Digital Daily Dozen: 12/7/15

After San Bernardino, Hillary Clinton Reaffirms Call for Silicon Valley to Do More Against ISIS (Recode)

After the Paris attacks last month, Hillary Clinton called on Silicon Valley to join forces with the U.S. government in its fight against the Islamic State. She reiterated that call during a talk at the Brookings Institution. The New York Times reported that one of the suspected attackers had pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook before the attacks. 

Meet the Russian Company That Got Its Antitrust Watchdog to Bite Google (Recode) 

Here’s something Yandex has accomplished that few other Google competitors have: It took the Internet behemoth to court for antitrust — and won. In October, Russia’s antitrust authority ruled that Google’s practice of bundling its services on Android handsets violated national law.   

Court Hears Challenge To Net Neutrality Rules (Reuters)

A U.S. appeals court heard arguments over the legality of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, in a case that may ultimately determine how consumers get access to content on the Internet. The fight is the latest battle over Obama administration rules requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally.    

‘Questions From the Judges Suggest Trouble’ for Net Neutrality (Inside Sources)  

After almost two years of deliberation, a highly partisan vote in February and months of observation and speculation since their implementation, the FCC’s strongest Internet regulations ever adopted went on trial in federal court Friday, where judges scrutinized the rules they’ll decide the legality of in the weeks to come.   

Obama wants help from tech firms to fight terrorism (Network World)

U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking the help of tech companies to combat terror threats, which he described as entering a new phase. Obama’s remarks could put into sharp focus again the demand by law enforcement agencies for tech companies to provide ways for the government to be able to access encrypted communications. 


Reps Jared Huffman, Mike Thompson, and Rick Nolan introduced the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Investment Act, which would unlock new opportunities for broadband deployment on California’s North Coast and in rural communities across America.   


81% of US households get a broadband Internet service at home, an increase from 26% in 2005. Broadband now accounts for 97% of all households with Internet service at home — an increase from 91% in 2010, and 40% in 2005. Overall, 84% of households get an Internet service at home, and 69% of adults access the net on a phone.   


The portion of US households using landlines for voice service has fallen below half for the first time, according to the latest data on household voice telephony choices from the Centers for Disease Control. This is because more and more American households are cutting the cord for voice services and using only wireless telephones.   

 Netizen Report: ‘Terrorist Threat’ or Political Speech? States Target Social Media Post-Paris (Mediashift)

While the specter of ISIS is nothing new for much of the Arab region, the November attacks on Paris and Beirut brought heightened urgency to ongoing global debates on violent extremism. As in the past, governments have targeted social media, seeking to extinguish online activities of extremist organizations, but also political activists. 

Index Benchmarks Daily Supply Of Digital Uniques: Finds Holidays, Not News, Make A Cyber Difference (Media Post) 

In a finding that reinforces a Norman Rockwell view of Thanksgiving, Americans did disconnect from the Web during this year’s gatherings — sort of. While the overall supply of Americans connected to digital media dipped 7% on Thanksgiving Day, the number that remained connected via their mobile devices declined only 3%. 

X Marks the Spot That Makes Online Ads So Maddening (NY Times) 

They pop up, they expand, they take over, they even dance: As our screens have shrunk, online advertisements have grown ever more annoying.   

Can’t Put Down Your Device? That’s by Design (NY Times) 

Some people in the technology field are rethinking techniques that encourage users of an app or a service to stay with it or return to it habitually.   

Hello (hackable) Barbie (Washington Post)    

Cybersecurity researchers uncovered a number of major security flaws in systems behind Hello Barbie, an Internet-connected doll that listens to children and uses artificial intelligence to respond. Vulnerabilities in the mobile app and cloud storage used by the doll could have allowed hackers to eavesdrop.