Digital Daily Dozen 11/13/2013

Should the NSA be reformed? Fierce debate rages

There are now resounding calls to drastically change the secretive National Security Agency in the wake of the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Some advocate a completely re-made spy agency, others say moves that drastic would hurt national security.

Tech firms furious after denied full view of government reply to FISA court

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and LinkedIn are objecting to the U.S. government’s decision to provide them only a redacted version of its response to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to a request by the companies that they be allowed to publish information on users’ data requests from the government.

The Internet of things needs a lot of work

Mobile connected devices may make life easier for consumers in the long run, but today they present a bundle of user headaches, a panel of industry leaders said Tuesday.


Privacy isn’t your right anymore. We sold it for pictures of cats and the ability to tell anyone in the free world what we had for breakfast. The problem is that “privacy” as a notion was abdicated the instant you clicked “agree” to the online services agreement you didn’t read.


The FCC was created to oversee new communications networks that emerged in the early 20th century. And as the Internet continues to change our ideas about what it means to connect and communicate, it’s more important than ever that the FCC take the right steps to protect open networks and promote diverse media.


About 15 percent of Americans older than 18 don’t use the Internet, according to a study released in September by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. An additional 9 percent use it only outside the home. They make up a shrinking, but not insignificant, segment of the population.

Baidu Chinese Search Engine Accused of Piracy
A group of Chinese Internet firms has joined the Motion Picture Association of America in seeking $49.2 million in damages from China’s Baidu for copyright violation. Baidu, the largest Internet search engine in China, is accused of using an automated process to obtain content.

Roku Set-Tops Sign Up ESPN, Disney Channels
Roku has reached a deal with Disney & ESPN Media Networks to stream live cable-TV channels and on-demand programming to the device maker’s streaming-media player — but only for customers of pay-TV providers. “We are adding value to the multichannel video subscription.”

Aereo Challenge to Be Aided by Senate Proposal
U.S. senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced a bill that would help Aereo’s antenna-based system challenge cable providers such as Comcast and broadcasters including CBS. Rockefeller said he wants consumers to benefit from lower costs and increased choice.

Cord Cutting Hurting Pay-TV, But Things are Still Looking Up

Q3 ended the worst 12-month period for pay-TV companies in the U.S., with companies losing more than 600,000 subscribers. But, according to a study by Wall Street analyst firm MoffettNathanson, the cord cutting trend is slowing, as subscribers left their cable companies at a rate slower than projected from 2012.


Is TV Ready To Move From CPP To CPM?

Nielsen has the data to facilitate the switch to CPM (cost-per-thousand) buying. In fact, some spot TV buyers and sellers are already using CPMs for buys. Looking ahead, CPMs will make it easier for buyers to incorporate TV stations into the next phase of media buying — automated buying.

Netflix Unveils New TV Viewing Experience

The streaming service has launched a visually richer interface designed to increase the already-high amount of time subscribers watch its content on their television sets.

ASCAP and Legal Foundation Seek High Court Review in Aereo

Add the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and public interest law policy center the Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) to those who agree with broadcasters that the Supreme Court should weigh in and block Aereo.

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.