Thursday, December 15, 2011

12.15 :: Slowly Eroding :: Still a Disaster :: Rope-a-Dope :: The Curious Case :: A Rolling Scandal :: Wont Say How ::

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Verizon Upgrades Its IP Network Access to Enable 100G Technology, CISCO
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6 Million Only Use Wireless Broadband - Slowly Eroding DSL Use Among Lighter Users, DSLReports
A new report by Strategy Analytics notes that 6 million U.S. residents now exclusively use wireless as their only in-home broadband service. According to the study, these 6 million connections account for 6.9% of total US broadband connections and mark a 430,000 net increase over 2010 levels. The firm notes that cable modem services still account for 50% of all connections, but that wireless is having an impact on some DS

Why is the FCC stonewalling Grassley on LightSquared?, Hot Air
Most people probably missed this statement from Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) last week, announcing that he has put holds on two Barack Obama nominees to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). With most of the political focus on the

Federal officials: More tests show LightSquared interference with GPS, aviation, WAPO
Federal officials said Wednesday that LightSquared's proposed mobile satellite network would interfere with "the majority" of global positioning system receivers and pose dangerous disruption to airline safety systems.

LightSquared Signals Still Interfere With GPS, U.S. Says, WSJ
Federal officials said recent tests of LightSquared's proposed national wireless-Internet network showed it would still knock out a "majority" of GPS devices.

OECD urges members to protect open Internet, OECD
The openness of the Internet has been key in stimulating innovation and economic growth and stems from its multi-stakeholder model of development and management. Amid growing concern that this openness is eroding, the OECD has adopted a set of shared principles to preserve the fundamentally open and dynamic nature of the Internet.,3355,en_2649_34223_1_1_1_1_1,00.html?rssChId=34223#49258981

OECD Council Recommendation on Principles for Internet Policy Making, OECD
Amid concern that the openness of the Internet that has been key in stimulating innovation and economic growth is currently eroding, the OECD has adopted a set of shared principles to preserve the fundamental openness of the Internet and its free flow of information.,3699,en_2649_37441_1_1_1_1_37441,00.html?rssChId=37441#49258589

Stopping SOPA's Anticircumvention, Freedom to tinker
The House's Stop Online Piracy Act is in Judiciary Committee Markup today. As numerous protests, open letters,and advocacy campaignsacross the Web, this is a seriously flawed bill. Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Darell Issa's proposed OPEN Act points out, by contrast, some of the procedural problems.

Top Internet engineers warn against SOPA, WAPO
Some of the original engineers of the Internet called Thursday for lawmakers to scrap anti-piracy bills, saying the proposals would pose major technological barriers for the Web and stifle new innovations.

Former DHS Assistant Secretary Stewart Baker On SOPA 2.0: Still A Disaster For Cybersecurity, Techdirt
One of the most credible critics of SOPA -- and one whose concerns certainly got the interest of Congress during the November Judiciary Committee hearings -- is Stewart Baker, the former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary and former NSA General Counsel, who argued that it

Brin says SOPA puts U.S. on par with oppressive nations, CNET
The Google co-founder posts a note on Google+ blasting the controversial anti-piracy legislation, saying it won't accomplish its goals and will limit free speech.

The Internet erases borders, SOPA puts them back, Gigaom
The House today is conducting a hearing in order to mark up the Stop Online Piracy Act — a proposed law that has mobilized Silicon Valley in a way that goes far beyond issues such as privacy or even network neutrality. As technology creeps into the mainstream and habits like broadcasting your location, sharing or watching TV online or even taking videos of your child dancing to Prince become commonplace, the old-media machine

Meet SOPA author Lamar Smith, Hollywood's favorite Republican, CNET
When large content holders want to rewrite copyright law, or enact legislation like the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, they give House Judiciary chairman Lamar Smith a call.

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), TechAmerica
Rogue Websites are increasingly a problem. These are the sites that are set up by criminals of various sorts, operating overseas, to sell counterfeit products that violate the trademarked brands of their rightful owners, and deceive buyers as to the quality and origin of the goods, or that directly sell pirated copyrighted material.

Cato Institute Research Fellow Julian Sanchez Explains the Pitfalls of SOPA and PIPA, Teckfreedom
Cato Institute research fellow Julian Sanchez explains why SOPA and PIPA won't effectively address the problem of piracy. Instead, they threaten innovation and the liberties of Americans by engaging in unconstitutional prior restraint.

An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress, EFF
We, the undersigned, have played various parts in building a network called the Internet. We wrote and debugged the software; we defined the standards and protocols that talk over that network. Many of us invented parts of it. We're just a little proud of the social and economic benefits that our project, the Internet, has brought with it.

Stop Internet censorship —Internet Engineers, Peerflow
Last year, many of us wrote to you and your colleagues to warn about the proposed "COICA" copyright and censorship legislation. Today, we are writing again to reiterate our concerns about the SOPA and PIPA derivatives of last year's bill, that are under consideration in the House and Senate. In many respects, these proposals are worse than the one we were alarmed to read last year.

SOPA-Rope-a-dope (by Stewart Baker), Volokh Conspiracy
This version contains several provisions aimed at the security concerns raised about the first version. The new bill insists that it is imposing no technology mandate and that it should not be construed to impair the security of the domain name system or the network of an ISP that receives

Comcast Pushes IPv6 Trials Into Four More States - 1,000 Users Currently Dual Stack IPv6 With No Issues, DSLReports
Last month Comcast continued their industry-leading IPv6 adoption efforts by starting IPv6 pilot market deployment to customers in Pleasanton, California. Comcast this week announced that they're expanding their IPv6 efforts into four additional states: Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While many ISPs have done little to prepare in the hopes the transition problem will magically resolve itself, Comcast says they've got

The Curious Case of the Crooked TCP Handshake, Potaroo
In this article we will be delving into the behaviour of the Linux implementation of TCP, and looking at the way in which TCP establishes a connection. There are socket options in Linux that cause the TCP handshake to behave in a rather curious way.

FBI May Use Carrier IQ to Track Suspects, Forbes
The FBI may use Carrier IQ's tracking software in investigations, after the agency refused to answer a Freedom of Information Act request, citing it would jeopardize ongoing cases.

Feds scrutinizing Carrier IQ, CNET
Report says the FTC is investigating Carrier IQ, but company executive says he doesn't know of a formal probe.

Carrier IQ and the US' Escalating Privacy Risk Level, Ecommerce Times
It seems that every day a new crisis hits the news about our privacy, but not many news stories are as astonishing as the recent revelation by a 25-year-old researcher about the Carrier IQ software that is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones. Carrier IQ software collects massive data from these

Some Facts About Carrier IQ, EFF
There has been a rolling scandal about the Carrier IQ software installed by cell phone companies on 150 million phones, mostly within the United States. Subjects of outright disagreement have included the nature of the program, what information it actually collects, and under what circumstances. This post will attempt to explain Carrier IQ's architecture, and why apparently conflicting statements about it are in some instances

FBI Admits That It Uses Carrier IQ For Law Enforcement Purposes; Won't Say How, Techdirt
So remember Carrier IQ? That would be the company that is providing what's been deemed a root kit on a ton of mobile phones. While the company has sought to downplay the security and privacy risks of its software (to the point of threatening the main researcher behind the revelation), further research suggested that the software likely tracked actions down to the keystroke. Again, Carrier IQ has insisted that its only

Think Your Cell Phone is Virus Free? Think Again, Forbes
Many people think that only PC's can be infected with a virus or worm but this is simply not true. Cell phones and PDAs are becoming more and more susceptible as features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are being added to these devices. In Stat, a prominent market research company, projects that Bluetooth device shipments will exceed 2 billion by 2013 and Wi-Fi chipsets will exceed 1 billion by 2012.

The FCC's Exploding Universal Service Tax, Tech Liberation Front
The FCC's universal service tax is officially out of control. The agency announced yesterday that the "universal service contribution factor" for the 1st quarter of 2012 will go up to 17.9%. This "contribution factor" is a tax imposed on telecom companies that is adjusted on a quarterly basis to

Closing the Digital Divide: Focus on Native American Communities, NTIA
Too many Native American communities are on the wrong side of the digital divide, lacking access to broadband Internet service and to the economic, educational, and health care opportunities that it enables. NTIA's broadband grants program, funded by the Recovery Act, is tackling this challenge by bringing broadband Internet facilities to tribal lands and providing computer training to tribal communities. We awarded grants t

Apply for a 2012 Google Policy Fellowship, Google
From intellectual property enforcement, to patents, to free expression, policy makers are focused on the web. We're excited to launch the 5th summer of the Google Policy Fellowship, connecting students of all levels and disciplines with organizations working on the forefront of these and other critical issues for the future of the Internet. Applications are open today, and the deadline to apply is February 3, 2012.

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