Digital Daily Dozen 02/18/2014

At Newark Airport, the Lights Are On, and They’re Watching You

LED lighting systems that can observe people and gather data are being introduced worldwide, but some experts say there is potential for misuse.

U.K. Telecom Giant BT Wins Court Appeal Against BSkyB Pricing

U.K. telecom giant BT’s pay-TV battle with BSkyB, in which Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent stake, will continue after a court ruling Monday, Feb. 17. BT won a ruling in the Court of Appeal that could see BSkyB forced to cut the wholesale price at which it offers Sky Sports to rivals by 23 percent.

‘The YouTube War’: Citizen Videos Revolutionize Human Rights Monitoring in Syria

A few years ago our only resource was satellite imagery to gather information from inaccessible conflict zones. Today we are confronted with an information and documentation overload. On YouTube, hundreds of thousands of videos from the armed conflict in Syria turned the site into a huge evidence locker.

CBS: TV Networks Could Create Their Own Aereo
CBS chief Les Moonves said he expects the TV networks to win their copyright fight against TV-over-Internet outfit Aereo. But if they don’t, creating their own version of Aereo is an option. "Obviously, the networks collectively could do their own version of Aereo."

‘Addressable TV’ Ads Target Specific Individuals
Addressable TV, an emerging technology, allows advertisers to pay some broadcasters to pinpoint specific homes. "With a traditional TV buy you can end up paying for a lot of eyeballs you don’t care about. Addressable TV is a powerful tool for those that are equipped to use it."

YouTube Top Channels Create Trade Organization
The web video world is getting its own trade organization: GOVA, the Global Online Video Association — a nonprofit group formed with the primary goal of bringing more advertisers to the medium. At the outset, GOVA is made up of nine top "multichannel networks."

Google strikes upfront deal with ad giant Magna Global

Google struck an "upfront" deal with Magna Global, one of the world’s largest advertising buyers, the latest effort by the Internet search leader to win more of the marketing dollars that traditionally pour into TV each year.

Business interests push for more unlicensed spectrum

A new industry group has unintentionally thrown light on the business interests that underlie debates over U.S. spectrum policy.

Some independent networks say their quest for cable system distribution will become much harder in the wake of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Independent network executives say that without the backing of major media conglomerates, it will be more difficult to gain subscribers and increase licensing fees.

The plug has been pulled, at least temporarily, on a Kansas state senate bill that would have prohibited city and county governments from building broadband networks. Senate Bill 304 was postponed indefinitely, and the consensus among local officials in Newton (KS) indicates they are not sad to see it go.

A call for open standards for broadband performance testing (Commentary)

With AT&T announcing its sponsored data initiative, a federal appeals court ruling that the FCC can no longer protect net neutrality, and Comcast announcing a $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, business and consumers alike need accurate information on broadband performance more than ever.

Users Get New Opt-Out Site For Location Tracking

Brick-and-mortar shoppers who don’t want to be being physically tracked via their smartphones are getting a new way to opt out. Think tank Future of Privacy Forum is launching a Web site,, which will offer visitors the ability to opt out of location tracking by entering their phones’ 12-digit WiFi.

Syrian Electronic Army slurps a MILLION reader passwords from Forbes has become the latest media outlet to fall to an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army with the account records of more than a million people swiped. A database containing email address and password combinations for 1,071,963 accounts was dumped online by the hacktivisits.

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.