Digital Daily Dozen: 11/4/16

Each Facebook User Is Currently Worth $14 in Annual Ad Revenue, According to New Report

Each of Facebook’s 1.8 billion global users has been worth, on average, $14.17 to the social network in ad revenue for the last year, according to SocialFlow’s research. Additionally, it found that users on average see about 10 ads on Facebook a day.



Google rejects European antitrust charges   

Google formally rejected European Union antitrust charges that its business practices stifle competition and restrict consumer choices, setting the stage for regulators to decide next year if they will levy hefty fines against the Internet giant. “We can’t agree with a case that lacks evidence and would limit our ability to serve our users.”



Hackers get smarter: They’re lowering their ransom prices 

While hackers might take over or disable your computer with the aim of selling your financial account numbers or other sensitive information to criminals, they more typically are looking for a quick payment in the form of a ransom, said Adam Levin, the author of Swiped, a book on ID theft.



White House Readies to Fight Election Day Cyber Mayhem 

The U.S. government believes hackers from Russia or elsewhere may try to undermine next week’s presidential election and is mounting an unprecedented effort to counter their cyber meddling, American officials said. The effort is being coordinated by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.



FCC Gives ISPs Year to Adopt New Opt-In Privacy Regime 

The FCC says it will give ISPs a year—and theoretically even longer—to get their subs’ permission (notice and choice) before sharing web browsing and app use histories with third parties for marketing and other purposes. A divided FCC voted Oct. 27 on the new broadband privacy opt-in regime for sharing web browsing and app info.



House Democrats Ask FTC to Beef Up IoT Security   

House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee ranking member Jan Schakowsky want the FTC to take action to protect consumers from cyberattacks on their Internet of Things.



FCC Seeks Input on Telecom Competition 

The FCC is seeking input on how competitive the telecommunications marketplace is and what to do about it. The deregulatory Republican contingent on the commission are already urging more than lip service to statute they read as requiring the FCC to seriously review all those regs and excise any no longer necessary.



Opting in to better online privacy protection  (Commentary by Stuart Brotman)   

Since most consumers interact with many different commercial entities online, varying treatment of consumer data can only result in greater confusion. ISPs also argue that the ruling confers a competitive advantage to online companies that are exempt. As a result, industry competition can be affected as well.




A new study by Pew reveals that, overall, the civically engaged are indeed more likely than the less engaged to use and value local news. But two particular aspects of civic engagement stand out as most closely associated with local news habits: a strong connection to one’s community and always voting in local elections.



Your WiFi-connected thermostat can take down the whole Internet. We need new regulations.  (Commentary) 

If we want to secure our increasingly computerized and connected world, we need more government involvement in the security of the “Internet of Things” and increased regulation of what are now critical and life-threatening technologies. It’s no longer a question of if, it’s a question of when.



The Internet of Things: Challenges and Opportunities  (Commentary)

The US believes strongly and has a deep commitment in law and practice to the idea that people should not be subject to arbitrary or unlawful interference with their privacy. It is important to ensure that our policies allow for entrepreneurs and inventors to find new uses for data and develop new applications that improve quality of life.



TiVo Settles DVR Patent Suit Against Samsung

Samsung no longer has to fear a patent infringement suit from TiVo: The DVR pioneer — recently bought by Rovi, which changed its name — announced a “broad intellectual property license” with Samsung that includes a stay of their litigation “upon satisfaction of certain conditions.”



Virtual Reality Revenue Projected To $38 Billion Long Term

The projections for the growth virtual reality keep coming and the farther out they go, the higher they get. The latest forecast has virtual reality growing to $38 billion in revenue in 10 years. VR growth over the next two years will be modest before explosive growth after that, according to the semi-annual study by Greenlight Insights.





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.