Digital Daily Dozen: 11/29/16


In the free marketplace of ideas, true ideas are supposed to compete with false ones until the truth wins — at least according to a leading rationale for free speech. But what if the rise of fake news shows that, under current conditions, truth may not defeat falsehood in the market?




The Free Press Action Fund recently set out to determine which public TV stations are taking part in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction. They noted which stations had already announced their intention to participate or not. Then they contacted all auction eligible public broadcasters that had not yet publicized their plans.



Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality  (Commentary)

Every day, much of humanity now holds in its hands the means to connect and be connected across the world: to family, entertainment and the broadcasts of corporations, states and, increasingly, terrorist organizations such as Islamic State. This connected world has major implications for social progress and global justice.



Cable TV finally has real competition delivered over the internet   

AT&T finally took the wraps off DirecTV Now, its new streaming TV service, and it’s just what it said it was going to be: The base package, for now, is $35 a month for more than 100 channels. That’s a lot cheaper than a traditional pay TV service — and a lot cheaper than DirecTV’s own satellite TV service.



Hacked Muni refused $73,000 ransom demand; computers restored 

The hackers who hit San Francisco’s Muni transit system with a ransomware attack over the weekend, are now threatening to release personal data on employees and customers — a bluff, says Muni. Still, the incident was a reminder that transit systems are easy, and dangerous, targets.



The FAA banned journalists from flying drones at the Standing Rock oil pipeline protest 

This weekend the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction over the Standing Rock oil pipeline protest in North Dakota, banning all aircraft except those flying in support of law enforcement from operating over the area.



FCC’s Latest TV Reverse Auction Ending Dec. 1 

The FCC signaled that, barring the unforeseen, stage three of the reverse portion of the broadcast incentive auction will close Dec. 1. That had been the expectation, but the FCC put an exclamation point on it by announcing it would hold up to five rounds that day, rather than the planned three rounds, to insure it wraps up.



Nielsen December Forecast Sees Bigger Pay-TV Decline

The number of cable subscribers continues to decline, according to the December cable universe estimates from Nielsen. According to a report by analyst Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research Group, Nielsen estimates a median decline in pay-TV homes of 1.9% from last year.



4K TVs, Game Consoles Top Black Friday Tech Sales 

Deep discounts on 4K TVs, special bundles on gaming consoles, and heavy promotions for new virtual reality headsets helped all three tech categories perform well over the Black Friday shopping weekend, according to multiple industry sources. The Consumer Technology Association reported that TVs ran away with the No. 1 slot.



Good news, buyers: Ad blocking may have peaked 

Right at the top of the list of media buying worries over the past two years has been ad blocking. It’s gone from nebulous threat to something more sinister – reports out earlier this year said ad blocking would rise to an alarming 37 percent by 2020. But what if those fears are way overblown?



Government To Allow IoT Hacking For Research

Security professionals can now hack IoT devices without breaking the law, thanks to an updated ruling in the U.S. Copyright Office. The new rule under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act permits security researchers to legally circumvent device manufacturers’ software to control connected devices.



Google security expert says antivirus apps don’t work

A senior security engineer at Google told a hacker conference that traditional antivirus apps that use intrusion detection are useless and companies should switch to meaningful methods such as whitelisting applications. Darren Bilby called many existing tools ineffective “magic” that engineers are forced to install.



Airbnb Bans Become a Free Speech Issue 

A new development in Airbnb’s suit against New York state shows the difficulty of expanding municipal bans on homesharing. While popular with travelers and homeowners, Airbnb is decidedly less well-liked by unions and the hospitality industry. In October, the company’s opponents won a significant victory.





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.