Tag Archives: Congress

Morning Stories (12-29-2011)

  • The CEO of Rackspace, Lanham Napier, writes that SOPA will lead to censorship, and is worse than the problem it purports to solve. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) provided a response.
  • Quinn Norton at ars technica provides a further update on the STRATFOR hack.
  • John Paul Titlow at ReadWriteWeb asks if the world’s next political revolution can be predicted by computers.
  • Meanwhile, cnet’s Declan McCullagh and Business Insider’s Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry provide 2012 predictions. Among them: Google will  jump into the tablet market, Facebook will surprise everyone with more rapid-than-predicted growth, SOPA’s major opponents will undertake significant efforts to thwart the legislation, and aggressive antitrust enforcement will continue.
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Morning Stories (12-27-2011)

  • David Rusenko at Startup Adventures gives a brief anecdote of what the Internet will look like under SOPA.
  • Meanwhile, conservative opposition to SOPA continues to grow, and includes the well-known think tank the Heritage Foundation.
  • Do companies have a property right in the social media accounts of their employees? NY Times reports on the interesting case of Noah Kravitz and PhoneDog.com.
  • Andy Greenberg at Forbes has a story on Telecomix, a group dedicated to exposing those who fight against free speech on the Internet.
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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 (12-20-2011)

  • AT&T announced it will scrap its planned merger with T-Mobile. ars technica gives a good rundown on the story. Some expressed relief that the merger bid was abandoned, while others suggest that the result will mean more harm for consumers in the long run.
  • Sprint, one of the merger’s most vocal opponents, was jubilant at the news, but nonetheless continues to face its own difficulties.
  • The Senate Judiciary’s Antitrust Subcommittee is at it again, calling for the FTC to give a “hard look” to Google’s search practices, which Sens. Kohl and Lee suggest may be anti-competitive.
  • FastCompany has a profile of Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) efforts at promoting citizen involvement in politics and government transparency through his “Project Madison” project and other efforts.
  • Despite the resiliency of the Internet, government actions are nonetheless doing much to undermine its robustness and threaten long term harm.
  • The Brookings Institute has an interesting report on how the explosive growth of  digital storage is proving to be a valuable tool for repressive governments. (H/T @jenvalentino)
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Morning Stories (12-19-2011)

  • The House Judiciary Committee will continue the markup of SOPA on Wednesday at 9:30am, not in January 2012 as originally thought.
  • Tom Daly, President and CTO at Dyn, has a post discussing the technical ramifications of SOPA on the global Domain Name System.
  • CircleID has a story on the ten main Internet Governance developments of 2011. Among them? Arab Spring and Social Media, the Egyptian Internet blackout, and SOPA.
  • FT reports that a “publicity” suit against Facebook will move forward, despite the company’s efforts to have it tossed out of court. The case focuses on “Sponsored Stories,” with plaintiffs (those about whom such stories are made) claiming they’re entitled to some ad revenue from those “unwitting endorsements.”
  • Finally, Tech Europe at WSJ has an interesting report: Internet never used by 24% of the EU population. More at the link.
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Morning Stories

  • The House Judiciary Committee’s markup of SOPA is scheduled to continue today. You can view it at the Committee’s website or at KeepTheWebOpen.
  • Cecilia Kang at the Washington Post has a good review of yesterday’s hearing.
  • Marvin has a piece up at the Atlantic on the consequences of SOPA and the tension between copyright protection and speech rights – it’s a good read as the markup continues today.
  • Computer game publisher Square Enix is investigating its second security breach this year – with up to 1.8 million users across North America and Japan affected.
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