Federal Internet Law and Policy
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Update: FCC Invites Comments on Recon re New iTRS Rules, CommLawBlog
Last August we reported on new rules imposing a number of restrictions on providers of Internet Telecommunications Relay Service (iTRS). Those rules took effect in October, but if you have an interest in iTRS, heads up. A petition for reconsideration of the new rules was filed, and the deadline for commenting on, or opposing, the petition has just been announced.
Cox Joins the Rate Hike Party - As Cable's Relentless Price Increases Continue, DSLReports
Cable rate hike season continues right into the new year, and it seems likely you'll soon be able to enjoy the festivities all year round. Users in several Cox markets in our forums note they've been informed of price hikes on numerous TV, DVR and phone-related services. A letter sent to users in Florida and Arizona notes that
LightSquared screams 'conspiracy' over leaky test results, Register
LightSquared's CEO is demanding an investigation into how draft test results on its technology were leaked from a government-assigned testing house to Bloomberg.
LightSquared's Travails Mount, Radio World
LightSquared's troubles are mounting with lawmakers and regulators lining up against the company's proposed satellite-terrestrial LTE wireless broadband network.
Commerce COMPETES Report: BTOP is Building Infrastructure for the 21st Century, NTIA
The U.S Department of Commerce today released a comprehensive report on "The Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the United States."
Romeo and Juliet Online and in Trouble: Criminalizing Depictions of Teen Sexuality (c u l8r: g2g 2 jail), Northwestern J of Tech and IP
Consider the tales of Alice and Bob, and Carol and Dave, two sets of young lovers. Alice and Bob decide one night, in the midst of their lovemaking, to memorialize the event and take some racy—but not obscene—pictures with Bob's cell phone.
U.S. Government Threatens Free Speech With Calls for Twitter Censorship, EFF
EFF has witnessed a growing number of calls in recent weeks for Twitter to ban certain accounts of alleged terrorists. In a December 14th article in the New York Times, anonymous U.S. officials claimed they "may have the legal authority to demand that Twitter close" a Twitter account associated with the militant Somali group Al-Shabaab. A week later, the Telegraph reported that Sen. Joe Lieberman contacted Twitter to remove two "propaganda" accounts allegedly run by the Taliban.
ACPA Part 5: The Elements of a Cause of Action (Bad Bad Faith), Cybertelecom
In order to succeed on an AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act cause of action, a Trademark Owner (TMO) must establish: the TMO has a valid distinctive or famous trademark entitled to protection; the domain name and the trademark are either identical or confusingly similar (or dilutive for famous trademarks); the domain name owner used, registered, or trafficked in the domain name; with
US House Committee Announces Oversight Hearing on DNS and Search Engine Blocking, CircleID
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa today announced that the Full Committee will hold a hearing on January 18 to examine the potential impact of Domain Name Service (DNS) and search engine blocking on security, jobs and the Internet community. The Committee will hear testimony from cybersecurity experts and others from the technology community.
BT Telco is worth less than its expensive assets, Register
Attention metal thieves: Buy BT, get 75 MILLION miles of copper
WISPs vs Telcos, Wireless Cowboys
Random thoughts about the WISP industry on a Friday: The entire WISP industry is in many ways a giant collaborative project. Many of the early WISP pioneers did not have any kind of background in RF or wireless communications. The initial core of pioneers were independent ISPs that were disgusted with how the telcos [...]
U.S. To Twitter: Stop Sleeping With The Enemy, Forbes
The love affair between Twitter and the U.S. government is in danger of crashing as spectacularly as a celebrity relationship: with tears, disavowals, a chorus of "I told you so"s, and, of course, lawsuits. Like the Demi Moore - Ashton Kutcher (both popular Twitterati) breakup, the reason is alleged infidelity. In Twitter's case it's worse
Iran squeezes Web surfers, prepares censored national intranet, CNET
Iran is reportedly testing a domestic intranet and requiring identification and monitoring in Internet cafes in the interim. Just like China!
Al Gore Comes Out Against SOPA/PIPA, Techdirt
Well, check this out. Al Gore has come out strongly against SOPA and PIPA, angrily denouncing the bill and its supporters. It's a quick 2-minute video taken at a CareerBuilder event, and it's in response to an audience question. The actual question isn't heard in the video, but he's clearly talking about SOPA/PIPA and appears to be well-informed on the issue:
SOPA and PIPA are not dead. More action needed, Barry Law
Despite recent hearings in which sponsors admitted that more research is needed, these bills are far from dead and are still being pushed hard by special interest groups. Make no mistake, these bills require content filtering and blocking of certain sites at the DNS level based on allegation alone. Please read the below article, which brilliantly distills the issues and indicates why these bills are so dangerous.
ICE Propaganda Film Pats Itself On The Back For Censoring The Web; Promises Much More To Come, Techdirt
Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) group has put out a slickly produced video patting itself on the back for all of its work censoring the web in 2011, and promising much more of that kind of thing in the future:
Why SOPA and PIPA are bad, Peerflow
Tom Evslin wrote on Fractals of Change at some unknown data, SOPA and PIPA are Bipartisan Bad Policy, Really Bad Policy
The News Networks' SOPA Blackout, Save the Internet
You may have heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. Simply put, this Web-censorship bill in the House could open the door to widespread Internet censorship.
Rep. Paul Ryan Comes Out Forcefully Against SOPA After Reddit Pumps Up Opposing Candidate, Techdirt
This is kind of interesting. You may recall that, last month, when Reddit was casting about for a pro-SOPA candidate to oppose (along with an opponent they could back), for a little while they picked Rep. Paul Ryan. The Reddit community was actually looking for a politician who had supported both the NDAA and SOPA, and originally chose Ryan. This actually turned out to be a mistake, because Ryan did not support SOPA and his campaign quickly pushed out a statement to that effe
'Nerds' Finally Get Their SOPA Hearings Over Technical Impact... But Not At The Judiciary Committee, Techdirt
While Lamar Smith and the House Judiciary Committee still have refused to hear from the actual technology experts, Rep. Issa has now scheduled a SOPA-related hearing... in his House Oversight Committee, and it will finally allow tech experts to speak about the technological impact of SOPA. It's a good list of speakers including: famed security researcher Dan Kaminsky (who co-authored the paper about problems of SOPA with Paul Vixie and others), Stewart Baker (former
Co-Chair Of Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus Says SOPA Would Interfere With Online Security, Techdirt
The opposition in Congress against SOPA continues to grow. The latest is a big one: the co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, Rep. Jim Langevin, has come out against SOPA, stating his fears that the bill would negatively impact "security and openness" online. He noted that it "would interfere with efforts to increase transparency and security online" and specifically noted that it would undermine DNSSEC and similar efforts that "help increase trust online."
Spain's Ley Sinde: New Revelations of U.S. Coercion, EFF
While U.S. officials are scrambling to pass domestic Internet censorship legislation in the name of curbing copyright infringement, they've been much more effective in their efforts to export these laws abroad. Previously, we've examined US attempts to pressure the prior Spanish presidential administration to enact harsh copyright laws. A new letter reported by the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, reveals that the U.S. government didn't miss a beat when they renewed their threat to put in place
U.S. Pressures Spain Into SOPA Style Law, Geist
Canadians are familiar with U.S. pressure on intellectual property laws, but it is worth remembering that we are not alone. The latest target is Spain, with new revelations of U.S. threats of retaliation if Spain did not pass U.S. backed copyright rules.
NPR, Ford sync up with AppLink technology (live blog), CNET
Ford's Sync AppLink technology will bring NPR streaming news "straight to the dashboard."
Privacy in the Cloud; Going Beyond the Contractual Paradigm, ACSAC
Human life today has become entangled in the Internet. We access e-mail, store content, and use services online without a thought as to where data reside or how data are protected. The "cloud," a conceptualization of how data reside on the Internet rather than
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Unveils New Privacy Complaint Form, EFF
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer advocacy and education center based in San Diego, recently launched a new tool to give users a way to speak out about privacy concerns. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is inviting individuals who have questions about consumer privacy issues, or who are upset about privacy-invasive practices, to use this online form to submit complaints.
Carrier IQ Litigation: Does Data Gathering on Phones violate Federal Wiretapping Laws?, Law, Technology & Arts
Recently, Carrier IQ has come under scrutiny for the vast amounts of data it gathers from cell phone users. A cell phone analytics company, Carrier IQ claims it's software is installed on over 141 million devices. Apparently, the software is mostly on phones from AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. This software has the ability to gather vast amounts of data from users, including logging keystrokes, user location, and telephone calls. For example, the software can track what websites a person visits,
EPIC Asks FTC To Investigate "Timeline", Daily Dashboard
Forbes reports on concerns from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that Facebook's "Timeline" redesign could violate the social network's recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). EPIC is asking the FTC to investigate, questioning if "reducing 'privacy through obscurity' is a privacy
Citations to 18 U.S.C. 1030, the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act, Volokh Conspiracy
I've often blogged about the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. 1030, the federal "unauthorized access" statute. This graph of the number of annual judicial citations to the statute from 2002 to 2011, from Westlaw's ALLFEDS database, helps explain why I think it's an important issue:
2012 TPRC Announcement, Cybertelecom
FROM TPRC CENTRALMark your calendars! TPRC 2012: 40th Research Conference onCommunications, Internet and Information Policy will be held September21-23, 2012 at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA.
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