Monday, February 27, 2012

2.27 :: Study Confirms What U Already Knew :: Unprecedented Powers Over the Internet :: This Isnt a Hoax :: Threatens the Internet :: More Excuses? ::

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"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes
and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum
tubes and perhaps weigh 1 ½ tons." Popular Mechanics (March 1949)

Study Confirms What You Already Knew: Mobile Data Throttling About The
Money, Not Stopping Data Hogs, Techdirt
Of the four national mobile operators, only Sprint still offers an
"unlimited" data plan -- and most industry watchers expect that to go
away soon. When the operators talk about this stuff, they complain
about how unlimited plans are abused and the amount of data being used
by so-called "data hogs" is crippling network bandwidth. Of course,
the alternative story is that they just want to charge people higher
rates, and putting a toll

Stop the Cycle of Bullying: danah boyd and John Palfrey in the
Huffington Post, Berkman
no description

INDIANA, INC., Ind: Court of Appeals, Indiana Court
At issue is identity of anonymous commentor to news site and
application of the Dendrite Test

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY v. Gonzalez, Dist. Court, ND California 2012, Fed Court
Plaintiff's ACPA ex parte application is DENIED without prejudice.

BEVERLY HILLS ESCROW v. Nazarian, Cal: Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate
Dist., 7th Div. 2012, CA Court
Affirming Temporary Restraining Order for Defendant's registration of
domain name

City of Carlsbad v. Shah, Dist. Court, SD California 2012, Fed. Court
Registration of multiple domain names including constituted bad faith under ACPA

Robert McDowell: The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom –, ISOC-DC
On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could
result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers
over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China,
are pushing hard to reach this goal by year's end. As Russian Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his
allies is to establish "international control over the Internet"
through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a
treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.

36 state AGs blast Google's privacy policy change, CW
Attorneys General from 36 states are concerned over the potential
implications of Google's new privacy policy, especially for users of
Android-powered smartphones.

Pakistan plans system to filter and block websites, CW
Pakistan has floated a request for proposal for a system to filter and
block websites, some months after banning the use of encryption on the
Internet, and toying with the idea of filtering and blocking SMS
(short message service) messages in the country.

This Isn't a Hoax: Pakistan Requests Proposals for a National
Filtering and Blocking System, EFF
The Pakistani government is looking for new ways to censor the Internet.

An Astounding Week In PIPA/SOPA Comes To A Close, Tales From the Sausage Factory
Today brought a dramatic conclusion to an extraordinary week and the
culmination of months of amazing activism on PIPA/SOPA. A month ago,
hardly anyone had heard of PIPA and a few more had heard of SOPA and
its passage was …

In the context of the Lisbon agenda for growth and jobs, research and
innovation are at the core of the Europe 2020 strategy. As part of
this strategy, the ambitious Digital Agenda of the

Google's Goggles: Is The Future Right Before Our Eyes?, NPR
Eye glasses with computing power have long been sci-fi fantasy,
relegated to Terminator movies and the like. But now it appears Google
may be a few months from selling a beta version of their own.

How The "Right To Be Forgotten" Threatens The Internet, Forbes
A friend of a friend -- let's call her Andrea -- allowed herself to be
photographed in a "compromising position." The pics were posted on the
Internet with her approval, but were later found online by coworkers.

Administration's White Paper OnPrivacy Strikes Positive Tone, AT&T
Collaboration, consensus and consistency are key design principles in
developing good public policy. And we're encouraged that a white
paper issued yesterday by President Obama's Administration embraces
those principles.

Internet Privacy: Protecting Consumers, Building Trust, Creating Jobs,
White House
Yesterday, the White House announced two important steps to promote
consumer privacy rights online and to give users more control over how
their personal information is handled. First, the White House
released a comprehensive roadmap for online privacy protection
centered on a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and robust enforcement
by the Federal Trade Commission. Second, industry has stepped up to
the plate by

More Privacy, or More Excuses?, VOA
Examining the Obama Administration's Proposed Privacy Bill of Rights

Protecting Online Privacy: A Live Web Chat with Allan Friedman, Brookings
Aiming to protect online privacy without stifling innovation,
President Obama has proposed a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" to
help users exercise more control over the data they share when
accessing the internet through their web browsers, smart phones and
tablets. Although its

We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Calls for A Consumer Privacy Bill
of Rights for the Digital Age, White House
Today at the White House, the Obama Administration unveiled a
blueprint for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to protect consumers
online. As the President wrote in his cover letter to the report:

FTC Approves Safe Harbor Program for Aristotle International, Inc., FTC
Program Will Promote Compliance With Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

Why Genachowski's Cybersecurity Initiative Is So Radical (In A Good
Way), Tales From the Sausage Factory
When people think of "cybersecurity," they usually think about the big
stuff like Iranian hackers bringing down the power grid or master
criminals hacking Bank of America. We associate it with the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) and institutions generally …

Microsoft Testifies on U.S. Senate Cybersecurity Legislation, Microsoft
Last week, Scott Charney testified at a hearing of the Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. The hearing was
about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which is Congress's first
comprehensive legislation aimed at improving cybersecurity across the
United States. His full testimony is available here.

US-NL Cybercrime Treaty Signed, CircleID
On Wednesday 22 February the United States and The Netherlands signed
a "declaration of intent" on the cooperation on fighting cybercrime.
This event was reported by the press as a treaty. At least that is
what all Dutch postings I read wrote, with exception of the official
website of the Dutch government. So what was actually signed? Reading
the news reports some thoughts struck me.

FBI turns off 3,000 GPS trackers after Supreme Court ruling, Ars Technica
Andrew Weissmann, general counsel for the FBI, has announced that his
agency is switching off thousands of Global Positioning System-based
tracking devices used for surveillance after a Supreme Court decision
last month. Weissmann made the statement during a University of San

FACEBOOK, INC. v. POWER VENTURES, INC., Dist. Court, ND California
2012, Fed Court
Facebook, Inc. ("Plaintiff") brings this action against Defendants[1]
alleging violations of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited
Pornography and Marketing Act ("CAN-SPAM Act"), 15 U.S.C. §§ 7701 et
seq., the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA"), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, and
California Penal Code § 502.

Interconnecting with the Future, Verizon
The FCC made tremendous progress with its order reforming the
Universal Service Fund (USF) and the system for Intercarrier
Compensation (ICC). The FCC's reform plan correctly recognizes the
dramatic changes that have occurred in the marketplace and begins the
difficult process of transforming regulatory structures put in place
decades ago that no longer make sense.

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