Tuesday, September 20, 2011

9.20 :: Everyone Loses :: Unsurprising but Nonetheless Heartening :: Vast Wasteland :: We're Sorry ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
"What disturbs people's minds is not events but their judgments on
events" Epictetus, (c.55 – c.135 C.E.)

When politics and tech collide, everyone loses, Gigaom
The political drama around the Obama administration's efforts to bring
a competitive wireless broadband alternative to the nation are roiled
in both technical and now a political debate. The drama centers around
LightSquared, which is trying to build a wholesale satellite and
terrestrial 4G network, but has run into problems because the spectrum
it uses can interfere with GPS signals.

Testimony of Karl Nebbia at Hearing on Sustaining GPS for National
Security, NTIA
Chairman Turner, Ranking Member Sanchez, and members of the
subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on behalf
of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA). NTIA, an agency within the Department of Commerce, is the

Kids, Parents & Online Safety, Forbes
That's the unsurprising but nonetheless heartening finding from a new
survey of parental attitudes about online child safety and parental
control technologies. The July survey, which was conducted by Hart

CRTC Tells Rogers To Stop Slowing Down Speeds of Online Games, Geist
The CRTC has written to Rogers giving just over a week to address
ongoing concerns that its throttling practices are slowing down online
gaming in violation of the Commission's Internet traffic management
practices. The Commission plans to release new guidance on these
complaints this week.

Hold the Line: One-Third of US Prefers Texts to Calls, Pew
One-third of Americans who use text messaging to communicate said they
prefer a text to a phone call when someone is trying to reach them, a
new study suggests.

Pakistan Court Temporarily Blocks Facebook on the Grounds That It
"Spread[s] Religious Hatred", Volokh Conspiracy
So reports Pakistan Today:

Recapping "A Vast Wasteland", Berkman Center
Last week, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Dean's
Office at Harvard Law School, and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism
co-hosted a special event with former chairman of the FCC Newton N.
Minow. At the event, he reflected on his landmark speech to the
National Association of Broadcasters on "Television and the Public
Interest," in which he described television programming as a "vast
wasteland" and

Netflix: We're Sorry About The Huge Price Increase, So, Uh...
Qwikster!, Techdirt
Reed Hastings is very sad. I know, because today I got a very somber
email from the Netflix Co-Founder and CEO (also posted here). He's sad
about the very negative reaction of Netflix subscribers to the recent
fee increase. He's also sad about something called "Qwikster" and red

Netflix continues to receive market beat down, CNET
Don't look now, Netflix investors, but the stock is getting a
drubbing--again--following the Reed Hastings' apology and the services

Technology and Innovation Subcommittee Hearing - Cloud Computing,
House Committee Sci and Tech
The Next IT Revolution?: Cloud Computing Opportunities and Challenges

The problem of 'personal data' in cloud computing: what information is
regulated?—the cloud of unknowing, Intl Data Privacy Law
Cloud computing service providers, even those based outside Europe,
may become subject to the EU Data Protection Directive's extensive and
complex regime purely through their customers' choices, of which they
may have no knowledge or control.

Privacy Risk Found on Cellphone Games, WSJ
Major cellphone game networks have been handling the unique ID numbers
on smartphones in insecure ways – in some cases even allowing access
by a potential cybercriminal to a user's Facebook and Twitter accounts
– new research suggests.

Why the Apple UDID had to die, cortesi
A UDID is a "Unique Device Identifier" - you can think of it as a
serial number burned permanently into every iPhone, iPad and iPod
Touch. Any installed app can access the UDID without requiring the
user's knowledge or consent. We know that UDIDs are very widely used

Internet privacy: Cookies as a weapon, CW
In November 2009 the European Parliament approved a directive on
Internet privacy that, among other things, required user opt-in before
websites could install cookies on the user's computer.

FTC Rightly Keeps COPPA Focused On Children, CDT
Last Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission released its long-awaited
report on the rule implementing the Children's Online Privacy
Protection Act. COPPA is the federal law that requires operators of
websites or online services directed to children to obtain verified
parental consent before collecting personal information from children
under 13 years of age.The Act is administered by the FTC via the COPPA

Joshua Levy, Towards a Brighter Fourth Amendment: Privacy
and Technological Change, NYU School Law
On November 13, 2010, John Tyner tried to fly from San Diego
International Airport to South Dakota. Before he could board his
flight, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
screeners instructed him to undergo a full body scan that renders
naked, albeit grainy, images of passengers.

Spam text message complaints rise, BBC
The number of complaints about spam text messages has almost doubled
over the past five months.

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