Digital Daily Dozen 12/16/2013

US NSA debates amnesty for Edward Snowden

The person running a U.S. National Security Agency task force to assess the damage of the leaks by Edward Snowden told a TV network that granting him amnesty is "worth having a conversation about."

The NSA still has no idea how much information Snowden took

American intelligence and law enforcement investigators have concluded that they may never know the entirety of what the former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden extracted from classified government computers before leaving the United States, according to senior government officials.

Facebook Leak Reveals Plan to Nab TV Ad Dollars
A leaked, confidential presentation to teach Facebook partners how to sell the social network’s video advertising details the Internet company’s plan to beat TV. If Facebook’s plan works, it could lure in tons of ad revenue as marketers shift their focus from TV to digital.

Time Warner Cable Expands Live Local TV via App
Time Warner Cable has made live local TV station signals available on its TWC TV app in Los Angeles and San Diego. Consumer demand for live TV programming over the Internet is said to be strong. "The big hang-up for the networks is measurement."

Twitter Tests Localization Mobile Feature ‘Nearby’
Twitter has an eye on your location — and is testing ways to share it with other nearby users. The short-messaging service appears to be testing a new timeline for its mobile app called "Nearby." It shows recent nearby tweets, whether you follow the tweeter or not.

Advocacy Groups Criticize Ban On FilmOn X

The federal judge who prohibited FilmOn X from operating didn’t adequately consider the "public interest in innovation," a coalition of nonprofits argue in new court papers. The groups — Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Engine Advocacy — criticize the reasoning of the U.S. District Court Judge.

A participant in a White House-sponsored review of surveillance activities described as “shameful” an apparent decision to leave most of the NSA’s controversial bulk spying intact. Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Institute, said that the review panel he advised is at risk of missing an opportunity.


As long as your mobile phone is on, your wireless carrier keeps track of your location. It’s relatively easy. State and local police — not just federal officials — are collecting these records in investigations that have nothing to do with national security, the domain in which debates on surveillance have occurred lately.

The House Judiciary Committee could have more to do on the issue of “cellphone unlocking.” The committee, which has worked on the issue before, may take up the issue again. Many in Congress applauded the announcement that five top cellphone carriers have reached an agreement.

Networks Share Social Success Stories; Look Ahead to the Future of Social Metrics

Constantly looking for a new way to engage fans, TV networks have reached out to Twitter followers, Facebook fans and Tumblr fanatics to increase engagement and hopefully in the end, ratings. But as technology changes and new platforms are constantly introduced, broadcasters always have to be thinking outside the box.

Big Uptick In TV Binge Viewing

Netflix says that among the viewers who stream at least one TV show a week, 61% of this group also binge on TV shows regularly. Among those who stream multiple episodes of a TV series, 38% do it as a solo event.

Parents: Don’t Panic About Your Kids’ Social Media Habits

Kids today! They’re online all the time, sharing every little aspect of their lives. What’s wrong with them? Nothing, says Danah Boyd, a Microsoft researcher who studies social media. In a book coming out this winter, Boyd argues that teenagers aren’t doing much online that’s very different from what kids did at the sock hop.

Companies to help formulate facial recognition policies
Companies hoping to use facial recognition technology will begin working with the Commerce Department and privacy advocates next year to develop policies on the technology’s use. Companies are calling for voluntary guidelines that can help nurture a budding technology, while privacy groups are lobbying for laws.

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.