Digital Daily Dozen: 2/17/16

N.S.A. Gets Less Web Data Than Believed, Report Suggests (NY Times) 

A newly declassified report by the National Security Agency’s inspector general suggests that the government is receiving far less data from Americans’ international Internet communications than privacy advocates have long suspected. 

Marketers Keep Spending on Social Despite Lack of Results (Ad Age)

Marketers are expected to nearly double their social media spending in the next five years even though most can’t show the impact of social on their business, according to the biannual CMO Survey released Tuesday by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the American Marketing Association and Deloitte.   

John Kerry Holds Summit With Hollywood Studio Chiefs on ISIS (Hollywood Reporter)

Secretary of State John Kerry met with the heads of Hollywood studios during his trip to Los Angeles to discuss America’s image abroad, including how to counter ISIS. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell, who knows Kerry, arranged the 90-minute informal summit on the Universal lot.   

Israel’s Military Censor Aims to Control Online Chatter (Media Shift) 

Against a backdrop of increasing pressure on the media at large and civil society, Israel’s chief military censor earlier this month issued summonses to dozens of bloggers and Facebook page administrators directing them to adhere to strict guidelines.    

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook says firm will oppose iPhone court order (USA Today) 

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company would oppose a federal judge’s ruling ordering the technology giant to help investigators break into an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino, Calif., shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. “We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good.”  

Here’s why the FBI forcing Apple to break into an iPhone is a big deal (USA Today)

When US Magistrate Sheri Pym ruled that Apple must help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to killers in the San Bernardino shootings, the tech world shuddered. Why? The battle of encryption “backdoors” has been long standing in Silicon Valley. A company’s success could be made or broken on its ability to protect customer data.   

Calif. judge allows info release on 10M students (USA Today)

In a ruling that is causing some parents concern about their children’s privacy, a judge has granted a small, parent-run non-profit working for the rights of disabled children the ability to search sensitive information about more than 10 million California students.   

Google Acknowledges It Collects Student Information, but Doesn’t Target Ads (Recode)

Google acknowledges it collects information about students when they’re visiting Google-owned sites such as YouTube or services like Google Maps — but says it doesn’t use this personal data to target advertising. The company provided details of its privacy practices in response to an inquiry from Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.   

GoFundMe Has Helped Raise $2 Billion to Support Causes, Like Bringing Water to Flint  (Recode) 

Amid reports that the water in Flint, Mich., was too contaminated to drink, Marseille Allen and a friend responded by distributing bottles of water at a church and outside city hall. Allen posted a photo of her volunteer efforts on Facebook and was overwhelmed by the response from friends, family and former classmates.     


Local governments increasingly see before them exciting new opportunities to develop next-generation broadband in their communities—and to reap the many benefits that broadband will deliver to their residents and businesses.  


The issue of broadband connectivity in rural areas of Alabama has become a bigger item on the state’s agenda in 2015. Gov Robert Bentley instituted a number of changes in 2015 to jumpstart the process of expanding the high-speed Internet service throughout the state.   


The FCC might apply privacy rules to broadband Internet access services now that these are classified as Title II telecommunications services. This paper provides necessary background by exploring the history and purpose of Section 222 of the Communications Act, which imposes a duty on Title II carriers.    

Court OKs Contempt Finding Against FilmOn (TV News Check)

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected Inc.’s claims that a judge abused his discretion by holding the company in contempt and penalizing it $90,000. The company also was ordered to pay more than $100,000 in legal fees.