Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
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FCC: Bandwidth expansion must not interfere with GPS, AOPA
A communications network operator whose plan to expand its use of the
radio spectrum triggered concerns about interference with GPS signals
must not proceed until it assures GPS users and regulators that no
conflict exists.
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Garmin Says 4G System A Threat To GPS - AVweb, AVWEB
Garmin is standing by its position that a proposal to build a network
of 40,000 broadband transmission towers around the U.S. could severely
disrupt GPS service.As we reported last week, LightSquared has
received conditional FCC approval to install the massive system to
carry 4G signals, the conditions being that it restrict its signals to
their assigned frequencies on the L Band 1 (1525 MHz—1559 MHz) and
test existing GPS devices to see what kind of interference the
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FCC Fines Broadband Operator for Causing Interference to TDWR
Operations; Readies Rulemaking Proceeding, WISPA
Aviation safety remains a critical enforcement issue for the Federal
Communications Commission, as we highlighted in a recent blog post.
Late last week, Utah Broadband found out the hard way as the FCC
assessed the company a $25,000 fine for violating rules [...]
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Tweeting teens can handle public life, apophenia
The Press Complaints Commission in the UK has now ruled that there is
no "reasonable expectation" of privacy on Twitter. With this decision
and the fact that teenagers are flocking to Twitter in
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Rep. Walden moves to block FCC funding on net neutrality, wapo
A day before a House hearing on net neutrality with all five Federal
Communications Commission members, key Republican lawmakers Tuesday
introduced a legislative amendment to take away funding that would
enable the agency to carry out its rules.
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Comcast, Time Warner join IPv6 test program, CNET
Comcast and Time Warner Cable will link their services to the
next-generation Internet this June to help test the new technology.
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Clinton warns governments that limiting Internet will backfire, WAPO
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned governments from
China to Syria on Tuesday that blocking the Internet would ultimately
backfire, damaging their economies and creating pent-up demands that
would boil over in demonstrations like those that have swept the
Middle East and North Africa.
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Clinton Demands Net Freedom Abroad as U.S. Restrictions Loom, Wired
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says in a major policy
address that the internet should be free. To the backdrop are
government action and congressional proposals to the contrary.
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Questions for Secretary Clinton concerning "Internet freedom", Berkman Center
Berkman Center faculty associate Matthew Hindman provoked an energetic
email exchange among members of the extended Berkman community today,
in anticipation of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "Internet
Freedom" speech (transcript, #NetFreedom). Matt had asked for
suggestions of a question to ask Secretary Clinton:
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Clinton: We Love Net Freedom, Unless It Involves WikiLeaks, Gigaom
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech today at George
Washington University about Internet freedom, an updated version of
the address she gave a year ago calling for more openness and an end
to foreign governments repressing their citizens through the 'Net. As
it was then, Clinton's speech was a heart-warming defence of the open
Internet and the need for
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Secretary Clinton Unveils New Funding for Activism Technology,
Rhetorical Refresh in Internet Freedom Speech, EFF
Earlier today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a
speech about Internet freedom titled, "Internet Rights and Wrongs:
Choices and Challenges In A Networked World." In her remarks, Clinton
built on prior statements about the U.S. Government's commitment to a
free and open Internet, responding in part to the uprisings in the
Middle East and Cablegate— major, ongoing international developments
adding to the swell of debate about the parameters of Internet freedom
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Egypt Government Found 'Off' Switch For Internet, Huff
Epitaphs for the Mubarak government all note that the mobilizing power
of the Internet was one of the Egyptian opposition's most potent
weapons. But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the
government's ferocious counterattack, a dark achievement that many had
thought impossible in the age of global connectedness. In a span of
minutes just after midnight
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Russia: Blogger Pays for Badmouthing Putin Online, Global Voices
Debates on the extend of freedom of expression online are almost as
old as the Internet. But rapid development of RuNet in recent years
has only stared testing the limits of what one can say online. The
army of bloggers and their enthusiastic efforts to defend the online
freedom paint an optimistic picture of the blogosphere's future.
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Would Shakespeare Have Survived Today's Copyright Laws?, Techdirt
Last year, when author Scott Turow (whose books I actually liked very
much) took over as head of the Authors Guild, we noted that his
obsession with "piracy" was misplaced, and probably not in the best
interests of the authors he represented. We also posted a compelling
response to Turow. Rather than take the time to understand the
arguments and the data on this
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Feds Seize 18 More Domains in Piracy Crackdown, Wired
The U.S. government seized 18 more internet domains Monday, bringing
to at least 119 the number of seizures following the June commencement
of the so-called "Operation in Our Sites" anti-piracy program.
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Public Citizen & EFF File For Sanctions Against Anti-P2P Lawyer Evan
Stone, Techdirt
Remember Evan Stone? The anti-P2P lawyer (not the porn actor), who has
been filing a ton of mass infringement lawsuits on behalf of porn
companies. Like all of these lawsuits, the real intent is to frighten
people into paying up prior to any trial. It's using the judicial
system as a business model. In one of the lawsuits Stone filed for
Mick Haig Productions, the judge wisely
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US government defends tactics in WikiLeaks probe, Globe and Mail
Investigators seek access to Twitter accounts in leaks probe
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WikiLeaks, free speech and Twitter come together in Va. court case, WApo
An odd confluence of important issues came together in a federal
courtroom in Alexandria on Tuesday: the criminal investigation of
WikiLeaks, free speech and social networking.
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Is Writing Online Without Pay Worth It?, NPR
Many websites and social media forums have been valued at astronomical
sums. Last week, AOL agreed to buy The Huffington Post for $315
million. The sale will undoubtedly make some people rich. But most of
the value was created by writers working for free.
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Bits: Google Asks Users to Weigh In on Content Farms, NYT
Users of Google's Chrome browser can block sites from search results,
and Google will use that information to adjust its algorithm.
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Google unveils anti-content farm Chrome tool, CNET
As expected, Google plans to ask the public for help in identifying
sites pumping out huge volumes of low-quality content, otherwise known
as content farms.
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Court confirms: IP addresses aren't people (and P2P lawyers know it),
Ars Technica
Wrapping up the last of the United Kingdom's notorious copyright
infringement"pay up" letter cases, a UK patent and copyright judge has
had a major revelation. Just because some lawyer cites an Internet
Protocol (IP) address where illegal file sharing may have taken place,
that doesn't mean that the subscriber living there
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Op-Ed: A Civil Perspective on Cybersecurity, Wired
With cybersecurity issues mounting, some observers are pounding out a
persistent and mounting drumbeat of war, calling for preparing the
battlefield, even saying that the United States is already fully into
a "cyberwar," that it is, in fact, losing. We disagree. Cyberspace is
not a war zone.
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Cyber war exaggerated says expert, BBC
A leading security expert claims the threat of cyber war is
exaggerated but says technology should be seen as a weapon
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Homeland Security Department Seeks Boost in Cybersecurity Funding,
$936 Million for Fiscal 2012, Circleid
Aliya Sternstein reporting in Nextgov: "The Homeland Security
Department has requested an unprecedented $936 million in funding for
fiscal 2012 to grow the federal cybersecurity workforce and enhance
network protections. President Obama's budget would grant DHS, which
last year assumed responsibility for governmentwide cyber operations,
a $100 million
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Senate Extends Patriot Act Spy Bill, Wired
The Senate voted late Tuesday to extend through May three
controversial Patriot Act spy measures that were set to expire at
month's end.
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House Extends Key Patriot Act Provisions, Wired
The House voted Monday to extend to December three expiring provisions
of the Patriot Act spy legislation.
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U.S. Policy to Address Internet Freedom, NYT
The State Department will finance programs to help Internet users
around the world limit surveillance.
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