Digital Daily Dozen: 10/23/15

Wheeler: Multiple Wireless Bidders Will Show Up to Auction (Broadcasting & Cable) 

Count FCC chair Tom Wheeler among those not worried by talk about Verizon not being a major incentive auction player and Sprint’s decision not to participate in the auction. Asked about how that might affect the success of the auction in terms of dollars brought in, Wheeler said “I think we’ll have a very successful auction.”   

FCC Gives Wireless Companies Post-Auction Testing Flexibility (Broadcasting & Cable)     

The FCC has voted to give wireless companies more flexibility to test out the spectrum they win in the broadcast incentive auction. The FCC did not wait for its public meeting Thursday to vote out a number of incentive auction-related items.   

FCC Provides More Auction Channel-Sharing Flexibility (Broadcasting & Cable) 

The FCC has approved its proposal to give broadcasters more flexibility in striking channel-sharing agreements, clarifying that back-up agreements can be struck–in case the first one falls through and a station has already put its spectrum in the auction–and giving broadcasters more time to set up those arrangements after the auction.    

Transparency Advocates Oppose the D.C. Mayor’s Police Body Camera Plan (Inside Sources)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration says it’s attempting to create “one of the most transparent systems in the country” when it comes to police body cameras and the video they produce. But open government advocates said that Bowser’s plan for these cameras would actually undermine transparency and stifle public access. 

Could CISA Derail Safe Harbor 2.0? (Inside Sources)

As Senators prepare for a final vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) next week, digital rights advocates are lobbying harder than ever to defeat the public-private cyber threat data-sharing legislation they describe as a “surveillance bill masquerading as a cybersecurity bill.” 

Hulk Hogan Allowed to Inspect ‘Gawker’s’ Computers, Phones to Investigate Leaks (Hollywood Reporter) 

The Florida judge overseeing Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit over Gawker publishing an excerpt of his sex tape is allowing Hogan to see whether the news site purposely leaked confidential information. Hogan now is set to face off against Gawker at trial in March in his $100 million lawsuit alleging privacy violations.  

Pandora Agrees to $90 Million Deal to End Pre-72 Lawsuit By Major Labels (Hollywood Reporter) 

The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that its members have come to a $90 million settlement to end litigation over Pandora’s use of sound recordings authored before 1972. The deal marks the latest turn in a battle that has upset decades of practice on the use of older recordings.   

Bold move: TiVo decides to give its ratings data away for free beginning in Q1 2016 (The Drum)

Nielsen is in trouble. Networks are dipping their toes in the Nielsen-free waters for the first time and, late last month, two established measurement companies Rentrak and comScore merged. Then, Comcast decided explore making its own set-top data available. And now TiVo Research has decided to make its data available… for free.   

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship (Media Shift)

A series of stories on Internet policy in Uganda paints a grim picture of the online-speech environment. Internal Affairs Minister James Baba announced plans to enforce new regulations governing social media for Ugandans. Little more is known about the regulations, but the bill likely bodes poorly for Uganda’s tense speech environment.  

Facebook Tweaks Search, Wants You Chatting More With Strangers (Recode) 

Facebook tweaked its search feature to make it easier for people to follow along with live or breaking news events. The new search has two key changes. All public posts are now searchable, which means there is more content for Facebook to surface when you look for people talking about events happening in the offline world.  

WHO’S OFF THE INTERNET? (Washington Post) 

If the gap between technology rich and technology poor was primarily physical in the 1990s, the gap in this decade is increasingly skills-based. To be “left behind” in the 21st century now means something completely different compared with what it meant at the end of the 20th.     

CYBER INSECURITY  (New America- Commentary)

Much of the debate around cybersecurity, particularly in Congress, would lead you to believe that we face technical challenges that are nearly insurmountable, and that our best bet is to institute some form of better information sharing between the government and the private sector to come up with better guidelines.   


On October 27, the European Parliament will vote on rules intended to protect net neutrality in the EU. However, the proposal about to be adopted fails to deliver net neutrality to the EU and is much weaker than current rules in the US. Fortunately, it’s not too late to change course.