Monday, February 06, 2012

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us,
with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of
smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered. - Tom Stoppard

Understanding Maps at the Federal Communications Commission, FCC
Last October, the FCC quietly deployed a new section to The
section,, translates complex policy into
understandable stories for consumers. Our maps are a fresh approach
to internet mapping and help to advance our goal of open government.
Here's a little insight to the why and how are doing this...

Is Google asking the FCC to allow gigabit Wi-Fi for its gigabit network?, Gigaom
Google's Fiber organization is asking the FCC for the ability to test
a residential gateway that has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It's likely Google
is asking the FCC for an experimental licence to test upcoming
802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi technology inside residential gateways.

Ex-FCC honcho Hundt slams House spectrum bill, FierceBroadband
Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt last week
voiced strong opposition of spectrum legislation circulating in the
U.S. House of Representatives. Network World has an insightful
interview Hundt that delves further into his position. He clearly
outlines his reasons for opposing the legislation, discusses why a
Senate bill might do a better job of addressing the situation
and-we're pretty sure on this

AT&T Response to Former FCC Chair's Remarks on Spectrum Auctions, AT&T
Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External &
Legislative Affairs, responds to comments made by former FCC Chairman
Reed Hundt regarding spectrum auctions:

Cracks in the Armor?: The Future of the Communications Decency Act and
Potential Challenges to the Protections of Section 230 to Gossip Web
Sites by Michael Burke, BU J Sci & Tech
Juicy Campus was founded on August 1, 2007.2 The website claimed to
have "the simple mission of enabling online anonymous free speech on
college campuses."3 College student Jane Smith, whose name has been
changed to

comScore Reports $50 Billion in Q4 2011 U.S. Retail E-Commerce
Spending, Up 14 Percent vs. Year Ago, comScore
Q4 2011 U.S. retail e-commerce sales estimates, which showed that
online retail spending reached $49.7 billion for the quarter, up 14
percent versus year ago. This growth rate represented the ninth
consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and fifth
consecutive quarter of double-digit growth rates. For the entire 2011
year, U.S.

VeriSign Hit Repeatedly By Hackers...In 2010, Forbes
The company responsible for delivering people safely to more than half
the world's websites turns out to have some pretty glaring security
holes itself. VeriSign has been hacked repeatedly by hackers who made
off with data that the internet infrastructure company has not

Verisign Statement on 2010 Security Breach, Verisign
As disclosed in an SEC filing in October 2011, parts of Verisign's
non-production corporate network were penetrated. After a thorough
analysis of the attacks, Verisign stated in 2011, and reaffirms, that
we do not believe that the operational integrity of the Domain Name
System (DNS) was compromised.

FCC Chairman: Digital Textbooks to All Students in Five Years, FCC
Wednesday, at the first-ever Digital Learning Day Town Hall in
Washington, DC, FCC Chairman Genachowski and Secretary of Education
Duncan challenged states and the education and technology industries
to get digital textbooks into the hands of all students in five years.
Barriers to

A New Question of Internet Freedom, NYT
European activists are hoping to stop the international
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which they say will erode
Internet freedom and stifle innovation.

Feds seize illegal sports-streaming sites, CNET
Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, the federal agents announce they
have seized and shuttered 307 Web sites that either live-streamed
sports or sold fake NFL paraphernalia.

ACTA Protests Escalate Throughout Europe, Geist
AccessNow is maintaining an excellent map of the protests planned
across the continent on February 11th, which has been designated an
international day of action against ACTA. The issue has attracted
mainstream media attention (eg. New York Times) and questions emerge
about the likelihood the treaty will receive the necessary approvals
for ratification.

From Manning To Madonna: NBC's Super Bowl XLVI Blasts Social TV Record
[Infographics], Forbes
Bluefin Labs, which tracks social buzz for television, has just sent
over the data collected from last night's Super Bowl on NBC. One word
will suffice: Giant.

Verizon, Redbox Plan Online Video Service, WSJ
Telecom company Verizon Communications and Redbox video-kiosk owner
Coinstar said Monday they will launch an online service in the second
half of the year featuring streaming videos and downloads.

Tom Brady: I watched last year's Super Bowl on illegal site, CNET
In a news conference, the New England quarterback mentions that while
rehabbing last year in Costa Rica, he watched the big game on an
illegal site. Is this the final validation for piracy?

Towards a Brighter Fourth Amendment: Privacy and Technological Change
by Joshua S. Levy, VA JL&Tech
This Article seeks to solve the problem of technological change
eroding privacy by developing a framework of bright-line Fourth
Amendment rules. As technologies such as the Internet become
increasingly important in our daily lives, we come to expect less
privacy. The Fourth Amendment, which protects

Why most Facebook users get more than they give, Pew
The effect of Facebook 'power users' on everybody else

Panel Approves Cybersecurity Act, Daily Dashboard
A House panel approved legislation this week that would require "the
most privately operated national critical infrastructure to adopt
information security standards to safeguard their IT systems and
networks," BankInfoSecurity reports. The Promoting and Enhancing
Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness, or "Precise" Act,
would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate
security efforts across

Anonymous pokes fate bear, leaks FBI conference call about Anonymous,
Ars Technica
Anonymous has begun taunting its police pursuers in ever-more
aggressive ways, upping the ante today by releasing an internal FBI
conference call in which agents from across the country and police in
the UK share status updates on their investigations of the group—and
reveal that major new action is coming soon.

Update on Kelihos Botnet and New Related Malware, Microsoft
There have been some recent confusing reports regarding whether the
Kelihos botnet, which Microsoft partnered with Kyrus Tech Inc. and
Kaspersky Lab to take down in September 2011, has been resurrected.

F.B.I. Admits Hacker Group's Eavesdropping, NYT
The group known as Anonymous listened in on a call between the bureau,
Scotland Yard and other foreign police agencies about their joint
investigation of the group and its allies.

Communications & Technology Subcommittee Outlines Key Legislative
Priorities, House Commerce Committee
The Energy and Commerce Agenda: Supporting Job Creation, Standing Up
for Taxpayers, Protecting Families and Communities

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