Digital Daily Dozen: 11/16/15

Students, Madison Avenue Enlisted in Messaging Fight Against ISIS (Ad Age)

West Point is among 45 schools worldwide whose students are developing programs to battle extremism, but not with fighter jets or ground troops. It’s a war of ideas in which participants use the same social media and other marketing tactics that have been harnessed aggressively as recruitment armaments for the Islamic State.   


The National Broadband Plan has a lot of recommendations for improving the spectrum position of the mobile providers. While there have been some problems, the government has made significant progress in replenishing the empty spectrum cupboard we saw in 2009 and creating new supplies. But there are three problems.    


T-Mobile’s new offer of unlimited video streaming, BingeOn, could be a great deal for Netflix and HBO Go fanatics. It may also set a bad precedent. The promotion raises the question of whether this sets up wireless service providers as app gatekeepers, which could in the long run inhibit the creation of new services.   


The National Association of Broadcasters says that the FCC should put its review of the proposed merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable on hold, arguing that the agency should first deal with outdated broadcast ownership rules before allowing more consolidation among cable and satellite providers.     

Converging roads for the single global digital marketplace  (Brookings- Commentary by Stuart Brotman)  

The race to the finish line for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is now well under way. Since Congress approved fast-track authority for the President to implement the TPP and other trade deals, there is now a 90-day window open for final deliberation, with each day counting down toward the deadline.   

Post-Paris, Facebook activates Safety Check (USA Today)

After turning on its Safety Check feature in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, Facebook will now use the tool in more events. The social network came under criticism when it activated the Safety Check feature after the terrorist attacks in Paris.    

Athletes, Widely Followed On Social Media, Are Upending The Sponsorship Business (Buzzfeed)

Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler uploaded a video to his Facebook page shot entirely on an LG phone. The video, paid for by LG, provided fans with the type of access that’s helped him attract over 3.3 million subscribers to his Facebook page. Within 36 hours, the video hit 1.8 million views; today it’s sitting well above 7 million.   

Netizen Report: U.N. Pulls Protesters from Internet Conference in Brazil (Media Shift)

At the U.N.-sponsored Internet Governance Forum, several activists were stopped from demonstrating in support of Net neutrality and against Facebook’s application, “Free Basics.” Civil society advocates were rattled by the incident, given that the IGF is specifically intended to focus on the protection of fundamental rights. 

France Has A Powerful and Controversial New Surveillance Law (Recode) 

As it plans its response to a series of six terrorist attacks Friday night that killed 129 and injured 352, the government of France will likely step up its efforts to keep tabs on the movements and communications of people within its borders. 

If Google Returns to China With Its App Store, Here’s What It Will Face (Recode)

For many in the Chinese tech world, the official restitution of Google’s business in the mainland is a matter of when not if. The how remains in flux, but it’s likely Google will begin by loading its Play Store on the multitudinous Android devices there. The Information reported so in September.   

 FCC’s Pai on Agency’s Net Neutrality Warnings: ‘None of It Is True’ (Inside Sources)

A Federal Communications commissioner is doubling down on arguments against the agency’s recent Open Internet Order, saying the agency failed to “identify a single” net neutrality abuse before adopting new regulations over broadband providers earlier this year. 

Car-hailing regulations to set China precedent (FT)

A set of proposed regulations for China’s online ride-hailing industry are shaping up as a bellwether of how much internet “disruption” Beijing will tolerate — and are being closely watched by the country’s biggest tech companies.   

Bedtime for smartphones (BBC)

Smartphones, tablets and e-readers should have an automatic “bedtime mode” that stops them disrupting people’s sleep, says a leading doctor. Prof Paul Gringras argued the setting should filter out the blue light that delays the body clock and keeps people awake later into the evening.