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.
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)
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.”
John Paczkowski at All Things D has an exclusive interview with CarrierIQ CEO Larry Lenhart and Vice President of Marketing Andrew Coward – they discuss how the company conducts its cell monitoring and how they work with carriers
The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled the markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) for 10 am this Thursday. You can read the Manager’s Amendment that was released yesterday here. Declan McCullagh at cnet provides a rundown on the amendment and public reaction to it
The Financial Times reports that AT&T and T-Mobile were granted a request for time to consider whether to push forward with a revised merger deal or drop it altogether. They companies will report back to the judge by January 12
Europe considers an open data policy that would make “a ‘treasure trove’ of public data available with minimal charges for anybody to access and use”
Craig Newman gives a critical examination of Crowdfunding and discusses two bills on the matter currently making their way through Congress