Digital Daily Dozen 11/8/16

NAB Suing FCC Over Ownership Rule Review   

The National Association of Broadcasters is taking the FCC to court once again over its quadrennial media ownership regulatory review, the association has confirmed. Look for the filing within a week. “Broadcasters want to compete in the digital age … but FCC rules need to reflect 2016 and not the 1960s.”



Here’s how to get an early look at Tuesday’s presidential election results 

Expect to hear a lot about VoteCastr today, as it bucks the Election Day news tradition of withholding voting data until the polls close. Using turnout data combined with pre-election polling, the company will project current vote totals in key regions and races throughout the day.



Here’s how hackers can wreak havoc on Election Day 

The 2016 presidential race has been riddled with leaks perpetrated by hackers who wormed their way into servers to try to undermine the election. Interference by hackers is totally possible. That doesn’t mean hackers are able to alter the election results, but they could sow fear and mayhem that lead to claims of rigging after Election Day.



Why you can’t vote online 

Online banking works by heavily verifying users’ identities, but, by law, voting in American elections has to be anonymous, which greatly complicates verifying voter identification. And although shopping online seems to work fine, billions are lost in the U.S. each year from internet credit card scamming.



China’s Internet Controls Will Get Stricter, to Dismay of Foreign Business 

In August, business groups around the world petitioned China to rethink a proposed cybersecurity law that they said would hurt foreign companies and further separate the country from the internet. On Monday, China passed that law — a sign that when it comes to the internet, China will go its own way.



What can ESPN and other sports networks do to stop the cable slide?   

Streaming services are hoping to get the disgruntled cable customers who have declared their dissatisfaction in polls. But what can cable and satellite do to prevent more hemorrhaging? There are a lot of choices for consumers as they have Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and other streaming choices.




The primary objective of broadband policy ought to be to stimulate faster, better, cheaper broadband. There are many paths up the mountain. First, get everyone on. Second, use the platform to better deliver public goods and services. Third, help every enterprise to become a networked, empowered enterprise.




Summer 2016, the UN declared that it considers the Internet to be a human right. An addition was made to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information.”




Facebook has agreed to “pause” its plan to use data from UK users of messaging service WhatsApp for advertising and product improvement purposes across the rest of its business, after an intervention from the UK information commissioner.



Drones get sightline tracking, facial recognition tech   

Privacy-protected video and geopositioning data from multiple drones can be live-streamed between field agents and command centers, thanks to a partnership between three IT firms. The solution combines a drone manufacturer, an enterprise software firm, and a builder of public surveillance and identity verification products.



Mobile Video Viewing Survey Finds 85% Jump Since 2010 

Mobile video viewing has been growing rapidly and reached massive scale over the course of recent years, according to a new mobile video viewing survey. Some 1.1 billion consumers use their smartphones or other Internet-connected mobile devices to watch streaming video content, according to Ericsson ConsumerLab.



Retailers Grasp IoT Value, Along With Internal Obstacles

Many retailers see the value in the Internet of Things but also see a lot of shortcomings in their own ability to take advantage of it. Retailers say that IoT solutions could help them with shoppers by better engagement and customer service in stores, according to a new study.



China Adopts Film Law, With Mixed Implications for Hollywood   

China’s top legislature has passed the first law governing the country’s fast-growing film industry. The formal approval of the legislation comes after several phases of semi-public review, and the final version appears to contain few surprises. There are provisions that will be welcomed by Hollywood.





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.