Monday, November 14, 2011

11.14 :: No Upper MSS Band for Lightsquared :: Lock down Your Wireless Nets :: R Teens Meaner Online? :: End FCC's Indecency Regs :: U Have No Privacy Online ::

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"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second
it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident." -
Arthur Schopenhauer

GPS Group to FCC: No Upper MSS Band for LightSquared, AINOnline
The Coalition to Save Our GPS sent a letter today to the FCC asking
the agency to "promptly rule" that LightSquared be barred from using
the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band for high-powered
terrestrial operations. Previous tests of

How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network, CW
If you operate a wireless network for your home or business, it's
important to ward it against opportunistic hackers seeking to steal
your data or hijack your Wi-Fi for their own nefarious purposes. We
spoke to Steven Andrés, CTO of security consulting firm Special Ops
Security, to learn about the best ways to lock down your Wi-Fi. To get
started, you'll need to log in to your router's administrative console
by typing the router's IP address into your Web browser's address

Are Teens Meaner Online?, VOA
If it seems like just about every teenager living in the United States
is on the Internet, that's because nearly every one of them is. An
astounding 95% of teens aged 12-17 are now online, and over 80% of
those teens are using social networking sites like Facebook, Tumblr or

Online Bullying Really Not That Common, Techdirt
To hear some people tell it, "cyber bullying" is some huge and awful
problem where "something" needs to be done. It's a classic moral panic
situation, but usually seems to involve parents totally overreacting.
We've pointed out in the past that kids don't view it as bullying and
now some new research from the folks at Pew have pointed out that
online bullying and general "meanness" really isn't all that common.
Yes, it does happen. And it sucks for those who are the target

EFF Asks Supreme Court to End the FCC's Indecency Regulations, EFF
Yesterday, EFF--along with the Cato Institute, the Center for Democracy
and Technology, Public Knowledge, and TechFreedom--submitted an amicus
brief to the Supreme Court in FCC v. Fox, which asks the Court to
declare unconstitutional the FCC's heavy-handed and outdated indecency
policy for broadcast TV. The policy stems from the 1978 Supreme Court
decision in FCC v. Pacifica, also known as the "Seven Dirty Words"
case. The Court held that broadcast

Parents Can Protect Their Children Better than the FCC, PK
Parents can do a better job of controlling what their children watch
than the government. That's why Public Knowledge joined TechFreedom,
the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Cato Institute, and the
Electronic Frontier Foundation in an amicus brief in FCC v. Fox,
asking the Supreme Court to overturn the government's outdated
broadcast indecency regulations.

Diverse Tech Groups Call for an End to FCC Censorship, Teckfreedom
Five philosophically diverse tech policy organizations have called for
an end to the FCC's censorship of television broadcasting as a
violation of the First Amendment.

Net neutrality rules and the FCC's huge mistake, CW
All together now: Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!

Rockefeller Says Senate Vote to Protect Open Internet Is Win for
Consumers, Senate Commerce
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV issued the following statement
today after the Senate voted not to proceed with its consideration of
S.J.Res.6, a Republican effort to overturn the Federal Communication
Commission's (FCC) rules that ensure a free and open Internet for

Victory for Net Neutrality, Free Press
This outrageous measure would have stripped us of our right to
communicate freely online and handed control of the Internet to
companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

Neutrality Rules Survive Repeal Threat, CDT
Earlier today, the Senate voted not to advance a joint resolution to
repeal the FCC's open internet rules. President Obama had promised to
veto the measure, which passed the House in the spring, but it's good
news that it won't have to come to that -- and that the rules have the
support of the Senate. Not that the rules are out of the woods
entirely; they still face a court challenge from Verizon.

Traffic jams, ISPs and net neutrality, Gigaom
In the net neutrality debate, Internet Service Providers like AT&T and
Verizon, have said they need to charge content providers for
prioritization so they can invest in improving infrastructure: faster
internet service for all, they say.

Net Neutrality Update: One Lonely Reconsideration Petitioner, CommLawBlog
The Commission has announced that it has received one - and,
apparently, only one - petition for reconsideration of its Open
Internet order released last December (but not published in the
Federal Register until September). For the curious among you, the
seven-page petition - which is actually titled "Petition for
Clarification or Reconsideration" - may be found here. (It asks the
Commission to clarify the "special services" aspect of the net
neutrality order, particularly as that aspect would affect "enterprise

Rob Frieden, Do Conduit Neutrality Mandates Promote or Hinder Trust in
Internet-mediated Transactions?, PSU
As the Internet evolves and matures, Internet Service Providers
(--ISPs||) have begun to create increasingly diversified business models
that deviate from plain vanilla, one-size fits all terms and
conditions. Increasing subscriber demand for broadband connections
necessitates ISP efforts to identify and serve new profit centers and
to differentiate retail and wholesale users on

Critics sometimes describe James Joyce's modernist epic Ulysses as the
most discussed, least read novel in the world.1 Net neutrality may be
the most discussed, least understood concept in the world of internet

IANA contract is up for renewal, only to U.S. bidders, CW
A new tender document for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
(IANA) aims to strengthen the transparency, independence and
accountability of the next IANA contractor.

Righthaven Loses Again, Has To Pay More Attorneys Fees... And Has
Lawyer Scolded By The Court, Techdirt
The hits just keep on coming for Righthaven. Having already lost in
Colorado, in its case against Leland Wolf (though, likely in all of
its cases, since the same judge is handling them all), Righthaven has
been told that it needs to pay Wolf's legal fees as well, to the tune
of $32,147.50 along with additional costs of $1,000.85. Plus, Wolf and
his lawyers have been told they can add on some more legal fees for
the costs of the hearing in question. But, really, the best part

House Judiciary Committee Refuses To Hear Wider Tech Industry Concerns
About SOPA, Techdirt
Ever since SOPA was introduced, we'd heard that the eventual House
Judiciary Committee hearings on the bill would be an unfairly stacked
deck. Despite such wide opposition to the bill, and the fact that this
represents a massive change to the regulatory and technological
framework of the internet, we'd been told, repeatedly, that the
hearings would be set up with three representatives in favor of the
bill, and just one against. Apparently, the supporters

Piracy is Bad for Business, But So is SOPA, PK
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is meant to promote "prosperity,
creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of
U.S. property." According to the proponents of SOPA, such as the
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the U.S.

Citizen Media: Enemy Of The State Or Power To The People?, Forbes
Here we go again. Global citizen and social media are being attacked
on all sides.

Regulators sniff around mobile privacy issues, CW
Regulators are starting to investigate what kind of oversight is in
place to make sure that mobile applications don't encroach on user
privacy rights, a lawyer in Microsoft's Windows Phone segment said.

CDNs and DNS: A Flawed Study?, Level3
Some weeks ago a very long and scientific-looking blog post appeared
that analysed some CDN's use of DNS to determine the location of an
end-user. At the time I read it and dismissed it because it was so
obviously flawed. But several people have asked me about it so I
thought I'd try and unpick some of the assertions in that post. I'll
try and do it as simply as possible.

White House urges greater self-regulation of online privacy, WAPO
A senior tech advisor for President Obama on Monday said Internet
firms should come up with self-imposed privacy rules that would be
enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

Privacy Loses in Twitter/Wikileaks Records Battle, EFF
A district court judge in Virginia ruled against online privacy today,
allowing U.S federal investigators to collect private records of three
Twitter users as part of its investigation related to Wikileaks. The
judge also blocked the users' attempt to discover whether other
Internet companies have been ordered to turn their data over to the

"Right to be Forgotten" A Problem for Publishers?, Daily Dashboard
Among the proposals being considered in the European Union's (EU)
updated data protection framework is what EU Justice Commissioner
Viviane Reding said is the right for consumers "to delete their data
at any time, especially the data they post on the Internet
themselves." The "right to be forgotten" could pose problems for
publishers that store media stories containing personal data about
individuals. Reding said that publishers had the right to archive
these stories if

Court makes it official: You have no privacy online, Gigaom
Online services like Twitter and Facebook spend a lot of time on their
privacy policies, and Facebook in particular has spent the past couple
of years tweaking its settings, trying to find a balance between
convincing users to share information and allowing them to keep some
private. But a recent U.S. court decision involving the Twitter
accounts of several WikiLeaks supporters shows when push comes to
shove, users of social networks and most online services have

FTC and Facebook Close to Privacy Settlement, MTTLR
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the impending
settlement, is reporting that Facebook and the Federal Trade
Commission are close to a settlement over alleged deceptive practices
with respect to several Facebook features, including its privacy
settings. Under the settlement agreement, Facebook will be required
to make all future privacy changes "opt-in," requiring Facebook to
obtain its users' express consent before making information that's
already on the

FTC Is Not Surprised That A Lot Of Children Are On Facebook, FPF
Despite COPPA's restrictions, "we know that there are lots of kids
registering for social networks and other services with their parents'
assistance," said FPF's Jules Polonetsky.

Caught With Your System Down: SEC Requires Disclosure of Cyberattacks, JOLT Blog
The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive recently
released a report highlighting the current threats to America's
economic security: foreign economic collection and industrial
espionage against American businesses. The two major culprits are
China and Russia. With both countries aiming to achieve economic
prosperity, states the report, cyberattacks that attempt to steal
valuable trade secrets and technological information are and will

My Congressional Testimony on the Need to Narrow the Computer Fraud
and Abuse Act, Volokh Conspiracy
Tomorrow morning at 10am, I will be testifying before the House
Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland
Security about the need to narrow the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. I
have submitted my written testimony, and it is available here. It

What is a Cybersecurity Professional, NIST wants to know, Cybertelecom
So what is a Cybersecurity Professional? NIST thinks it would be
useful to have some sort of standard common means of answering that
question, and wants your input

Low-Cost Broadband and Computers for Students and Families,
Yesterday, at a public school in Washington, DC, joined by cable and
technology executives and nonprofit leaders, FCC Chairman Genachowski
announced an unprecedented effort to help close the digital divide,
bringing low-cost broadband and computers to millions of low-income

Limits to broadband diffusion?, Virulent Word of Mouse
The National Telecommunications Information Administration just
published the findings from its latest survey about Internet use
within US households. In case you missed it, here is a summary:
broadband adoption among US households went up, but not by much.

Congress Investigating Open Range Bankruptcy - And RUS Oversight of
Broadband Stimulus Funds, DSLReports
Back in October Mobile WiMax operator Open Range Communications filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At the time, many wondered about
the $267 million loan the company received from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture s Rural Development Utilities Program (RUS) to improve
rural connectivity. There's

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