Digital Daily Dozen 1/22/2014

Ukraine’s 1984 moment: Government using cellphones to track protesters

“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” That’s the chilling text message people near the clash between Ukrainian riot police and protesters in Kiev yesterday received shortly after midnight, Andrew E. Kramer at the New York Times reports.

Yale’s crackdown on student Web site creates another headache for administration

Digital unrest continues at Yale after the university forced the closure of a student-made site that allowed for students to compare course evaluations at a glance. Now, another student, Sean Haufler, has made a Chrome extension that replicates the same features but doesn’t break Yale appropriate data use rules.

Amazon Denies It’s Considering Online Pay TV Service

In the digital wake of Verizon buying "the remains of" Intel Media and its OnCue CloudTV platform with the intent of launching "next-generation video services," the Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is considering a new online pay-TV service and has talked to at least three major media companies.

Better than TV! White spaces bring wireless bonanza to West Virginia

A white spaces network at West Virginia University is the first step in piggybacking Wi-Fi clients onto a bonanza of new spectrum that’s ideal for mobile users.

According to newly-declassified court orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the NSA was (and may still be) tipping off the FBI at least two to three times per day going back at least to 2006.

Several of the key surveillance reforms unveiled by President Barack Obama face complications that could muddy the proposals’ lawfulness, slow their momentum in Congress and saddle the government with heavy costs and bureaucracy, legal experts warn.


Increasingly, it appears that Americans are taking the Internet for granted, and that’s a problem. It’s only January, and we’ve already had a federal appeals court strike down the FCC’s net neutrality rules and President Obama placed into the awkward position of having to explain the nation’s rampant NSA spying.

Yahoo’s Mayer: 2014 Is Internet’s ‘Tipping Point’
Marissa Mayer said that 2014 will be a "tipping point" for the evolution of the Internet. "Really fundamental things are happening," said the Yahoo CEO at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "The Internet of things" is going to "change everyone’s daily routines."

HBO, Showtime Refute Claim of Subscriber Loss
HBO, Showtime and Starz have blasted a highly-touted study that said premium channels were losing subscribers to digital services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. The NPD Group study, Showtime said, "does not accurately reflect actual subscriber counts."

Guardian Blocked in China After Story on Wealth
The Guardian appeared to be partially blocked in China after revealing that relatives of the country’s political and military leaders are making use of offshore companies in the Caribbean. Earlier this month, the Guardian was briefly partially blocked before becoming accessible again.

Comcast To Relaunch Hyperlocal EveryBlock

Comcast, which shut down the neighborhood news last February amid financial losses, is relaunching it Thursday in Chicago, hoping to reconnect with its users and revive its fortunes in the challenging hyperlocal space.,0,7159678.story

Navigant Study Refutes Claims TV Broadcasters Received Free Spectrum

The argument that broadcast TV stations received spectrum licenses "for free" is grossly misleading, said a new study. The study found nearly all TV station owners paid market value for their spectrum licenses through private transactions, and noted other spectrum holders received spectrum licenses without compensation.

Apple gets reprieve from e-book monitor’s oversight

A U.S. appeals court gave Apple Inc a reprieve from an external monitor appointed to oversee its compliance with antitrust laws after the company had been found liable last July for conspiring to raise e-book prices.

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.