Digital Daily Dozen 11/19/2013

How Data Is Redefining Political TV Ads

If 2013 was a harbinger of anything when it comes to political advertising, it’s the year that data infiltrated TV ads on both sides of the aisle.

Patent Trolls Beware: New Bill Introduced

A bipartisan bill backed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy and Senator Mike Lee, the Patent Transparency and Improvement Act of 2013, was introduced to help customers "improperly" targeted in patent suits against companies by staying the case against them to be stayed while the manufacturer litigates.

MPAA: Glass-to-Glass Revolution Hinges On Protecting Content

TV and movie studios plan to tell Congress that they recognize that the video distribution platform of the future is online and that viewers want content where and when they want it, but that to give them that experience their content copyright must be respected.

Congress and Courts Weigh Restraints on N.S.A. Spying

As the Supreme Court rejected one challenge, congressional critics of the spy agency’s vast data collection efforts stepped up pressure to force more disclosure.

Latest Release of Documents on N.S.A. Includes 2004 Ruling on Email Surveillance

The Obama administration on Monday made public a trove of documents, including a court ruling that approved a program to track Americans’ emails during the Bush administration.

Google to Pay $17 Million to Settle Privacy Case

The case involved Google’s bypassing of privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser to use cookies to track users and show them ads.

Snowden effect: Young people now care about privacy

Results of a Harris Poll show four out of five people have changed the privacy settings of their social media accounts, and most have made changes in the last six months. What’s more, the poll reveals clear evidence that, contrary to what some believe, young people actually do care about the privacy of their online personas.

Why Apple can’t save the smart TV

Another year, another disappointment for anyone expecting an Apple television set. In his 2011 biography, Steve Jobs claimed that he had "cracked" the concept of an integrated TV, and since then we’ve had plenty of rumors — but little else. We may as well be waiting for Godot.

Google blocks searches for child abuse sites

Google and Microsoft have introduced software that makes it harder for users to search for child abuse material online. Writing ahead of a British summit on Internet safety, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said his company has fine-tuned Google Search to clean up results for over 100,000 search terms.

Yahoo Vows to Encrypt All Users’ Personal Data
Yahoo plans to encrypt all communications flowing into its data centers around the world. The commitment follows a report that the U.S. National Security Agency is hacking into the data centers run by Yahoo and Google to intercept information about what people do and say online.

The controversy over the NSA’s surveillance programs has exposed a problem in the oversight of those programs: The development of the relevant technology has outpaced the laws and policies that govern its use. "The technology is moving very fast," says Joel Brenner, a former NSA general counsel.

Supporters of a plan to overhaul the E-Rate program for schools and libraries — which is being fast-tracked by the FCC and promoted by President Barack Obama — want to phase out the days of the clunky computer lab and shift to putting technology directly into students’ hands all day.


Acting with impressive speed (a mere nine months after issuing the underlying Notice of Proposed Rulemaking), the FCC has adopted new rules designed to increase its ability to monitor, and correct, the “frequent and pervasive” problem of failed telephone calls to small towns and rural areas.

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.