Digital Daily Dozen 04/21/2014

U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying

The State Department and other agencies are spending millions to finance local systems, known as mesh networks, as more secure alternatives to the Internet.

Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online

By using social media bots, celebrities, politicians and others can falsely inflate the number of friends and followers they have, possibly swaying public opinion about a new song – or a policy position.

Bad News & Worse News for Russian Internet Users

First, the bad news: the most popular website in Russia,, will no longer rank Russian bloggers or categorize the most popular news topics discussed online. That service, which for the last ten years Yandex featured on the splash page of its blogs search engine, is now kaput.

Prof tackles tech distractions one student at a time

A college course that starts with 15 minutes of doing absolutely nothing would seem like stiff competition for Basket Weaving 101 as a credit filler. And yet for harried students in the throes of the tech age, that silent intro has proven to be the toughest part of professor David Levy’s "Information and Contemplation."

Nearly 20% of YouTube users now pay less attention to TV, finds Google study

YouTube is having a measurable impact on TV consumption, with nearly one fifth (19 per cent) of YouTube users saying they pay less attention to TV and 17 per cent stating that they watch TV less overall. However, only three per cent have stopped subscribing to premium cable networks.

USA world rankings: #1 for sending spam, #8 for Netflix streaming speeds

Sophos named the US as the worst offender for spam-relaying by volume, but US ISPs only reach eighth-place when it comes to clocking fastest speeds for streaming Netflix.


If the Comcast-Time Warner merger must go through, the FCC should impose seven conditions on the deal. First, The combined Comcast has to stop pushing state laws that restrict competition from municipal systems or commercial overbuilders, has to work for their repeal and will not contest any competition.


The battle between local governments and telecom providers over the right to establish community broadband networks heated up over the last several months, as a number of bills were introduced that could have significant impact on municipalities in five states: Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah and Tennessee.


The technology industry is pressuring the FCC to set aside more free, unlicensed airwaves that help fuel Wi-Fi networks, a demand that will create tension as the government tries to also boost revenue-producing licensed airwaves. In 2015, the FCC will auction off airwaves worth billions to wireless companies.

Comcast, Time Warner May Sell Subscribers to Charter

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have entered negotiations to sell cable assets worth up to $20 billion to Charter Communications in a deal aimed to allay Washington’s concerns about their proposed merger. The discussions are said to be at an early stage and no deal is certain.

Netflix Uses ‘Secret Sauce’ to Predict Show Success

Netflix has projected reaching 48 million subscribers when it reports first-quarter earnings Monday. The technology company used a "secret sauce" to predict which programs would have the best chance of success — the data it gathers from its members’ viewing habits.

Twitter, Selfies Fuelling U.S. College Campus Riots

At least 10 riots have rocked colleges in the past two months, resulting in hundreds of arrests and dozens of injuries amid a growing sense that social media are helping to fuel student misbehavior. "This is new as far as I can tell. We don’t even have a name for this yet."

One-third of Americans are pessimistic about tech — they’re likely to be poor, less educated, and female

A recent Pew Research survey showed that around two-thirds of Americans think technology will lead to a future where people’s live are "mostly" better. But what about the other third — the ones who think that technological advances will make lives worse? Who are these dystopians?

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.