Digital Daily Dozen 01/17/2014

Monday is the MLK Day Holiday. DDD may or not publish.

DirecTV, Weather Channel Battle Inspires Rivals To Up Game

The battle over TV/media weather content is just beginning with new competitors ready to do battle — stemming, in part, from DirecTV’s recent fight with The Weather Channel over subscriber fees, which has pushed the channel off the satellite TV provider’s lineup.

Tearing Down the Fourth Wall: The Next Generation Content Reboot

Millennials don’t just want new characters and plotlines they can relate to, but also a fundamental rethinking of content itself. But what are the "content innovations" millennials are helping drive?

Nets Hopes To Kill Ad-Zapping DVR With VOD

After missing opportunities to make VOD a mainstream technology, TV networks are embracing it to capture tech-savvy viewers — and make them watch ads.

Yale students made a better version of their course catalogue. Then Yale shut it down.

Yale University has blocked a student-created website that allowed students to plan their schedules and compare course evaluations and professor ratings, leading those who created the site to shut it down. The two students who created “Yale Bluebook+” had sought to bring together disparate information.

Pai: FCC Should Do More Repacking Outreach

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai says the FCC needs to better understand the magnitude of the "problem" broadcasters face in repacking their signals into new spectrum quarters after the 2015 incentive auctions. Pai said that point had been brought home to him after a visit to the Empire State Building.

FCC Will Recraft Open Internet Order

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler said Thursday he intends to take the court up on its invitation to find new legal underpinnings for its Open Internet order. Talking about media diversity, he suggested that broadcasting was less critical than ever before to insuring diversity of voices.

Study: Government Needs Privacy Backstop

The U.S. government should create an independent legal advocate to protect privacy rights against government surveillance abuses. That is according to a new study released on the eve of the President’s planned announcement addressing the controversy surrounding the NSA data collection.

Google steps up fight against ‘bad’ ad barrage

Google yanked 59% more "bad" advertisements from its online systems last year as the world’s largest Internet search provider stepped up a battle against a barrage of counterfeiters, suspect downloads and other malicious activity on the Web.

Obama to end NSA holding of metadata

President Obama will call Friday for ending the National Security Agency’s ability to store phone data from millions of Americans, and he will ask Congress, the Justice Department and the intelligence community to help decide who should hold these records, officials said.

Obama Is Not About to Reform the NSA, Insiders Say

When President Barack Obama gives his much-anticipated speech on NSA surveillance, he’s unlikely to seize the opportunity to rein in the agency’s vast surveillance programs. Instead, he will punt. Of the 43 recommendations from a panel that reviewed the programs, Obama is expected to embrace very few.

The California Public Utilities Commission decided not to consider the need for tougher privacy protection for smartphone users. In a 3-2 vote, the PUC denied a petition from consumer groups asking it to investigate the need for stronger privacy standards.,0,3040011.story


Poor and working-class Americans already live in the surveillance future. The revelations that are so scandalous to the middle-class are old news to millions of low-income Americans, immigrants, and communities of color. Lesson #1: Surveillance is a civil rights issue.


Tom Wheeler, the new chair of the FCC, now has the unfortunate task of dealing with strategic errors made by his predecessor. Restoring the agency’s long-standing authority over broadband is much simpler than it appears. Chairman Wheeler needs only to reaffirm that broadband is a “telecommunications service.”

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.