Icelandic
lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir. Apparently, Icelandic officials are not
too happy about this. They've asked the US ambassador to Iceland to
explain the reasoning for this:
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Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

FCC Working Paper: "Potential Impacts on Communications of IPv4
Exhaustion and IPv6 Transition", FCC
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'Cord Cutting' Could Help Bring Down Cable Bill, NPR
When a research firm reported that 119,000 customers dropped their
cable or satellite subscriptions in the third quarter of this year,
there were headlines about how cable companies were in trouble. The
Internet has made it possible for consumers to get rid of their cable
bills. David Katzmaier, a senior editor at, got rid of his
cable and wrote a blog called Diary of a Cord Cutter. He talks to
Linda Wertheimer about whether his decision to let cable go was a good
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NIST Special Publication 800-119, Guidelines for the Secure Deployment
of IPv6, NIST
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Net Neutrality 2011: What Storms May Come, Internet News
The Federal Communications Commission passed the rules, but that's not
going to be the last word. Where will the battle lines shape up in the
new year and the new Congress?
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Most don't want the FCC to regulate the Internet, CNET
Only 21 percent of U.S. adults polled by Rasmussen Reports said they'd
want the FCC to regulate the Internet, with 54 percent opposed to such
action and 25 percent undecided.
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China poised for Skype crackdown, Globe and Mail
VoIP service could be designated illegal; moves comes as China seeks
to protect government-controlled phone carriers
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Report: FBI seizes server in probe of WikiLeaks attacks, CNET
Bureau seizes server in Texas as part of hunt for groups behind
pro-WikiLeaks denial-of-service attacks against PayPal and others,
according to a report.
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Google said to be mulling digital newsstand, CNET
Internet giant is trying to raise support for a store that would sell
access to newspaper and magazine content on Android-powered devices,
according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
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Volunteer Cyber Army Emerges In Estonia, NPR
The nation is a model for how a country might defend itself during a
cyberwar. The responsibility would fall to a force of programmers,
computer scientists and software engineers who make up a Cyber Defense
League that in wartime would function under a unified military
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Net Neutrality: FCC Declares Open Internet, WISPA
It seems fitting that the Federal Communications Commission took
advantage of yesterday's winter solstice to shine new light on its
plans to regulate the "Open Internet." By a 3-2 vote along party
lines, the FCC adopted "net neutrality" rules that will govern how
fixed and mobile [...]
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Robert Cannon's IPv4 Report Headlines End of Year Publications, WISPA
Industry veteran and FCC attorney Robert Cannon's excellent report
explains why IPv4 exhaustion is a problem, why we have warned about
the problem for years but why it has not actually bit yet, why it's
about to actually, finally happen, and why, even though people
understand the problem, IPv6 has not been deployed. Also in this
article: a report on what content people are actually paying for, a
note about payment disputes in the cable industry, and a close look at
Clearwire's continued massive losses as Craig McCaw announces his
departure from the company that many WISPs dislike because any
businessman loathes a competitor who loses $1 billion per year.
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NTIA Report: Contraband Cell Phones in Prisons, Possible Wireless
Technology Solutions, NTIA
NTIA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and the National Institute
of Justice (NIJ), has identified and evaluated several technology
solutions that can be used in a prison environment, including jamming,
managed access, and detection techniques. This report presents a
comprehensive overview and evaluation of those technologies. (1.1 MB
PDF file)
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Facebook passes Google as most popular site on the Internet, two
measures show, Pew
Google remains a powerful dashboard for the Internet's vast library of
information, said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's
Internet & American Life Project. But now that two-thirds of online
adults are creating and sharing their own content, new navigational
tools are needed.
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Seventh Circuit: Website operator does not have to obey injunction in
defamation case, Internet Cases
Plaintiffs got an injunction that ordered defendants to remove
defamatory content from the web that defendants had posted. When the
defendants did not comply with the injunction, plaintiffs asked the
court to enforce the injunction against, the website
on which some of the defamatory content appeared.
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FCC's utter incoherence on Paid Prioritization, Digital Society
Julius Genachowscki's FCC managed to pass their Net Neutrality ruling
last week by striking a very delicate compromise. This compromise was
needed to get the necessary votes from the FCC commissioners who
wanted an outright ban on Paid Prioritization or "access fees" (the
existing practice of broadband providers charging businesses for
direct access to their networks), and to avoid an immediate fight with
the broadband providers who want to protect their existing business
models and property rights. The problem with this compromise is that
it resulted in an utterly incoherent ruling that relies on arbitrary
definitions and a sheer disregard of the facts and the record.
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Guy Faces Five Years In Prison For Reading Wife's Email, Techdirt
We've talked a lot about how prosecutors have been abusing the CFAA
(Computer Fraud and Abuse Act), which is supposed to be a law against
malicious hacking. However, it's being stretched in all kinds of ways.
It looks like similar state laws are also being abused similarly by
prosecutors. A bunch of folks have sent in this story of a guy in the
suburbs of Detroit who is facing five years in prison for reading his
wife's email. He did access her laptop and then logged into her Gmail
account using her password, which she supposedly kept in a little
notebook next to the computer. What happened next is a bit complex, so
we'll toss it over to the Detroit Free Press to explain the chain of
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65% of internet users have paid for online content, Pew
65% of internet users have paid to access or download some kind of
digital content. Music and software are the most common kinds of
content purchased.
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When Sending A Bogus TM C&D, Don't Send It To A Lawyer Who Understands
TM Law, Techdirt
Eric Goldman alerts us to a somewhat bizarre cease & desist letter
sent to a law firm, Cobalt Law, which specializes in IP law. At issue
was the fact that in a recent blog post on Cobalt's news blog, which
analyzed a recent case, it used the logo of one of the companies
involved in the case. That company, Career Step, whose logo I'll post
here because it's what we're discussing, apparently had its own
lawyer, one Erik Olson from the law firm Durham, Jones & Pinegar, send
the cease and desist, claiming that this was trademark infringement
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Chairman Genachowski and his Howling Commissioners: Reading the Net
Neutrality Order (Part I), Tech Lib Front
At the last possible moment before the Christmas holiday, the FCC
published its Report and Order on "Preserving the Open Internet,"
capping off years of largely content-free "debate" on the subject of
whether or not the agency needed to step in to save the Internet.
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Flailing with IPv6, Potaroo
Is IPv6 a robust as IPv4? What proportion of IPv6 connections "fail"?
And what causes such connection failures? These questions were raised
in a discussion at RIPE 61 in November 2010. The general conclusion
appeared to be that using auto-tunnelling techniques to patch up an
IPv6 connection was generally thought to be worse than just allowing
the connection to be made using IPv4. It has been observed that
various forms of mis-configuration and local traffic filters create
asymmetric failure conditions for some clients. It is generally
believed that this connection "failure" is sufficiently prevalent with
IPv6 auto-tunnelling that it constitutes sufficient grounds to warn
against using 6to4 at all! So how bad is it?
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The Net Neutrality Order: A Look Inside, CommLawBlog
We previously reported on the release of the FCC's net neutrality
rules. As promised, we have combed through the 194-page document and
now provide a more in-depth look at the content and implications of
the Commission's new net neutrality rules.
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Homeland Security Finally Files For Civil Forfeiture Of Domains Seized
Back In June, Techdirt
While we've been paying a lot of attention to the domain seizures by
Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) group in
November, we also covered a similar operation that took place back in
June. It's been noted that no actual charges have been filed against
the operators of those sites. But in early December, without most
people noticing, apparently ICE finally filed to officially commence
civil forfeiture procedures against those domains (thanks to Terry
Hart who noticed this). To understand what's going on here, I'll again
point you
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Spam Volumes In 2010, Circleid
I started hearing various people comment about lower spam volumes
sometime in mid December. This isn't that unusual, spam volumes are
highly variable and someone is always noticing that their spam load is
going up or going down. The problem is extrapolating larger trends
from a small selection of email addresses. There's too much variation
between email addresses and even domains to make any realistic
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Two Courts Disagree On Whether Or Not A Website Can Be Forced To
Remove User-Created Defamatory Content, Techdirt
A little over a year ago, we discussed a district court ruling that
said that the site Ripoff Report (and its parent company XCentric) was
not required to remove content, even though the content had been found
(in a default judgment, since the defendants did not show up) to be
defamatory. The court ruled that Section 230 clearly protected Ripoff
Report as a service provider from being liable for user actions. While
some worried that this meant that it would be possible for defamatory
content to not be removable, this seemed like an overreaction, and
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Free Press: New MetroPCS Pricing Violates Neutrality - Walled gardens,
low caps, and content discrimination ahoy, dslreports
The FCC recently buckled to AT&T, Verizon and Google and passed
network neutrality rules that don't apply to wireless, opening the
door to whatever discriminatory and absurd wireless pricing models
carriers can dream up (and they are dreaming up some real gems to be
sure). Our first glimpse at these new pricing models began
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Uptake of IPv6 in All Regions, Circleid
Our recent cooperation with the OECD on IPv6 deployment inspired us to
provide more IPv6 deployment statistics to a wider audience - from
network operators to national governments. The result is an
infographic that shows the percentage of networks or Autonomous
Systems that announce one or more IPv6 prefixes in the global routing
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Ripoff Report Ordered to Stop Publishing User-Submitted
Report--Giordano v. Romeo, Tech & Marketing Law
Giordano v. Romeo, No. 09-68539-CA-25 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Dec. 28 2010).
The complaint. Today's case is a...
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Net neutrality? Not at the coffee shop, Ars Technica
Net neutrality rules arrived just before Christmas, but they won't
apply to Kindles, coffee shops, or dial-up Internet. And they won't
apply to Google.
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US government getting more interested in IPv6, Ars Technica
The US federal government seems to have IPv6 on the brain as of late:
both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) came out with
IPv6-related documents recently. The FCC document is a collection of
previously known information—it's not about FCC policy—but they
managed to include a few things we weren't aware of.
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The FCC's Open Internet Rules – Stronger than You Think, Center for
Internet and Society
Since the FCC adopted rules to protect an open Internet on Tuesday,
many have asked whether the rules could have gone further to better
protect users and innovators or whether the FCC's political strategy
was flawed. These are all valid questions, and I'm sure they will
continue to be debated for a long time. However, in this post, I want
to focus on the protections for users and innovators that the FCC did
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