Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12.18 :: Captive Audience :: Telegraph & Privacy :: The Ghost of Theodore Vail :: It Was Fun While it Lasted :: Internet Cold War :: Whimper ::

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"It's a great invention but who would want to use it anyway?"     President Rutherford B. Hayes after a demonstration of Bell's telephone

Full Video, The Evolving Internet: Patterns in Usage and Pricing, Cabletechtalk :: Keyword: [Cable] For those who missed last Friday’s NCTA Connects, here’s a full video of the event.

Parents, Teens, and Online Privacy, Pew Internet :: Keyword: [Child] Parents have a range of concerns about how their children’s online activities might affect their privacy and many have taken steps to monitor their children and encourage online safety

EM Laird, The Internet and the Fall of the Miller Obscenity Standard: Reexamining the Problem of Applying Local Community Standards in Light of a Recent Circuit Split, Santa Clara L Rev :: Keyword: [Obsenity] In 1942, the United States Supreme Court declared that obscene material is one of the few narrow and well-defined categories of speech outside the protection of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

CDA 230 Success Cases: WordPress.com, EFF :: Keyword: [47 U.S.C. § 230] This is the second part in a series of posts about the importance of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230). CDA 230 limits the liability of a number of Internet services that host user-generated content.

An assessment of IP interconnection in the context of Net Neutrality, BEREC :: Keyword: [Neutral] An assessment of IP interconnection in the context of Net Neutrality

Susan Crawford on Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry & Monopoly Power (Berkman Center), Youtube :: Keyword: [Net Neutrality] In the Internet era, a very few companies control our information destiny. In this talk, and in her new book "Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age," Susan Crawford—a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a former special assistant to President Obama for

New top-level internet domains to launch in 2013, Guardian :: Keyword: [ICANN] Domain names such as .christmas and .search will rival .com and .co.uk when launched in the spring of 2013

Five-Day U.S. Online Spending Total for Most Recent Workweek Surpasses $5 Billion as Four Individual Days Surpass $1 Billion in Sales, Comscore :: Keyword: [Ecom] holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 44 days of the November–December 2012 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date $33.8 billion has been spent online, marking a 13-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent workweek saw four individual days eclipse $1 billion in spending, led by Green Monday with $1.275 billion.

The Benefits of a Regulated Monopoly (AT&T), Youtube :: Keyword: [ATT] Note that this film is presented for historical interest only, and does not reflect in any way current AT&T policy or positions.

Gloves come off in Google v Germany, FT :: Keyword: [Google] A parliamentary hearing over plans to allow print media to charge internet search engines for displaying links to newspaper articles raises tensions

Zayo to Acquire Litecast, Zayo :: Keyword: [Zayo] Zayo announces that it has executed a definitive agreement to purchase Litecast/Balticore, LLC (“Litecast”), a provider of metro Bandwidth Infrastructure services in Baltimore, Maryland, for a price of $22 million.

Zayo Completes Purchase of First Telecom Services, Zayo :: Keyword: [Zayo] Zayo Group, LLC announced today that it has completed its previously announced purchase of First Telecom Services, LLC (FTS), a provider of bandwidth infrastructure services throughout the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, for a price of $110 million. Zayo purchase.

STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI ON U.S. ACTIONS AT THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS (WCIT), FCC :: Keyword: [ITU] “Our global policies must ensure a virtuous cycle of innovation and investment, driven by a free and open Internet. The Internet has thrived over the past two decades thanks to the free flow of data and information, and the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.

WCIT…In Conclusion, ICANN :: Keyword: [WCIT] Today marks the end of the lengthy WCIT conference in Dubai. I am sure you along with most of our community have been watching events carefully.

Post-WCIT civil society statement: A way forward, APC :: Keyword: [WCIT] At a recent civil society workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, co-organised by APC with Global Partners, NUPEF Institute and the Fundação Getulio Vargas, groups from the region looked beyond the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai (WCIT) and outlined the following positive principles for constructive multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Authoritarians Win, Internet Loses in Dubai, ITIF :: Keyword: [WCIT] The WCIT summit in Dubai result in a lack of consensus telecom treaty for the first time in more than a century.

Who Signed The ITU WCIT Treaty... And Who Didn't, Techdirt :: Keyword: [WCIT] We already noted this morning that the US, a bunch of European countries, and a sprinkling of other nations around the globe have refused to sign the new ITR agreement put together at the ITU's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), even as ITU officials congratulate themselves on a job well done

WCIT-12 Disappoints, More Work to Be Done, Circleid :: Keyword: [WCIT] In the end it was a disappointment that the treaty on International Telecommunications regulations (ITRs) that had been under negotiation for two weeks at the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) was not acceptable to 55 countries, and that, as a consequence, these countries did not sign the final version of the international treaty (89 did sign).

ITU Phobia: Why WCIT was derailed, IGP :: Keyword: [ITU] We now know more about what led to the impasse at the WCIT, and the scope of the fissure that it created. It is clear that nations will split 2 to 1 in favor of signing the ITR treaty. The majority of the signatories are the developing countries in Africa, Asia (including China), the Middle East, Latin America, and of course Russia. The refuseniks are primarily

U.S. refuses to back U.N. treaty, WAPO :: Keyword: [WCIT] The Obama administration said Thursday that the United States will not sign a U.N. treaty being considered at the International Telecommunications Union conference

WCIT conference ends with a whimper, CW :: Keyword: [WCIT] Free Internet campaigners are hailing as a victory the news that more than 80 countries have refused to sign new ITRs International Telecommunication Regulations at a global conference in Dubai.

The UN and your Business: Why ITU Dubai Loss is your Gain, Forbes :: Keyword: [WCIT] Do you want bureaucrats to be able to read every text, image, tune, text, spreadsheet, or whatever you send or receive? Do you want your business communications snooped on by unknown entities?

After WCIT: Some observers fear content proposals, WC :: Keyword: [WCIT] Expect no major changes to the functioning of the Internet after a controversial ending to the International Telecommunication Union's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), but an agreement hammered out there may encourage countries to censor Web content in the longer term, participants and observers said.

U.N. summit's meltdown ignites new Internet Cold War, CNET :: Keyword: [WCIT] New geopolitical rift isn't east-west or north-south: it roughly tracks commitment to free expression. The U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and their allies are now facing off against the likes of China, Russia, Libya, Nigeria, and dozens of other nations.

US to UN: Hands Off The Internet, VOA :: Keyword: [WCIT] Negotiations to create a consensus for new standards for Internet oversight and privacy collapsed in Dubai Friday when several nations, lead by the United States, refused to sign on to any agreement.

Instagram apologizes to users: We won't sell your photos, CNET :: Keyword: [Copyright] Facebook breaks its silence, pledging to "remove" language that sparked a revolt among Instagram users concerned their photos would be sold for advertising or marketing purposes.

Goodbye, Instagram, It Was Fun While It Lasted, Forbes :: Keyword: [Copyright] Well, Instagram, it was fun. Back when you first started up you offered Twitter a unique way to integrate images with tweets and we all loved you.

The Day Instagram Almost Lost Its Innocence, NPR :: Keyword: [Copyright] The wildly popular photo-sharing site Instagram nearly caused a user revolt when it revamped its terms of service and privacy policy to suggest it could allow uploaded photos to be used in ads without users' permission. Instagram later clarified its position in an effort to quell concerns.

Blogging is bringing new voices to the online world, Pew Internet :: Keyword: [Media] Most bloggers focus on personal experiences, not politics

Two More Cases Hold That Anti-SLAPP Laws Protect Consumer Reviews, Tech & Marketing Law Blog :: Keyword: [SLAPP] Every anti-SLAPP law is worded differently, but some statutes protect statements on "matters of public interest," "issues...

AT&T ~1970 Video - The Benefits of a Regulated Monopoly, Cybertelecom :: Keyword: [AT&T] A marvelous video prior to divestiture, and at the historical moment when MCI is being allowed into the long distance market, and customers were allowed to attach their own equipment to the network. You can hear the ghost of Theodore Vail saying that "competition is inefficient."
NOTE:  It appears that this video has been pulled down

Edward H. Freeman, The Telegraph and Personal Privacy: A Historical and Legal Perspective, EDPACS :: Keyword: [Telegraph] After its development in the 1840s, the telegraph allowed individuals to communicate virtually anywhere in a matter of minutes. This article examines the development of the technology and its effect on personal privacy, both from a historical and legal perspective. It discusses how business, the courts, government and individuals responded to the threat of eavesdropping and free transfer of personal information to unknown parties brought on by the telegraph. Comparisons are made between the issues brought up by the telegraph and more modern issues related to the Internet

FTC puts data brokers in spotlight, FT :: Keyword: [Privacy] US regulator launches probe into multibillion-dollar industry with nine groups subpoenaed for details about sources of information and how they use it

Press Conference on New COPPA Rule, Senate Commerce Committee :: Keyword: [COPPA] Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced that he will host Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz to announce the update and modernization of the regulations implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), also known as the COPPA Rule, to address new commercial practices and technological advances in the past decade.

Senator Rockefeller, FTC Chairman Leibowitz to Announce Updated COPPA Rule That Strengthens Kids’ Privacy Protections, FTC :: Keyword: [COPPA] At a press conference hosted by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz will announce final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule that strengthen kids' privacy protections and give parents greater control over the personal information that websites and online services may collect from children under 13

Frequently Asked Questions for Solicitation NSF 13-500 - Cyber-Enabled Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES), NSF :: Keyword: [Security] Public Comment: Please see the solicitation NSF 13-500 associated with these FAQs.

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