Digital Daily Dozen 03/19/2014

Edward Snowden urged online businesses to encrypt their websites immediately. "The biggest thing that an Internet company in America can do today, right now, without consulting lawyers, to protect users of the Internet around the world, is to enable Web encryption on every page you visit."

The ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development’s latest State of Broadband report calls for the universal adoption of broadband-friendly practices and policies, so that everyone can take advantage of the benefits offered by broadband. The report seeks to answer a number of questions.

Verizon customers in East Harlem who have been without phone service since early February say Verizon is trying to force them to dump their outdated traditional copper-cable landlines for the new fiber-optic lines and fancy features. “They said, ‘You must take FiOS in order to get your phone back,’” said Sylvia Velazquez, 74.

Facebook Eats Away at Google’s Share of Mobile-Ad Pie

Mobile advertising is swiftly becoming a two-horse race. Mobile ad spending worldwide grew by 105% in 2013 and is on pace to expand to $31.5 billion this year. And the two Internet giants, Google and Facebook, are increasingly taking the lion’s share—the pair netted 67% of mobile ad revenues last year, up from 58%.

It’s Getting Harder to Separate Advertising From Entertainment

The world of branded content has changed. Suddenly branded movies and TV shows are competing for the same marketing dollar and chunk of free time as everything else in the entertainment world. Advertising, in many cases, is no longer a toll you pay to watch content but is taking the form of content itself.

A Short Guide to the Internet’s Biggest Enemies

Reporters Without Borders released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” index last week — a ranking first launched in 2006 intended to track countries that repress online speech, intimidate and arrest bloggers and conduct surveillance of their citizens. Some countries have been mainstays on the annual index.

Liodice: Digital Is The Least Accountable Of Media

Bob Liodice, CEO of the Association of National Advertisers told a 4As gathering that media measurement has to improve or ad dollars will come off the table. Marketers–the ones paying the bills–need to "take control of the agenda and bring it in-house."

Facebook Knows Your Face Better Than You Do

Day by day, Facebook’s cache of personal data grows ever larger, and the company isn’t sitting idly atop its stockpile. This week, Facebook published an update about its powerful facial verification software, DeepFace, which allows company servers to identify individuals in photographs with impressive accuracy.

National Association of Broadcasters to Senate Commerce: Keep STELA Clean

The NAB has presented the Senate Commerce Committee with 13 pages worth of suggestions on what it should, or more to the point shouldn’t, do in reauthorizing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act. The suggestions pretty much boil down to: Don’t use it to remake communications policy.

The Price of Music

Based on the patterns of consumer spending on music, streaming services are priced too high.

Streaming Subscriptions Are Now a Billion-Dollar Business, but Music Sales Stall

Music subscription services have been around for a long time. Now they’re finally a real business: Companies like Spotify, Deezer and even Google generated more than $1.1 billion in music subscription revenue last year. But the global music industry, which had finally perked up last year after a decade-plus slide, drooped again.

BSkyB Preps Launch of Movie Download Service

BSkyB plans to challenge Apple’s iTunes Store and other online retailers with a new movie download-to-own on demand service, called Buy and Keep. The service, planned to launch in the coming weeks, will sit alongside BSkyB’s pay-per-view film rental service Sky Store.

Google Fails at Halting Piracy, Music Industry Says

The global music industry body has attacked Google for failing to address Internet piracy after revealing a $600 million decline in worldwide music sales last year. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said the search engine has "not been effective."

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.