Digital Daily Dozen 1/19/17

FCC’s Incentive Auction to End After Stage 4

The FCC will be able to close the spectrum auction and at an 84 MHz spectrum total some had suggested was the last clearing target for a successful auction. –Broadcasting & Cable


Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier

App stores backed by giant corporations have created choke points for the internet, which governments are now exploiting.  –New York Times


15% of US broadband homes have antenna-only TV

New cord-cutter consumer research from Parks Associates shows the percentage of US broadband households that use only antennas to receive TV has steadily increased since 2013 to reach 15%.  –Broadband TV News


The Final Days of Obama’s Tech Surge

The “Obama Tech Surge” brought top coders, designers and a Silicon Valley mindset to Washington to remake government information technology. Now the U.S. Digital Service and other teams worry that Trump will undo everything they’ve done.  –Backchannel


Ross: No Rolling Back Internet Handoff

Trump Commerce secretary nominee and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross laid to rest any possibility of rolling back the Obama administration’s handoff of internet domain name oversight to the international community Wednesday.  –Inside Sources


Can a DDoS attack on be a valid protest?

A software engineer wants to take down the site to oppose Trump’s inauguration.  –NetworkWorld


Davos: With Olympics deal, Alibaba burnishes China’s global credentials

In a further sign of China attempting to burnish its globalist credentials, e-commerce giant Alibaba said Thursday it signed on as one of the lead sponsors of the Olympics through 2028.  –USA Today


Verizon seeks FCC permission to shutter more legacy SS7 voice switches, citing ongoing IP transition

Verizon has asked the FCC to relieve the service provider of its obligations to upgrade and replace SS7 signaling equipment, illustrating another sign of the telco’s network transition from legacy TDM to IP. –Fierce Telecom


ISPs seek end of privacy rules just in time for Trump’s inauguration

New privacy rules that protect the Web browsing data of broadband subscribers went into effect just two weeks ago, but they could be overturned shortly after Republicans gain a majority at the Federal Communications Commission.  –ars Technica


CIA unveils new rules for collecting and storing information on U.S. citizens

The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.  –Venture Beat


Talk radio hosts and bloggers may benefit from White House press move

Talk radio hosts and bloggers could be given greater access to official White House press briefings once the Trump administration takes office, under a highly irregular proposal being floated that may also remove briefings from the West Wing.  –The Guardian


Encrypted email service ProtonMail opens door for Tor users

ProtonMail now has a home on the dark web.  The encrypted email provider announced Thursday it will allow its users to access the site through the Tor anonymity service.  –ZDNet



The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi or Heather Vaughn 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.