Monday, June 06, 2011

6.6 :: Continued Interference :: Boondoggle :: Censoring Begins at Home :: Any Legitimate Purpose :: Sputter ::

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Tests showed continued GPS interference from LightSquared equipment ahead of FCC filing, RCRWireless
LightSquared continued its public relations push today hosting a conference call designed to set expectations for its June 15 final report filing with the Federal Communications Commission on recently concluded tests of potential interference between its hybrid satellite/terrestrial network and ground-based GPS systems.
http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20110601/CARRIERS/110609996/tests-showed-continued-gps-interference-from-lightsquared-equipment
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/gps.htm

The National Broadband Map: a $350 million "boondoggle"?, Ars Technica
The United States government's National Broadband Map has been out for three months and hasn't generated much heat—until now. Suddenly advocates from the New America Foundation are posting commentaries calling the project a big disappointment.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/06/national-broadband-map-a-350-million-boondoggle.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/map.htm

The IPv6 Impact to Telecom Addressed in USTelecom Webinar, USTelecom
USTelecom has conducted several webinars on IPv6 this year, mainly dealing with IP address exhaust, implementing dual stack architectures and using carrier-grade NATs.
http://www.ustelecom.org/Video_Blogs/Blog/index.php/2011/06/03/the-ipv6-impact-to-telecom-addressed-in-ustelecom-webinar/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

World IPv6 Day Will Test the Readiness for Change, CISCO
On Wednesday, June 8, the technicians, engineers and content providers who rely on the internet's viability will conduct a grand, global experiment. For more than a decade, an alternative to the internet's standard communications protocols has been under development and testing in private networks. On World IPv6 Day, Internet Protocol Version 6 ( ...
http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/ts_060611.html?CMP=AF17154&vs_f=News@Cisco:+Press+Releases+and+Features&vs_p=News@Cisco:+Press+Releases+and+Features&vs_k=1
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

CAIDA participation in IPv6 day, CAIDA
On June 8 2011 a group of content providers, including Google, Yahoo and Facebook, are going to dual-stack their content, in an event calledWorld IPv6 Day. This trial will enable content providers to gain experience with increased levels of IPv6 traffic and gauge the extent and effect of broken dual-stack end-users. CAIDA is cooperating with the RIPE NCC's measurements on this day, providing a dozen Ark monitors to
http://blog.caida.org/best_available_data/2011/06/05/caida-participation-in-ipv6-day/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/dns/ipv6.htm

Senators Target Website That Sells Narcotics, NPR
Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, both Democrats, said they asked the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration to shut down and investigate the website, often referred to as the Silk Road after an ancient Asian trade route.
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/05/136971766/senators-target-website-that-sells-narcotics?ft=1&f=1019
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/ecom/emed.htm

UN Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right, Wired
A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/politics/~3/08az-4qpA-c/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/

Censoring Begins At Home: Iran Announces Plans To Build Its Own Internet, Operating System, Techdirt
Iran's government has decided to push past regular villainy and head straight for cartoonish super-villainy with its plan to build its own internet. Being one of the "most sophisticated nations in online censoring" just isn't enough these days, what with every "civilized" nation pushing its own brand of censorship. It looks as if Iran has decided that if the internet is too difficult to regulate, it may be easier to start from the ground floor
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110531/13372014492/censoring-begins-home-iran-announces-plans-to-build-its-own-internet-operating-system.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/iran.htm

Internet back online in Syria; violent protest videos surface, cnet
Internet access is back online in Syria after two-thirds of networks in the country became unreachable from the rest of the world in the midst of street protests
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20069113-93/internet-back-online-in-syria-violent-protest-videos-surface/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/me.htm

UPDATE: Syria Cuts The Internet, VOA
1500 hours UTC Friday: Earlier we posted about the near flat-lining of Internet traffic within Syria, wondering whether Damascus was adopting a tactic tried earlier this year by Egypt.
http://blogs.voanews.com/digital-frontiers/2011/06/03/syria-cuts-the-internet/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/me.htm

Syrian Internet Shutdown, Renesys
Starting at 3:35 UTC today (6:35am local time), approximately two-thirds of all Syrian networks became unreachable from the global Internet. Over the course of roughly half an hour, the routes to 40 of 59 networks were withdrawn from the global routing table.
http://www.renesys.com/blog/2011/06/syrian-internet-shutdown.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/intl/me.htm

Dan Snyder Helping Politicians Recognize The Importance Of A Federal Anti-SLAPP Law, Techdirt
We've discussed a few times in the past the need for a federal anti-SLAPP law, rather than the weak state-by-state laws against SLAPP lawsuits, which are filed mainly to stifle speech, rather than for any legitimate purpose. Earlier this year, in particular, we discussed how the lawsuit filed by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder against a DC-publication, highlighted the need for a federal anti-SLAPP law
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110602/12583214529/dan-snyder-helping-politicians-recognize-importance-federal-anti-slapp-law.shtml
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/media/news.htm

FCC Members: Don't Lobby for AT&T After Approving Merger, Wired
A media-reform group is demanding each of the FCC's four commissioners publicly pledge that they won't take a lobbying job with AT&T if they approve its proposed merger with T-Mobile. Departing FCC commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker resigned her post last month to become the top lobbyist for the merged Comcast-NBC, just four months after she approved that merger.
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/politics/~3/2iH2zTa7qD8/
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/notes/fcc.htm

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Announces Jonathan Zittrain as FCC Distinguished Scholar, Berkman Center
Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the appointment of Professor Jonathan Zittrain as the agency's Distinguished Scholar. He will be based in the Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis and will work on a range of issues related to 21st century communications networks. He succeeds Professor Stuart Benjamin from Duke University School of Law as the Commission's first Distinguished Scholar.
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/newsroom/Zittrain_FCC_Distinguished_Scholar
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/notes/fcc.htm

Cyber Attacks May Be 'Acts Of War', NPR
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon (in a report expected to be made public next month) has said an act of computer sabotage may constitute an "act of war." Ira Flatow and guests discuss cyber attacks and the challenges in defining and fighting cyber warfare.
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/03/136925541/cyber-attacks-may-be-acts-of-war?ft=1&f=1019
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/cyberwar.htm

NebuAd Deep Packet Inspection Lawsuits Sputter -- Deering v. CenturyTel & Green v. Cable One, Tech & Marketing Law
The alleged monitoring and use of ISP subscribers' internet activity for advertisement targeting purposes by NebuAd...
http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2011/06/nebuad_deep_pac.htm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/ecpa.htm

Hackers Target FBI Affiliate, Post Passwords Online, NPR
Nearly 180 passwords belonging to members of an Atlanta-based FBI affiliate have been stolen and leaked to the Internet, the group confirmed Sunday. Online hacking collective Lulz Security claimed it was acting in response to a recent report that the Pentagon was considering whether to classify some cyberattacks as acts of war.
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/05/136984937/hackers-target-fbi-affiliate-post-passwords-online?ft=1&f=1019
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/hacker.htm

FTC, Department of Justice to Host Forum on Child Identity Theft, FTC
The FTC and the Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime will host "Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft," on July 12, 2011.
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/06/childtheft.shtm
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/idtheft.htm

Are the feds torturing the Patriot Act for location data?, Ars Technica
It's hard to imagine a Senator making a blunter statement than Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) made in the heat of the Patriot Act reauthorization fight last month: "When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act," he said, "they will be stunned and they will be
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/06/its-hard-to-imagine-a.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
More Info: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/patriot.htm

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