Digital Daily Dozen 04/14/2014

Survey: Advertisers Rank Below Government at Protecting Personal Data

Consumers trust marketers and advertisers with their data about as far as they can throw ’em. More than half of those participating in a recent privacy study said doctors, search engines and banks warrant their trust when it comes to personal data protection. Marketers and advertisers, on the other hand, elicited the least faith.

TV Channel-Sharing Study: A Report on the Report

Does the report on the first formal tests of a TV channel-sharing arrangement really say what FCC Chair Tom Wheeler says it says? YOU make the call.

Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say

President Obama has decided that when the NSA discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday.

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes. It’s called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows who created it.


The discovery of the Heartbleed bug, an online security flaw that’s alarmingly widespread, was just the latest reminder of how vulnerable Internet users are to the mistakes made by others. In this case, a programming error in a supposedly secure Internet communications protocol allowed hackers to steal passwords.,0,7274513.story


Imagine if one company controlled 40 percent of America’s roads and raised tolls far in excess of inflation. Suppose the roads were potholed. Imagine too that its former chief lobbyist headed the highway sector’s federal regulator. American drivers would not be happy. US internet users ought to be feeling equally worried.


As young pitchmen shout to potential passengers over blaring music, a graffiti-covered private minibus fills up more quickly than the other dozen in the scrum. It has free Wi-Fi. The specially outfitted matatu, as the minibuses are known in Swahili, is part of an experiment by Safaricom Ltd. to connect Africa’s unconnected.

Should the Department of Commerce Relinquish Direct Oversight Over ICANN?

Before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, ITIF Analyst Daniel Castro discussed the unique and valuable role that U.S. oversight has served in Internet governance, the risks inherent in a transition away from this model, and how to best mitigate those risks.

Comcast Takeover Bad for America, Senator Says

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.): "The danger in allowing Comcast to accrue even more power is not purely hypothetical. The company is already using its dominant position to dictate terms to content providers. Content not owned by Comcast could become harder to find online."

AMC ‘Mad Men’ Creator Discusses Ads, Social Media

Matthew Weiner said he sees resonance between the advertising business of "Mad Men" and the emergence of social media, which has blown up since the AMC series debuted. "I do feel that it’s a bit of a one-directional conversation, and that it may create loneliness."

Facebook Readying Service to Provide ‘E-Money’

Facebook is said to be seeking authorization to become an "e-money" institution. The social network is reportedly weeks away from obtaining regulatory approval in Ireland for a service allowing users to store money and use it to pay and exchange money with others.

You Knew This Day Would Come: Crowdfunding Site Raising Crowdfunding for Itself

Crowdfunding site SeedInvest will ask its own community to back it with $3 million, to top off the $2 million it has already raised from venture capitalists for its Series A round. SeedInvest is an equity crowdfunding site, where backers pay for a stake in a company rather than schwag, goodwill, or an effective pre-order.

Cutting the Cord: Few part with pay TV but some spurn it

Cord cutting is a popular topic but the reality is that so far there is no full-fledged exodus from pay TV. However, a lot of subscribers are thinking about the move. Only 6% of all online adults have cut the cord in favor of Net-delivered video, a Forrester Research report from February found in a survey of more than 4,600.

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.