Friday, November 04, 2011

11.4 :: FCC Tangled in Lightsquared :: Fiddling w BPL Rules :: Parents Help Kids Bypass FB 13+ Age Rule :: Decoy Documents :: SOPA ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by
people who weren't there. - George Santayana

FCC nominees get tangled in LightSquared controversy, WAPO
LightSquared may cause interference at the Federal Communications
Commission as a Republican lawmaker vowed to block commission
appointments over a lack of cooperation in an oversight investigation.

FCC Fiddles with Rules for Broadband-over-Power-Line, CommLawBlog
Regulating new technologies can be a slow business. So slow, in fact,
that the regulatory process sometimes outlives the usefulness of the

Commerce Department revokes $80M Internet stimulus grant, WAPO
The Commerce Department revoked a $80.6 million grant to bring
broadband Internet connections to Louisiana, saying that the state
fell behind schedule and changed its original plan for the stimulus

Teens Sleep Less Due to Smartphones, Forbes
Plugged-in teenagers get less sleep, thanks to their smartphones,
impacting the "Born to Be Wired" generation's school performance and
overall health.

Darpa's Plan to Trap the Next WikiLeaker: Decoy Documents, Wired
WikiLeakers may have to think twice before clicking on that
"classified" document -- it could be the digital smoking gun that
points back at them. Pentagon-funded researchers are building a
program for "generating and distributing believable misinformation."
The ultimate goal is to plant auto-generated, bogus documents in
classified networks and

BART Board Members Pledge to Implement Many of EFF's Recommendations
in Their Cell Phone Policy, EFF
On October 27th, board members of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) held a
public meeting to discuss the draft of their new cell phone shutdown
policy. EFF attended the meeting and presented our recommendations,
which would ensure that the final policy complied with the First
Amendment and mandated transparency. Encouragingly, the

Regulating Network Neutrality, Media Law Prof
Eric Null, Cardozo Law School, has published The Difficulty with
Regulating Network Neutrality, at 29 Cardozo Arts and Entertainment
Law Journal 459 (2011). Here is the abstract. Network neutrality is,
and has been, an essential design element of the Internet...

Shopping Online This Holiday Season? FTC Offers Advice on Getting the
Best Deal, FTC
Whether your gift list is ready or you're wondering how long you can
wait to start your holiday shopping, the Federal Trade Commission has
online tips to help you get the best deals.

Public Knowledge Disappointed With FCC Refusal To Make Recusal
Information Public, PK
The FCC today declined to make public recusal statements from
Commission employees.

Why DoJ's Win Against H&R Block Is Bad News For AT&T/T-Mo., PK
The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DoJ) just won its
lawsuit to block H&R Block from acquiring its smaller, "maverick"
competitor Tax Act. Even with the actual Order sealed for a month to
let parties scrub out the trade secrets, a few important things stand
out for why this is good news for DoJ in its lawsuit to block AT&T
taking over

U.S. report warns of Russia, China cyber spying, CW
The U.S. can expect more aggressive efforts from countries such as
Russia and China to collect information through cyberespionage in
areas such as pharmaceuticals, defense and manufacturing, according to
a new government report released Thursday.

Cyber Attack in Palestine?, Renesys
We can confirm reports of significant but sporadic Internet outages in
the Palestinian Territories today. As many as half of the routed
networks of the Palestinian Territories were unreachable (withdrawn
from the global routing table), possibly as a result of reported cyber
attacks. These outages are the largest we have observed all year for

SOPA and the DMCA Safe Harbors, PK
The Internet is a great facilitator of commerce and discourse. Our
laws and policies are designed to preserve this character by
preventing sites that host content of others from being shut down or
crippled by money damages for their users' illegal actions. Copyright
law achieves this objective by exempting content hosts, such as
Youtube and

SOPA and Section 1201: A Frightening Combination, PK
One of the many serious problems with the Stop Online Piracy Act
("SOPA") (pdf) is how it tacks itself onto existing law to expand
liability to people who may be three times removed from any actual
copyright infringement. In § 103, SOPA wraps another layer of
liability around what are called the "anticircumvention provisions" of
the Copyright Act

SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet, EFF
As promised, here's the first installment of our closer review of the
massive piece of job-killing Internet regulation that is the Stop
Online Piracy Act. We'll start with how it could impact Twitter,
Tumblr, and the next innovative social network, cloud computing, or
web hosting service that some smart kid is designing in her garage
right now.

White House Petition Against E-PARASITE/SOPA, Techdirt
Last week, as part of our trip of startup entrepreneurs, innovators,
artists and venture captialists, we were able to meet with senior
White House staff about our concerns over the E-PARASITE/SOPA bill
that would fundamentally change the regulatory and policy framework of
the internet, seriously hindering the ability to create new startups,

US Marshals turned loose to collect $63,720.80 from Righthaven, Ars Technica
Looks like it's time to turn out the lights on Righthaven. The US
Marshal for the District of Nevada has just been authorized by a
federal court to use "reasonable force" to

SOPA and the DMCA Safe Harbors, PK
The Internet is a great facilitator of commerce and discourse. Our
laws and policies are designed to preserve this character by
preventing sites that host content of others from being shut down or
crippled by money damages for their users' illegal actions. Copyright
law achieves this objective by exempting content hosts, such as
Youtube and

Stop Online Piracy Act, Harvard JOLT
The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, introduced by House Judiciary
Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), would vest in the U.S. Attorney
General the power to regulate and prevent access to foreign websites
infringing on U.S. Intellectual Property ("IP") rights. The U.S.
Attorney General, with court approval, would be able to issue orders

ACLU Sues Los Angeles Police For Harassing Photographers For Taking
Photos With No Apparent Aesthetic Value, Techdirt
Remember how the Long Beach police defended their decision to detain
photographers if they believed whatever they were photographing had
"no aesthetic value?" Well, it seems that the ACLU took notice of
that. Neppe alerts us to the news that the Los Angeles sheriff's
department has been sued by some photographers and the ACLU for its

Reflections on "A Vast Wasteland Revisited" from the Harvard Law
Documentary Studio, Berkman Center
The "vast wasteland" at fifty -- what are we watching today? Newton
Minow (former Chairman of the FCC), Perry Hewitt (Chief Digital
Officer at Harvard University), and Jonathan Alter (Bloomberg View)
reflect on the changing landscape of media and journalism and
implications for the public interest. This video was produced by the

Private cloud vs. public cloud vs. hybrid cloud, CW
There's no denying it: practically every business is moving to the
cloud or at least thinking about it. But with a number of options
available to them, many are still experimenting with which works best.

AT&T Statement on Rosenworcel, Pai FCC Nominations, AT&T
"I want to congratulate Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai for their
White House nominations to become FCC Commissioners. We have had the
pleasure of working with both nominees in the past and they possess
the experience, expertise and enthusiasm for public service that will
serve them well as they navigate today's

FCC Nominations of Rosenworcel, Pai Applauded, NARUC
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued
the following statement after President Obama nominated Jessica
Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission:

USTelecom Welcomes Nominations to FCC, USTelecom
We welcome President Obama's announcement that he intends to nominate
Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai to serve on the Federal
Communications Commission. Their breadth of knowledge of the evolving
communications industry, its legal

Walden, Heller to Host Press Conference on FCC Process Reform, House
Commerce Committee
no description

The First Recorded Evidence Of A Prank Phone Call: 1884 Phone Calls
Summoning Undertakers, Techdirt
This is kind of awesome. Paul Collins, know as The Literary Detective,
recently noted that he had unearthed what he believed might be the
first recorded evidence of a prank phone call... made in 1884. Here's
the newspaper report:

Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule, apophenia
"At what age should I let my child join Facebook?" This is a question
that countless parents have asked my collaborators and me. Often, it's
followed by the following: "I know that 13 is the minimum age to join
Facebook, but is it really so bad that my 12-year-old is on the site?"

New Paper: Why parents help their children lie to Facebook about age:
Unintended consequences of the COPPA, Berkman Center
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to share a new
paper published in First Monday, "Why parents help their children lie
to Facebook about age: Unintended consequences of the 'Children's
Online Privacy Protection Act,''" authored by Berkman community
members danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey.

CNN Realizes Wireless Carriers Selling Location Data - With Only
Verizon Even Really Admitting It, DSLReports
Every so often a mainstream press outlet will pop its head up and
realize that wireless carriers have started pretty much selling any
and all user location data that isn't nailed down. There's no limit of
people eager to buy this data, ranging from civic planning agencies to
marketers. There's also virtually no consumer protections in place, as
Congress continues to remain mired in partisan bickering. CNN takes a
new look at which wireless carriers are

The Time is Ripe for Cybersecurity Legislation, White House
It was late evening when the call came in to one of our law
enforcement agencies. Nasdaq management was on the line asking for
assistance with a security breach they had discovered. Within
twenty-four hours, a joint Federal team was on the way to New York to
provide support and begin the investigation. Shortly afterwards, I was
in the White

Stuxnet Raises 'Blowback' Risk In Cyberwar, NPR
The Stuxnet computer worm successfully damaged centrifuges at a
nuclear facility in Iran. Now, officials responsible for defending
U.S. infrastructure fear that Stuxnet may have provided a blueprint
for adversaries who may want to sabotage industrial operations in this

Stuxnet Poses Thorny Issue For Cyberdefenders, NPR
A year ago, the existence of Stuxnet, the world's first cyber
superweapon, first emerged. Many experts suspect the U.S. government
had at least a hand in its creation. The development and use of
offensive cyberweapons may create challenges for a nation's
cyberdefenders — and could be a big policy issue in the nascent era of

The BART Cell Phone Shutdown: Are Mobile Phones A Necessary Part of
Free Speech?, MTTLR
Back in August, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) garnered national
attention when it shut down cell phone service to limit a political
protest over the shooting death of a homeless man by BART police. BART
released a statement the following day stating that "a civil
disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco
stations could

USTelecom: FCC Order Opens Door to Greater Broadband Deployment, USTelecom
Provides Significant Benefits to Consumers Background: Today the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order to reform the
universal service and intercarrier compensation programs, updating
them to accelerate deployment of broadband in high-cost areas. The
following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO

NARUC Commends, Raises Questions about FCC USF/ICC Reform Orders, NARUC
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued
the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission
issued today's decisions on Universal Service and Intercarrier
Compensation reform:

AT&T on FCC's USF/ICC Order, AT&T
The FCC today took an important step in transforming the concept of
universal service. By redefining the 21st century basic service,
which all Americans should have access to, as broadband instead of
traditional voice, the FCC has recognized the fundamental
technological transformation that has occurred across the globe over
the past

Vonage CEO Marc Lefar Comments on FCC Decision to Overhaul
Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) and Universal Service Fund (USF),
no description

FCC Votes Unanimously to Overhaul Universal Service Fund, Shifts Focus
to Broadband Technologies, NC JOLT
The FCC unanimously voted to completely overhaul the Universal Service
Fund ("USF") last Thursday, in a move that marks a historic change in
policy for the Commission. Part of a telephone subsidy regime that
stretches back to 1934, the USF was established in 1997 to help expand
telephone service into rural areas. The funds from the

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