Friday, May 06, 2011

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in
a very narrow field. - Niels Bohr

Broadband Brings Telecommuting Benefits, USTelecom
A look at the modern workplace makes clear that broadband is an
essential part of our 21st century infrastructure, fueling our
business communications on a daily basis. But beyond the email and
online chat that keeps colleagues connected, the high-speed Internet
is enabling the rapid growth of telecommuting and teleconferencing.
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After botched child porn raid, judge sees the light on IP addresses,
Ars Technica
Several recent government raids on computer users suspected of sharing
child porn online hit the wrong targets. Instead of getting the
perpetrators, some of the raids nabbed a neighbor with an open WiFi
network instead. One obvious
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Al Franken Makes Senate Stand for Net Neutrality, Save the Internet
Sen. Al Franken took to the Senate floor late Wednesday to call on his
colleagues to reject a House effort to take away our most basic Net
Neutrality freedoms.
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FCC chief to Congress: Leave Net neutrality alone, CNET
CNET has learned that Chairman Julius Genachowski will warn that
repealing controversial regulations will "hurt job creation."
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FCC chairman defends net neutrality rules, CW
House Republicans say existing antitrust laws are enough to protect
broadband customers from selective blocking by providers.
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Exhausted IPv4 address architectures, CAIDA
In light of available data on global IPv6 deployment, ISPs, and those
who build equipment for them, have already accepted that multi-level
network address translation (NAT, between IPv4 and IPv6 networks) is
here for the foreseeable future, with all its limits on end-to-end
reachability and application functionality, and its required
unscalable per-protocol hacks. Whether
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ARIN is A-OK with sales of IPv4 addresses, Network World
But be warned, even if you have lots of IPv4 addresses, experts say
IPv6 will still affect you
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China Creates New Agency for Patrolling the Internet, NYT
The State Internet Information Office will regulate every corner of
the nation's vast Internet community, a move that appeared to
complement a continuing crackdown on political dissidents.
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A Syrian Man-In-The-Middle Attack against Facebook, EFF
If you are in Syria and your browser shows you this certificate
warning on Facebook, it is not safe to login to Facebook. You may wish
to use Tor to connect to Facebook, or use proxies outside of Syria.
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Feds Demand Firefox Remove Add-On That Redirects Seized Domains, Wired
The Department of Homeland Security has requested that Mozilla, the
maker of the Firefox browser, remove an add-on that allows web surfers
to access websites whose domain names were seized by the government
for copyright infringement, Mozilla's lawyer said Thursday. Mozilla is
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Senator Wyden Warns That Domain Seizures And COICA Undermine Internet
Freedom, Techdirt
Senator Wyden continues to be one of the few politicians actually
concerned about the impact of the government's expansive view towards
seizing domain names and stifling speech online. His latest is to
point out that Homeland Security's strategy with these domain seizures
appears to be completely in conflict with the State Department's
position on internet freedom, as laid out by Hillary Clinton.
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A Vaster Wasteland?, VOA
Is the Internet Better, or Worse, Than TV?
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FCC Process Reform Hearing Date Set, CommLawBlog
A couple of weeks ago we reported about Congressional interest in FCC
process reform, and the likelihood that hearings on that subject might
be just around the corner. And sure enough – the Communications
Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has announced
that it will hold a hearing on FCC Process Reform, May 13 at 9:30 a.m.
(if you're in town and want to pop in for a look-see, stop on by Room
2123 in Rayburn Building).
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California to Consider Do Not Track Legislation, Freedom to Tinker
This afternoon the CA Senate Judiciary Committee had a brief time for
proponents and opponents of SB 761 to speak about CA's Do Not Track
legislation. In general, the usual people said the usual things, with
a few surprises along the way.
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Digital Privacy and Your Smartphone, Citizen's Media
There has been substantial controversy over the past couple of weeks
arising out of revelations that some smartphones, most notably Apple's
iPhone and Google's Android devices, have been logging certain
location-based information. Lawsuits have been filed, a state
attorney general has started demanding answers, and an inquiry by a
U.S. Senate subcommittee has been scheduled. And then the South
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How to avoid sharing personal info online, CNET
The recent breach of Sony's PlayStation Network shows the value of
supplying Web sites with disposable e-mail addresses, temporary credit
card numbers, and flat-out bogus private data.
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Court Says Prosecutors Can't Just Assume A MySpace Profile Is Legit, Techdirt
A murder lawsuit in Maryland involved some evidence from a MySpace
profile (allegedly from the defendant's girlfriend, attempting to
intimidate witnesses). A police officer went to the profile and
printed it out, but prosecutors did nothing else to authenticate that
the MySpace profile and the comments on the page were legit and placed
by the girlfriend. A lower court
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Assange: Facebook Is Most Appalling Spy Machine Ever Invented, Huffpo
In an interview with Russia Today (RT), Julian Assange called Facebook
the "most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented."
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The Sony Wake-up Call: Time to Get Serious About Data Protection,
Ecommerce Times
Most of the talk about protecting users' privacy on the Web has
centered on preventing the collection of information that would aid
companies in creating targeted ad campaigns. I appreciate the efforts
of all those people -- from the myriad consumer watchdog groups to
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FTC Testifies on Data Security, FTC
Agency Settles With Two Firms That Allegedly Failed to Protect
Consumers' Personal Data
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FBI Chastised by Court for Lying About Existence of Surveillance Records, EFF
An order last week from the U.S. District Court for the Central
District of California has revealed the FBI lied to the court about
the existence of records requested under the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA), taking the position that FOIA allows it to withhold
information from the court whenever it thinks this is in the interest
of national security. Using the strongest
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Garrett D. Urban, Causing Damage without Authorization: The
Limitations of Current Judicial Interpretations of Employee
Authorization Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, WMLRev
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9th Cir: Access of Computer in Violation of Employer's Use Policy
Violates Computer Fraud and Abuse Act -- US v. Nosal, Tech & Marketing
US v. Nosal, 10-10038 (9th Cir.; Apr. 28, 2011) The Ninth Circuit
reversed the district court's...
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