Digital Daily Dozen 3/20/17

FCC’s Pai: Media Are Not Enemy of the People

Responds to Democrats concerned about hearing answers on Trump attacks  –B&C


NAB Slams FCC Repack Plan, Seeks Changes

Says auction structure was faulty, transition plan is flawed  –B&C


Drones for Tower Inspections? Lookout for FAA Regulations

FAA Waivers May Be Required.  Last summer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its first regulations allowing commercial flights of small unmanned aircraft (sUAS, colloquially known as drones). As we reported, those rules place a number of restrictions on flying drones for commercial use, although the agency provided the opportunity to obtain waivers of some rules.  –CommLawBlog


Star Trek-themed Kirk ransomware has Spock decryptor, demands ransom be paid in Monero

While you may want to live long and prosper, you don’t want to be “kirked”—an extension added to files encrypted by the new Star Trek-themed Kirk ransomware.  –Network World


Lessons From a Policy Success

Recently, there were news reports that President Trump, while meeting with executives to discuss his infrastructure plans, inquired about the possibility of auctioning the broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers. He should know that not only is it possible, it’s been done and its rare bipartisan path points to ways, even in the current discordant environment, to move our country forward.  –Inside Sources


How a Russian Decree on Online Streamers Could Hit Netflix, Hollywood

Russia’s culture ministry has introduced a requirement of mandatory exhibition licenses for all movies and television series offered by online video services in a move that industry representatives fear will hurt the online video streaming business and Hollywood alike.  –THR


The wireless spectrum sharing mover and shaker you might not know

Federated Wireless at forefront of CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) shared spectrum movement  –Network World


UK Withdraws Ads From Google, YouTube: Cites Hate Speech

British authorities want to know why advertisements marketing the government’s services appeared alongside videos carrying hate speech and extremist content on its YouTube Web site.  –Media Post


These temporary tattoos turn you into a temporary cyborg

MIT Media Lab’s DuoSkin uses temporary tattoos to turn skin into wireless interfaces, with the ability to connect with smartphones, transmit data, or display images based on body temperature.  –Washington Post


Cyber-Security Congress: politics driving cyber-security as much as business

The lines between cyber-criminals and state-sponsored attacks, monetary gain and political influence are becoming increasingly blurred, according to speakers at this year’s Cyber Security Congress in London.  –IDG Connect


Judge Nixes Google Settlement Over Email Scans

A federal judge has rejected a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging that Google violates people’s privacy by scanning emails for ad-targeting purposes.  –Media Post


ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn’t “sensitive”

ISP lobby groups make case against the FCC’s broadband privacy rules.  –ARSTechnica



The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi or Heather Vaughn 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. ________________________________________________________________