Digital Daily Dozen 03/20/2014

Internet of Things Presents CIOs With Both Technical and Ethical Questions

Chamberlain Group’s garage door opener lets consumers monitor and control their garage doors via Android and Apple mobile phones. It’s convenient for customers, but what happens to the data collected?


The Department of Commerce rejected charges that is abandoning the open Internet by relinquishing oversight of the domain name system. "This announcement in no way diminishes our commitment to preserving the Internet as an engine for economic growth and innovation," NTIA’s Larry Strickling, said.


A Google Fiber rep is headed to Nashville (TN) to continue investigating the company’s local expansion efforts, this time focusing on bringing high-speed access into neighborhoods historically lacking access to that kind of service. The idea is to help residents of all income levels gain high-speed access.


Comcast has business motivations to follow the Obama Administration’s now-defunct net neutrality rules, according to CEO Brian Roberts. Comcast will continue to treat all Internet traffic the same, the company’s CEO said. "Getting broadband connectivity to our customers … means you want to have the best experience."

Why the Viacom-YouTube Case Wasn’t a Giant Waste of Time

Here’s what Viacom’s lawsuit actually did: It spurred YouTube to accelerate the development of tools to detect — and pull down — copyrighted material, in an automated way. Given that YouTube users upload 100 hours of video every minute, Viacom (and others) complained that it was not feasible to monitor that volume manually.

Official: Court’s sign-off for queries on Americans’ data would be impractical

A senior government lawyer said Wednesday that the high volume of searches that the National Security Agency makes of a database that holds Americans’ and foreigners’ communications would make court approval for queries involving Americans impractical.

History Will Remember Obama as the Great Slayer of Patent Trolls

Even now, a perfect storm of patent reform is brewing in all three branches of government. Over time, it could reshape intellectual property law to turn the sue-and-settle troll mentality into a thing of the past.

Weev Is Still in Jail Because the Government Doesn’t Know What Hacking Is

"This was a hack," the prosecutor said, addressing a trio of skeptical-looking judges in the US Third District Court of Appeals. The government was restating its case that, by obtaining private email addresses after exploiting a security, Andrew "weev" Auernheimer had violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Google’s Larry Page on Internet Privacy: Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater

Google CEO Larry Page was hesitant to tell the world about the medical condition that was hurting his ability to speak, but publicly sharing his voice troubles helped him realize the value of openness. Thousands of people with similar conditions replied to him online.

Predicting the Next Social Media Hit

We all want to know what the next big thing in social will be, and the question on a lot of our minds is — will it be Secret? Secret has become such a hot topic is not just because it’s a trendy new app that has the tech elite hooked. Secret seems to have unlocked an entirely new category of social. But it’s not what you think.

Google Scores Big Win In Email Privacy Case

In a victory for Google, a federal judge has ruled that the company won’t have to face a class-action lawsuit for allegedly violating email users’ privacy by scanning their messages in order to surround them with ads. The ruling means that consumers who want to sue over the practice must proceed as individuals.

How The Second Screen Will Finally Come Of Age

Most have heard something about the various electronic wallets that are intended to change the ways we transact and – more recently – about Apple’s iBeacon, the indoor positioning and messaging system. Almost all of the discussion around the application of these technologies has focused on retail environments.

Turner: Mobile Devices Add Allure to March Madness

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks. Media companies like hosts CBS and Turner are doing all they can to promote TV Everywhere services, which allow subscribers to watch live TV on devices — while on the job.

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.