Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2.26 :: Danica Patrick :: As it Escalates :: Unintelligible Acronyms :: Strike 6! :: The Missing Link :: Streisand Effect ::

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Is the U.S. Losing the Broadband Race? As It Turns Out, We Look a Lot Like Danica Patrick, Forbes :: Keyword: [Broadband] Since the publication of Susan Crawford’s book on the alleged failings of U.S. Internet policy, several mainstream outlets have run stories repeating her mantra that Internet speeds are too slow, coverage is shoddy, there is a growing “digital divide” among rich and poor, and broadband prices are too high.

NTIA Oversight Is Helping BTOP Projects Succeed, NTIA :: Keyword: [BTOP] As the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) nears completion, NTIA staff is continuing to work closely with our grantees to ensure that projects are wrapping up on time and within budget, delivering the promised broadband benefits to the communities they serve.

FCC ACTS TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE SPECTRUM AVAILABLE FOR UNLICENSED DEVICES IN THE 5 GHZ BAND, FCC :: Keyword: [Wifi] News Release. Action by: the Commission. (Dkt No 13-49 ). Adopted: 02/20/2013.

REVISION OF PART 15 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES TO PERMIT UNLICENSED NATIONAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE (U-NII) DEVICES IN THE 5 GHZ BAND, FCC :: Keyword: [Wifi] The Commission adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to unleash additional spectrum to accelerate and expand new Wi-Fi technology. (Dkt No. 13-49 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 02/20/2013 by NPRM. (FCC No. 13-22). OET

FCC Proposes to Simplify and Expand Unlicensed 5 GHz Use, Commlawblog :: Keyword: [Wifi] Suggested rules would combine and harmonize the rules for various sub-bands, and open another 195 MHz for Wi-Fi-type operation

The ITIF Report: A Good Picture but Home Adoption Remains a Challenge, Verizon :: Keyword: [Broadband] The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) recently published a report, “The Whole Picture: Where America’s Broadband Networks Really Stand,” in which it assesses the deployment, performance, and price of broadband in America in comparison to other nations. The report makes a solid case that the U.S. is doing well when it comes

comScore Releases January 2013 U.S. Online Video Rankings, Comscore :: Keyword: [Video] comScore Video Metrix service showing that nearly 180 million U.S. Internet users watched 36.2 billion online content videos in January, while the number of video ad views reached 9.1 billion.

NTIA Asks New gTLD Applicants to Submit Public Interest Commitments, CircleID :: Keyword: [NTIA] Kevin Murphy reporting in Domain Incite: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said today that all new gTLD applicants, even those that have not already been hit by government warnings, should submit Public Interest Commitments to ICANN.

StateDept: Leveraging Digital for Public Diplomacy, NAF, Youtube :: Keyword: [Intl] This discussion with US. State Department representatives from across public diplomacy bureaus will share how State is leveraging digital technologies to extend their reach and connections with

News Analysis: U.S. Confronts Cyber-Cold War With China, NYT :: Keyword: [China] The Obama administration is weighing how directly to confront China over hacking as it escalates demands that Beijing halt the state-sponsored attacks it insists it is not mounting.

ITU supporting young digital entrepreneurs and innovators, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] The future belongs to the young. The youth of today are the leaders, entrepreneurs and policy-makers of tomorrow – driving technological, social and economic development globally.

Multi-stakeholderism and the Internet Policy Debate, Geoff Houston, CircleID :: Keyword: [ITU] However, no matter how unintelligible the acronyms of these meetings can get, the issue of how we come to terms with a technology-dense world is a serious matter. Too often we appear to use yesterday's tools and techniques to address tomorrow's issues, and take the view that if it worked in the past it should work now. I'd like to look at this approach in a little more detail here, and try and understand why WCIT was such a comprehensive failure and why the prospects for the next round of telecommunications sector meetings are not exactly looking rosy.

New troll scam: Pay us $495 or face felony charges and jail time, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [Copyright] An organization calling itself the "Internet Copyright Law Enforcement Agency" (ICLEA) recently sent out a batch of copyright infringement notices. One letter reproduced online states that "if this matter is not settled by Friday, March 1, 2013 then you may face serious potential criminal and/or civil charges filed against you. If you are arrested for felony criminal copyright infringement you will be fingerprinted, photographed, and held in jail until you are arraigned in court." Recipients have been asked to pay various amounts, such as $395 or $495.

Six Strikes Officially Begins On Monday, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Copyright] Kevin Collier over at the DailyDot claims he's got it on good authority that the "six strikes" system, officially known as the Copyright Alert System, officially kicks off on Monday, many months later than scheduled. For whatever reason, the organization behind the program, the Center for Copyright Information, has been insisting for some time that there was no

Should you be worried about the new “six strikes” anti-piracy rules? Yes and no, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Copyright] A new system designed to combat copyright infringement was launched in the U.S. on Monday, a joint venture between content companies and internet service providers known as the Copyright Alert System. The name sounds harmless enough, and its supporters argue that it is an appropriate balance between copyright and an open internet — but critics argue that the so-called “six strikes” process is the thin edge of an increasingly broad wedge that copyright holders are trying to drive between consumers and digital content.

The Copyright Alert System, Youtube :: Keyword: [Copyright] No description

'Copyright Alert System' rolls out to catch illegal downloaders, CNET :: Keyword: [Copyright] Five major ISPs, including AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner, and Comcast, sign on to help copyright holders "educate" consumers downloading copyrighted movies, games, music, and more

'Six strikes' piracy crackdown begins, BBC :: Keyword: [Copyright] A "six strikes" policy to tackle internet piracy in the US gets under way, but internet service providers shy away from banning copyright infringers.

NASCAR censors eyewitness video of crash, YouTube reinstates it, Lost Remote :: Keyword: [DMCA] Shortly after a disintegrating NASCAR vehicle spewed debris into the crowd, a spectator uploaded a terrifying clip of the accident and the aftermath to YouTube. But the clip was suddenly removed with the message, “This video contains content from NASCAR, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”

Takedown Abuse and the Daytona Crash: Hammers in a World of Nails, CDT :: Keyword: [DMCA] If you haven’t heard by now, a 10-car crash at Saturday’s NASCAR race injured at least 28 spectators with flying debris sending 14 to a nearby hospital. By now, you've likely also heard that one spectator's recording of the accident and its aftermath was quickly pulled (and later reinstated) from YouTube after a copyright claim from NASCAR.

Petition To Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Meets White House's 100K Requirement, NPR :: Keyword: [DMCA] Frustration over a change in federal copyright policy making it illegal to unlock a new cellphone has resulted in more than 100,000 signatures on a petition at the White House's website, meaning the executive branch must now respond to the call to overturn the policy.

Google News: the secret sauce, Guardian :: Keyword: [News] A closer look at Google's patent for its news retrieval algorithm reveals a greater than expected emphasis on quality over quantity. Can this bias stay reliable over time?

Future Policy for the Federal Communications Commission , Hudson Institute, Youtube :: Keyword: [FCC] he availability of the Internet depends on the structure and capabilities of underlying telecommunications networks. These networks in turn are influenced by government rules, particularly those of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

As FCC Chief’s Term Nears End, Speculation Grows Over Possible Successor, Time :: Keyword: [FCC] List: Tom Wheeler, Karen Kornbluh, Larry Strickling, Jason Furman, Susan Crawford, Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rossenworcel, Cathy Sandoval

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, White House :: Keyword: [Open] The Obama Administration is committed to the proposition that citizens deserve easy access to the results of scientific research their tax dollars have paid for. That’s why, in a policy memorandum released today, OSTP Director John Holdren has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published

White House Grants Aaron Swartz's Wish, In Part, Huffpo :: Keyword: [Open] Aaron Swartz, a well-known Internet activist who killed himself last month, believed that information should free, not digitized and put behind pay walls.

Assistant Secretary Strickling Issues Statement on Intuit’s Support of Draft Privacy Code of Conduct, NTIA :: Keyword: [Privacy] Intuit today announced that the company supports the draft code of conduct being developed in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s privacy multistakeholder process, and that the company plans to adopt the code. The code, when finalized and adopted, will improve disclosures regarding mobile applications' privacy practices. In addition, other key stakeholders voiced general support for the direction the code is taking.

US v. PATH, INC., Dist. Court, ND California 2013, Fed. Court :: Keyword: [COPPA] Consent decree for alleged violation of COPPA

FTC to Host Public Forum on Threats to Mobile Devices on June 4, FTC :: Keyword: [Security] Forum Will Address Threats to Smartphones and Other Devices from Viruses, Malware

Three things you need to know about Advanced Persistent Threats – like, yesterday., Level3 :: Keyword: [Security] To this day, Invasion of the Body Snatchers bothers me, likely because the idea that enemies are not always easily identified and can end up being people you least expect triggers some of my most basic fears. We can debate the merits of its place in cinematic history; however there is no debate that something along this same storyline is playing out in cyberspace today.

NIST Solicits Views, Ideas from Stakeholders for Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure, NIST :: Keyword: [NIST] The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register as its first step in the process to develop a Cybersecurity Framework, a set of voluntary standards and best ...

Obama Administration & Cybersecurity, CSPAN :: Keyword: [White House] This week on the Communicators, Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. He discusses the President’s cybersecurity order issued last week (on Feb. 12), the mushrooming of cyberattacks and hacking overall, as well r

Bamital Botnet Takedown Is Successful; Cleanup Underway, Microsoft :: Keyword: [BOTS] Two weeks after Microsoft and Symantec’s collaborative takedown of the Bamital botnet, I’m pleased to report that the Bamital botnet remains offline. Additionally, since Microsoft was able to receive all of the computer traffic that had been connecting to the Bamital botnet, we are also seeing very positive cleanup results firsthand. For instance, our preliminary

Stuxnet Missing Link Found, Resolves Some Mysteries Around the Cyberweapon, Wired :: Keyword: [Stuxnet] A new variant of the sophisticated cyberweapon known as Stuxnet has been uncovered by researchers and may have been released in 2007, two years earlier than previously uncovered versions of the code, according to research released Tuesday. The new variant ...

How Bridging A ‘Digital Divide’ Can Help Save Lives, Microsoft :: Keyword: [Digital Divide] Today marks an important milestone for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Microsoft as we enter into a new partnership to address the digital divide across our Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies around the globe that touch the lives of more than 150 million people each year.

AT&T Transition Trial Idea Raises Interconnection Concerns, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [PSTN] AT&T Transition Trial Idea Raises Int e r c o n n e c t i o n C o n c e r n s A T & T s p r o p o s e d T D M - t o - I P M t r a n s i t i o n t r i a l h a s d r a w n c r i t i c i s m f r o m a r a n g e o f s t a k e h o l d e r s o v e r t h e i s s u e o f c a r r i e r i n t e r - c o n n e c t i o n . T h e s i

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