Digital Daily Dozen 12/23/2013



In environmental policy, the Precautionary Principle means we should take aggressive action to avoid risks, even if we don’t know that those risks will come to fruition. But there is a serious problem with the Precautionary Principle, which is that risks are on all sides of social situations. The point is general.

As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the NSA arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry.


How do we define open? It’s an imprecise term that’s being used to describe five areas of interest within networking. Open, as it is currently used, does not lend itself to the precise discussions needed to address specific networking problems.

The NSA is trying to have it both ways on its domestic spying programs

Traditionally, domestic surveillance powers were held by law enforcement agencies, not the NSA. And the existence of the spying powers were not secret. Everyone knows that the FBI and local police departments have the power to compel telecommunications companies to disclose their customers’ communications.

Five Things Mother Learned From Putting Internet Addicts In Detox

Last month, during Internet Week Europe, Mother London conducted an experiment — No Internet Week — in which five internet-addicted media types were deprived of their smartphone, email and any internet access for a whole week. The agency has now released this video, giving an insight into the project and its effects.

Google News Posts Wrong Photo with CBS Story
Ian "H" Watkins, a member of the British pop group Steps, tweeted his anger after being wrongly linked to a convicted sex offender. The Google News aggregator appears to have matched a BBC photo of the pop star with a CBS News report about the sex offender.

YouTube Claims Eyed by Gaming Video Creators
Independent developer Lars Doucet has begun an effort to organize a movement in response to the rise of YouTube copyright claims against gaming-focused content on the video site. Doucet has created a wikia directory page as a resource for video creators.

Dish Network Gets More Time for Wireless Strategy
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said that Dish Network could take more time to build a network using some of the wireless airwaves it has bought. The new waiver gives Dish eight years instead of seven to use some of its spectrum.

Tribune, TWC Agree To Retrans Deal

Tribune TV stations in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and Indianapolis were included in the multi-year distribution deal with Time Warner Cable that also includes Local TV Holdings stations and WGN America.

Smart TVs Push Increase in Media Devices

Internet-enabled TV devices will witness rapid growth over the next year — but a huge portion of those devices will not be online connections. U.S. homes will see a 44% rise to 202 million media devices — up from 140 million at the end of 2013, per NPD Group’s Connected Home Forecast.

While Tech Companies Call for Spying Reform, Telcos Silent

Eight of the world’s leading tech companies set aside their rivalries to issue a direct challenge to U.S. lawmakers: Lead the world by example and fix America’s broken surveillance state. Although the tech companies’ statement sends a powerful message, notably absent from the signatories is a single telco.

Apple reaches iPhone deal with China Mobile

Apple has reached a long-awaited deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile, world’s biggest phone carrier. The companies announced a multi-year deal, to begin selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in China on Jan. 17. Pricing was not announced.

Government Snooping and E-Surveillance Call for a Geneva Convention for Data (Commentary)

As the PRISM disclosures demonstrated, government surveillance has grown, often with little restraint from domestic laws and even less regard for international ones. This disregard requires the development of international standards governing government collection of data to protect privacy.

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.