Digital Daily Dozen 02/03/2014

Paying to Travel in the Internet’s Fast Lanes

Has the Internet become so fundamental to our lives that it is, in essence, a utility that should be subject to regulation?

Android App Warns When You’re Being Watched

A new app notifies people when an Android smartphone app is tracking their location, something not previously possible without modifying the operating system on a device, a practice known as “rooting.”

Did Gawker Infringe Copyright? That’s a Bingo! (Commentary)

Gawker linked to the leaked draft script of Tarantino’s proposed film, The Hateful Eight. Now, Tarantino is suing the site for copyright infringement. While Gawker has attempted to refute wrongdoing by alleging that it was just publishing the news, in fact, it acted like most other online pirates motivated by profit.

Chip card fight may lead to new security measures

Massive data breaches have led to renewed debate about secure card technology and who should shoulder the costs of consumer fraud.

How Facebook changed our lives

The calendar may say 2014, but in tech culture this week actually marks the year 10 A.F — After Facebook. What did we poor humans do before the advent of Mark Zuckerberg’s collegiate brainstorm? Let’s see, we smiled when we "liked" something, we dialed the phone to "update" friends and "tagging" was a kids’ game.

In defamation lawsuit over Yelp reviews, neither side wins damages

A Fairfax County jury was presented with an unusual but closely watched case to decide: Did Jane Perez, a Fairfax City resident, defame a D.C. contractor by writing scathing reviews of his work on Yelp and Angie’s List? And when Christopher Dietz leveled his own accusations in online posts responding, did he defame her?

Bitcoin’s Fate Is in the Hands of Clueless Regulators (Commentary)

New York financial regulators held hearings on bitcoin and other digital currencies, and many of the businesses looking to push the digital currency into our everyday lives welcomed them. Companies like Coinbase are eager to operate within guidelines laid down by federal and state regulators. They want to build businesses.

Aereo Is Out Of Capacity In New York City

Television restreaming service Aereo has exceeded its capacity in New York City. Chet Kanojia, Aereo’s CEO, confirmed in a tweet Friday that the company had sold out its capacity in New York.


Should the three-way deal come together between Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Charter, it could — or at least in my view should — open up a new chapter in the unfinished story of net neutrality. The deal would come as the FCC is in the midst of formulating a new approach to enforcing net neutrality standards.


The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s recent post on net neutrality started off well. It rightly noted that “[v]iolations of network neutrality are a real and serious problem.” But then EFF took a wrong turn, asserting that we shouldn’t trust the FCC to save Net Neutrality.


The best foundations and philanthropies exist to address market failure, working to solve problems that business and government ignore or make worse. Andrew Carnegie funded public libraries in America. Now it’s time for our major foundations and philanthropists to address an impending new failure.

Disney Close to Settling Dish AutoHop Lawsuit
Disney is said to be close to a programming agreement that would settle litigation over Dish Network’s ad-skipping technology. Disney could receive compensation for technology, known as AutoHop. Resolution of the dispute could make ad-skipping a regular feature of TV viewing.

Google Fiber Growth Eyed by Kansas Legislature
The Kansas state legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit municipalities in the state from building out their own municipal broadband networks. Kansas City is home to the country’s first Google Fiber municipal network. The proposed law would not apply retroactively.

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.