Digital Daily Dozen 10/25/2013

Younger Demos Dislike Social Media Displays On TV

Social media and TV programming continue to develop strong bonds among young media consumers — but many of those same young consumers aren’t all that happy when networks become too involved with social media interaction.


Obama Administration Weighs In On Patent Abuse Legislation

The Obama Administration supports lowering the “exceptional cases” standard for assessing attorney fees in patent suits to help shift the fees to the losing party and discourage so-called “patent trolls.”


Rep. Johnson Pitches APPS Act As Privacy Rights Baseline

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) has asked the President to keep Johnson’s APPS Act (H.R. 1913) in mind as it continues to try and come up with legislation to backstop its privacy bill of rights, including the mobile app privacy Johnson’s bill targets.


Germany and France Propose Talks With U.S. to Rein In Spying

The offer was an attempt to diffuse a trans-Atlantic dispute over eavesdropping by the United States that has hurt its relations with Europe and prompted calls to suspend trade talks.


Russia Drafts Internet Spy Plan That Would Keep Records on All Communications

Russia’s KGB successor body the FSB is drafting a law that will force Internet providers to spy on users. If approved, the Federal Bureau of Security (FSB) scheme, being drawn up with the communications ministry, could be introduced as early as July next year.


Twitter deal rankles some network execs

The NFL’s new deal with Twitter isn’t causing the same level of angst among TV networks as the league’s extensive content deal with Verizon earlier this year or the launch of NFL RedZone four years ago. But network executives privately express annoyance over the Twitter agreement.


30% Of Adults Get News From Facebook

On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to a Pew Research Center study. Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47%, “ever” get news there. That amounts to 30% of the population. Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out, the survey finds.


Journalists, Viewers Hungry For ‘Big Data’

With more public information available on everyone and everything, some believe journalism should follow the change. It’s not a case of following the money, but more of following and analyzing “big data.”


Comcast to Take On Netflix with HBO ‘Internet Plus’
Comcast is said to be preparing a new broadband and HBO streaming bundle aimed squarely at Netflix. The new promotion will be called “Internet Plus,” and will include limited basic TV, Comcast’s streaming video service StreamPix, 25 Mbps broadband and HBO/HBO GO.


Google fights for Internet freedom with new tools

In a move to fight back against governments that try to block their citizens’ Internet access, Google released tools to keep people around the world online.


The Federal Trade Commission will soon meet to discuss how it plans to regulate the Internet of things, and how connected devices share consumer data. There are two issues at play here, one being the privacy of consumer data and the other being the security of the networks delivering that data.


Despite revelations that the National Security Agency has been monitoring Americans’ activities online, US Internet users are not as concerned about the government’s having access to suspects’ home computers or email accounts as they were in 2000 — during an earlier Internet age.



We’re in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace. On one side are the traditional, organized, institutional powers such as governments and large multinational corporations. On the other are the distributed and nimble: grassroots movements, dissident groups, hackers, and criminals.


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.