Digital Daily Dozen 1/21/16

Broadband CPNI Could Be New Privacy Battleground (Broadcasting & Cable) 

At press time, 59 privacy and activist groups and others had signed on to a letter to FCC chair Tom Wheeler petitioning the FCC to “quickly” open a rulemaking on broadband privacy oversight that insures it is a “brawny cop” on the privacy enforcement beat.  

Democrats Push Wheeler on Political Ad Disclosure (Broadcasting & Cable) 

More than 160 House Democrats (169 at last count) have asked the FCC to boost disclosures of political ads by “exercise[ing] its authority under existing law to require the disclosure of the true sponsors of political ads.” That came in a letter to FCC chair Tom Wheeler.   

Dealmakers Hail Digital-to-Linear Path for Unscripted Content (Broadcasting & Cable) 

The unscripted sector in the U.S. is facing oversaturation and ratings erosion. Even so, it still has plenty of upside due to the largest ongoing focus group in existence—the Internet—which creates marketing and distribution efficiencies only just being explored.   

Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future (NY Times)    

By just about every metric, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are getting larger, more entrenched in their own sectors, more powerful in new sectors and better protected from competition.   

16 States, ACLU Introduce Bills Limiting Stingrays, Location Tracking, Bulk Data Collection (Inside Sources)   

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers across 16 states and the American Civil Liberties Union announced a series of legislative proposals Wednesday aimed at giving Americans greater control over their privacy, including limiting government surveillance and mandating tech companies get user permission to collect data.   

How Netflix Is Spending Huge and Annoying Studios (Hollywood Reporter) 

“It becomes uncomfortable for a studio to go to its output partner and say, ‘Sorry, I bought theatrical on this film, but Netflix has SVOD,'” says one top dealmaker on how the streaming giant is disrupting the acquisition game.   

Campbell Ewald Can’t Shake Suit Over Text Ads  (MediaPost)  

Campbell-Ewald must face a potential class-action lawsuit for allegedly sending unsolicited text messages as part of an ad campaign for the Navy, the Supreme Court ruled.  The agency attempted to end the litigation by to pay $1,500 to Jose Gomez — the consumer who brought the case and hoped to serve as class representative.    

Babes In Techland: Traditional Play Still Rules (MediaPost) 

A study reports that parents say 87% of kids between the ages of 0 and 14 engage in some kind of traditional play each week, like dolls, board games and arts and crafts. And 85% take part in technology play. But kids do begin to ditch those familiar standards as they grow.     

FreedomPop Raises Another $50 Million to Offer Cheap Global Roaming for World Travelers (Recode) 

FreedomPop, which specializes in offering free and low-cost cellphone service, has raised another $50 million in funding and now plans to start selling a global hotspot. The move offers near-local rates for data rather than the sky-high roaming fees typically charged by the major carriers.    

Journalism Harnessing Power Of Video Games (Nieman Lab)  

As digital technology allows more and more of our lives as consumers to be framed as play, scoring points or competing with others, news outlets of all kinds have been incorporating games into their strategies. 


Frustrated by congressional gridlock, legislators in 16 states and the District of Columbia unveiled an array of bills aimed at bolstering privacy protections. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, which coordinated the rollout of the bills, argued that state action is necessary because Congress has been “asleep at the switch.”        


After the June 2013 leaks by government contractor Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance of Americans’ online and phone communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy.    



Google’s head of ideas, Jared Cohen, said that the terror group ISIS must be pushed off of the open web if it is to be hindered from spreading its message online. Cohen, whose responsibility at Google is to build tools to fight oppression, made the comments on Jan 18. Cohen said it won’t be possible to push ISIS from the dark web.