Monday, May 16, 2011

5.16 :: Change is Good :: Drawing More Heat :: 10% :: New Name More of the Same :: Will Only Add to Americans' Cynicism ::

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"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons." -James Thurber

Michael Powell and Cable's Commitment to Education, NCTA
Change is good. That, at least, is the mantra. And despite human nature's natural misgivings about change, it's probably true.
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FCC's Stance on GPS/LightSquared Drawing More Heat; Tests Show Interference, Inside GNSS
Pressure is mounting on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and proponents of LightSquared's plan to operate high-powered ground transmitters in spectrum adjacent to GPS L1
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IPv6 Usage Now at 10 Percent, Internet News
Interop panel explains how we get to IPv6. Don't worry about your printers -- yet.
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IPv6 traffic study results - May 2011, Global Crossing
In a recent Global Crossing European backbone traffic analysis conducted by Global Crossing engineers we discovered that only an extremely small percentage of the total traffic was IPv6 (a tenth of a percent). What's more, essentially none of the traffic was native IPv6; it was all encapsulated inside of IPv4 packets (a.k.a. tunneled).
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EPIC Sues Federal Trade Commission for Details on Spy-Fi Investigation, EPIC
EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission over the agency's failure to disclose to EPIC information about the FTC's decision to end the Google Spy-Fi investigation. EPIC is specifically seeking documents that the FTC widely circulated to members of Congress and their staff that provide the basis for the agency's
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Next Verizon CEO Talks FiOS Expansion - Aiming for 20 Million, Waiting on Housing Reversal, dslreports
Chief Operating Officer Lowell McAdam will replace current Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg sometime before the end of this year. Seidenberg was a fairly fierce believer in the company's FiOS fiber to the home effort, expansion of which is currently on hold as Verizon waits for a full economic recovery, and tries to nab a bigger slice of the USF pie. About 40% of the
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PROTECT IP Would Gut Parts Of The DMCA's Safe Harbors [Updated], Techdirt
We've been covering the newly released "son of COICA" censorship bill, now renamed the PROTECT IP Act, this week, breaking the news of the summary version of the law as well as posting the full text. However, as people dig deeper into the text, it looks worse and worse. In fact, I have to apologize, because I think I got fooled by the summary text into believing the
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The Senators Who Say Merely Linking To Certain Sites Should Be A Felony, Techdirt
I wrote earlier about how the new PROTECT IP Act guts parts of the DMCA, but as you dig deeper, it's looking even worse. The original (and now updated) article focused on the use of the term "interactive computer service," which was in a draft copy of the bill. At the last minute, that was changed instead to be "information location tool." While, at first, this may seem to
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Public Knowledge Statement On Introduction of PROTECT-IP Act, PK
"This bill has a new name, but it's mostly more of the same. The new PROTECT IP bill, like its predecessor, alters the landscape of legal protections for Internet use in the name of cracking down on 'rogue web sites.'
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Senate bill gives feds power to order piracy site blacklisting, Ars Technica
Senate anti-piracy legislation introduced Thursday would dramatically increase the government's legal power to disrupt and shutter websites "dedicated to infringing activities."
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Legal Guide Updated With D.C.'s New Anti-SLAPP Law, Citizen's Media
We're pleased to announce that we have updated the CMLP Legal Guide on the District of Columbia's anti-SLAPP law to incorporate its brand new anti-SLAPP statute that came into effect on March 31, 2011. A SLAPP, or "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation," is a lawsuit filed in retaliation for speaking out on a public issue or controversy.
Legal Guide Updated With D.C.'s New Anti-SLAPP Law
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Google Adds News Near You — Newspapers Still Nowhere, Gigaom
An announcement from Google on Friday that it has added a feature called "News Near You" to the mobile version of its news platform isn't that surprising; the regular web version of Google News has had a similar feature since 2008. But the move is another step toward offering news that is personally relevant to readers, something newspapers and other media
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Netflix, Miramax finally sign streaming deal, CNET
The streaming service will now have access to "Pulp Fiction," "Scream," and other prominent films from the Miramax catalog of titles.
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FCC Commish defends ethics after taking Comcast/NBC lobbyist job, Ars Technica
In an editorial last week, the New York Times said that "Ms. Baker's swift shift from regulator to lobbyist for the regulated will only add to Americans' cynicism about their government. The fact that it is legal and that she is just one of many doesn't make it better."
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Do Not Track for Kids Act: Good Idea Raises Real Challenges, CDT
ast Friday, Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced House Bill 1895, the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011, which would amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and introduce additional provisions to govern the collection and use of teens' personal information. (You can find CDT's unofficial redline, reflecting the changes
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Operators of Online "Virtual Worlds" to Pay $3 Million to Settle FTC Charges That They Illegally Collected and Disclosed Children's Personal Information, FTC
The operators of 20 online virtual worlds have agreed to pay $3 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from hundreds of thousands of children under age 13 without their parents' prior consent
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Congressmen Demand Answers From Facebook, Huffpo
Lawmakers are once again pressuring Facebook to explain its privacy policies after a report revealed a Facebook security vulnerability mistakenly gave third parties, including advertisers, a way to access to users’ profile information.
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U.S. Outlines Cybersecurity Initiative, NPR
Under the plan, private companies that manage the nation's "critical infrastructure" would be required to submit detailed plans showing how they can defend themselves against cyberattack. The federal government would then have the authority to approve or reject the proposals.
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White House Proposes Cybersecurity Plan, NPR
Among other things, the White House wants Congress to create a law that requires businesses to inform consumers in case of a data breach.
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White House Cybersecurity Plan: What You Need To Know, Huffpo
The White House has unveiled its proposal for far-reaching cybersecurity legislation that seeks to shore up the country's defenses against a growing number of threats to personal privacy, critical infrastructure, and the government's computing systems.
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How bin Laden e-mailed without being detected, Globe and Mail
He had no Internet access. But a meticulous system involving a courier allowed al-Qaeda leader to stay in touch worldwide without leaving any digital fingerprints behind
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FCC Releases Text of VoIP Outage NRPM; Latency, Jitter Proposed as Reporting Triggers, Telecom Law Monitor
As we discussed previously, the FCC is proposing to extend outage reporting obligations to interconnected VoIP providers, broadband Internet access providers and to Internet "backbone" providers. With the release of the text of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, we now know the specific triggers the FCC is proposing to use for these providers.
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FCC Proposes to Require Interconnected VoIP and Broadband Service Providers to File Outage Reports, Telecom Law Monitor
As we noted earlier this week, the FCC is moving ahead to expand its reporting obligations for telecommunications outages. Touting the outage reporting rules as a 911 service protection, the FCC proposed to expand its outage reporting rules to require interconnected VoIP and broadband Internet service providers to submit reports to the FCC, as wireline, wireless, cable and satellite providers must today. Indeed "resilience" and "reliability" were the buzzwords of the presentation before the Commission
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