Digital Daily Dozen: 12/13/16

Net neutrality faces extinction under Trump 

Setting the stage for new leadership at the FCC, the senate failed to reconfirm Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. That means when (or if) Chair Tom Wheeler steps down, Republicans will hold a majority. And their first order of business will likely be to reverse the historic network neutrality rules that were finalized in 2015.



Homeland Security Committee Chair Backs Russia Hack Probe   

Rep. Michael McCaul has come out strongly in support of a government probe of the possible influence of Russian email hacks/leaks on the presidential election. President-elect Donald Trump has discounted the claims, arguing that the narrative of Russian interference was just the latest effort to de-legitimize Trump’s win.



Sen. Capito: Broadband Should Be Key Trump Infrastructure Priority 

President-elect Donald Trump has pledged a trillion-dollar infrastructure makeover. Broadband buildout backers want to make sure that is a priority of that effort. In a letter to Trump, Sen. Shelley Capito asked that broadband deployment be a “core component.”



India Hobbles Through a Cash Crisis, and Electronic Payments Boom

Millions of Indians are moving toward a cashless economy, fulfilling what Prime Minister Narendra Modi now says was an objective of banning 500- and 1,000-rupee notes. The large-currency ban was originally presented as a move to curb corruption, counterfeiting and so-called black money.




Every time you “like” something on Facebook or search something on Google, these companies learn a little bit more about you — and provide a slightly more personalized experience based on that. And people of different races and classes have different needs and constraints, so we all use the Internet differently.



Coalition to introduce broadband surcharge to help pay for rural NBN 

The Australian government is planning to charge competitors to the National Broadband Network a levy to help pay for rural broadband services. The levy would ensure NBN rivals are unable to cherrypick the most profitable parts of the market, usually in the inner city, and leave NBN Co to wholly subsidize rural and remote areas.



Comcast raises controversial “Broadcast TV” and “Sports” fees $48 per year 

Comcast’s latest price hikes include a significant increase in the company’s widely despised “Broadcast TV” and “Regional Sports Network” fees. The Broadcast TV fee is moving from $5 a month to $7 a month, while the Regional Sports Network fee is rising from $3 a month to $5 a month, according to notices sent to customers.



Media buyers to Facebook: Clean up your act   

It’s happening again. And media people are really starting to get miffed. For the third time in three months, Facebook admitted to miscalculating its metrics, disclosing the problem in a blog post. This time the glitch was nowhere near as problematic as the last two were for advertisers.



Wells Fargo: Net Retrans to Hit $13.5 Billion by 2021 

Many affiliates are getting higher retrans rates than the network O&Os. Wells Fargo forecasts industry reverse compensation of $5.5 billion by ’21. This represents cumulative growth of 138% as of 2016. Recall that reverse comp is what the stations pay to the networks, so it’s an expense line item for affils and a revenue line for nets.



Imagining the Newsroom of the Future 

News directors, content managers and producers in TV newsrooms across the country have begun to realize that the old legacy model of TV news won’t fly on digital platforms. Simply “chopping up” a newscast into smaller, bite-size, separate story segments and then posting them on a station website is fast becoming an outmoded concept.



Can journalism be virtual? 

A new generation of virtual reality technologies seeks to significantly expand the social and physiological effect of virtual experiences, with profound implications for journalism. Journalism inside these new virtual worlds will require an entirely different set of skills and approaches, and will challenge core journalistic concepts.



As U.S. spy chief, Fiorina would support backdoors

Carly Fiorina, U.S. spy chief? The evolution from tech CEO to presidential hopeful to possible director of national intelligence — an appointment floated by the New York Times, which quoted an unnamed Trump transition team member saying she’s under consideration — reflects Fiorina’s dogged pursuit of political superlatives.



Dozens arrested in international DDoS-for-hire crackdown

Law enforcement agencies arrested 34 suspects in 13 countries, including the U.K and the U.S., as part of a crackdown last week on DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. The arrests targeted buyers of DDoS-for-hire services, which make a profit by shutting down Internet-connected systems.





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.