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Free Podcasts, Digitopoly
Some folk like to read blogs. Some folk like to listen to podcasts.
Why not give everyone the option to do what they prefer? Now it is
possible to read or listen to many of the essays that appear in my
IEEE Micro Economics column (and appear here in digitopoly).

The State of the Internet - A Historical Perspective, Akamai
The 4th Quarter, 2011 issue of the State of the Internet report marks
the completion of the fourth year of the report's publication. The
report has come quite a long way since Akamai CMO Brad Rinklin walked
me through some ideas for it in a PowerPoint deck back in 2008.
Customers and partners, as well as media and analysts, had been coming
to Akamai

Ensuring an Open Internet, White House
Central to the Internet's value as a platform for innovation,
democracy, access to information and scientific progress are the
technical standards on which it is built and the open manner in which
it is governed. Yet, there are governments that seek to alter the
fundamental way the Internet functions. Several governments recently
called for new treaty

ICANN Board Meetings Should be Webcast Live, CircleID
ICANN has just announced that, starting with the June meeting in
Prague, the ICANN Board will no longer meet and cast votes on the
final day of its three annual public meetings. We think this is an
ill-advised step backwards from ICANN's commitment to transparency and
the accountability that accompanies it. We also believe that ICANN
should have told

Congressman Calls For Hearing On Google Street View Data Collection, NPR
Google is facing renewed questions after a report revealed its Street
View vehicles' data collection was not accidental.

ITU to Host Internet Treaty Conference This Year, MTLLR
Michael Gross writes in this month's Vanity Fair about an internet
treaty conference to be held in Dubai later this year. The
International Telecommunications Union, about which I've blogged in
the past, will attempt to forge some sort of consensus between
countries favoring the status quo (the United States), and other
countries wanting more or less control.

Feds Seized Hip-Hop Site for a Year, Waiting for Proof of Infringement, Wired
Federal authorities seized a popular hip-hop music site based on
assertions from the Recording Industry Association of America that it
was linking to four "pre-release" music tracks, giving it back more
than a year later without filing civil or criminal charges because of
apparent recording industry delays in confirming infringement,
according to court records obtained by Wired.

Judge Lets Feds Censor Blog For Over A Year So The RIAA Could Take Its
Sweet Time, Techdirt
You may recall a few months ago, that we broke the story about how the
US government seized and censored the hiphop blog for over
a year, before suddenly giving it back with no explanation or apology.
Among the many problems with the government's actions, the really
crazy part was the fact that despite a legal requirement to either
give the

Unsealed Court Records Confirm that RIAA Delays Were Behind Year-Long
Seizure of Hip Hop Music Blog, EFF
After a year-long seizure and six more months of secrecy, the court
records were finally released concerning the mysterious government
takedown of – a popular blog dedicated to hip hop music and
culture. The records confirm that one of the key reasons the blog
remained censored for so long is that the government obtained

Viacom v Youtube and the Capricious Contours of the DMCA Safe Harbors,
John Marshall Law School Review
In 1998, Congress passed the Online Copyright Infringement Liability
Limitation Act (OCILLA) as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act (DMCA).[2] OCILLA was conceived as a compromise between the
interests of the content industries on one hand, and Internet
intermediaries—Internet Service Providers (ISPs), search engines, and
webhosts—on the other.[3] As such, the

The Future of Cloud Computing, Akamai
Once again, Akamai is proud to be collaborating on the North Bridge
Future of Cloud Computing Survey. Now in its second year, the survey
is designed to help identify current attitudes related to cloud
computing and begin to identify trends that may help us understand how
the cloud landscape is evolving.

Cloud Computing Forum amp Workshop V Meets June 5-7 at the Department
of Commerce, NIST
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting
Cloud Computing Forum ampamp Workshop V on June 5-7, 2012, at the
Department of Commerceamp's Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington,
D.C.Cloud computing is a model ...

AT&T on Modernizing Communications Laws, AT&T
In case you missed it, the Progressive Policy Institute this week held
a conference here in Washington at the National Press Club on the
economic implications of the wireless boom. AT&T's Jim Cicconi
delivered remarks that focused on the outdated regulations that stand
to affect the growth and innovation of the wireless market. Check out
the videos below t

Microsoft Can Help You Manage Your Online Information, Microsoft
Brendon Lynch , Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft writes on the
Trustworthy Computing Blog : Yesterday morning I read an article in
The New York Times that described " How to Muddy Your Tracks on the
Internet ." The article gives consumers.

FTC Announces Preliminary Agenda for Workshop about Advertising
Disclosures in Online and Mobile Media, FTC
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day public workshop on
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 to consider the need for new guidance for
online advertisers about making disclosures.

The Need for Privacy Protections: Perspectives from the Administration
and the Federal Trade Commission, Commerce Committee
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
announces a full committee hearing on "The Need for Privacy
Protections: Perspectives from the Administration and the Federal
Trade Commission". This hearing will examine the recent privacy
reports that were released by the Obama Administration and

Balancing Privacy and Speech in the Right to Be Forgotten, Harvard JOLT
When the European Commission recently proposed a "right to be
forgotten," U.S. commentators sprang to criticize it. "More Crap from
the EU," said Jane Yakowitz at the Info/Law blog. At Techdirt, Mike
Masnick called it a "ridiculous idea." Granting people the right to
erase information about themselves would give them the power to stamp
on the speech

Principal threatens to report parents of underage Facebookers, CNET
A British school principal believes that parents whose children are
too young to be on Facebook and other social-networking sites should
be reported to child-protection services.

Less than half of Facebook, Google users understand sites' privacy policies, CW
Most users of Facebook and Google had fundamental gaps in
understanding, even after reading privacy policies, about how the
websites handled their information and how other Web users could
discover it, according to a study released by the digital branding
firm Siegel+Gale.

Why the Government Can't Remain the Cybersecurity Czar, Brookings
Last week, the controversial cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber
Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passed the House of
Representatives. CISPA, which would provide a mechanism for the
government and private companies to share information regarding
cyberthreats, has the support of hundreds of companies. However, civil
liberties organizations

FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites -- now, CNET
CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance
backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and is
asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors

Rep. Markey Questions Telecoms on Police Access to Mobile Data, Daily Dashboard
Where should the line be drawn between granting law enforcement
officials the tools they need to solve crimes and protecting the
public's privacy? Seeking answers to this question, Rep. Ed Markey
(D-MA), co-chairman of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus,
has sent a letter to eight major wireless carriers indicating his
concern that police tracking of

FBI Pushing Plans to Force Surveillance Backdoors on Social Networks,
VoIP, and Email Providers, CircleID
Declan McCullagh reporting in CNET: "The FBI is asking Internet
companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require
the firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build
in backdoors for government surveillance. In meetings with industry
representatives, the White House, and U.S. senators, senior FBI
officials argue the

DOJ Official: Any Privacy Protection is Too Much Privacy Protection
for Cell Phone Tracking, EFF
Jason Weinstein, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department
of Justice's criminal division, told a panel at the Congressional
Internet Caucus Advisory Committee's "State of the Mobile Net"
conference yesterday that requiring a search warrant to obtain
location tracking information from cell phones would "cripple"
prosecutors and law enforcement

Microsoft Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight High-Tech Crimes, Microsoft
Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has provided $2.3 million in
technology to the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to further
the center's efforts to

EFF Asks FCC to Forbid Cell Phone Shutdowns in Wake of 2011 BART Incident, EFF
On Monday, EFF, Public Knowledge, and the Center for Democracy and
Technology asked the FCC to formally rule that the federal government
will not—and that state and local governments cannot—interrupt
wireless services as a matter of policy.

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