Monday, January 31, 2011

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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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