Digital Daily Dozen: 10/5/15

Speeding FCC Approval of Technological Innovation  (Comm Law Blog- commentary) 

The FCC understandably writes its technical rules around existing technologies. A device made to comply with those rules can get quick authorization, even if intended for a new application. Sometimes, though, the underlying technology is so novel that the existing rules do not reasonably apply, making compliance impossible.   

Can a video game make you a better friend? ‘The Beginner’s Guide’ tries (LA Times) 

“The Beginner’s Guide” is a video game that opens with an existential question rather than an objective: Is it possible to get to know someone by analyzing his art? Play the game, and over the course of its two or so hours a number of even more compelling inquires arise, all of them relating to the difficulty of maintaining friendships.   

How Television Has Been Transformed (NY Times) 

New apps are propelling the rise of social television. With them, viewers are joining in a state of disconnected togetherness to revive TV’s live emotional power.   

Brands Integrate Video Into Email (Media Post) 

Facebook last week began rolling out new video and mobile-friendly features for profile pages. But video isn’t just a useful advertising tool for companies that have the resources to compete for brands with advertising budgets big enough to afford a $4 million dollar 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl.   

Facebook Expands Mobile Video Feature That Helps Content Creators Make Money (Ad Week) 

In July, Facebook made a big move into YouTube’s turf with plans to launch Suggested Video—a feed of curated video clips from brands like Funny or Die, the NBA and Tastemade. After a small test over the past three months, it’s now showing up in more mobile news feeds. 


A Cabinet-level council (The Broadband Opportunity Council) released a report on ways the Obama Administration can do a better job to support broadband for low-income and rural communities. The recommendations are good but need to go further to encourage and support small communities, advocates say.  


Once upon a time, very smart people in the Pentagon believed that connecting sensitive networks, expensive equipment, and powerful weapons to the open Internet was a swell idea. This ubiquitous connectivity among devices and objects would allow them to realize myriad benefits. 


On September 21st, President Barack Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council released its first report. The council outlined four main recommendations for promoting broadband, but the council’s report was also notable for what it left out – any specific mention of municipally-run broadband services.   

Video Game Takes ‘Death’ to Whole New Level (Newser)

An upcoming video game is getting lots of buzz in the gamer community for a unique twist: If you get killed while playing Upsilon Circuit, you can never play again. “In most video games, death is a minor annoyance,” notes a post at Smithsonian, but not in this case.   

You Say Free Basics, I Say How Internet Users are Blocking the Next Billion  (Inside Sources- Commentary) 

Critics of zero-rating services like Facebook’s want a better solution than I want one too. However, effectively blocking some of the poorest people in the world from even limited Internet access in the name of principle is wrong. Moreover, the critics are all writing their opinions on the Internet itself.   

What Will Win the Ad War? Technology, or Creativity and Transparency? (Ad Age) 

As the advertising industry celebrated Advertising Week last week, speakers across various panels were often asked to opine on the twin issues plaguing the digital advertising space: ad blocking and ad fraud. Often, the speakers’ fixes seemed to boil down to better creativity for the former and more transparency for the latter.  

A View Emerges of Business Technology’s Future as the Personalization of the Machine (NY Times) 

Mass-produced goods increasingly personalize into something unique because of a lot of snooping on you. Few consumers turn personalizing features off, adjust use or boycott the products. In a conflict of personalization and privacy, personalization has triumphed.   

Fighting ISIS Online (Technology Review)

The Islamic State is an Internet phenomenon as much as a military one. Counteracting it will require better tactics on the battlefield of social media.