Digital Daily Dozen 03/14/2014

No DDD on Monday. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. DDD will be back Tuesday, March 18.

California Bill Would Create Cyber Security Commission

In recognition of the increasing threat that cyber-attacks pose and the considerable costs that government and private sectors are estimated to spend on cyber security (more than $70 billion estimated to be spent in 2014 nationally), Speaker John Perez has introduced a bill to establish a "Cyber Security Commission."

http://www.privsecblog.com/2014/03/articles/main-topics/data-breach-security/california-bill-would-create-cyber-security-commission/

YouTube Agrees to Be Monitored by British Security
Google has given British security officials special permissions for its YouTube video site, allowing them to have content instantly reviewed if they think that it threatens national security. YouTube said it has a "zero-tolerance policy towards content that incites violence."

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/youtube-to-be-monitored-by-british-security-1.1722722

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Complains to Obama Over Government Spying

In a public post on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, says the United States government "should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat."

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/facebooks-zuckerberg-complains-to-obama-over-government-spying/

Comcast Deal May Offer Media Companies Leverage
Media companies are expected to press Comcast for higher fees, seeing an opportunity to squeeze better terms as U.S. regulators review the cable giant’s planned takeover of Time Warner Cable. Programmers are likely to push for higher rates in return for expanding their deals.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/13/us-comcast-timewarnercable-content-idUSBREA2C2CV20140313

Surprising Crackdown on China’s Hottest Social Media Platform

For the past year, the mobile chat app WeChat, or Weixin in Chinese, has been the fresh new face in China’s hyperactive social media, stealing millions of members — not to mention mojo — from its wounded by still potent archrival, the Twitter-like Sina Weibo. Welcome to the big leagues, WeChat.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/03/13/surprising_crackdown_on_chinas_hottest_social_media_platform

Solicitor General Asks To Argue Aereo Case

The Justice Department is taking an extra step to bolster its support of TV networks in their Supreme Court case argument that Aereo is illegally retransmitting local TV station signals. U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is now asking to be allowed to argue his view endorsing TV networks stance during oral arguments.

http://www.thewrap.com/solicitor-general-aereo-supreme-court-argue-case

Programming Costs Drive Cable Bills Higher (Commentary)

Robert Gessner, president of MCTV: “When you consider how the costs of a cable TV network and basic cable TV programming have changed, it is clear that the network cost has increased by slightly less than the rate of inflation and programming cost has increased by about five times inflation.”

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/74809/programming-costs-drive-cable-bills-higher

TWC Subs Say “No” To Data Caps

In a sign that money is still not everything, a $5 monthly discount is not enticing most Time Warner Cable customers to choose a data-limited broadband plan over an unlimited package.

http://www.lightreading.com/services-apps/broadband-services/twc-subs-say-no-to-data-caps/d/d-id/708194?

COMCAST’S OWN HISTORY IS BEST ARGUMENT AGAINST TIME WARNER DEAL [Commentary]

A look at how Comcast has exercised the power it already wields, should give any fair-minded regulator pause when considering the proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable. A Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal would wipe out any notion of future competition within the broadband industry.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/amadoudiallo/2014/03/12/comcasts-own-history-is-best-argument-against-time-warner-deal/

A MERGER OF NECESSITY [Commentary]

The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable highlights the vast gap between the imagined world the broadband industry’s critics and the real world in which these companies must compete. The substance of these criticisms is simply wrong.

http://www.coataccess.org/node/10164

FORGET THE BROADBAND BOGEYMAN [Commentary]

Just like the unfounded fears of Japan taking over America, a new bogeyman has been invented — an argument that America is allegedly falling behind Japan and other regions in broadband. This scare tactic has been employed opportunistically by both sides.

http://recode.net/2014/03/13/forget-the-broadband-bogeyman/

PayPal Sets Out Policies for Crowdfunding

PayPal got some flack last year for freezing accounts of crowdfunding campaigns, citing the potential for abuse. Today the company is formalizing the work it has been doing to make nice with crowdfunders through some policy announcements that will affect campaigns on sites that use PayPal, like Indiegogo and CrowdRazr.

http://recode.net/2014/03/13/paypal-sets-out-policies-for-crowdfunding/

Google Fights ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Takedown Order

A recent order requiring Google’s YouTube to take down the clip "Innocence of Muslims" could "wreak havoc" on filmmakers, Google warns in new court papers.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/221374/google-fights-innocence-of-muslims-takedown-orde.html

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.