Digital Daily Dozen 03/21/2014

Netflix CEO Criticizes Comcast Over Net Neutrality

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has called for stronger rules on net neutrality, confirming that he paid Comcast to stream his movies more quickly and that such deals should be prohibited. "Without strong net neutrality, big ISPs can demand potentially escalating fees," said Hastings.

State Broadcasters Back Focused STELA

State broadcaster associations have added their voice to that of the National Association of Broadcasters, which asked the Senate Commerce Committee not to make the renewal of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act into a referendum on retrans or a vehicle for a communications law overhaul.

Center for Digital Democracy Pushes Federal Trade Commission To Look At Disney Sites

The CDD says Disney has not resolved the issues that made the group ask the FTC to investigate the company’s privacy policies. It now wants the FTC to investigate that alleged failure, as well as all of Disney’s child-directed sites for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

China’s Censors Clamp Down on Booming Internet Video Sector

China’s top industry watchdog has introduced a policy of “censor first, broadcast later” for local Internet companies streaming TV shows and movies, which could mean tighter control over online distribution of Hollywood content in China.

What Sex, Food, And Selfies Have To Do With Effective Social Marketing

Why does anyone talk about experiences or products, or buy and become loyal to certain brands? Marketers have been on an endless journey to answers these questions–to take their art and infuse it with insights from the sciences. The difficulty is that the science is constantly evolving.

Spinoffs from Spyland

A blistering public debate surrounds the NSA’s secret eavesdropping programs. But what’s less well known is that the agency actively patents inventions and contributes to open-source projects, and that its employees occasionally—so far, very occasionally—emerge from secrecy to create spinoff companies.


On November 4, 2008, as millions of Americans cast votes in a historic presidential election, the FCC held a historic vote on the future of the Internet. Unlike the partisan national election, the FCC vote was unanimous. The five commissioners voted to open unused TV spectrum, otherwise known as “white spaces.”


The US government announced, in a smart front-footed move, that it intends to release oversight of its long-treasured Internet Assigned Numbers Authority contract under which the US Commerce Department contracts Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a private US company.


A group of mayors is urging the Obama Administration to bring high-speed Internet to more schools and libraries around the country. Students at every US school should have access to Internet speeds of 100 MB per second right now, and one gig per second by 2017, the United States Conference of Mayors said.

Twitter Blocked in Turkey After Prime Minister Threat

Turkey has blocked access to Twitter after its prime minister threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links have proliferated to recordings that appear to incriminate top officials in corruption. Despite the ban, tech-savvy users have continued to tweet links.

NSA Director Says Agency Wants to Release Transparency Reports of Its Own

NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett called former contractor Edward Snowden’s release of documents about his agency’s surveillance programs “inappropriate” and “arrogant.” But he acknowledged that the outcry around the Snowden revelations has led the NSA to try to be more transparent.

Microsoft Says It Will Tighten Policies for Searching Hotmail,

Microsoft said late Thursday that it will “evolve” its policies for searching through non-employee Hotmail and mail accounts in the wake of concern over its practices. The company has come after fire after revelations it searched the account of a blogger to whom company information was leaked.

Report Reveals Gross Disparity In Online Video Ratings, Implies Overstatement

In an advertising marketplace disparity that likely has not been seen since Arbitron and Nielsen competed as currencies for local TV advertising buys decades ago, an influential Wall Street analyst released a report this morning suggesting the gap is far worse for the burgeoning online video advertising business.

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.