Digital Daily Dozen 02/12/2014

FCC chairman says a plan to restore net neutrality rules is coming soon

After last month’s landmark decision by a federal court to strike down key parts of the FCC’s Open Internet rules, FCC chair Tom Wheeler now says the group is working to bring them back. Wheeler said he will soon be “outlining” a plan to bring back provisions that required ISPs to treat all types of internet traffic equally.

Rand Paul to file suit against Obama, NSA over 4th Amendment

Sen. Rand Paul is slated to file a class action lawsuit against President Obama, the NSA and a host of others involved in a U.S. surveillance program that collections information on millions of U.S citizens. Paul, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, said he expects the suit to eventually prevail in the Supreme Court.

Comcast Ups Online Offerings with Warner Bros
Comcast will offer its subscribers the option to buy “Gravity” and other Warner Bros. movies for download and streaming, expanding the U.S. cable giant’s push into digital movie sales. Comcast already offers titles from Lions Gate, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures.

Netflix: No Loss in Video Streams from Olympics
Remember when Netflix blamed the London Olympics in 2012 for a drop in video streaming? That doesn’t seem to be an issue with the Winter Games in Sochi. There was no impact on Netflix’s bandwidth usage Friday night, when the opening ceremonies were aired in the U.S.

Study: Viewers Apathetic to Second-Screen Apps
While about two-thirds of people who use so-called second screens do so to look up stuff related to the TV show they’re watching, fewer than half have tried apps designed to let people engage directly with programs while they air, according to a new TV industry study.,0,4157195.story

More than 6,000 websites launched a protest to demand reforms to the country’s surveillance operations. The protest, being called The Day We Fight Back, is intended to urge lawmakers in Congress to pass a law reining in many of the most controversial programs at the NSA and elsewhere.


Richard Bennett’s otherwise splendid “Time to Give Up the Net-Neutrality Quest” on regulation of the broadband industry misses a few critical points. First, the US is a world leader in broadband. We have the most affordable entry-level pricing, are one of only two countries with three competing broadband technologies.

The Internet, cell phones, and social media have become key actors in the life of many American couples — the 66% of adults who are married or in committed relationships. Couples use technology in the little and large moments. They negotiate over when to use it and when to abstain.

Nielsen Yanks Broadband From Local Sample

After a formal protest from the NAB, Nielsen has reversed course and decided to exclude broadband-only homes from its local TV market samples “for the time being.” “Broadband-only TV homes will continue to be included in the national TV Universe, the national sample, and the national TV ratings,” Nielsen says this week.

Google Ad Alliance With comScore Could Help Move Cash From TV To Digital

The companies say that they’ll offer comScore‘s validated Campaign Essentials (or vCE) to buyers who use Google‘s DoubleClick ad platform — providing advertisers with real-time data showing how well their digital sales pitches are working so they can quickly adjust messages that aren’t hitting the mark.

Facebook Users Urge Court To Nix Sponsored Stories Settlement

A group of Facebook users are asking an appellate court to set aside a $20 million class-action settlement stemming from the social networking service’s sponsored stories program, claiming individual payout is too small. The deal requires Facebook to pay $15 each to around 600,000 users who were featured.

Music Mashup Battle: Sting, Steven Tyler and Britney Spears Among Artists Fighting Copyright Law

Steven Tyler, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne and Britney Spears have different music styles. But they are united in telling the U.S. Patent and Trade Office that artists, who write and make music, not copyright law, should determine who has rights to make remixes, samples and mashups that include their songs.

Spy Chief Says Snowden Took Advantage of ‘Perfect Storm’ of Security Lapses

James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, said the technology was not yet fully in place to prevent another insider from stealing top-secret data, as Edward J. Snowden did.

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.