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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12.11 :: CT is now a G+ Community :: Google Wins :: Loves Google :: Embarrasses Google :: oh yeah and WCIT ::

CyberTelecom News  Weekly
Federal Internet Law and Policy :: An Educational Project

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx

Netflix ranks ISPs by streaming performance, Google Fiber wins, CNET :: Keyword: [FIBER] Netflix uses its copious streaming-video data to rank ISP performance in November, with Google Fiber easily taking the top spot

CDA 230 Success Cases: Yelp, EFF :: Keyword: [230] This is the first part in a series of posts about the importance of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230). CDA 230 provides websites, blogs, and social networks that host speech with protection against a wide range of laws that might otherwise hold them

Mary Meekr, 2012 Internet Trends Year-End Update, KPCP :: Keyword: [Data] KPCB’s Mary Meeker and Liang Wu provide an update to the 2012 Internet Trends report with a focus on Asset-Light Generation and discuss new areas of re-imagination — from Data, Wallet, Education and Healthcare.

Zayo Announces 100G National Network Expansion, Zayo :: Keyword: [Backbone] Zayo Group announces its implementation of 100G wavelength services across major markets in the US. The 100G wavelength platform is already operational in some locations and will continue to be deployed during the rest of 2012 and into the first half of 2013.

Netflix loves Google Fiber, thinks Uverse is too slow for its own good, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Google] It’s official: Google Fiber is Netflix’s favorite ISP. The video service published the first in what it promises will be monthly ISP rankings, revealing the average speed of Netflix speeds for each service provider. Google Fiber unsurprisingly captured the first spot, with viewers

Gmail Outage Embarrasses Internet Giant -- Cause Was a Software Update, Forbes :: Keyword: [Google] What would life be like if Google crashed? People got an unexpected opportunity to experience Google withdrawal on Monday morning, when a configuration change to piece of infrastructure known as a "load balancer" knocked Gmail offline for total of 18 harrowing minutes.

Huawei to Open Research Center in Finland, NYT :: Keyword: [Huawei] The planned center, which will work on smartphone development, is the latest move in the Chinese telecommunications company's rapid expansion into Europe.

Data deluge motivates ITU standard on deep packet inspection, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] ITU-T members have approved a new ITU standard on Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) which will enable Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to manage network traffic more efficiently and thereby heighten users’ quality of service and quality of experience (QoS and QoE).

WCIT-12: New Resolution to make ICT’s accessible to people with disabilities, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] Approximately six-hundred and fifty million people around the world live with some form of disability – including both physical and cognitive – with a high percentage of these individuals living in developing countries. This also

US Ambassador on the importance of multi-lateral engagement, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] His Excellency Ambassador Terry D. Kramer – appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador and Head of the U.S. Delegation for the #WCIT12 – took the opportunity to articulate his thoughts in a video interview with ITU on the discussions currently underway at the conference in Dubai.

Russia abandons proposal for U.N. governance of Internet, CNET :: Keyword: [WCIT] Opposed by Western governments, the proposal would have allowed member states to seize control of key Internet engineering assets.

Russia, China withdraw controversial proposal at treaty conference, CW :: Keyword: [ITU] Russia, China and other countries withdrew a proposal at the World Conference on International Telecommunications that according to some accounts aimed to bring the Internet under the control of the International Telecommunication Union.

Tough internet regulation plan dropped, FT :: Keyword: [ITU] Telecommunications conference left scrambling to find a compromise deal after Russia and China dropped their support for the proposal

Syria disappears from the Internet, CAIDA :: Keyword: [Syria] On the 29th of November, shortly after 10am UTC (12pm Damascus time), the Syrian state telecom (AS29386) withdrew the majority of BGP routes to Syrian networks (see reports from Renesys, Arbor, CloudFlare, BGPmon). Five prefixes allocated to Syrian organizations remained reachable for another several hours, served by Tata

Netflix signs unprecedented movie deal with Disney, CNET :: Keyword: [Video] The deal will let Netflix subscribers stream films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Marvel and Disneynature. Starting in 2016, that is. You knew there was a catch.

FTC to Announce Latest Kids’ App Report, FTC :: Keyword: [Coppa] On Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, the FTC will hold a press call to announce a follow-up report to an earlier FTC staff report on mobile apps for kids.

FTC: Many kids' apps don't disclose what info they share, CW :: Keyword: [Coppa] Many mobile apps aimed at children collect and share personal data without notifying parents, potentially violating U.S. law, the Federal Trade Commission said in a report released Monday.

Tackling State Surveillance And Protecting Human Rights, EFF :: Keyword: [4th Amendment] December 10 m a r k e d H u m a n R i g h t s D a y , t h e 6 4 t h a n n i v e r s a r y o f t h e U n i t e d N a t i o n s a d o p t i o n o f t h e U n i v e r s a l D e c l a r a t i o n o f H u m a n R i g h t s ( U D H R ) . A s w e a p p r o a c h 2 0 1 3 ,

The Calm Before (and After) the Storm, Sidera :: Keyword: [Hurricanes] It’s no secret what Hurricane Sandy taught us just a few weeks ago. The flooding and power outages that overwhelmed much of low-lying New York and New Jersey had a dramatic impact on connectivity throughout the region. Preparation, strategy, and expecting the

Safe Web Act extended until 2020, Cybertelecom :: Keyword: [Safe Web Act] On Dec. 4th, President Obama signed into law HR 6131 extending the Safe Web Act until 2020. The Safe Web Act was set to expire in 2013. The Safe Web Act authorizes the Federal Trade Commission to engage in international enforcement efforts and information sharing.

Walden Statement on FCC’s “Technology Transitions Policy Task Force”, Commerce Committee :: Keyword: [VoIP] Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s newly created “Technology Transitions Policy Task Force”:

AT&T Statement on FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force, AT&T :: Keyword: [VoIP] “Today’s announcement by the FCC to appoint a Technology Task Force to modernize its rules for the transition of traditionally regulated services to applications that ride on an IP broadband infrastructure is welcome news. As AT&T pointed out in our recent filing, that

FCC Task Force is Timely Move, USTelecom :: Keyword: [VoIP] The Federal Communications Commission has made a timely decision to deploy a special task force to study the vast changes that have occurred across communications industries, reshaping competition

NARUC 'Applauds' New FCC Task Force on Technology, NARUC :: Keyword: [VoIP] The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statements after the Federal Communications Commission announced the creation of its Technology Transitions Policy Task Force:

FCC Task Force to Address Critical IP Transition, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [VoIP] FCC Task Force to Address Critical IP Transition The move to an all IP communications network is well underway. Most everyone in the telecommunications industry ecosystem recognizes this, yet there is disagreement on how best to manage the transition from the legacy

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

12.4 :: Dubai :: and some other stuff

CyberTelecom News  Weekly
Federal Internet Law and Policy :: An Educational Project

"Books will soon be obsolete in the schools... Our school system will be completely changed in the next ten years" -Thomas Edison, 1913 speaking about motion pictures

"Common Carriage" and the Open Internet after the DC Circuit's Data Roaming Decision, PK :: Keyword: [Neutral] The FCC won a big legal victory today, when the DC Circuit denied a challenge by Verizon to its data roaming order. The data roaming order itself is important, since it updates the Commission's long-standing voice roaming rules to include wireless Internet access services. It allows smaller carriers to offer nationwide service, and it makes it so that all users can travel around the country without losing service or incurring high bills.

Mobile Internet traffic gaining fast on desktop Internet traffic
, CNET :: Keyword: [Data] VC Mary Meeker's year-end Internet trends report shows explosion in all things mobile, especially smartphones and apps.

FTC nominee to recuse self from Google cases, report says
, CNET :: Keyword: [Google] Joshua Wright, a commission nominee who is considered a Google ally, will reportedly tell a Senate committee that he would not vote on Google cases for two years.

The Necessity of an Inclusive, Transparent and Participatory Internet
, NTIA :: Keyword: [ITU] Lawrence E. Strickling, Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Phillip L. Verveer, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, State Department

Preserving Internet Freedom
, White House :: Keyword: [ITU] In the coming week, a delegation of leaders from government, industry, and civil society will represent the United States at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai. At that meeting, they will underscore the President’s commitment to the multi-stakeholder, bottom-up, and decentralized

The Necessity of an Inclusive, Transparent and Participatory Internet
, FCC :: Keyword: [ITU] On the eve of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), we believe that it is the right time to reaffirm the U.S. Government’s commitment to the multistakeholder model as the appropriate process for addressing Internet policy and governance issues. The multistakeholder model has enabled the Internet to

Report on the eve of WCIT
, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] Hello from Dubai where the WCIT – World Conference on International Telecommunications #WCIT12 – under the auspice of the United Nations agency the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) - is set to get underway. But obviously there is already a buzz around the

Cybersecurity: Managing risks for greater opportunities
, OECD :: Keyword: [ITU] While the nature of cyber attacks continues to include criminal activities motivated by financial gain, the main emerging threats are large-scale denial of service attacks, information leaks, targeted cyber espionage, and the disruption of critical infrastructures.

Keep the Internet free and open
, Google :: Keyword: [ITU] Starting in 1973, when my colleagues and I proposed the technology behind the Internet, we advocated for an open standard to connect computer networks together. This wasn’t merely philosophical; it was also practical.

Three little ICANN atrocities that make the ITU look good by comparison
, IGP :: Keyword: [ITU] December 1st marks the beginning of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai. Fussing about the threat to the Internet posed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is reaching that state of critical mass where media outlets write about it mainly because other media outlets are writing

Dear ITU, please don't bill Internet use like phone calls
, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [ITU] That's the input that a number of former monopoly, European telecoms sent to the member states of the United Nation's International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Why? Because, for the first time since 1988, the ITU will be negotiating new international telecom regulations from December 3 to 14 in Dubai. And that meeting will

Report on the Eve of WCIT
, Circleid :: Keyword: [ITU] Hello, from Dubai where the WCIT (World Conference on International Telecommunications) — under the auspices of the United Nations agency, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) — is set to get underway.

The Internet Isn't Broken; So Why Is The ITU Trying To 'Fix' It?
, Techdirt :: Keyword: [ITU] We've been talking about the ITU's upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) for a while now, and it's no longer "upcoming." Earlier today, the week and a half session kicked off in Dubai with plenty of expected controversy. The US, the EU and now Australia have all come out strongly against the

Beltway Consensus: No Global Regulation of the Internet
, Broadband for America :: Keyword: [ITU] Is it time for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to be dismantled? At an event titled “Who Should Govern the Internet?” held by the New America Foundation on Nov

WCIT Watch, Day 1: WCIT Opened to Public; Foundational Fights to Come
, CDT :: Keyword: [ITU] During the first day of the ITU’s World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), being held in Dubai, leaders of government delegations decided to open the conference’s

WCIT off to a flying start
, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] The conference started off in a positive way that did not reflect the sometimes bitter debate that has taken place in the press in recent months – although, of course, there was a great deal of discussion about the comments made in the press over that period. All comments were welcomed, as an indication of the importance of the Internet and telecommunications; nevertheless the Secretary-General, Hamadoun TourĂ©, was clearly critical of some of the deliberate misinformation that has been spread before the conference.

ITU and Google face off at Dubai conference over future of the internet
, Guardian :: Keyword: [ITU] The battle lines are drawn for an east v west showdown at a UN conference on telecoms regulation starting on Monday

U.N. confab puts focus on control of the Internet
, CNET :: Keyword: [ITU] Starting today in Dubai, a U.N. conference will become the battleground for opposing sides to argue over new Internet regulation proposals. Meanwhile, Google joins the fray.

Will The U.N. Bring About The End Of Internet Freedom?
, Huffpo :: Keyword: [ITU] A hitherto quasi-anonymous part of the U.N. (that is, nevertheless, almost 150 years old) is attempting to redraw a quarter century-old communications treaty that

UN internet regulation talks in Dubai threaten web freedom | Dan Gillmor
, Guardian :: Keyword: [ITU] Thanks to leaks, we have a good idea of the kind of control and censorship member states would like to impose on the internet

Berners-Lee warns of net threat
, BBC :: Keyword: [ITU] Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the agenda of some delegates at a UN conference could pose a "disruptive threat" to the internet.

Berners-Lee warns against changes to Net at UN conclave
, CNET :: Keyword: [ITU] World Wide Web's inventor becomes the latest technology notable to raise red flag over proposals being voted on this week at Dubai conference

Internet Users Shouldn't Have to Pay the Price of This International Treaty
, Wired :: Keyword: [ITU] Requiring content providers to establish bilateral relationships with all of the network operators that comprise the global Internet simply cannot be made to scale ? because every Internet user is a potential content provider.

Syrians Use Old and New Tools to Stay Online During Internet Shutdown
, EFF :: Keyword: [Syria] Information coming out of Syria has slowed to a trickle in the wake of Thursday’s country-wide communications shutdown, which included nearly all Internet traffic and intermittent cellular network and landline outages. Earlier today, Renesys reported that the last fiv

When Technology Sanctions Backfire: The Syria Blackout
, Freedom to Tinker :: Keyword: [Syria] American policymakers face an increasingly complex set of choices about whether to permit commerce with “repressive regimes” for core internet technologies. The more straightforward cases involve prohibitions on US import of critical network technology from states that we suspect may include surveillance backdoors. For example, fears of “cyber espionage” have fueled a push for import bans on routers and other equipment from China

Netflix signs unprecedented movie deal with Disney
, CNET :: Keyword: [Video] The deal will let Netflix subscribers stream films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Marvel and Disneynature. Starting in 2016, that is. You knew there was a catch.

666 chip? Why a Texas student thinks her school ID is the “Mark of the Beast”
, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [Privacy] By now, you've probably heard the story: exemplary student Andrea Hernandez has decided to fight her San Antonio high school's plan to outfit every student with an RFID-equipped badge in order to better take attendance and track students while on school property. (Radio frequency identification tags are short-range tracking tags

I Know Where You Tweeted Last Summer
, NPR :: Keyword: [Privacy] Ever get that odd sensation that someone's watching you? Well, if you're online, someone always kind of is. Conceptual artists Larson & Shindelman are exploring that idea in photographs.

Matthew H. Fleming and Eric Goldstein, An Analysis of the Primary Authorities Governing and Supporting the Efforts of the Department of Homeland Security to Secure the Cyberspace of the United States
, SSRN :: Keyword: [Security] The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a central role to play in the cybersecurity of the United States. However, authorities governing and supporting this central role appear to lack sufficient clarity. As a result, it remains difficult to judge their adequacy — and, more importantly, the fundamental nature and extent of the department’s role in securing U.S. cyberspace. In an attempt to provide clarity to the national cybersecurity community, staff from the Homeland Security

Stewart Baker, Why Cybersecurity Matters
, Volokh Conspiracy :: Keyword: [Security] For those who think I’m a little paranoid on the subject of cybersecurity, I suggest this story – a nightmare made in China for a small US businessman. Brian Milburn’s parental control software was pirated and used in a China’s infamous Green Dam software.

Cybercrime to get higher priority
, Guardian :: Keyword: [Security] Military to enlist private sector in developing advice service for individuals and companies whose computers come under attack

The Biggest Cybersecurity Threats Of 2013
, Forbes :: Keyword: [Security]

Senate fails to advance cybersecurity bill
, CW :: Keyword: [Security] The U.S. Senate failed to muster enough votes to move forward on the Cybersecurity Act.

During a Crisis, Communication is Critical
, Level3 :: Keyword: [Emergency] In times of trouble, what you don’t know can really add to the problem. The full impact of Hurricane Sandy, now known as Superstorm Sandy, has yet to be determined. As I write this, thousands of people are still without power, thousands more are salvaging what is left of their homes and people all over the world want to know how they

Superstorm Sandy and the Global Internet
, Potaroo :: Keyword: [Hurricanes] The Internet has managed to collect its fair share of mythology, and one of the more persistent myths is that from its genesis in a cold war US think tank in the 1960's the Internet was designed with remarkable ability to "route around damage.” Whether the story of this cold war think tank is true or not, the capability of the Internet to route

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

11.27 :: So Whose Gonna be in Dubai Next Week? :: Lawsuits Are Stupid :: Flawed :: Mantra :: Who Pays? :: Take Over the Internet :: Panic, Chaos :: Dark Warnings ::

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Federal Internet Law and Policy :: An Educational Project

"It is foolish to see any other person as the cause of our own misery or happiness". Buddha 

My Third Post on IP Interconnection – Innovation in Networks, Verizon :: Keyword: [Internet Interconnection] Innovation happens throughout the Internet ecosystem, from the physical networks and broadband connections, to computers and devices, to software. While innovation in some aspects of the Internet is readily visible – such as new web applications or content sites (think Facebook or Netflix) – innovation in how the physical

Broadband in America Report Updated, CITI :: Keyword: [Plan] Professor Robert Atkinson has released an update to his Broadband in America report which was used as the basis for the National Broadband Plan

ICANN Security Team Members Appointed to Lead Roles in Global Community Initiatives, ICANN :: Keyword: [ICANN] Two senior members of ICANN’s Security Team have been appointed to lead roles on global cybersecurity and DNS security initiatives. John Crain has been appointed by the root server operators to a seat on Board of Directors for the Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC), and Dave Piscitello has been nominated by the Commonwealth Cybercrime

Huge Traffic Volumes on Black Friday, Akamai :: Keyword: [Ecom] It was a strong Black Friday online by all accounts. IBM is reporting that sales on the day grew nearly 20% over last year. Black Friday also drove huge volumes of traffic, averaging over 6.3 million page views from 10AM Eastern through to the end of the night. As expected, peak traffic levels hit at approximately 11am ET, but there

Cyber Monday 9PM Purchasing Peak 104% Above Black Friday, Akamai :: Keyword: [Ecommerce] Morning show broadcasts reported on the hottest Cyber Monday deals at the 9AM EST hour along with many online publications doing the same yesterday morning. But most online consumers didn't need any encouragement to get shopping - most continued with their clicking exercises right through the morning commute. Early browsing behaviors mirrored those of

Cyber Monday Breaks New Traffic Records, Akamai :: Keyword: [ECOM] Before we call it a night after a long but exciting day watching the Retail Net Usage Index, I owe you the final details. Cyber Monday traffic first began to climb early this morning, at 6:00 AM ET, and steadily grew to an early record peak at 11:00 AM. Traffic held steady at these levels until about 2:00 PM - a much stronger midday than in

Yet Another Ruling That Competitive Keyword Ad Lawsuits Are Stupid--Louisiana Pacific v. James Hardie, Forbes :: Keyword: [Advertising] It's been surreal watching plaintiff-side trademark lawyers lament that the Rosetta Stone v. Google settlement means we won't get clearer precedent on keyword advertising's legitimacy under trademark law. See, e.g., this paywalled BNA article, Attorneys Lament Lost Chance for Clarity On Lawfulness of Marks' Sale as Keywords. Those lawyers and I are living in parallel universes. The

EU Parliament Resolution on WCIT flawed, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] As a citizen of Italy and as a person who is familiar with the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) and the proposals presented to that body, I must express my deep disappointment at parts of the Resolution on this topic that was adopted by the European Parliament.

The Google campaign – An ITU view, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] ITU notes the recent comments made by Google in relation to the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai.

US Internet Stakeholders United on ITU Treaty Negotiations, US Telecom :: Keyword: [ITU] With member countries of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) set to renegotiate a 24-year-old treaty on international telecommunication regulations at the

As the WCIT Nears, US Resists Global Internet Regulation, Broadband for America :: Keyword: [ITU] Don’t fix what isn’t broken: an important mantra delegates would do well to remember as they gather in Dubai in December for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT).

UN Internet Meeting About Who Pays, Not Who Rules, Geist :: Keyword: [ITU] Should the Internet be treated like traditional phone services when it comes to regulation and pricing? That is the contentious question as the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency with roots dating back to 1865 and the interconnection of telegraph services, meets in Dubai next week for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). The WCIT is a

'Don't Let The UN Take Over The Internet', Huffpo :: Keyword: [ITU] The United Nations should not be allowed to 'take over the Internet', European MPs have urged.

UN Agency's Leaked Playbook: Panic, Chaos over Anti-Internet Treaty, Forbes :: Keyword: [ITU] The International Telecommunications Union, the UN agency at the center of a firestorm over new efforts to regulate the Internet, is preparing a social media campaign to target what it expects will be fierce opposition to a revised telephone treaty being decided next month at a secret conference in Dubai.

Dark Warnings About Future of Internet Access, NYT :: Keyword: [ITU] With envoys from more than 100 nations convening in Dubai to discuss telecommunications, diverse groups are warning of plans to censor the Internet. But analysts say the real debate is about business.

Should UN regulate the Internet? Summit courts controversy, Globe :: Keyword: [ITU] International Telecommunications Union poised to assert authority over Internet; debate pits revenue-seeking nations and authoritarian regimes against open Internet champions

Feds scoop up 132 websites in annual Cyber Monday ritual, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Copyright] The Department of Homeland Security celebrated a holiday tradition of its own today by announcing the seizure of dozens of domain names that were allegedly used to sell fake consumer swag like jerseys and jewelry.

ICE Clearly Didn't Need SOPA to Cripple Websites - As Agency Proudly Announces 132 Downed Websites, dslreports :: Keyword: [copyright] Apparently the government didn't need SOPA to shut down foreign websites afterall. One of the largest justifications for the immensely-unpopular SOPA was that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) simply didn't have the power to shut down foreign websites that violate copyright. However, Techdirt notes, a new announcement by ICE clearly states that they seized and

Nominations Hearing, Senate Commerce Committee :: Keyword: [FCC] The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced a hearing on the nominations of Dr. Mark Doms, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce; Ms. Polly Ellen Trottenberg, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, Department of Transportation; Ms. Mignon L. Clyburn, to be a

Student Suspended for Refusing to Wear a School-Issued RFID Tracker, Wired :: Keyword: [Privacy] A Texas high school student is being suspended for refusing to wear a radio-frequency identification chip implanted on student ID cards. Northside Independent School District in San Antonio began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall. The ID badge has a barcode associated with a

EPIC Appeals NSA's Withholding of Cybersecurity Directive, EPIC :: Keyword: [Security] EPIC has appealed a decision by the National Security Agency to deny EPIC's Freedom of Information Act Request for the public release of Presidential Policy Directive 20. The Policy Directive expands the NSA's cybersecurity authority and has raised concerns about government surveillance of the Internet. EPIC's FOIA appeal points to numerous substantive and procedural defects in the

Pace of US Cyber-Preparedness Accelerating, Forbes :: Keyword: [Security] Three recent moves by the Pentagon, State Department and White House indicate that the pace of preparation for engaging in offensive cyber attacks is increasing. The first was the speech given by Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense on October 12 where he used the term cyber Pearl Harbor. Of course to anyone who follows these developments the term is not at all new as Jason Healey of the

When can police search a cell phone?, MTTLR :: Keyword: [Big Brother] How does the Fourth Amendment apply to the contents of technological devices, particularly in the context of inventory searches pursuant to a lawful arrest? In March 2012, headlines such as "Police can now search cell phones without warrant" warned Americans of the possibility of police committing severe violations of privacy by

How likely is a DDoS Armageddon attack?, Arbor Networks :: Keyword: [DOS] The recent DDoS attacks against many of the North American financial firms had some unique characteristics that put a strain on the defenses in place and resulted in a number of well publicized service outages. The escalating threat is not new. It’s been steadily building up over the last few years as botnet command and control has

Leahy Reaffirms Strong Support of Warrants for Content, CDT :: Keyword: [ECPA] Senator Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has released a manager’s amendment that reaffirms the underlying premise of the legislation that the Judiciary Committee will mark up on Thursday: Law enforcement officials need a warrant in order to access the contents of electronic communications. (A section-by-section summary of the manager’s amendment is here.) If the

Leahy pledges no warrantless e-mail access for feds, CNET :: Keyword: [ECPA] Privacy groups cautiously applaud, but are concerned about a requirement that would force Internet companies to notify police before letting customers know they're under surveillance

NIST Publishes Methods to Manage Risk in the Federal ICT Supply Chain, NIST :: Keyword: [NIST] The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems. This guide offers an array of supply chain assurance methods to ...

Protect Your Data From Fire And Floods, Forbes :: Keyword: [Reliability] Taking time out from furiously stuffing turkey into my mouth to answer a quick question from the mailbox.

69% of Mobile Phone Users Get Text Spam, Pew :: Keyword: [Can Spam Act] You hear the text message alert ping, scramble to find your phone, only to find that the message is from an unknown number and the message is asking you to click on a link or text back.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

11.20 :: More Agree :: a List of Objections :: Still in Limbo :: Eskinder Nega :: Extensive Public Criticism :: Catastrophic Failure ::

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Federal Internet Law and Policy :: An Educational Project

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

CDT, Scholars, Technologists and More Agree: ISPs Shouldn’t Have Right to Edit the Net, CDT :: Keyword: [Neutral] Is MetroPCS the publisher of your tweets? Is Verizon’s FiOS Internet service a newspaper? They seem to think so. In their pending challenge to the FCC’s Open Internet Rules, Verizon and MetroPCS argued that the Rules violate their purported First Amendment right to exercise “editorial discretion” over their customers’ Internet access. Yesterday, CDT and other friends of the court (not to mention friends of the Internet) filed briefs rebutting this dangerous assertion.

Amicus brief filed in the Verizon v. FCC case by ISP fellows, Yale ISP :: Keyword: [Neutral] Last week, the semester-long efforts of ISP fellows Anjali Dalal, Erica Newland, Josh Weinger, and Albert Wong manifested in an amicus brief filed in the Verizon v. FCC case, currently in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief, filed by the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) on behalf of a number of First Amendment scholars (and members of the ISP family), urges the court to

New net names to face objections, BBC :: Keyword: [Icann] Governments are to file a list of objections to Icann's proposed new internet address endings.

Dissecting the strawman: ICANN’s 11th Hour Trademark policy negotiations, IGP :: Keyword: [ICANN] On November 15-16 2012, ICANN organized a meeting in Los Angeles to consider the implementation of the Trademark Clearinghouse for new top level domains. Pressure by trademark and business interests, however, expanded the scope of the meeting to consider 8 demands to strengthen trademark protections in new top level domains. The letter with the 8 demands was sent to the

ICANN's 11th-Hour Domain Name Trademark Policy Negotiations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Circleid :: Keyword: [ICANN] ICANN organized a meeting on 15-16 November 2012 in Los Angeles, the Trademark Clearinghouse policy negotiations, to consider the 8-point policy requests sent by the Intellectual Property and Business Constituencies (IPC-BC) to the ICANN board and senior staff in a letter of 16 October 2012. ICANN's Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) sent a response to the IPC-BC letter on

Report Reveals Planned DNSSEC Adoption of 2010 by Key Industries Still in Limbo, CircleID :: Keyword: [DNSSEC] A recent progress report on DNSSEC adoption reveals the extent to which organizations in a number of industries are falling short of their own objectives for making Domain Name Server (DNS) infrastructure more secure. The progress report, conducted by Secure64 Software Corporation, is a follow-up to a 2010 study by Forrester Research titled, "DNSSEC Ready for Prime Time," which

Rockefeller on Online Sales Tax, Senate Commerce Committee :: Keyword: [Tax] Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today gave an opening statement at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled "Marketplace Fairness: Leveling the Playing Field for Small Business."

Journalism is Not Terrorism: Calling on Ethiopia to #FreeEskinder Nega, EFF :: Keyword: [Ethiopia] Eskinder Nega, an award-winning journalist who has been imprisoned for over a year, appeared briefly in court to appeal the terrorism charges levied against him. Eskinder has unwaveringly denied the charges, maintaining that blogging about human rights abuses and democracy is not a form of terrorism. In July, Eskinder was

UNESCO warns ITU on regulating Internet, LIRNasia :: Keyword: [ITU] UNESCO and ITU have formed the Broadband Commission. Now in an unprecedented intervention the UNESCO’s Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Professor Guy Berger, has warned ITU that the amended ITR will not only “threaten freedom of expression” but may also “incur extensive public criticism that could impact upon the UN more broadly.”

Latest WCIT Leak Makes Explicit Russian Desire to Overturn ICANN, Tech Lib Front :: Keyword: [ITU] On Friday evening, I posted on CNET a detailed analysis of the most recent proposal to surface from the secretive upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT 12. The conference will discuss updates to a 1988 UN treaty administered by the International Telecommunications Union, and throughout the year there have been reports that both governmental and

Internet Governance Should Not be Taken Over by the ITU, ITIF :: Keyword: [ITU] n response to the Internet Governance Hearing, ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro released the following statement: 

Battle for Internet Control Looms Over ITU Meet , Guatemala Times :: Keyword: [ITU] A battle for the control of the Internet threatens to overshadow the forthcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) to be held in Dubai from December 3 to 14.

The real work starts after WCIT, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] The really important part of the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012 (WCIT-12) is not the Internet battles that have caught the interest of the press – it’s what will happen after the conference has ended.

The Disaster Will Be Tweeted, IPLJ :: Keyword: [News] On Monday night, October 29, Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc across the Atlantic Seaboard. The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, the world’s largest stock exchange, dr‧

Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants, CNET :: Keyword: [Big Brother] Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.

Israeli Military To Citizens: Don't Facebook, Tweet, Instagram Rocket-Hit Locations, Huffpo :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] Location metadata stored on Twitter and other social media are feared by Israeli officials to be assisting Hamas' efforts and counter-attacks.

Anonymous declares 'cyberwar' on Israel, CNN :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] In the digital age, war isn't contained to the ground.

Anonymous escalates its 'cyberwar' against Israel, CNET :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] The hacking collective's latest campaign against Israel escalates, with defacements of Microsoft Israel Web sites and the publication of alleged donors to a pro-Israel group

Hurricane Sandy leaves wounded servers in its wake, CW :: Keyword: [Hurricanes] Data recovery experts have been kept busy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which left a slew of data centers underwater, damaging equipment and threatening a significant loss of business-critical data.

After Sandy, Verizon Confronts ‘Catastrophic Failure’ at NY Cable Vault, Data Center Knowledge :: Keyword: [Hurricanes] When SuperStorm Sandy sent a storm surge into lower Manhattan, the flooding caused a "catastrophic failure" in a cable vault beneath Verizon's central office on Broad Street. The Verge provides a closer look at the damage.