Tuesday, February 05, 2013

2.5 :: Abuzz :: The Real Story :: Thanks for Checking :: Wrong or Misleading :: So Powerful and Broad :: um, and the power went out in NOLA ::

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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. – Abraham Lincoln 

Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service:, Fed Reg :: Keyword: [ADA FCC] In this document, the Commission seeks comment on whether to make permanent, revise or eliminate its interim rules that: prohibit all referrals for rewards programs (as described in the synopsis below) and any other form of direct or indirect inducements, financial or otherwise, to subscribe to or use, or encourage subscription to or use of, Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP

All you need to know about “Super Wi-Fi” in one tweet, Tech Lib Front :: Keyword: [Wifi] The D.C. tech world is abuzz today over a front page story in The Washington Post by Cecilia Kang announcing an exciting new plan from the FCC “to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.”

The Real Story Behind 'Super WiFi' And The Fight Over Spectrum; It's Not What You Read Yesterday, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Wifi] Early yesterday morning, I saw that Cecilia Kang at the Washington Post had a story up about the years-long fight for white spaces entitled: Tech, telecom giants take sides as FCC proposes large public WiFi networks. It struck me as odd, because so much in the article seemed... wrong or misleading. The main part about efforts to finally do something with the old TV spectrum isn't anything

FCC super WiFi proposal prompts fierce lobbying from tech, telecom firms, WAPO :: Keyword: [Wifi] The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.

Super Bowl does Wi-Fi on a massive scale, CNET :: Keyword: [Wifi] The Wi-Fi network at the Superdome in New Orleans has been structured to handle a stunning 30,000 simultaneous connections during the big game. Rogue access points need not apply.

Get Safer Online – at Home and on the Go – on Safer Internet Day, Microsoft :: Keyword: [Safety] Typically, when leave our homes, we lock our doors. We take this simple and, perhaps, habitual step to help protect our families and our belongings. Yet, when we go online, we don’t always take the same precautions with our personal information.

Safer Internet Day: How we help you stay secure online, Google :: Keyword: [Child] Technology can sometimes be complicated, but you shouldn’t have to be a computer scientist or security expert to stay safe online. Protecting our users is one of our top priorities at Google. Whether it’s creating easy-to-use tools to help you manage your information online or fighting the bad guys behind the scenes, we’re constantly investing to make Google the best service you can rely on, with

Federal Trade Commission v. LEANSPA, LLC, Dist. Court, D. Connecticut 2013, Fed Court :: Keyword: [47 U.S.C. § 230] Motion to Dismiss on grounds of Sec. 230 immunity denied in case of alleged fake news website

Nicholas Economides, Benjamin Hermalin, The Economics of Network Neutrality, RAND :: Keyword: [Neutral] Under the current regime for Internet access, “network neutrality,” parties are billed only by the Internet service provider (ISP) through which they connect to the Internet; pricing is not contingent on the content being transmitted. Recently, ISPs have proposed that content and

Announcing We the People 2.0 and a White House Hackathon, White House :: Keyword: [eGov] Since we launched We the People, our team of developers has been hard at work on the code that makes the whole thing tick. Good thing, too! More than 2 million users joined We the People in the last two months of 2012 alone and some 6 million of you have logged in to the system and left more than 10 million signatures. That's a lot of citizen engagement for one application to handle, but it's

Why Google’s settlement with French publishers is bad for the web, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Google] After much diplomatic maneuvering and a series of face-saving gestures on both sides, Google finally signed an agreement with French newspaper publishers late Friday that puts to rest a long-standing legal battle over Google’s behavior in excerpting stories on Google News, which

2013 Innovation Policy Summit: Some countries want the UN to regulate the In, Youtube :: Keyword: [ITU] 2013 Innovation Policy Summit: Some countries want the UN to regulate the Internet. So, what's the problem?

US Congress: (Other) governments shouldn't mess with the Internet, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [ITU] The US Congress has ground into a perpetual state of deadlock, producing a legislative branch that has been one of the most unproductive in history. But there are still a few things Congresspeople from both parties can agree on: the governments of the world really shouldn't be regulating the Internet.

Internet Freedom Hearing Includes Rare Moment of Congressional Consensus, PK :: Keyword: [ITU] In today’s political climate, it is rare to hear a unified voice from Congress, especially one pertaining to regulation. In today’s House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s hearing on “Fighting for Internet Freedom: Dubai and Beyond” one such voice was heard. The overall consensus from member participants was a clear demand to keep the Internet open and free. Held jointly

Podcasting Community Faces Patent Troll Threat; EFF Wants to Help, EFF :: Keyword: [Patent] Another day, another patent troll. Or so it seems. The threat of the patent troll is not new—we’ve written about it time and again. But the troubling trend of suing downstream users and content providers really makes us mad. First it was the app developers, then those who scan documents to email. Now, the latest outrage: podcasters. Yes, really. And EFF wants to help organize those facing the threat so that we can guage the size of the problem and hopefully help people find counsel and a way to work together in response.

Super Bowl smashes social TV records and sets an all-time ratings high, Lost Remote :: Keyword: [Media] Last night’s game, halftime show, commercials and power outage combined to make it the most social event on television to date, according to data from Bluefin Labs and Trendrr. The Super Bowl tallied up 30.6M social media comments

PBS tweet entices SuperBowl watchers to Downton Abbey: how it happened, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Media] The Lords and Ladies just punked the linebackers. Public television network PBS struck social media gold last night with a well-timed Twitter quip during the SuperBowl that encouraged viewers to watch Downton Abbey instead.

Twitter tops in Super Bowl commercial mentions, CNET :: Keyword: [Media] Twitter was mentioned in about half of the national television commercials that aired during last night's Super Bowl, according to one report.

As Power Outage At Superdome Shuts Down Super Bowl, Twitter Was The Best Explainer, Forbes :: Keyword: [News] The 34 minute delay to Super Bowl was apparently caused by the Superdome's own electrical system. Just 90 seconds into the second half, both the Dome and the Niners were hurting! And both rebounded, with a re-energized San Francisco tantalizingly within tasting distance of victory. In the

Super Bowl and Return of the Super Dip in Traffic, Circleid :: Keyword: [Video] In a blog post, Sandvine announced that for the second year in a row, the Super Bowl was seen as an event that led to a 15% reduction in overall internet traffic, despite being available as a streaming video feed for United States viewers.

The increasingly blurry line between Big Data and Big Brother, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Privacy] The potential benefits of “big data” have been well described, both by us and others: the ability to spot flu trends earlier and potentially save lives, for example, or to make it easier for companies to provide services in a more personalized way. But these same tools could also be used for

White House Declares It Has 'Broad Powers' When It Comes To Cyberattacks, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Security] In a bit of news that will shock just about no one, the Obama administration did a legal review over what it's allowed to do in making use of "cyberweapons," and concluded that it has "broad powers" to do all sorts of stuff. The specifics, of course, will remain classified:

Twitter to fight hacking by boosting login security, Guardian :: Keyword: [Security] Social media firm to introduce 'two-factor authentication' system, making it impossible for hackers to break into accounts

Twitter hacked; 250,000 accounts affected, CNN :: Keyword: [Security] Twitter is coming forward as the latest site to be hacked. The social network said in a blog post Friday afternoon that approximately 250,000 user accounts were compromised, with attackers gaining access to information including user names and email addresses.

Rebooting Computer Crime Law Part 1: No Prison Time For Violating Terms of Service, EFF :: Keyword: [Crime] In the wake of social justice activist Aaron Swartz’s tragic death, Internet users around the country are taking a hard look at the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the federal anti-hacking law. As we’ve noted, the CFAA has lots of problems. In this three-part series, we'll explain these problems in detail and why they need to be fixed.

Blake, Duncan P and Imburgia, Joseph S., 'Bloodless Weapons'? The Need to Conduct Legal Reviews of Certain Capabilities and the Implications of Defining them as 'Weapons' (May 23, 2011). Air Force Law Review, , SSRN :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] The potential implications of a cyber attack on a State have become increasingly apparent. The same is true of attacks in the outer space domain, in the field of nanotechnology and in respect of directed energy capabilities. Yet there may be

President Obama's New Preemptive Strike Powers Target Cyber-Attackers, Forbes :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] Any hype over the latest mobile app for your smartphone, tablet computer or phablet just seems pedestrian when compared to President Barack Obama’s new power to cyber-trounce anyone he thinks is about to launch a digital attack on the United States.

US Department of Energy hack disclosed employee information, CW :: Keyword: [Hack] The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday that personal information about several hundred employees and contractors was stolen in a mid-January hack, but that no classified information was compromised.

Our Response to Superstorm Sandy, ATT :: Keyword: [Sandy] By all accounts, Superstorm Sandy was a massively destructive event that resulted in more than $70 billion in damage and caused devastating losses for many in the impacted area. More than eight million people lost power, which was a record for a storm-induced power outage. AT&T has a $600 million, 300-vehicle network disaster recovery organization that has a 30-year history of preparing

Windstream urges K-12 schools to leverage E-Rate funds for telecommunications and Internet upgrades, Windstream :: Keyword: [Erate] With this year’s E-Rate filing deadline rapidly approaching, Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, is urging all K-12 schools and libraries across the country to apply in order to leverage discounts on telecommunications, Internet service and communications solutions.

"IP" Does Not Mean "Fiber," "Fiber" Does Not Mean "IP" -- Clearing Confusion About the Phone Network Transition, Public Knowledge :: Keyword: [PSTN] As regular readers know, I regard the upgrade of the phone system (aka the "public switched telephone network" or "PSTN") to an all-IP based network as a majorly huge deal. As I’ve explained at length before, this is a huge deal because of a bunch of decisions the Federal

Game Over on Outdated Phone Regulations, USTelecom :: Keyword: [PSTN] Landline phones and video arcade games might not seem to have much in common, but they’ve both been around since the beginning of the 20th century (when they were called ‘penny arcades&

USTelecom Policy Breakfast Briefing: What’s the Point of Voice Regulation?, USTelecom :: Keyword: [PSTN] Join USTelecom for a free breakfast briefing on Thursday, February 14 to examine the recently filed USTelecom petition that asks the FCC to end dominant carrier regulation of legacy voice services.

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