Thursday, May 31, 2012

[Event] IPv6 Launch Day: ISOC-DC Panel Event

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Free EventBrite Registration Required:
Hosted by Verisign (near the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations)

5:30 - 6:30 reception/networking
6:30 - 8:00 program
8:00 - 8:30 networking

More than ten years ago, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
developed the IPv6 protocol to dramatically expand the number of
Internet Protocol addresses available with the IPv4 protocol and
provide new features in the key standard that encodes the packets of
data that carry everything transmitted over the Internet. Despite the
fact that we are running out of IPv4 addresses, which is complicating
operations of the Internet, many computer companies, Web companies,
and Internet Service Providers have not embraced the IPv6. What's
holding them back? Why are only about 10 percent of networks using
IPv6 today? What does IPv6 mean for the average Internet user? The
new protocol is essential for development of the Internet of Things,
ad hoc networks, and other exciting new uses of the Internet. What are
the early adopters doing with the new capabilities offered by IPv6?
Help us celebrate IPv6 Launch Day on June 6 and learn about efforts to
realize the full benefits of the next version of the Internet

Michael R. Nelson -- Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum, and
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Discussion leaders:

Richard Jimmerson, Internet Society

Joe Klein, Security Researcher at IPv6 Cyber Security Forum and Cyber
Security Principal Architect at QinetiQ North America

Michael Gibbs – Network Architect at VeriSign
Verisign' DC Conference Room
1666 K Street NW, 4th Fl, Suite 410
Washington, DC

Verisign's DC Conference Room
1666 K Street NW
Fourth floor, Suite 410
Washington, DC

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

5.23 :: Unmask an Online Critic :: Ignorance is Strength :: I PO'd :: The Overman Committee :: Strike Six! :: No Confusion ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy

Does the constitution protect anonymity?, Internet Cases
Yes, the constitution protects one's right to speak anonymously, but
only to a certain extent. The question of one's First Amendment right
to speak anonymously comes up pretty often in situations where a
plaintiff seeks to unmask the identity of someone who is alleged to
have committed an illegal act against the plaintiff online. Most often
it is a plaintiff seeking to unmask an online critic in a defamation

FBI quietly forms secretive Net-surveillance unit, CNET
CNET has learned that the FBI has formed a Domestic Communications
Assistance Center, which is tasked with developing new electronic
surveillance technologies, including intercepting Internet, wireless,
and VoIP communications.

The Netherlands Passes Net Neutrality Legislation, EFF
New legislation in the Netherlands makes it the first country in
Europe to establish a legal framework supporting net neutrality. In
addition to the net neutrality provisions, the law contains language
that restricts when ISPs can wiretap their users, and limits the
circumstances under which ISPs can cut off a subscriber's Internet
access altogether.

FCC chairman supports broadband data caps amid Netflix protests, WAPO
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday
that he supports tiered broadband Internet plans, a growing trend that
has drawn criticism from Netflix.

The Need for Flexibility In Broadband Pricing, AT&T
"FCC Chairman Genachowski made an important statement today in support
of usage-based pricing. This isn't the first time the chairman has
recognized the need for flexibility in broadband pricing, but his
words today come at a time when one company has been pushing the FCC
to impose a particular pricing model on Internet

The questions Genachowski should be asking about data caps, Gigaom
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski
reiterated his acceptance of broadband data caps and tiered pricing,
at The Cable Show held today in Boston. In an interview with the
National Cable and Telecommunications Association Chair (and a former
FCC chairman himself) Michael Powell, Genachowski said he was in favor
of business model innovation.

Spectrum Crisis Impact on Data Caps, WCAI
The uproar over major wireless carriers capping data usage is getting
louder. This week, a major carrier announced it will be ending
unlimited data plans even for customers with "grandfathered-in" status
when they introduce tiered shared plans this summer.

EFF is Joining the Transition to IPv6, EFF
EFF is proud to participate in World IPv6 Launch Day on June 6, 2012.

GROUPION, LLC. v. GROUPON, INC., Dist. Court, ND California 2012, Fed Court
The Court finds that, when viewing the evidence in the light most
favorable to Groupion, upon balancing the Sleekcraft factors, no
reasonable juror could find that Groupon is using a confusingly
similar mark. See Surfvivor Media, 406 F.3d at 628 (granting summary
judgment where "no material issue of fact was raised reflecting
confusion between the marks). Accordingly, the Court grants Groupon's
motion for summary judgment on Groupion's claims for trademark
infringement and unfair competition.

Facebook, Zuckerberg sued over IPO, CNET
The lawsuit charges the defendants with failing to disclose in the
run-up to Friday's IPO "a severe and pronounced reduction" in
forecasts for Facebook's revenue growth

Google Acquires Motorola Mobility, Google
The phones in our pockets have become supercomputers that are changing
the way we live. It's now possible to do things we used to think were
magic, or only possible on Star Trek--like get directions right from
where we are standing; watch a video on YouTube; or take a picture and
share the moment instantly with friends.

Why Did Pakistan Shut Off Twitter?, VOA
It only lasted for about 8 hours, but that was long enough to start a
whole new round of Internet rumor and worry.

Pakistan restores Twitter access, BBC
Pakistani authorities restore access to the social media website
Twitter after a brief ban for what officials called "offensive"

Supreme Court lets stand $675K fine for music downloads, CW
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider the petition of Joel
Tenenbaum, a former doctoral student at Boston University who faces a
fine of US$675,000 for illegally downloading 30 songs.

ISP 'Six Strikes' Plan Delayed? - Still Likely to Be Implemented
'Later This Year', 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

F.C.C. Weighs Treating Video Sites Like Cable Companies, NYT
The Federal Communications Commission is considering giving online
distributors like Hulu and YouTube the same rights and
responsibilities enjoyed by cable companies.

Americans watched 37 billion online videos last month, CNET
People in the U.S. gobbled up a whole lot of videos from YouTube,
Facebook, Yahoo, Hulu, and other sites in April, according to

Nancy King, Protecting the privacy and security of sensitive customer
data in the cloud, Computer Law & Security Review
The global ubiquity of cloud computing may expose consumers' sensitive
personal data to significant privacy and security threats. A critical
challenge for the cloud computing industry is to earn consumers' trust
by ensuring adequate privacy and security for sensitive consumer data.
Regulating consumer privacy and security also challenges government
enforcement of data protection laws that were designed with national
borders in mind. From an information privacy perspective, this article
analyses how well the

Putting Twitter's "Do Not Track" Feature in Context, White House
This week, we got some terrific news about new ways individuals can
protect their privacy on the internet.

Deirdre K. Mulligan and Jennifer King, Bridging The Gap Between
Privacy And Design , Journal of Constitutional Law
This article explores the gap between privacy and design in the
context of "lateral privacy"— privacy issues arising among users of a
service rather than from the service provider—on social networking
sites (SNSs) and other platforms by analyzing the privacy concerns
lodged against the introduction of Facebook's News Feed in 2006. Our
analysis reveals that the dominant theory of

FTC taps privacy advocate Paul Ohm as adviser, CW
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has hired Paul Ohm, a privacy
advocate and critic of current online privacy practices, as a senior
privacy adviser for consumer protection and competition issues
affecting the Internet and mobile services.

U.S. spy agency looking to train students in cyber ops, CNET
New college program accredited by National Security Agency to prepare
students for future careers in cyber operations

Lisa Ugelow, Lance Hoffman, Fighting on a New Battlefield Armed with
Old Laws: How to Monitor Terrorism in a Virtual World, Journal of
Constitutional Law
The United States has always relied in part on surveillance prac-
tices to obtain information about foreign governments, international
and domestic organizations, and citizens of the United States. The
twentieth century exemplifies this behavior. In 1918, the Overman
Committee was established to investigate pro-German sentiments,

Proactive Policy Measures by Internet Service Providers against
Botnets (OECD Digital Economy Paper 199), OECD
This report analyses initiatives in a number of countries through
which end-users are notified by ISPs when their computer is identified
as being compromised by malicious software and encouraged to take
action to mitigate the problem.,3699,en_2649_37441_1_1_1_1_37441,00.html?rssChId=37441#50423552

Google warns users infected with DNSChanger as Web outage nears, CW
Google on Tuesday hauled out a tool it last used nearly a year ago to
warn users infected with the "DNSChanger" malware.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where
they went."-Will Rogers
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[Conference] Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) July 11-13, 2012 Washington, DC

Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) July 11-13, 2012
Washington, DC

We're excited to announce the SOUPS preliminary program.... highlights
at the end of this message and details at

On July 11 the SOUPS program features a Workshop on Usable Privacy and
Security for Mobile Devices and a Hacking Public Policy Tutorial. We
have arranged a special White House tour for tutorial participants,
but you must contact the tutorial organizer to sign up by May 30 (even
if you already registered).

Registration is open. Register by June 8 for the early registration

Discounted hotel rates are available until June 8

SOUPS registration scholarships are available for students as well as
staff who work for non-profits. Travel scholarships of up to $500 are
also available for students travelling to SOUPS from outside the
Washington, DC area. We expect to begin awarding scholarships on June

We will be accepting lightning talk and demo proposals through June 29


Wednesday, July 11

8:45 am to 4:45 pm - Parallel workshop and tutorial Hacking Public
Policy Tutorial + White House tour - advance registration required by
May 30 Workshop on Usable Privacy & Security for Mobile Devices

4:45 - 6:45 pm: Poster session

Thursday, July 12

9 am - 10:30 am: Opening session
Invited talk: Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

11 am - 12:30 pm: Technical paper session: Mobile Privacy and Security
Measuring and Improving User Confidence in Mobile Phone Security and
Privacy Goldilocks and the Two Mobile Devices: Going Beyond
All-Or-Nothing Access to a Device's Applications Android Permissions:
User Attention, Comprehension, and Behavior

1:30 - 3 pm: Technical paper session: User Perceptions Smart, Useful,
Scary, Creepy: Perceptions of Behavioral Advertising Reasons, Rewards,
Regrets: Privacy Considerations in Location Sharing as an Interactive
Practice Stories as Informal Lessons about Security

3:30 - 4:30 pm: Technical paper session: Authentication Correct horse
battery staple: Exploring the usability of system-assigned passphrases
Do You See Your Password? Applying Recognition to Textual Passwords

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Lightning talks

5:45 - 8:30 pm: Dinner reception at Microsoft (901 K St. NW, 11th
floor) - a 5-minute walk from AAAS

Friday, July 13

9-10:30 am: Technical paper session: Online Social Networks Facebook
and Privacy: It's Complicated Are privacy concerns a turn-off?
Engagement and privacy in social networks Helping Johnny 2.0 to
Encrypt His Facebook Conversations

11 am - 12:30 pm: Technical paper session: Access Control
+Your Circles: Sharing Behavior on Google+
The PViz Comprehension Tool for Social Network Privacy Settings
Relating Declarative Semantics and Usability in Access Control

1:30 - 3 pm: Panel - No Humans Were Harmed: Institutional Review
Boards and Usable Security Research

3 pm: Ice cream social

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DC ISOC May 23 – Cybersecurity 2020 – Is There a Better Way to Protect the Internet?

When: Wed, May 23, 2012 9:00 AM – Wed, May 23, 2012 11:00 AM

Where: SRI International 1100 Wilson Blvd. Suite 2800 Arlington, VA

The Washington DC area chapter of the Internet Society invites you to
join an informal discussion about:


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

9:00 AM Networking breakfast

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Discussion

Hosted by SRI International

1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA near the Rosyln Metro station 28th
floor (Please remember to bring a picture ID)

Alarming stories about the growing threat of cyberattacks have spurred
the White House, Congress, and corporate leaders to call for more
efforts to improve cybersecurity. But are current approaches to
cybersecurity working? Can we do better?

More and more Internet technology experts argue that today's approach
is broken and that there must be a better way—with new technologies,
better business practices, and more emphasis on the people and
organizations that have to implement them. Can we fix cybersecurity?
Can we overcome inertia and political barriers? What happens if we

Moderator: Eric Burger, Professor of Computer Science, Georgetown
University; Director, Georgetown Center for Secure Communications

Discussion leaders:

Simson Garfinkel, Associate Professor of Computing Science, Naval
Postgraduate University

Thomas Fuhrman, Senior Vice President, Booz, Allen, Hamilton

Zach Tudor, SRI International's Computer Science Lab

Mark D. Rasch, Director, CyberSecurity and Privacy Consulting, CSC

Thursday, May 17, 2012

5.17 :: #B2WD :: Dodges the Issue :: FB Could Buy Apple {shudder} :: Just a Fad :: There is Nothing to Fear but Fearmongering Itself :: Do You Feel Safe? ::


             CyberTelecom News 

      Federal Internet Law and Policy


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Upton, Walden, and Stearns Statement on LightSquared/GPS Investigation, House Commerce

Recent events underscore the need for answers from the FCC


FCC wants to know if Verizon is warehousing spectrum, Gigaom

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is curious why Verizon Wireless bought a bunch of 4G spectrum back in 2008 but now plans to sell it, just because some better airwaves have come along. In a letter to Verizon, FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Rick Kaplan asked Verizon some pointed questions about its proposed sale of A-block and B-block 700 MHz licenses, and though he never mentioned the word "warehousing," that was the certainly the direction his queries were heading.


Comcast denies favoring Xfinity video content, CNET

Cable giant says streaming arrangement with Xbox game consoles is in compliance with the FCC's Open Internet rules.


Comcast Denies Own Traffic Prioritization - Insists They're Fully Adhering to NBC Universal Conditions, DSLReports

Just when the network neutrality debate appeared to have resigned itself to a dark corner, the revelation that Comcast was exempting Comcast TV content over Xbox 360 traffic from its bandwidth cap rekindled the entire debate. Comcast claims they're simply treating the Xbox 360 as other set top, while competitors like Netflix claim it gives them an unfair advantage in streaming video offerings. "The same device, the same IP address, the same wifi, the same internet connection, but totally different


Netflix to Comcast: Raising the cap is not enough, Gigaom

Thought Netflix and Comcast would kiss and make up after the broadband provider announced today that it would raise its bandwidth cap from 250GB to 300GB per month? Think again.


FCC Boss: No Network Neutrality Complaints - May Push for Title II ISP Reclassification if Rules Overturned, DSLReports

Speaking to Congress this week, FCC Boss Julius Genachowski stated that the agency hasn't received a single net neutrality complaint since the FCC's neutrality rules went into effect late last year. Part of that is because the rules don't do very much, failing to cover wireless in any meaningful way, while allowing pretty much any


Comcast to begin trials to expand Internet data caps, WAPO

Comcast said Thursday it will test new Internet data caps, expanding its lowest tier to 300 gigabytes a month from 250 gigabytes of data. It will charge an additional $10 for every additional 50 gigabytes of data on top of the basic tier when purchased up-front.


Comcast capitulates on cap, but dodges the net neutrality issue, Gigaom

Comcast plans to raise its broadband cap to 300 GB per month as it trials two new ways to deal with managing traffic on its network, the nation's largest cable operator said in a blog post today. The move is a welcome one for those who have hit the existing 250 GB cap, but it neglects to address some of the earlier complaints that have


Hargrave v. CHIEF ASIAN, LLC, Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit 2012, Fed Court

Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act claim dismissed where plaintiff "submitted evidence that established that he was not the owner of the contested mark."


ARIN IPv4 Countdown Plan, ARIN

On 23 April 2012 during ARIN XXIX in Vancouver, Leslie Nobile, Director of Registration Services gave a presentation on ARIN's plan to manage the distribution of its remaining IPv4 address pool.


Countdown to IPv6, FCC

What if I told you that the world was running out of postal addresses or phone numbers, and that, in less than two months, many companies you regularly do business with will have a new system of contact information?  You'd want to learn more about this system and perhaps make a few preparations, right?  Such a big transition is not happening for postal addresses or phone numbers, but something close to that is happening for Internet addresses.


Facebook IPO With ~10 Billion War Chest Could Just Buy Apple And Grow, Forbes

The Facebook IPO will deposit somewhere between six and 20 billion dollars into cash. Facebook could ignore all the naysayers (about how this IPO is the most foolish in the history of IPOs) and just buy a huge position in Apple and see its stock appreciate.


Here Are 10 Reasons Not to Buy Facebook Before You Buy It Anyway, WSJ

David Weidner offers 10 reasons not to buy Facebook shares, though he acknowledges he won't be able to persuade investors not to buy.


Facebook co-founder Saverin targeted by U.S. senators for tax 'avoidance scheme', WAPO

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has come under increased scrutiny following news that he had renounced his U.S. citizenship to become a resident of Singapore.


Study: You're not clicking on Facebook ads -- and you never will, CNET

Greenlight, a digital-marketing agency, says that 44 percent of survey respondents said they "never" click on ads on the social network.


Facebook is a fad, say half of people polled, CNET

Half of Americans surveyed by the AP and CNBC see the social network as a fad, while half believe the asking price of its IPO is too high.


This Week in Internet Censorship: India, Iran, Brazil, Russia, and More, EFF

Iran Continues March Towards "Halal Internet"


Iran to Google: Fix your map, or we'll sue, CNET

Google has removed the tag identifying the Persian Gulf from its popular mapping service, angering the Iranian government. Tehran says it will sue the search giant.


Iran curtails use of foreign e-mail providers, CNET

Banks, insurance firms, telephone companies, and their customers can no longer send e-mail from foreign-based addresses, restricting such services as Gmail and Hotmail.


U.S. Law Professors Cast Further Doubt on ACTA's Constitutionality - State Department Confirms No ACTA Pre-Review, EFF

Fifty leading U.S. legal scholars cast fresh doubt on the constitutionality of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in an open letter to the Senate Finance Committee today. (Press Release). At issue is whether the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) had authority to enter into the controversial IP enforcement agreement on behalf of the United States when the Deputy U.S. Trade Ambassador signed ACTA in October 2011. The law professors say no, and call on the Senators


ACTA deathwatch: profs call process unconstitutional, Europe revolts, Ars Technica

Just when you thought that everyone was content to let debates about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) simmer down, a group of Ame


Who Needs SOPA When Courts Will Pretend SOPA Already Exists?, Techdirt

Back in November, we wrote about one of a series of cases we had seen where trademark holders were going to court with a list of domain names that they insisted were selling counterfeit goods and getting the courts to issue injunctions that appeared to be quite similar to what SOPA would have allowed had it passed. That is,


Measuring IPv6 at the Network and the Customer Level, CircleID

George Michaelson, APNIC's Senior Research and Development Scientist recently visited the RIPE NCC to collaborate on various research projects with his RIR colleagues. IPv6 measurements were one of the topics we looked at.


Press Freedom in an Age of Networked Journalism; Making large volunteer-driven projects sustainable; Interop Book Launch, Berkman Center

What does a public right to hear mean in networked environments and why does it matter? In this talk I'll describe how a public right to hear has historically and implicitly underpinned the U.S. press's claims to


Rockefeller Remarks on Oversight of the FCC, Senate Commerce

It is a pleasure to welcome our witnesses today – all FIVE members of the Federal Communications Commission. I want to say a special word of welcome to the two newest members of the FCC – Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai. You are both excellent additions to the Commission, and I know your colleagues share my enthusiasm for having you on board. Today's hearing gives Committee members an opportunity to convey our priorities and to hear from you about your efforts to protect consumers and carry out the public interest.


Location-Based Services Grow in Popularity, Pew

The number of people who use "geosocial" location-based services like Foursquare has more than doubled in the last year, according to a Friday report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.


A Survey Shows Why Your Personal Data Is at Risk, Forbes

In its June issue, Consumer Reports provides suggestions for protecting your online privacy.


5th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, TAP

Co-organized by UC Berkeley Law and GWU Law


Judge dismisses piracy suits, says IP address doesn't confirm state, CNET

The ruling is a blow to 15 piracy lawsuits in California seeking to identify the location of BitTorrent users based on IP address.


DOJ Argues Forcefully For Your Right To Photograph And Videotape Law Enforcement, Techdirt

This is a bit surprising, but also nice to see. We've been covering a bunch of cases involving law enforcement -- mainly local police -- harassing and often arresting people who film them in public. Thankfully, we've recently had some very good appeals court rulings -- one in the First Circuit and another in the Seventh Circuit clearly stating that filming police is protected activity. And yet... we keep hearing about such cases.


DHS Considers Collecting DNA From Kids; DEA and US Marshals Already Do, EFF

Documents just released by US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to one of EFF's Freedom of Information Act requests show that DHS is considering collecting DNA from kids ages 14 and up—and is exploring expanding its regulations to allow collection from kids younger than that.


Bashaw v. Johnson, Dist. Court, D. Kansas 2012, Fed Court

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act counterclaim dismissed: "Defendant conclusorily alleges in this counterclaim that he "has been damaged" but he does not assert the nature of such damage. In his submissions on the motion, he claims that he suffered damages because "data was erased." No where in his submissions or his counterclaim complaint does defendant identify the data that was allegedly erased. "


Fearmongering About Cyberwar And Cybersecurity Is Working: American Public Very, Very Afraid, Techdirt

Well, it looks like all the fearmongering about hackers shutting down electrical grids and making planes fall from the sky is working. No matter that there's no evidence of any actual risk, or that the only real issue is if anyone is stupid enough to actually connect such critical infrastructure to the internet (the proper response to which is:


Feds Catch Their Illegal Limit In Operation Phish Phry, Forbes

Operation Phish Phry, a multinational investigation conducted in the United States and Egypt that commenced in 2007, revealed how Egyptian-based hackers "phished" bank account numbers and related personal identification information from an unknown number of bank customers.  The victims were usually contacted by what seemed to them an official email from banks or credit card vendors. The communication directed the recipients to fake financial institution websites, which looked like the real


After a decade of Windows malware, do you feel any safer?, CNET

After a rash of Windows-related malware, Microsoft took Bill Gates' urging in 2002 to make security more of a priority. How trustworthy is your computing these days?


FCC Query: How Much Free Internet Does it Take to Get Consumers Hooked?, CommLawBlog

The Universal Service Fund (USF) – it's not just for telephone service anymore.



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Monday, May 14, 2012

Breakfast Discussion: SENIORS 2020 - What's Grandma Doing Online? Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Washington DC area chapter of the Internet Society invites you to
join an informal discussion about:

Seniors 2020: What's Grandma Doing Online?

Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
9:00 AM Networking breakfast

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Discussion

Hosted by the Communication, Culture and Technology Program of
Georgetown University

2nd floor of the Car Barn
3520 Prospect St., N.W., Washington, DC
(at the north end of Key Bridge)

We hear a lot about what teenagers and twenty-somethings are doing
with the Web and social media. But tens of millions of senior
citizens are on the Net, too. They are building online communities.
They are Skyping with their families and with each other. And they
are finding ways to use new technologies to live healthier, safer,
more connected lives.

Hear brand-new survey results from the Pew Internet and American Life
Project. Learn about efforts to use the Internet combined with sensor
and monitor technology to enable seniors to living independently in
their homes. And discuss the latest trends in Internet use among
seniors with one of the country's leading experts on the topic.

Discussion leaders:

Mary Madden, Senior Research Associate, Pew Internet and American Life Project

Liddy Madson, President, BeClose

Laurie Orlov, Founder, Aging in Place Watch

(Please spread the word!)

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Car Barn, 2nd floor
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

8.13 :: And the Privacy Invasion Award Goes To.... :: Filtering Out Screed Against Filters :: Defriending America :: Newspapers are the New Yahoo ::

CyberTelecom News
Federal Internet Law and Policy
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IXPs and CDNs critical to the future of competitive broadband
Internet, Bill St Arnaud
We continue to see consolidation in the broadband market and various
games played by the cablecos and telcos to thwart competition or
undermine network neutrality (See below). Until regulators create true
structural separation between infrastructure and service providers the
chances of seeing genuine broadband competition are slim. It is
interesting to note

AT&T Statement on Consequences of the Spectrum Crunch, AT&T
"The need for more spectrum is an industry-wide issue and problem.
The merger AT&T proposed last year was all about creating more
capacity by combining the spectrum holdings and networks of two
companies. The FCC was within its rights to withhold its approval.
But it is incorrect when it denies the impact such decisions have on
the price of wireless services.

Iran's Internet Filters Filter Out Leader's Screed Against Getting
Around Filters, Techdirt
Well this would be funny if it weren't so sad and didn't involve mass
censorship. Iran has been getting a lot of attention lately for its
plans to increase its internet filtering -- and potentially even set
up its own "safe" (read: heavily monitored) local internet. For now,
as the filters have been going up, apparently lots of sophisticated
internet users in Iran have

Topix Protected by 47 USC 230--Price v. Gannett, Tech & Marcheting Law Blog
Price v. Gannett Co., 2012 WL 1570972, (S.D. W. Va. May 1, 2012) This
is a pro...

Joel Reidenberg , Jamela Debelak , Jordan Kovnot and Tiffany Miao,
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: A Survey of the Legal
Literature and Reform Proposals, Fordham Law School
The goal of this study is to identify the trends in the legal
literature and reform proposals surrounding Section 230 of the
Communications Decency Act.

IC3 2011 Annual Report on Internet Crime Released, IC3
no description

ICANN Board Ratifies "Global Policy Proposal for Post Exhaustion IPv4
Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA", ARIN
no description

Explosion In Free Online Classes May Change Course Of Higher Education, NPR
It's become much cheaper and easier to put college courses online, and
new technologies have only made these classes more valuable. Following
the lead of other top universities, Harvard and MIT announced a new
venture Wednesday to provide online classes for free.

FCC chairman defends decision to squash AT&T/T-Mobile deal, CNET
Chairman Julius Genachowski touts spectrum sharing and small cells as
ways to get around the looming constraints in the industry

Why Facebook's Co-Founder Just Defriended America, Forbes
One word: Taxes. More? Rates, complexity, worldwide reporting, and
comprehensive--some say downright intrusive--disclosure.

Verizon refuses to give up customer info in pirate hunt, CNET
The Internet service provider has expressed doubt that IP addresses
are useful in the search and is concerned about customer privacy.

Yahoo! Names Fred Amoroso Chairman and Appoints Ross Levinsohn Interim
CEO, Yahoo
Yahoo! Names Fred Amoroso Chairman and Appoints Ross Levinsohn Interim CEO

New York Judge *Slams* Bittorrent Copyright Plaintiffs – K-Beech;
Malibu Media; and Patrick Collins v. Does, Tech & Marcheting Law Blog
K-Beech, Inc. v. Does 1-37, CV 11-3995 (E.D.N.Y.) Malibu Media, LLC v.
Does 1-26, CV 11-1147...

Verizon stands up for its users in copyright lawsuit, Gigaom
Verizon Communications has had a long history of standing up against
publishers seeking to subpoena information about its subscribers and
their downloading habits, so it's not a big surprise to see Big Red
telling John Wiley's lawyers to stuff it. Wiley is seeking information
on the people behind IP addresses that Wiley says have pirated copies
of its popular "For Dummies" series.

EFF to Testify at Hearings on Expanding DMCA Exemptions for
Jailbreaking and Video Remixing, EFF
Experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will testify at
public hearings held by the U.S. Copyright Office this month, urging
officials to renew and expand the critical exemptions to the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that the Copyright Office granted in
2009 in response to EFF's requests to protect the rights of American
consumers who modify electronic gadgets and make remix videos.

The 2012 DMCA Rulemaking: A Primer, EFF
Every three years the U.S. Copyright Office considers granting
exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's prohibition
against circumventing measures that control access to digital
copyrighted works. The first hearing in the 2012 DMCA rulemaking
proceeding is set for this Friday, May 11, and we thought folks might
want to know a bit about how the process works.

Congress Begins To Wonder Why ICE & DOJ Censored A Popular Hip Hop
Blog For A Year, Techdirt
We already discussed the RIAA's attempt to downplay its role in
helping the feds seize and censor the popular hiphop blog
It seems the feds are also trying to brush this off as if it's nothing
important. According to a comment they gave Ben Sistario at the NY

Senator Leahy Still Insisting That SOPA/PIPA Are 'Needed', Techdirt
It appears that Senator Patrick Leahy has learned absolutely nothing
from the public outcry over his ridiculously overreaching PROTECT IP
Act (PIPA). At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, in which the
White House IP Czar, Victoria Espinel, suggested that perhaps the
"problem" was solving itself via voluntary action, Senator Leahy
continued to insist that legislation like PIPA was needed

Google's head of news: Newspapers are the new Yahoo, Gigaom
Google has a somewhat tense relationship with the traditional
newspaper industry, since publishers like News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch
still believe it is depriving them of revenue by "stealing" their
content and aggregating it at Google News. So you might think that
Google's head of news products, Richard Gingras, would try to smooth
over any ruffled feathers

Internet Television…Help!, Level3
Over the last two years we have received a huge number of requests
from rights holders for help getting their content on to the Internet
in the form of Internet Television. So I thought I'd dedicate a blog
post to explain some of the technologies that need to be considered in
order to make that happen.

Chairman Genachowski Visits Consumers Union's Testing Lab, Discusses
FCC Consumer Empowerment Agenda, FCC
Last week, Chairman Julius Genachowski visited the Consumers Union
(CU) national headquarters in Yonkers, New York. The headquarters is
home to CU's National Testing and Research Center, which includes
extensive in-house laboratories where consumer products are tested.
The organization also famously publishes Consumer Reports.

A New FCC: What Should We Expect? By Michael Copps, Digital Beat
Someone asked former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps a few months ago,
what should we expect of an incoming Commissioner? "Four things," he

Rosenworcel and Pai Head Back to the FCC, Digital Beat
On May 7, 2012, the Senate approved the nominations of Ajit Pai and
Jessica Rosenworcel to serve as commissioners at the Federal
Communications Commission. President Barack Obama announced his intent
to nominate Pai and Rosenworcel back on October 31, 2011 and the
nominations were soon sent to the Senate. When the new commissioners

EPIC Calls on FTC to Develop Substantive Privacy Protections at
Workshop on Mobile Advertising, EPIC
EPIC submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission for the May 30
workshop on mobile advertising disclosures. EPIC recommended that the
agency focus on the development of substantive privacy protections,
such as the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights announced by the President
earlier this year, for mobile services. EPIC also

FTC To Monitor MySpace And/Or Empty Space For 20 Years, Techdirt
We've discussed many times that the main problem with privacy policies
is that their very nature encourages companies to actually do less to
care about your privacy. That is, the only way a company gets in
trouble with their privacy policy is if they don't obey their own
privacy policy. Thus, it's much smarter to create a privacy policy
that effectively says that

And the privacy invasion award goes to …, EFF
Who's playing fast and loose with your data? The Big Brother Awards,
billed as the "Oscars for data leeches" by the hackers and privacy
advocates who hand out the prizes, shine a high-intensity spotlight on
companies and individuals with poor privacy track records. Since 1998,
Privacy International and a host of affiliated organizations have
singled out the

Facebook proposes more changes to privacy policy, CW
Facebook said on Friday that it intends to make further changes to its
privacy policy in order to respond to an audit by the Irish
government, but privacy advocates saw the move as an inadequate
attempt to quell privacy concerns prior to Facebook's planned initial
public offering.

We Really Do Need A Federal Ban On Employers Logging Into Applicants'
Facebook Accounts, Forbes
Last week, Maryland became the first state to enact a law banning
employers from asking for applicants' Facebook passwords or otherwise
requesting access to the private parts of their social networking
accounts. That's great for those in the state of "Manly deeds and
womanly words" (Yes, that's actually the state's motto) but leaves the
rest of the country's

Democrats to employers: Stop asking for Facebook passwords, CNET
The Password Protection Act of 2012 would make it illegal for
employers to force current or potential employees to hand over access
to their social network accounts.

Twitter resists US court's demand, BBC
witter objects to a US court order ordering it to hand over old
messages posted by a Occupy Wall Street protester.

Twitter fights government subpoena demanding Occupy Wall Street
protester info, Ars Technica
Twitter has asked a New York state judge to throw out a court order
requiring it to turn over three months worth of messages posted by an
Occupy Wall Street protester being prosecuted for disorderly conduct.

Senator seeks DOJ cellphone tracking data, CW
U.S. Senator Al Franken has in a letter asked the Department of
Justice for information on its practices in requesting location
information from wireless carriers.

EFF: Prosecutors want location data via a Twitter shortcut, CNET
A subpoena for a protestor's Twitter account information could reveal
location data without forcing authorities to obtain a search warrant,
privacy advocates at the EFF note.

Christopher R. Brennan, Katz Cradle: Holding On to Fourth Amendment
Parity in an Age of Evolving Electronic Communication, William Mary LR
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men
of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Cyber War Inc.: the Law of War Implications of the Private Sector's
Role in Cyber Conflict, Hannah Lobel, Texas Intl LR
On June 1, 2011, Google Inc., the world's leading search engine and a
major email services provider, announced on its blog that hackers in
Jinan, China, had accessed the personal email accounts of "hundreds of
users including, among others, senior US government ...

FBI: Beware Of Malware Installed Via Hotel Networks, Forbes
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning travelers to be in the
lookout for fake software updates booby trapped with malware that are
being pushed through hotel internet connections.

Malware Installed on Travelers' Laptops Through Software Updates on
Hotel Internet Connections, IC3
no description

"A bizarre operation": Why West Virginia stuck $22,600 routers in tiny
libraries, Ars Technica
West Virginia's Charleston Gazette has been hopping mad this week as
one of its reporters learned that the state has been sticking 1,064
high-end $22,600 routers into "little public institutions as small as
rural libraries with just one computer terminal." When reporter Eric
Eyre actually called up Cisco posing as a customer, he was told by a
rep that the

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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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