Thursday, December 08, 2011

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Broadband Speed: FCC Data Is Improving the Market, FCC
As part of our Consumer Empowerment Agenda, the FCC has been taking action to ensure that consumers are getting the information they need to make informed decisions. Our efforts to combat bill shock are one recent example, where we worked out a landmark agreement with the wireless industry to alert consumers before they are charged overage fees. The residential broadband market is another area where consumers

Teens Aren't The Rampant Sexting Maniacs We Thought, NPR
Teens aren't the rampant texters that we've been led to believe. In fact, they're pretty darned modest. That's the news from a survey of middle and high schoolers. Just 1 percent of teenagers said they had created or appeared in sexually explicit videos or photos that were shared.

Sending of Sexual Images by Minors Isn't as Prevalent as Expected, Study Finds, Pew Internet`
Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist at the Pew Research Center in Washington, noted that the report's findings dovetailed with Pew research released last month. In that study, which involved 800 minors between 12 and 17, only 2 percent said they had sent nude or almost nude pictures to someone they knew. In contrast, the center found that 17 percent of adults between 18 and 29 had sent sexually suggestive pictures,

Rob Frieden, A layered and nuanced assessment of network neutrality rationales, Paper
The United States Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") has issued a Report and Order that codifies rules to preserve a free and open Internet for consumers. 1 The Order concentrates on the relationship between end users and Internet Service Providers ("ISPs"), but

What Will Trigger Widespread Worldwide IPv6 Deployment?, Secure the Core
Everyone is wondering when IPv6 will actually be deployed in earnest on the global Internet. While there are a handful of enterprises that have extensive internal IPv6 deployments, the ratio of IPv6 to IPv4 traffic in the global Internet is still very small (See "World IPv6 Day: Final Look and "Wagon's Ho!"). I have a theory about what will trigger significant deployment of IPv6 on the global Internet, which I'm presenting in this post.

U.S. Online Holiday Spending Approaches $20 Billion for First 34 Days of the November-December Shopping Season, up 15 Percent vs. Last Year, comScore
holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 34 days of the November – December 2011 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, nearly $20 billion has been spent online, marking a 15-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent week saw three individual days eclipse $1 billion in spending, led

Seeking Your Input on the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, White House
On September 20, 2011, on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly, the President announced the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan. The Plan was developed through a process that involved extensive consultations with external stakeholders, including a broad range of civil society groups and members of the private sector, to gather ideas on open government. As we continue our work to implement the National

AT&T Ranks Last in Customer Satisfaction, Again, Forbes
AT&T ranked dead last in customer satisfaction for the second year in a row, according to Consumer Reports, signaling the company may have work to do if it wants to stay successful.

AT&T rated worst cell phone carrier for second year in a row, CNET
Carrier continues to have trouble with voice service, according to Consumer Reports' annual satisfaction survey. So who's the best? Consumer Cellular.

Comcast: No Plans For Usage-Based Pricing - 'We Don't Want to Nickel-and-Dime Customers at This Point.', DSLReports
Earlier this month Sanford Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett lustfully predicted that one of the major U.S. cable operators would implement per-byte overages in 2012. While Time Warner Cable, Cox and Charter are either interested -- or have tried and failed to implement overage charges --

Verizon Fires 40 Employees for Strike Behavior - Cites 'Threats of Violence' and 'Running People Off the Road', DSLReports
You'll recall that earlier this year when 45,000 Verizon workers were striking, Verizon reported not only several acts of sabotage against the company's network, but a few acts of violence against replacement workers and executives. According to the Boston Globe, Verizon informed 40

This Week in Internet Censorship: activists and bloggers under fire, "cyber security" proposals, and surveillance tech exports, EFF
Clicking "like" on Facebook in Thailand can potentially land you in prison. The Thai Minister of Information and Communication Technology declared last Tuesday that they will begin charging Facebook users for "liking" or sharing content that could be deemed offensive to the Thai throne, the sentence for which could run anywhere between three to 15 years in prison. Thailand has strict lèse-majesté laws that imprison

India tells websites to screen content about country's leaders, Globe
Government tells companies to keep derogatory material about country's leaders off their websites

India targets 'blasphemous' web, BBC
The Indian government vows to crack down on "blasphemous" internet material, accusing web firms of failing to co-operate.

Critics of SOPA copyright bill ready counterattack, CNET
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) are planning a less-Draconian alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act on Thursday, CNET has learned.

How Twitter's Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics, NPR
Sometimes a topic that seems hot, like Occupy Wall Street, doesn't appear on trending lists, leading some activists to accuse Twitter of censorship. But the secret algorithmic formula prefers stories of the moment to enduring hashtags, so it ignores topics that are popular over a long period of time.

Senate committee to vote on FTC, FCC nominations, WAPO
In an executive session on Dec. 8, committee members will vote to confirm FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz and FCC nominees Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel. President Obama's nominees are all widely supported by lawmakers and are expected to pass the committee votes and head to a full Senate vote as early as next week.

FCC's Copps resigns, makes way for Rosenworcel, WAPO
Michael Copps, a senior Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, on Tuesday announced his expected resignation after one decade as the agency's fiercest critic of media consolidation and one of its greatest proponents of Internet access rules.

Senator Demands Telcos & HTC Come Clean on Carrier IQ, Wired
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) wants handset manufacturers and mobile carriers to explain what user data is being vacuumed to Carrier IQ, whose software is secretly installed on about 150 million mobile phones in the United States. Franken is demanding that Sprint, HTC and AT&T cough up some answers, though the senator should also consider asking T-Mobile ...

Carrier IQ, the UK Mobile Networks, and the Data Protection Act, Forbes
As the "snoop-gate" of Carrier IQ's phone monitoring software continue to build momentum over in the US ('Carrier IQ blames manufacturers', '...holds treasure trove of information', and 'App ... not a security risk', to point out three), it's been interesting to look at the UK side of things, and if the software is in handsets on this side of the Atlantic.

VIDEO: Do cookies threaten privacy?, BBC
Just how much personal information are websites squirrelling away about us on our own computer?

Commissioner Brill: COPPA Needs To Be Fixed, Not Abandoned, Daily Dashboard
CIPP Speaking at the IAPP's Practical Privacy Series in Washington, DC, yesterday, Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) equated the current privacy paradigm to the age-old "tenet of the toddler room: share, don't take." Among the many topics discussed, Brill defended the viability of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and said that the FTC plans to expand the

Cybersecurity Requires Patches, Not a Vast Bill: Susan Crawford, Bloomberg
When cybersecurity problems arise, the best response is to adopt a patch as soon as it's available. You don't want to wait for an entirely new operating system to be created, and you really don't want to use such a system until it has been debugged.

Testimony: Privacy Protections Needed for Cybersecurity Info Sharing, CDT
Congress is accelerating its consideration of cybersecurity legislation, and this morning, CDT's Greg Nojeim testified before a key House subcommittee regarding a draft bill from Subcommittee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA).

Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan Released, White House
Today, OSTP is releasing Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program—a road map to ensuring long-term reliability and trustworthiness of the digital communications network that is increasingly at the heart of American economic growth and global competitiveness.

The Trespass Tort Versus the CFAA: A Response to the Oracle Amicus Brief in Nosal, Volokh Conspiracy
In a recently-filed amicus brief submitted by Oracle America Inc. before the en banc Ninth Circuit in United States v. Nosal, the important Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case I have blogged a lot about, Oracle makes the following argument about interpreting "access" and "authorization" in the context of the CFAA. The CFAA's prohibition on exceeding authorized access and access without authorization is modeled

Spam sinks to lowest level in almost three years, says Symantec, CNET
The amount of spam around the globe now accounts for 70 percent of all e-mail, a sharp decline from 2009 when it accounted for 90 percent.

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