Monday, April 30, 2012

The Evolution of Media: The Death of Podcasting?

CNET killed its podcasts. CNN just killed its podcasts. PRI the World
greatly modified its podcasts, reducing technology coverage and making
it more bland and catch all. BBC greatly modified, downgraded, its
podcasts. Has the era of podcasting come to an end?

I think one of the problems is that podcasters failed to develop a
good model. Too many podcasters attempted to develop original
content. This is labor intensive for little bang.

Others created content, and then flipped it into various mediums.
This is more the NPR model. NPR creates its new content, which it
produces for radio, gets posted to its website, get's linked from
social media, gets tweeted, and gets aggregated in podcasts. This
seems like a more viable model - separating content from medium;
creating content; and flipping it into whatever medium consumers

For me.... its all about Download on Demand. Podcasting to me is a
killer app turning "washing the dishes" into a productive time of
listening to tech news or some lecture. I always thought that DOD
would take over the world, transforming the media environment. I
guess it sort of is, but of course this is more true of entertainment,
than news or informative content.

Anyway, sitting listing to CNN's last technology podcast - and
brooding bc there is just less and less tech news audio out there.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4.25 :: Support :: Applause :: Satisfies :: Booming :: Ready :: Economic Value :: Beats Forecasts :: Enhance Defenses :: The Power ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
"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)

AT&T Statement on Formation of Bipartisan Federal Spectrum Working Group, AT&T
"I want to applaud Chairman Greg Walden and Ranking Member Anna Eshoo
for their leadership on this important issue. The growth of the mobile
Internet continues to spur phenomenal economic activity and inspire
remarkable consumer benefits. Comprehensive and sound spectrum
policies lie at the heart of the ability of the entire wireless
ecosystem – from app developers to software providers, to device
makers and service providers – to satisfy the booming demand for
wireless services.

Broadband White Spaces – Ready to Go Global, Microsoft
Around the world, the demand for broadband is booming. This presents
great opportunities, but also some challenges. Broadband fuels
economic growth and enriches peoples' lives, but unprecedented traffic
levels mean the world's communications networks are becoming
increasingly congested. This is especially true for wireless networks,
which use finite spectrum resources. (I discussed the implications of
this in a blog post on Microsoft on the Issues last June).

Measuring the 'Broadband Bonus' in 30 OECD Countries, OECD
This paper provides estimates of the economic value created by
broadband Internet using measures of new gross domestic product and
consumer surplus. It finds that the economic value created in 30 OECD
countries correlates roughly with the overall size of their broadband
economies. In addition, price and quality data from the United States
suggest that widespread adoption of broadband Internet has occurred,3355,en_2649_34223_1_1_1_1_1,00.html?rssChId=34223#50171930

IPv6 Home Networking Pilot Market Deployment Technical Details, Comcast
Comcast has launched support for IPv6-enabled customer home
networking, the second of two phases for our initial rollout of IPv6.
This phase builds upon our earlier work where we enabled IPv6 support
for standalone computers. By now enabling IPv6 support for home
networking customers (those using a home gateway / router), in areas
where we have launched, customers can now able to take advantage of
and begin using IPv6. Our launch of IPv6-enabled customer home
networking is also critical to our participation in World IPv6 Launch;
see the World IPv6

Public libraries in the digital age, Pew Internet
Mary Madden and Kathryn Zickuhr presented findings on the rise of
e-reading, including reading-device ownership and the general reading
habits/preferences of Americans.

Iranian Oil Sites Go Offline Amid Cyberattack, NYT
Officials said the virus that infiltrated the Oil Ministry and other
agencies had not affected production or exports, but oil terminals and
some installations were being taken offline as a precaution.

Iran Investigating Suspected Cyberattack on Its Main Oil Export
Terminal, CircleID
A virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island —
which handles the vast majority of Iran's crude oil exports — but the
terminal remained operational, a source at the National Iranian Oil
Company (NIOC) said. The virus, which is likely to draw comparisons
with the Stuxnet

Russian cybercriminals earned $4.5 billion in 2011, CW
Russian-speaking hackers earned an estimated $4.5 billion globally
using various online criminal tactics, Russian security analyst firm
Group-IB said in a report published on Tuesday.

Are robots and content farms the future of the news?, Gigaom
There was some consternation in the media industry this week when the
Chicago Tribune announced that it was letting more than 20 of its
journalists go and handing over its local coverage to an outfit called
Journatic, which looked to some like a "content farm" not unlike AOL's
hyper-local Patch unit. Meanwhile, Wired magazine wrote about another
emerging competitor for the traditional news business — namely, the
news-writing robots or algorithms employed by startup Narrative
Science, which automatically generate sports and business stories. Is
this what the future of the media industry looks like? Robots and
content farms?

Microsoft Testifies Before Senate Committee on the Future of Video, Microsoft
Microsoft Media and Entertainment Group Corporate Vice President Blair
Westlake testified before the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday
regarding the future of vid e o . T h e h e a r i n g w a s t
i t l e d T h e E m e r g e

The Emergence of Online Video: Is It The Future?, Senate Commerce
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
announces a full committee hearing on on "The Emergence of Online
Video: Is It The Future?".

Rockefeller Remarks on the Emergence of Online Video, Senate Commerce
This hearing is about the emergence of online video—and the power of
broadband to change the way we watch. This is the start of an exciting
and timely conversation.

Netflix adds 3M subs, beats forecasts, stock craters, Gigaom
Netflix continued the expansion of its streaming business in the first
quarter, adding nearly 3 million subscribers to a global base that now
includes over 26 million customers.

Opposition grows to CISPA 'Big Brother' cybersecurity bill, CNET
CISPA is met with a last-minute wave of opposition, including from
Rep. Ron Paul and 18 House Democrats. But it may not be enough to stop
the U.S. House of Representatives from approving the bill on Friday.

Proposed CISPA amendments do little to appease critics, CNET
Over three dozen CISPA amendments, of varying relevance, will be voted
on this week. One tells Homeland Security to help "socially
disadvantaged individuals" who are "unable to compete in the free
enterprise system."

White House Issues A Smackdown On CISPA, Forbes
The Internet appears poised to win another battle when it comes to
Internet legislation. Civil liberties groups and other "political
voices of the Internet" have been expressing grave concern over the
past few weeks about the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
(CISPA), a bill moving through Congress that would make it easier for
private companies to share information about cyber threats with
government agencies.

Congress Should Pass Cyber Bills, USTelecom
Congress should pass four bipartisan House bills that would enhance
the nation's cyber defense capabilities,

An Open Letter From Security Experts, Academics and Engineers to the
U.S. Congress: Stop Bad Cybersecurity Bills, EFF
We take security very seriously, but we fervently believe that strong
computer and network security does not require Internet users to
sacrifice their privacy and civil liberties.

Microsoft releases Skype 1.0 for Windows Phone, CNET
Free app works on Wi-Fi or 3G and runs on Windows Phone 7.5 devices and higher.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

BCLT: Berkeley Law Privacy Forum - Registration Closes Monday, April 23

(For those of you on the Left Coast)

Brought to you by

Berkeley Law Privacy Forum: Silicon Valley

Cutting edge scholarship addressing the most Important privacy issues
of the day.

Join the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology for groundbreaking
BCLT scholarship and discussion surrounding real world information
privacy law problems. Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection
Supervisor, will deliver the Keynote Address.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Four Seasons Silicon Valley
East Palo Alto, CA

Breakfast and Registration 8:30 - 9:00 am
Panel Discussions 9:00 - 5:00 pm
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Space is Limited. Register Today. The $50 registration fee includes
breakfast, lunch and the evening reception.
Registration is complimentary for BCLT Sponsors. If you are a BCLT
Sponsor, please contact Louise Lee to register.

Visit the conference page for more information.

Topics Include:

The Scope of Personally Identifiable Information
Mobile Privacy Trends
Kids' Privacy
The Draft EU Regulation on Data Protection

Keynote Address:

"Ensuring Stronger, More Effective and More Consistent Protection of
Personal Data in the Internet Age"
Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Becky Burr, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Keith Enright, Google Inc.
Michael Hintze, Microsoft Corporation
David Hoffman, Intel Corporation
John B. Kennedy, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
Susan Lyon, Cooley LLP
Lydia Parnes, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Christopher Wolf, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

The BCLT Privacy Team:

Kenneth A. Bamberger
Chris Hoofnagle
Jason Schultz
Paul M. Schwartz
Jennifer Urban

5.50 hours of CLE credit will be available to attendees.

The keynote lunch is sponsored by Intel Corporation. The
reception is sponsored by Hogan Lovells US LLP.

APS_Technology_Advisory_Committee: Symposium

(An item from my 'hood)

Call for Proposals - Deadline April 27, 2012
The Technology for Learning Symposium is a three-day professional learning event
focused on educational technology.

Got to this url: to complete an online
proposal. Share your
best practices, innovative uses of technology and ways you use
technology to maximize
effectiveness in your job.

The schedule of sessions will be posted May 21, 2012.

The Symposium will be open to leaders, teachers, and other educators
from Arlington
Public Schools and NorthTIER partner school divisions.

If you have questions, please email:

This message went out to all APS staff today via SchoolTalk!

Also, if any of you would like to present or have other ideas, please
give me a shout! Great to see many of you this week. Have a great
weekend! Pat

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

4.17 :: Wrongful Acts Committed by Others :: Court Flouts First Amendment :: Dont Slow Us Down :: The 20% :: Trampling Our Privacy Rights ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy

Casey G Watkins, Wireless Liability: Liability Concerns for Operators
of Unsecured Wireless Networks, SSRN
This paper focuses on the liability of wireless network operators for
the wrongful acts committed by others on their unsecured networks. The
premise of this paper is that the operator of an unsecured wireless
router is not liable for the wrongful acts of third parties committed
over his open Internet connection.

Court Flouts First Amendment, OKs Libraries' Internet Censorship Scheme, CDT
It's a basic First Amendment principle: Once a public library provides
a resource in its collection, it's up to the patron to decide how to
use it – the library doesn't control what parts of the encyclopedia a
patron can read after she takes it off the shelf, and it shouldn't try
to tell users what parts of

Jeff Bezos: Web gatekeepers, don't slow us down, CNET
Says Amazon's CEO in his annual letter to shareholders: "When a
platform is self-service, even the improbable ideas can get tried."

Netflix CEO calls out Comcast on net neutrality, Gigaom
When most Comcast subscribers complain, it's a blip. When the CEO of
Netflix vents to his 120,000 subscribers on Facebook, it's a salvo.
Reed Hastings doesn't agree with Comcast's approach to net neutrality
and caps — and he wants everyone to know it.

Information and Communication Technologies and Productivity Growth: A
Survey of the Literature, OECD
The wealth of nations and their economic fortunes are ultimately
driven by productivity. More productive workers earn higher wages and
experience higher living standards than past generations. Hence,
studying the driving forces behind productivity growth is an important
question for researchers and policymakers alike. This paper presents a
review of existing studies on dynamic, macroeconomic effects of ICT on,3355,en_2649_34223_1_1_1_1_1,00.html?rssChId=34223#50124867

OECD Technical Workshop (II): Identifying an Appropriate Set of
Metrics and Indicators for Measuring Broadband and the Internet
Economy (hosted by Ofcom, London, UK. June 14-15 2012), ITAC
This workshop, hosted by UK Ofcom, will be held in London on 14-15
June 2012. This is a follow-up to the first OECD Metrics Workshop held
in Washington D.C (hosted by the US Federal Communications
Commission), in which ITAC participated.

20% of U.S. adults don't use the Web, CNN
Even though the Internet has become a key tool for accessing services,
getting an education, finding jobs, getting the news, keeping up with
people you know and much more, one in five U.S. adults still does not
use the Internet at all, according to a new Pew report.

Why one in five U.S. adults doesn't use the Internet, Pew
Even though the Internet has become a key tool for accessing services,
getting an education, finding jobs, getting the news, keeping up with
people you know and much more, one in five U.S. adults still does not
use the Internet at all, according to a new Pew report.

New Net Name System Mired in Controversy, WSJ
If you want to own your own top-level domain you have until Friday to
submit your application (along with the $180,000 fee). Once the
deadline passes, that is it for the foreseeable future.

Apple Under Criticism for Back-Pedaling on IPv6 Support, CircleID
Apple Computer's AirPort Utility, Version 6.0 was criticized this week
at the North American IPv6 Summit for no longer being compatible with
IPv6. The previous Version, 5.6, offered IPv6 service by default.
"Comcast, for example, is urging its subscribers that are interested
in using IPv6 not to upgrade to AirPort Utility Version 6.0 if they
use the OS X Lion operating system because of incompatibilities with

Plot thickens in Apple "bait apps" case, Gigaom
Apple came under fire last year from parents whose children had racked
up credit card charges on apps that were supposed to be "free." Apple
tried to throw out a law suit over the apps but has come up short
after a judge found the parents suffered sufficient harm to pursue the

Cogent Communications to Host First Quarter 2012 Earnings Call on May
3, 2012, Cogent
Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI) is a multinational, Tier 1
facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five
networks in the world. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with
high speed Internet access and point-to-point transport services.
Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP
services in over 175 markets globally.

F.C.C.'s Google Case Leaves Unanswered Questions, NYT
An investigation into Google's Street View project was left unresolved
because the engineer in charge declined to talk, according to an
interim report.

It's Official: Google Today Is Just Where Microsoft Was in 1999, Forbes
The Google co-founders promised us they wouldn't be evil. They're
looking more and more like Microsoft circa 1999.

FCC Fines Google $25,000 for Failure to Cooperate with Street View
Investigation, EPIC
The Federal Communications Commission announced that it will fine
Google $25,000 for obstructing an investigation concerning Google
Street View and federal wiretap law. The Commission found that Google
impeded by "delaying its search for and production of responsive
emails and

A Big Payoff, Virulent Word of Mouse
Google and Apple are two of the most profitable companies on the globe
today. They seem to share little in common except that achievement.
They took very different paths to the stratosphere.

"Guidelines for Improving Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing", NIST
Guidelines For Improving Security And Privacy In Public Cloud Computing

Ninth Circuit Narrows Reach of CFAA In En Banc US v Nosal Decision,
Info Law Group
The legal and online arenas have been abuzz the last several days in
response to the Ninth Circuit's issued en banc opinion in U.S v.
Nosal, 2012 WL 1176119 (9th Cir. April 10, 2012), addressing the reach
and scope of the oft-litigated and controversial, Computer Fraud and
Abuse Act (CFAA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1030. The crux of the
broader interest in the case has been recent applications of the CFAA

What Facebook Wants in Cybersecurity Doesn't Require Trampling On Our
Privacy Rights, EFF
Numerous commentators have noted the sore thumb in the group of
supporters for The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
(CISPA): Facebook. Why would a social network be endorsing a bill that
would allow companies to pass personal information about Internet
users to the

Nathan Alexander Sales, Regulating Cybersecurity, SSRN
The conventional wisdom is that this country's privately owned
critical infrastructure – banks, telecommunications networks, the
power grid, and so on – is vulnerable to catastrophic cyberattacks.
The existing academic literature does not adequately grapple with this
problem, however, because it conceives of cybersecurity in unduly
narrow terms: Most scholars understand cyberattacks as a problem of
either the criminal law or the law of armed conflict.

Gov't Says Consent Required for Third-Party Access, Daily Dashboard
The Department of Energy and Climate Change says third-party companies
will not be able to access consumer smart meter data without their
consent, reports.

United States v. Jones is a Near-Optimal Result, Freedom to tinker
This morning, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in United
States v. Jones, the GPS tracking case, deciding unanimously that the
government violated the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights when it
installed a wireless GPS tracking device on the undercarriage of his
car and used it to monitor his movement's around town for four weeks
without a search warrant.

Orin Kerr, The Mosaic Theory of the Fourth Amendment, SSRN
In the Supreme Court's recent decision on GPS monitoring, United
States v. Jones (2012), five Justices authored or joined concurring
opinions that applied a new approach to interpreting Fourth Amendment
protection. Before Jones, Fourth Amendment decisions have always
evaluated each step of an investigation individually. Jones introduced
what we might call a "mosaic theory" of the Fourth Amendment, by which
courts evaluate a collective sequence of government activity as an
aggregated whole to consider whether the sequence amounts to a search.

US v. Nosal, Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit 2012, Fed Court
Many employers have adopted policies prohibiting the use of work
computers for nonbusiness purposes. Does an employee who violates such
a policy commit a federal crime? How about someone who violates the
terms of service of a social networking website? This depends on how
broadly we read the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. §

Ninth Circuit Ruling Trimming CFAA Claims for Misappropriation Reminds
Employers that Technical Network Security is the First Defense, New
Media and Tech Law Blog
The Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, has upheld a district court's
dismissal of criminal charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
that were predicated on misappropriation of proprietary documents in
violation of the employer's computer use policy. United States v.
Nosal, No. 10-10038, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 7151 (9th Cir. Apr. 10,
2012). The ruling reinstates a split in the circuit courts on the
question of when an

Peter P Swire, From Real-Time Intercepts to Stored Records: Why
Encryption Drives the Government to Seek Access to the Cloud, Ohio
State University
This paper explains how changing technology, especially the rising
adoption of encryption, is shifting law enforcement and national
security lawful access to far greater emphasis on stored records,
notably records stored in the cloud. The major and growing reliance on
surveillance access to stored records results from the following

Bruce E Boyden, Can a Computer Intercept Your Email?, SSRN
In recent years it has become feasible for computers to rapidly scan
the contents of large amounts of communications traffic to identify
certain characteristics of those messages: that they are spam, contain
malware, discuss various products or services, are written in a
particular dialect, contain copyright-infringing files, or discuss
symptoms of particular diseases.

Google fined by FCC for impeding Street View probe, WAPO
The Federal Communications Commission has cleared Google of charges
that it illegally collected WiFi data using its Street View cars, but
fined the company $25,000 for obstructing the bureau's investigation.

Young Joon Lim and Sarah E. Sexton, Internet as a Human Right: A
Practical Legal Framework to Address the Unique Nature of the Medium
and to Promote Development , 7 Wash. J.L. Tech. & Arts 295
A Taiwanese court sentenced a blogger to 30 days of detention for her
comments that a restaurant's food was too salty and that the locale
was unsanitary. In Indonesia, a woman was sentenced to six months in
jail for libel after an e-mail she sent to friends about poor
treatment she received in a hospital was posted on Facebook. These are
not isolated cases of persecution, but part of a broad pattern of
challenges facing individuals around the world.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

4.12 :: April Fools! :: Willfully Blind :: Great Video Entertainment :: What Controversy? :: Links are Infringing :: So Uncool :: Goofing Off No Longer a Crime ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
CQD MGY position 41.44 N. 50.24 W

LightSquared Gets Two Senators to Beg For Its Life - Senators Kerry,
Graham, Parrot LightSquared's Last Gasp Efforts, DSLReports
Phillip Falcone's checks to both John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey
Graham (R-S.C.) appear to have cleared, resulting in the two sending a
letter this week to the FCC urging the agency to try and save
LightSquared. The lawmakers say they "understand" the FCC's February
decision to revoke LightSquared's license to offer LTE via the 1.6 GHz
L-band, bu

NY Marriott Stops Wi-Fi JavaScript Ad Injection - Wasn't Aware of the
Practice, Blames ISP, DSLReports
Earlier this week we noted that New York's City Marriott hotel
locations were taking a page out of the bad-idea ISP playbook and had
started to use Javascript to inject ads over the content viewed using
the hotel's free Wi-Fi service. As was the case when ISPs tried this a
few years back the backlash was fast and furious, particularly from ad
and content developers who don't like having their own content blocked
by traffic stream manipulation

Federal Judge Upholds Library Filtering Policy in Bradburn case.,
Filtering Facts
After nearly six years, there has finally been a ruling in Bradburn v.
North Central Regional Library District. I have posted the ruling
here. The rest of the Bradburn case documents are here:

DOJ is likely to lose e-book antitrust suit targeting Apple, CNET
Antitrust experts say feds have "far better case" for price fixing
against publishers, three of which have settled, than they do against

DoJ files antitrust suit against Apple, publishers over e-book prices
, Ars Technica
The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against
Apple and six e-book publishers over alleged collusion to fix e-book
prices. The antitrust suit was filed in US District Court in New York
on Wednesday morning against Apple, Hachette, Harper Collins,
Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, and Simon & Schuster, according to

Verizon Wireless and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) today
announced they are teaming up to give customers greater choice, value
and convenience in their wireless and entertainment packages.
Customers in the Kansas City metro area can now purchase packages of
Time Warner Cable video, Internet and voice services and Verizon
Wireless smartphones and tablets from both companies.

What controversy? Verizon, Time Warner begin cross-selling services, Gigaom
Verizon's joint marketing pact with the cable providers may be facing
some serious scrutiny, but Verizon and its partners don't seem to have
noticed. On Thursday, Time Warner Cable blithely announced they would
launch bundled mobile and cable services together in five markets.

Iranians say story on plan to cut Internet access is a hoax, CNET
Government says interview with Communications Minister Reza Taghipour
published on April 1 was in fact a hoax.

Intellectual Property: The Engine of U.S. Economic Growth, Microsoft
Today, Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement
Coordinator, together with John Bryson, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce
and David Kappos, the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office, released Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy:
Industries in Focus. This report is notable for what it shows about
the role IP plays in driving U.S. jobs and economic growth.

Viacom v Youtube, 2nd Cir 2012, Fed Court
We conclude that the District Court correctly held that the § 512(c)
safe harbor requires knowledge or awareness of specific infringing
activity, but we vacate the order granting summary judgment because a
reasonable jury could find that YouTube had actual knowledge or
awareness of specific infringing activity on its website.

Jing Xu, DMCA Safe Harbors and the Future of New Digital Music Sharing
Platforms, Duke L & Tech Rev, Duke L & Tech Rev
SoundCloud is an online service provider that allows users to upload,
share, and download music that they have created. It is an innovative
platform for both amateur and established producers and disc jockeys
(DJs) to showcase

YouTube v. Viacom, Harvard JOLT
The Second Circuit partially affirmed and partially reversed a
decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New
York, granting summary judgment to YouTube on all claims of direct and
secondary copyright infringement brought by Viacom. The district court
held that YouTube qualified for safe harbor under the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §512(c), which protects service
providers from liability for acts of infringement by users.

Viacom v. YouTube: Is Willfully Blind Outside the §512 Safe Harbor?,
Law Technology and Arts
On April 5th, 2012, United States Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit published its long-awaited review of the granted summary
judgment motion in favor of YouTube against Viacom. The district court
originally found YouTube immune to liability for the copyright
infringement of its users under the safe-harbor provision for online
service providers in §512

ICE, DOJ seize more domain names of sites accused of selling counterfeits, CW
The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement have seized more than US$896,000, plus the domain names of
seven websites accused of selling counterfeit sports apparel, the two
agencies announced Tuesday.

MPAA Just Won't Quit: Jumps Into Legal Dispute To Argue Links & Embeds
Are Infringing, Techdirt
It appears that the MPAA has jumped into a legal dispute that hits on
a few different points, all of which are interesting, but the really
crazy point is the fact that the crux of their argument is that merely
embedding or linking (technically, the same thing) to infringing
videos is infringement itself -- and someone setting up a site that
lets people embed or link

38% of TVs Connected Via Broadband - Though Just 5% of Homes Have
Broadband-Connected Sets, DSLReports
According to a new study by the Leichtman Research Group, 38% of all
households have at least one television set connected to the Internet.
Leichtman's definition of a home with an Internet-Connected TV is a
little broad, including any TV that's hooked up to a broadband-enabled
game console or video streaming service. Game consoles drive most of

CLAUSES: A PERFECT STORM?, 11 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 163
"To the cloud!" trumpets a commercial by Microsoft, whose aim is to
herd customers, and their checkbooks, into the cloud computing fold.
But Microsoft, and other cloud providers like Amazon and Google, might
inadvertently be

The New FTC Report on Privacy - Our View, Verizon
You don't always hear companies express support when federal agencies
call on Congress to pass legislation. But when both the Federal Trade
Commission and the White House issued complementary reports focusing
on consumer privacy and asking Congress to create new baseline privacy
laws, we here at Verizon largely agreed.

Maryland legislature passes ban on asking for passwords, WAPO
When Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
asked Robert Collins for the password to his social media accounts, he
balked and filed a claim with the American Civil Liberties Union.
About a week later, the department suspended the policy, and on
Monday, both houses of the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill
banning the practice altogether.

When did Facebook become so uncool?, CNN
Something strange happened Monday on the Internet.

Did Congress Really Not Pay Attention To What Happened With SOPA?
CISPA Ignorance Is Astounding, Techdirt
We recently wrote about how HR 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing
and Protection Act -- or CISPA -- is an incredibly bad bill that would
basically make it much, much easier for the government to spy on all
sorts of private communications. The bill already has over 100
sponsors, some of whom were on the right side of SOPA, but seem to
have gone astray

Good News: Goofing Off On Your Work Computer Is No Longer A Federal
Crime, Forbes
There's a law on the books that suggests that if you "exceed
authorized access" on a computer, you're guilty of a federal crime. If
your company's computer policy forbids using your computer for
non-work purposes, that has meant historically that you've technically
been committing a felony every time you've taken a break to check your
stock portfolio, go on

Appeals Court Rules That Violating Corporate Policy Is Not a Computer Crime, EFF
A federal appeals court today rejected a dangerous interpretation of
the federal anti-hacking law, dismissing charges that would have
criminalized any employee's use of a company's computers in violation
of corporate policy.

DDOS attacks on financial services firms explode, CW
The financial services industry saw nearly triple the number of DDOS
attacks during the first three months of this year compared to the
same period last year.

Gaos v Google, NDCA 2012, Fed Court
The injury required by the Stored Communications Act can exist solely
by virtue of "statutes creating legal rights, the invasion of which
creates standing."

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they went."-Will Rogers
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Sunday, April 08, 2012

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Federal Internet Law and Policy

DHS Presentation on GPS Interference Detection,
Presentation from WSTS '12

Crowe Says No Spectrum Shortage. Really?, Verizon
Recently on Forbes blog, James Crowe, the CEO of Level 3, put forth a
novel proposal: despite what the FCC determined in its National
Broadband Plan, what the President and NTIA have said and what
motivated Congress to pass the recent spectrum legislation, James
Crowe suggests that instead of bringing more spectrum to market, the
solution to the wireless spectrum shortage is more wires.

Department of Commerce Takes Next Step in Unleashing Wireless
Broadband Revolution, NTIA
The U.S. Department of Commerce, through the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), today
announced its finding that 95 megahertz (MHz) of prime spectrum could
be repurposed for wireless broadband use. Reallocation of this
spectrum would represent significant progress towards achieving

NTIA Issues Report Setting Path to Make Prime Spectrum Available, NTIA
In today's wireless world, the demand for spectrum from consumers,
businesses, and federal users continues to grow at a rapid rate. In
response to this growing demand, in June 2010, President Obama
directed the Department of Commerce, working through NTIA, to
collaborate with the FCC to make available an additional 500 megahertz
of spectrum over the next decade for commercial wireless broadband

USTelecom Vidcast: Tracking Internet Traffic, USTelecom
We've come a long way from the early days of the Internet, with nearly
200 million Americans now using broadband. Americans are not only
connecting to the high-speed Internet in increas

McDowell Raises Concern over Global Internet Policy, USTElecom
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Employee litigation against Tata gets class action status, CW
Two employees of Indian outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
have won class action status for a lawsuit alleging that the company
made deductions from their wages in breach of their contract while
they were working in the U.S. A judge in the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of California granted their suit class action
status on Monday.

CenturyLink Will Offer Bonded VDSL2 Up to 100 Mbps - Currently Testing
Services in Denver, DSLReports
CenturyLink, forged by the fusion of Qwest, CenturyTel and Embarq, is
one of several more rural-focused telcos that's going to have a hard
time joining the next-generation speed race and competing with faster
cable offerings. While the company's website currently lists their top
speed at 40 Mbps, most of their customers may be lucky if they get 3

Giving you more insight into your Google Account activity, Google
Every day we aim to make technology so simple and intuitive that you
stop thinking about it—we want Google to work so well, it just blends
into your life. But sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock
of what you're doing online.

Twitter files lawsuit against alleged spammers and spam tool providers, CW
Twitter has filed a lawsuit against "five of the most aggressive tool
providers and spammers" in a federal court in San Francisco, opening a
new front in its battle against spam, it said Thursday.

Verizon Tries, Fails to Justify Forcing Landlines On DSL Users - It
Will...Improve Your Experience...Yeah That's It, DSLReports
As we noted yesterday, Verizon has decided to wind the clock back to
2005 and will no longer sell DSL services to new users without a
landline. Worse perhaps, users on existing standalone DSL lines will
be forced to add voice service (whether they wanted it or not) if they
make changes to their existing service. It's a particularly obnoxious
move for those who know the long and silly history of painfully
convincing telcos to offer standalone DSL, which at several points
required regulatory intervention.

"Six Strikes" Copyright Alert system names surprisingly good advisors,
Ars Technica
The Center for Copyright Information, the organization tasked with
overseeing a new anti-piracy scheme negotiated by the nation's leading
content companies and ISPs last summer, began to take shape Monday as
the organization announced its executive director and several members
of its advisory board. The picks suggest that the architects of the
"Copyright Alert" system may be making a serious effort to strike a
balance between the interests of copyright holders and the rights of

Chris Dodd 'Confident' Obama Administration Working On Next SOPA, Forbes
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, former Senator and
current MPAA chief Chris Dodd said he was "confident" that Obama
supports the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on online
piracy, and that he's sure that the president is "using his good
relationships in both communities " to push talks forward about
replacement legislation for the defeated SOPA and PIPA bills.

Why Bob Woodward is wrong about the internet and journalism, Gigaom
Anyone who has followed the media for the past half century or so
knows that Bob Woodward is a giant in the field, one half of the
legendary investigative team of Woodward and Bernstein — a man who
helped to bring down a U.S. president and defined a generational shift
in the practice of journalism. In other words, someone whose opinions
on the craft of

Xfinity on Demand on Xbox and Your Xfinity Internet Service, Comcast
Recently, some blogs noted that our forthcoming Xfinity TV on Xbox
service won't count toward your data usage threshold from our product
FAQs. People want to understand why that is and we want to explain how
it works here on Comcast Voices.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Washington Advocacy Run Amok, NCTA
Given all of this I am bemused and disappointed to see the advocacy
group, Public Knowledge, scream with alarm this week that somehow this
new service raises questions about the survival of the open Internet.

Coming Soon to YouTube and Google Play: Hundreds of Movies from
Paramount Pictures, Youtube
When it comes to movie rentals, we've been focused on adding as many
of your favorite movies as possible. Today we're pleased to announce a
new licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures which will bring
nearly 500 new movie titles to YouTube and Google Play over the next
few weeks to people in the U.S. and Canada.

It was an exceptionally beautiful afternoon in Brussels but that
didn't keep folks from piling into a crowded room at the Renaissance
Brussels Hotel for EIF's Special Event on Cloud Computing on 27 March.
Previously that afternoon many had availed themselves of the chance to
tour Microsoft's Brussels-based Cloud & Interoperability Centre.
Afterwards everyone hunkered down for what proved to be an interesting
and intense afternoon of dialogue.

NARUC Sees Positives in FCC Reform Legislation, Urges Advancement on
Bipartisan Proposals, NARUC
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued
the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the
Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act:

AT&T on House Passage of FCC Reform Legislation, AT&T
"We congratulate Committee Chairman Upton and Subcommittee Chairman
Walden for their leadership in crafting this important, common-sense
effort to reform current FCC practices, many of which predate the
agency's current leadership. Passage by the House is a needed step
forward, and is also an important signal of support for modernizing

Walden, Stearns Underscore Need for FCC Process Reform, House Commerce
Backlog Update Reveals Over 10,000 Items Still Pending at FCC

ICYMI: Walden on Reforming FCC to Unleash Innovation, House Commerce
no description

If your account is subpoenaed, Facebook sends police, well, everything, CNET
The Boston police department releases documents related to the
so-called Craigslist Killer. Among those is the material released by
Facebook under subpoena. It seems to include the whole of the killer's
Facebook history.

CDT: Cybersecurity bills raise major civil liberties concerns, CW
A group of cybersecurity bills that the U.S. Congress may soon vote on
contain serious privacy and civil liberties flaws, with some of the
bills allowing private companies to share a wide range of their
customers' online communications with government agencies, the Center
for Democracy and Technology said.

Local Cops Following Big Brother's Lead, Getting Cell Phone Location
Data Without a Warrant, EFF
New data from law enforcement agencies across the country has
confirmed what EFF has long been afraid of: while police are routinely
using cell phone location tracking information, only a handful of
agencies are bothering to obtain search warrants.

Botnet goes on Mac attack, CNET
Trojan strikes Mac users, while Facebook strikes back at Yahoo with a
patent suit of its own.

Researchers Confirm Flashback Trojan Infects 600,000 Macs, Used For
Click Fraud, Forbes
For anyone who doubted that Apple's long grace period with
cybercriminals is over, doubt no more: On Friday, researchers at
Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky confirmed findings from another
security firm earlier this week that more than 600,000 computers
running Mac's OSX are infected with the Flashback botnet, and half of

Anonymous Disrupts UK Government Sites, CW
Three UK government websites, including one for the country's Prime
Minister, were attacked by the hacker collective Anonymous late
Saturday night in protest of extradition of British citizens to the
United States and of a proposed law to broaden the snooping powers of
the government there.

Facebook ID theft threat impacts all iPhones, Dropbox, CNET
A new development in the Facebook vulnerability discussion reveals
that the trouble impacts all iPhones and not just jailbroken handsets.

Shutting down spammers, Twitter
Twitter continues to grow at a record pace -- we now have 140 million
active users and more than 340 million Tweets each day. As our reach
expands, we become a more attractive target for spammers. While spam
is a small fraction of the incredible content you can find on Twitter,
we know just how distracting it can be.

Text Message Spam, Difficult to Stop, Is a Growing Menace, NYT
Cellphone customers received roughly 4.5 billion spam texts last year,
twice as many as in 2009, and remedies to the growing menace are few.

Arizona Outl a w i n g T r o l l s & , IPJ
The State of Arizona is considering legislation that would outlaw
Internet trolling. Arizona House Bill 2549 would make it unlawful to
use any electronic or digital device with the intent to "harass,
annoy, or offend" another. A violation of the bill, which is intended
to curb online bullying, would be a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by
a fine of up to $2,500 and six

The Day The Public Interest Died: Media Access Project Shuts Its Doors
After 40 Years of Public Service, Wetmachine
Outside of our small world of telecom wonkery, few will notice that my
old employer, The Media Access Project, announced that it will cease
operations on May 1. After 40 years of fighting to protect the public
interest, including …

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