Digital Daily Dozen 02/26/2014

Where Did Press Freedom Suffer Most in 2013? Online

This month the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual analysis of Attacks on the Press, including a “Risk List” of the places where press freedom suffered most in 2013. As you might expect, conflict areas filled much of the list (Syria, Egypt) but the place on the top of the list was not a country. It was cyberspace.

Paramount Grounds ‘Top Gun’ Tweeter

Paramount Pictures is asking Twitter to be its wingman in taking care of an individual who is tweeting Top Gun one frame at a time. The studio’s lawyers have filed a DMCA notice over the @555uhz account. "No one is authorized to copy, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use Top Gun," says the notice.

Industry Backs Attorney General’s Call for Federal Data-Breach Law

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants a national law governing how companies handle data security breaches, and industry is on board. The Justice Department is taking an aggressive approach to investigating recent data breaches, including Target’s massive consumer information spill announced in December.

House To Hold Hearing On FCC Study

House Communications Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden said he is "pursuing legislative solutions" to block the FCC’s Critical Information Needs study. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler last week signaled the study’s methodology would be changed.

Why spectrum auctions still matter (Commentary)

Here’s the thing – pretty much by definition, wireless spectrum belongs to everyone, not just the people and companies actually using it at any given time. If the spectrum belongs to everyone, then companies hoping to make money off it should pay for the privilege of using a public resource.

NTIA: Facial Recognition Guidelines Should Focus On Commercial Use

The NTIA is going to try to focus its process for coming up with enforceable facial recognition privacy standards on commercial, rather than government use. That was the signal early on in Tuesday’s second stakeholder meeting, but it got some pushback from a number of privacy groups.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new innovation lab where developers will be able to test the kinds of challenging connectivity conditions they might expect to find in the developing world — without even leaving California. For many people in the developing world, Facebook is the Internet.


A House bill was supposed to clear the way for consumers to unlock the phones they buy from wireless companies after they’ve fulfilled their contracts. But the measure, which was modest to begin with, has been rendered irrelevant by voluntary agreements on unlocking that the FCC obtained from the wireless companies.,0,6538603.story#axzz2uR6YQ7QF


Why does the coming crush in unlicensed spectrum matter? For starters, the unlicensed economy represents economic growth. Today, unlicensed wireless devices contribute between $16 billion and $37 billion to our economy annually. To put that in perspective, that is more than Americans spend on milk and bread each year.

Netflix Co-Founder Slams Binge-Watching Strategy
Don’t count Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe as a fan of "binge-watching," despite the thousands who spent an entire weekend watching "House of Cards." In fact, the former COO of Redbox thinks the trend of marathon TV-watching sessions doesn’t work as a long-term strategy.

Dish Network to Own Huge Block of Spectrum
Weeks after withdrawing a $2.2 billion bid to buy bankrupt LightSquared and its 4G spectrum, Dish Network boss Charlie Ergen is about to win a government auction for the so-called H Block of spectrum. The $1.56 billion acquisition is expected to be announced this week.

‘Six strikes’ thwarting piracy, leader says

A national effort to crack down on Internet piracy through a "six strikes" system is seeing success, according to the program’s director. Privacy advocates and online free speech groups expressed concerns at the February 2013 launch of the Copyright Alert System, a voluntary agreement.

Google sets roadblocks to stop distracted driver legislation

Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology.

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.