Thursday, March 15, 2012

3.15 :: Send Lawyers Guns and Money :: Is that an L Root in Your Pocket? :: Speculations :: Strike Six! :: Expectations of Privacy in Social Media ::

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
"The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most." IBM
to the founders of Xerox as it turned down their proposal (1959)

LightSquared Prepares For FCC Lawsuit - Hires Two Top Legal Guns to
Pursue Case, DSLReports
LightSquared is effectively dead in the water after the FCC denied the
company a necessary spectrum waiver to operate their planned LTE
network. The company's CEO recently bailed from the venture, and
reports last week emerged that Sprint was getting ready to scrap their
relationship with the company. LightSquared chief financial backer
Phillip Falcone is facing a lawsuit from investors and numerous
unrelated SEC inquiries. What's LightSquared's next step? To sue, of

LightSquared hires Bush v. Gore lawyer to save doomed 4G network, Ars Technica
In a bid to save its 4G network after being rejected by the Federal
Communications Commission, LightSquared has hired lawyer Theodore
Olson, who helped President George W. Bush take office by winning the
Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case, and former Department of Labor
Solicitor Eugene Scalia.

LightSquared exodus continues: Cricket lands at Clearwire, Gigaom
Given that LightSquared won't be launching an LTE network any time
soon, customers that committed to buying the would-be operator's
mobile broadband capacity are looking for alternatives – and they're
landing at Clearwire. On Wednesday, one of LightSquared's biggest
gets, Leap Wireless, said it would buy future LTE connectivity for its
Cricket prepaid service from Clearwire, marking the second in what
will likely be many defections to the wholesale 4G carrier.

Stubhub Immune Under Section 230, JOLT
On March 6, 2012, a North Carolina appellate court three-judge panel
unanimously decided that Stubhub Inc. was entitled to Section 230
immunity under the Communications Decency Act. This decision
overruled the judgment of a Guilford County judge made last year that
found Stubhub had

L-Root in your Pocket, ICANN
ICANN operates L-Root, one of the 13 Domain Name System root servers
which together make up the infrastructure known as the Root Server
System. The Root Servers serve the root zone of the DNS, maintained by
ICANN staff in the IANA department. The Root Zone provides

Lawrence Strickling, Remarks at the Digital Broadband Migration, 10 J.
on Telecomm. and High Tech. L. 33
Last year I talked about defining the role of the U.S. government in
Internet policy to preserve and enhance the trust of actors on the
Internet.1 And that in carrying out that role, the government should
act less as a heavy-handed regulator and more as a facilitator or
convener to bring all stakeholders together. This is the
multi-stakeholder process you've heard discussed here the last two

Managing Government Records: The Backbone of Open Government, White House
As part of Sunshine Week, I want to take the opportunity to update you
on one of the commitments made by the President as part of our Open
Government Partnership National Action Plan. On November 21, 2011,
President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum entitled "Managing
Government Records" to begin an Executive Branch-wide effort to reform
records management policies and practices. This is the first time

AT&T vs. the consumer: the throttling controversy grows, Gigaom
Last month, AT&T fought and lost a lawsuit over whether its highly
controversial throttling policy violated the terms of "unlimited"
smartphone contracts. Matt Spaccarelli was awarded $850 for his
efforts, but neither side is letting the issue drop.

DARPA chief leaves Pentagon for Google job, CW
Google, in a coup, has hired Regina Dugan, director of the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency, for a senior executive position.

End of the line for AOL Instant Messenger?, CNET
Layoffs at the beleaguered Internet pioneer "eviscerates" IM unit,
according to a New York Times report

BBC hit with cyberattack, Iran link suspected, WAPO
Hackers attacked the BBC earlier this month, leaving some parts of the
organization without access to e-mail and Internet services, the BBC
has confirmed. The broadcasting network said in its own article on the
attack that its director general, Mark Thompson, will address the
attack in an

Iran may have committed cyber-attack on BBC, CNET
As two satellite feeds into Iran were jammed, the news source also
experiences a denial-of-service attack. The BBC's director-general
believes the Iranian authorities are the culprit.

Companies Respond to Pakistan's National Censorship Proposal, EFF
Since we first wrote about Pakistan's Telecommunications Authority's
(PTA) plan to create a national censorship and blocking system, there
has been a global outpouring of criticism against the project. Bolo
Bhi, a Pakistani advocacy group, along with the Business Human Rights

ISP Six Strikes Plan Arrives in July - Throttling, Filtering and
'Education', DSLReports
Last summer major ISPs including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and
Cablevision signed off on a new plan by the RIAA and MPAA taking aim
at copyright infringers on their networks. According to the plan,
after four warnings ISPs are to begin taking "mitigation measures,"
which range from throttling a user connection to filtering access to
websites until users acknowledge receipt of "educational material." As
you might expect, that

Dave Gorman, Victim Of A Bogus DMCA Takedown, Highlights Flickr's
Horrible DMCA Takedown Policy, Techdirt
Dave Gorman, a Flickr user whose photo was taken down by a bogus DMCA
notice, is fighting with Flickr to get it to, if nothing else, change
the way it handles takedown requests. Gorman's photo, along with all
of its comments and views, was deleted based on the "strength" of a
scatter-shot DMCA issued by Degban, supposedly on behalf of porn
producers Wasteland.

Daniel J. Gervais and Daniel J. Hyndman, Cloud Control: Copyright,
Global Memes and Privacy
, 10 J. on Telecomm. and High Tech. L. 53
Imagine for a moment that electricity was used only to power one kind
of computer known as an electricity computer. That is what computer
power is like now: it mainly powers devices that sit on our desks with
qwerty keyboards attached. As computing becomes a

FCC's Amy Levine to leave the agency, WAPO
The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that senior
counsel Amy Levine will be leaving the agency.

Vint Cerf, Internet Speculations, J. on Telecomm. & High Tech. L.
So, this is where it starts, four nodes at the University of
California, Los Angeles, experimenting with packet switching way back
in 1969. And then, we get here, more or less. That's a picture 10
years ago of what the inside of the Internet looked like with all the
interconnections of many thousands of independent Internet service
providers interconnected

Stephen E. Henderson, Expectations of Privacy in Social Media,
Mississippi College Law Review,
This article, which largely tracks my remarks at Mississippi College's
Social Media Symposium, examines expectations of privacy in social
media such as weblogs (blogs), Facebook pages, and Twitter tweets.
Social media is diverse and ever-diversifying, and while I address
some of that complexity, I focus on the core functionality, which
provides the groundwork for further conversation as the technology and
related social norms develop. As one would expect, just as with

Lisa M. Austin, Privacy and the Question of Technology, Law and Philosophy
Technology is not simply eroding our privacy — it may also be forcing
us to rethink what we mean by privacy. Increasingly, what we are
worried about are practices that involve collecting, using and
disclosing information that is not sensitive or intimate and that is
increasingly collected in public — concerns that do not easily fall
within the domain of traditional privacy

NIST Announces Funding to Form Steering Group to Support Trusted
Identities in Cyberspace, NIST
On March 9, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
announced that it is soliciting proposals to establish a steering
group in support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in
Cyberspace (NSTIC) and to provide ...

Congress not happy with Apple's response on privacy concerns, CNET
Not satisifed with a letter from Apple addressing its privacy
policies, lawmakers have asked the company to send a rep to Washington
to answer further questions.

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