Tag Archives: Innovation

Morning Stories (1-13-2012)

  • The Hill reports that Sen. Patrick Leahy will be putting forth a manager’s amendment of PIPA for the January 24 vote, pledging to cut the DNS blocking provision from the legislation. Mike Masnick at TechDirt provides some critical analysis.
  • Meanwhile, Rep. Jared Polis has taken to the League of Legends gaming forum to rally the opposition to PIPA and SOPA. And Carl Franzen at TPM asks what the upcoming January 18th “Blackout” and House Oversight Committee hearing will accomplish.
  • Gen. Keith Alexander, head of US Cyber Command,  reiterates that active defenses are increasingly necessary to thwart cyber threats, suggesting the current approach used by most businesses is akin to the “Maginot Line.”
  • At the Technology Liberation Front, Berin Szoka, Geoffrey Manne, and Ryan Radia have a thoughtful piece on Google’s Search Plus Your World:

All the usual blustering and speculation in the latest Google antitrust debate has obscured what should, however, be the two key prior questions: (1) Did Google violate the antitrust laws by not including data from Facebook, Twitter and other social networks in its new SPYW program alongside Google+ content; and (2) How might antitrust restrain Google in conditioning participation in this program in the future?

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Morning Stories (1-12-2012)

  • Senator Wyden and Representative  Issa spoke about  SOPA at CES and warned that there’s not much time left to stop the legislation. IBI Times and cnet discuss their remarks.
  • The Brookings Institute hosted an event yesterday entitled “Principles of Internet Governance: An Agenda for Economic Growth and Innovation.” You can watch the event here, and read a recap of the event from National Journal.
  • Pirate Bay is again “clogged up” by Dutch Authorities, who have ordered two ISPs to block access to the site, or face daily fines of €10,000.
  • Carl Szabo at NetChoice discusses the Second Circuit decision of Kirstaeng v Wiley & Sons that held the first-sale doctrine is inapplicable for products manufactured outside the US. NetChoice has filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court asking the Court to overturn the decision.
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Morning Stories (1-11-2012)

  • From the WSJ, a story on the continued rise of Internet activism in Russia, with interesting stats on financial support protesters have received via the web.
  • Google has unveiled a new search feature, called “Search, plus Your World.” Twitter came out swinging against it, but other reactions have been more positive. Ian Paul at PC World provides some further analysis.
  • Stewart Baker briefly discusses his upcoming testimony against SOPA, slated for January 18.
  • CES also took to the SOPA debate, hosting a panel that included various stakeholders. ars technica provides a good recap.
  • Dara Kerr at cnet reports that Facebook will begin inserting sponsored ads into users’ news feeds. Users can place their mouse over the item to determine whether it is from a friend or a sponsored ad.
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Morning Stories (1-6-2012)

  • Larry Downes has an excellent piece discussing Silicon Valley’s response to SOPA, the risk of unintended consequences when regulators intervene in areas they don’t fully comprehend, and the potential for the tech community to establish a bulwark against ill-conceived legislation that threatens innovation and prosperity.
  • Google, Facebook, and Twitter have endorsed the OPEN Act, proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), as an alternative to SOPA and PIPA.
  • Vint Cerf had an op-ed in the New York Times yesterday making the point that technology is “an enabler of rights, not a right in itself,” and that engineers and technology creators have an obligation to empower and protect users of that technology. He closes on a thoughtful note:

Improving the Internet is just one means, albeit an important one, by which to improve the human condition. It must be done with an appreciation for the civil and human rights that deserve protection — without pretending that access itself is such a right.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the Iranian government is instituting draconian obligations on Internet cafes, requiring them to install surveillance equipment and obtain personal information from customers. There is speculation that this is a precursor to what will be an Iranian intranet, designed to “insulate its citizens from Western ideology and un-Islamic culture, and eventually replace the Internet.”
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Morning Stories (1-3-2012)

  • Verizon cancels its $2 fee for online or by phone bill payments, a day after it announced it.
  • European hackers plan to take the broader Internet censorship battle to the final frontier with plans for a satellite-based “Internet in space.”
  • Interesting story on the developing trend of “open innovation;” reveals some history about the iPod of which I was unaware.
  • Paul Vixie sets the record straight on the differences between “hop by hop” and “end to end” in DNS security and its relevance to SOPA.
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Morning Stories (12-23-2011)

  • Bloomberg Businessweek has a piece examining the optimism of Silicon Valley
  • Tim B. Lee discusses the boycott facing GoDaddy over its support for SOPA
  • Wired has a great profile on Dropbox and what’s in store for the future of Cloud
  • Apparently Israelis are the biggest users of social networks, according to The Next Web (H/T Financial Times)
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Morning Stories (12-22-2011)

  • At Technology Liberation Front, Geoffrey Manne and Berin Szoka provide some great perspective on the Google antitrust enforcement letter sent to the FTC by Sens. Kohl and Lee.
  • Mike Masnick at TechDirt dispells the myth that SOPA will only affect foreign websites.
  • Facebook is altering its privacy protections for European users in the wake of an audit by the Irish Data Protection Commission.
  • Digits has a nice review of Woman Innovate Mobile, a new “start-up accelerator” aiming to close the gender gap in the mobile technology market. The application period closes February 1.
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Morning Stories (12-21-2011)

  • The continued markup of SOPA has been delayed until next year. As reported at engadget, a petition at WhiteHouse.gov calling on the President to veto SOPA and similar legislation has already gained nearly 32,000 signatures.
  • Tools and methods of circumventing SOPA provisions are already being deployed, according to a report by Forbes. SOPA’s flaws demonstrate that the law would merely “reinforce the Internet’s fundamental security problems without blocking access to copyright-infringing sites for any user savvy enough to use simple software tools.”
  • This morning the WSJ reported that hackers in China had successfully breached the systems of the US Chamber of Commerce, accessing “everything stored on its systems, including information about its three million members.” The breach was discovered and thwarted back in the spring 2010, though two sources suggested the hackers may have had access to the systems for over a year.
  • Better policy is needed to keep entrepreneurs coming to the US and creating jobs with venture-funded businesses, according to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy.
  • National Journal reports that the swift moves by the DOJ and FCC to stifle the AT&T / T-Mobile merger may chill any future mergers for the duration of the Obama administration.
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Morning Stories (12-14-2011)

  • Foreign Affairs has a good article discussing Russia’s recent parliamentary elections, allegations that authorities interfered with reporting from news sites and blogs, and the role played by social networks like Facebook in providing an outlet for political activism
  • Threat Post discusses the story of an Austrian law student’s request for all of his Facebook data, and the 1222 PDF CD that arrived in response
  • Defence Professionals gives a quick rundown on the US “Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future;” you can read the full report here
  • The Guardian reports that VOIP companies have gained support of European Ministers, who are calling for regulators to monitor ISPs that engage in blocking or otherwise degrade VOIP services like Skype
  •  OECD countries have issued a call for member states to preserve Internet freedoms, observing that investments in networks and light regulatory efforts are necessary for “promoting economic growth via the Internet.”
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Startup Exemption Rally in DC – November 17

If you’re in the DC area, consider attending Startup Exemption’s rally outside the SEC tomorrow, November 17, from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm. The rally is in support of H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneurial Access to Capital Act. H.R. 2930 would ease SEC restrictions on crowdfunding for startups and other small businesses. The House of Representatives passed the legislation with near unanimous consent, and it is scheduled for consideration in the Senate.

H.R. 2930 would be a boon for Americans by making funding for startups more accessible. It would also be a low cost measure for job creation. Along with the VET Act of 2011 that Marvin discussed previously, these measures would do much to give our economy a desperately needed boost.

To learn more about Startup Exemption, visit their website here.

And for more on the merits of H.R. 2930 and similar legislation check out a great op-ed in the WSJ by the  Competitive Enterprise Institute’s John Berlau.

 

 

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