Digital Daily Dozen 04/04/2014

DDD is headed to the annual convention. DDD returns Thursday.

Professors: Aereo Is Healthy Response to Dysfunctional System

Aereo definitely has friends in a trio of law professors who weighed in on its side with the Supreme Court this week. The professors called Aereo a "healthy free-market response to a dysfunctional and anticompetitive television distribution system that raises prices, reduces output, and denies consumers meaningful choice."

Turkey Lifts Twitter Ban After Court Calls It Illegal

The social media site was unblocked after a two-week ban, following a ruling from the country’s highest court that the ban violated freedom of expression.

Tech Start-Ups Are Targets of Ransom Cyberattacks

Several web companies have recently been hit with attacks that can knock them offline using a flood of traffic unless they pay ransoms in Bitcoins.

E.U. Lawmakers Approve Tough ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

The proposals, which also would curb cellphone roaming fees, still have to be adopted by the next European Parliament and member states before becoming law.

Local TV Stations to Test Over-the-Air Interactive TV

Broadcasters in three cities are teaming up with technology companies to test over-the-air, interactive TV. The trial is intended to demonstrate the capability for viewing enhanced content and advertising delivered to LG Smart TVs in Atlanta, Cleveland and Orlando markets during live news broadcasts.

When Hackers Became Heroes

Hackers were once considered nothing but a bane to governments and businesses — an emerging threat which defied understanding. Today, those same governments and businesses worldwide are recognizing how critical hackers are in defending a businesses’ or nation’s cyberspace.

Consumers are souring on Web, post-NSA, survey says

Consumers’ distrust of the National Security Agency — and some tech companies — runs deep. Many prefer the IRS handle their personal information. Nearly twice as many chose the IRS (35%) over NSA (18%). Google and Facebook were far behind, with 10% and 5%, respectively.

Do we have a right to online anonymity? (Commentary)

If one thing is clear, it is that there is no clarity. State and federal courts will continue to issue a mish-mash of conflicting opinions that provide little consistency or certainty for online speech. The U.S. Supreme Court, which is the final arbiter of all things constitutional, has not ruled the right to anonymous online speech.


America is the reason why everyone thinks the Internet is awesome and, more important, it’s why Russia and China haven’t already taken over the Web and foisted their draconian rules on the rest of us. That’s apparently what some members of the House believe, at any rate.


America’s seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen, according to newly released data from the Pew Research Center.


Everyone taking part in the Broadband Commission’s recent session in Dublin understands the ways in which broadband is impacting every aspect of our lives, while at the same time accelerating progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Twitter’s Vine to Introduce Direct Video Messaging

Twitter’s Vine video app has introduced a feature allowing users to message each other directly via video. This adds both a direct messaging channel and video clips to its messages. The new offering allows Twitter to experiment with video messaging in a separate silo.

Chicago Sun-Times first major US paper to accept bitcoins

The Chicago Sun-Times is now accepting bitcoins as payment for subscription, becoming the first major U.S. newspaper to take the digital currency.

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.