Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
"[F]reedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter
much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its
substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of
the existing order." — Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, West
Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

Customers sue Frontier over broadband surcharge, CW
Four customers of Frontier Communications have filed a class action
lawsuit against the broadband and digital voice provider over a $1 to
$1.50 mystery charge on their monthly bills.

What Has The FCC Done To Actually Encourage Competition?, Techdirt
For the better part of a decade, we've been arguing that the main
problem with broadband in the US, and the main reason we remain so far
behind many other countries, is the stunning lack of competition. The
broadband field is dominated by just a few players, and they always

Will LightSquared's GPS Filtering Technology Work?, Field Logix
LightSquared and the GPS industry still have a long way before they can coexist.

Farm Groups to FCC: Study LightSquared's Impact on GPS, Nebraska Farmer
Company's impact could adversely affect precision agriculture
operations, according to Nebraska producer.

A Practical Look at the FCC's Open Internet/Net Neutrality
Regulations, Telecom Law Monitor
On December 23, 2010, the FCC adopted new Open Internet ("network
neutrality") rules that place a variety of disclosure and other
obligations on certain providers of broadband Internet access. On June
30, 2011, while required OMB review of the new rules continued, the

Adam Candeub, A Dead End for End-to-End? A Review Essay of Barbara van
Schewick's Internet Architecture and Innovation, FCLJ
Amidst much controversy, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
released its landmark "network neutrality" order last December. This
regulation prohibits Internet service providers, such as Verizon or
Comcast, from discriminating in favor of traffic or content which they
own or

When Should Federal Law Allow Domain Seizures?, Volokh Conspiracy
My co-blogger David Post has authored several passionate posts harshly
criticizing the federal government's recent practice of seizing domain
names pursuant to ex parte court orders based on probable cause. In
his post yesterday, David calls the process "nightmarish," and

Copyright czar cozied up to Big Content, e-mails show, Ars Technica
Top-ranking Obama administration officials, including the US copyright
czar, played an active role in secret negotiations between Hollywood,
the recording industry and ISPs to disrupt internet access for users
suspected of violating copyright law, according to internal White
House e-mails.

Twitter CEO: 250 million tweets a day--now what?, CNET
CEO Dick Costolo tells an audience at the Web 2.0 Summit that
Twitter's key challenge is to separate the "signal from the noise.

Government Cloud Computing — "Progress & Best Practices", Fed News Radio
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iCloud snafus point to dark side of consumer cloud, Gigaom
Apple's highly anticipated iCloud consumer cloud service went live
last week in a debut marred by snafus that show that cloud providers
still have some kinks to work out.

Federal Cloud Technology Roadmap to be Introduced at Forum Workshop,
Nov. 2-4, NIST
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will unveil
the public draft of its U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology
Roadmap at the Cloud Computing Forum ampamp Workshop IV that it will
host Nov. 2-4, in Gaithersburg,

Patrick Ryan, Ronak Merchant, Sarah Falvey, Regulation of the Cloud in
India, Journal of Internet Law
Cloud computing is growing, and it is growing fast. But it is not new,
and its roots are as old as computing itself – with significant
history going back to the 1950s. However, because of the rapid growth
of cloud computing, many regulatory authorities believe that it should
be regulated and

Marketa Trimble, The Future of Cybertravel: Legal Implications of the
Evasion of Geolocation, Fordham IP, Media & Entertainment Law Journal
The internet is valued as a medium that both defies and defeats
physical borders. However, cyberspace is now being exposed to attempts
by both governments and private entities to impose territorial limits
through blocking or permitting access to content by internet users

ARPANET's coming out party: when the Internet first took center stage,
Ars Technica
It was mid-1971. Ten scientists met at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology's Tech Square in Cambridge. They had been given a task by
the director of the Pentagon's Information Processing Techniques
Office. The moment had arrived, Larry Roberts told the group's
leaders, to publicly demonstrate IPTO's crowning achievement: the
Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, forerunner of the Internet.

DoD Hit with $4.9 Billion Lawsuit Over Data Breach, Daily Dashboard
The Department of Defense is facing a $4.9 billion lawsuit over the
Tricare data breach that affected 4.9 million beneficiaries, ArmyTimes

Advancing the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace:
Government as Early Adopter, White House
When I last discussed the need for better digital credentials in this
blog, the President had just signed the National Strategy for Trusted
Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) to address two challenges that can
affect economic growth online: (1) the insecurity and inconvenience

Rockefeller Says SEC Guidance Fundamentally Changes the Future of
Cybersecurity, Senate Commerce
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV released the following statement
after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued
guidance on its views regarding company disclosure obligations
relating to cybersecurity risks and cyber incidents:

Groups warn high court of big government intrusion in GPS case, Hill
The high court will decide whether warrant-less GPS tracking by law
enforcement is a violation of Fourth Amendment protections.

Judge: No Warrant for Cell Tower Location Data, Daily Dashboard
A Washington, DC, judge has ruled that police do not need a warrant to
obtain cell phone location data collected through cell towers;
however, prosecutors must present evidence as to why the information
is material to the investigation, reports The Blog of Legal Times. A

U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare Against Libya, NYT
Obama administration officials decided to use airstrikes to disrupt
and disable the Qaddafi government in March, but only after a new kind
of warfare was discussed.

Ninth Circuit: ECPA Protects Stored Communications of Foreign
Citizens, Privacy Law Blog
Suzlon Energy Ltd. demanded Microsoft to produce emails from the
Hotmail email account of Rajagopalan Sridhar, an Indian citizen
imprisoned abroad. The district court held that the Electronic
Communications Privacy Act ("ECPA") prohibited Microsoft from
producing the documents even though Sridhar was not a U.S. citizen.
The Ninth Circuit affirmed.

ECPA Anniversary Week Brings Calls for Change, EFF
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Electronic Communications
Privacy Act (ECPA), the main federal law setting standards for
government access to electronic communications like email. As we've
been saying for years, ECPA is woefully outdated, putting Americans'
privacy at risk.

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