CLIP-ings: August 1, 2014Internet Governance
Unlimited(ish) Data: In a letter to Verizon, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler demanded justifications for the company’s plan to throttle its 4G users who have grandfathered-in unlimited data, as such policy might violate the Commission’s requirement of “reasonable network management.”
Exemption Unlocked, Part II: The House of Representatives passed a bill that would reinstate the cell phone exemption to the DMCA’s anti-DRM-cracking provisions; the Senate passed the bill in June, and President Obama indicated he will sign the bill into law.
USA Freedom Act, Round II: Senator Patrick Leahy proposed a revised version of the surveillance bill that would provide a more expansive prohibition on the government’s bulk collection of American telephone and Internet data and stronger limits on the amount of information that can legally be sought in a search.
Profitable Privacy? After realizing potential business promise, Facebook is incorporating pro-privacy features such as new privacy defaults and options for anonymity.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
If You Build It, They Will Hack: The U.S. government wants social media outlets to integrate wiretap capabilities into their systems to enable easier surveillance; critics say this would do more harm than good by making systems more vulnerable to illegal attacks.
Anti-Missile, Not Anti-Hacker: The Chinese hacking team Comment Crew is being accused of stealing data that details the technology behind the Iron Dome, Israel’s missile defense system.
Hacking “Things” With Ease: Researchers conducting a security audit of popular Internet of Things devices such as home thermostats and televisions found a total of 250 vulnerabilities that would enable hackers to steal data or control devices remotely.
Clearing Hurdles: Two companies who previously opposed Google’s proposal to trademark the word “Glass” have transferred to Google ownership of their own “glass” trademarks; the settlement ameliorates USPTO concerns over consumer confusion and thus helps to smooth Google’s path to registration.
Free Expression & Censorship
Congressional Pranksters: Wikipedia has imposed a 10-day block on page edits from IP addresses belonging to the House of Representatives following a series of “persistent disruptive editing” from the addresses to entries about politicians, businesses, and significant events.
One For The Profs: In response to some publishers imposing high costs and sale restrictions on casebooks, two Duke Law professors have released a free open source intellectual property coursebook.
On The Lighter Side
What Are You Reading? “The Flare provides the most conspicuous reading experience yet.”
Editorial Fellows: Victoria Geronimo, Anand Mohan