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Cost of Connectivity 2014

Open Technology Institute: “The Cost of Connectivity is an annual report that examines the cost and speed of broadband Internet access in 24 cities in the United States (U.S.) and abroad. Overall, the data that we have collected in the past three years demonstrates that the majority of U.S. cities surveyed lag behind their international peers, paying more money for slower Internet access. The report presents the 2014 Cost of Connectivity data, which was collected between July and September 2014. The 2014 report includes:

    • A literature review of other studies that rank and compare broadband speeds, pricing, and market factors domestically and internationally, which explains how the Cost of Connectivity fits among other reports produced by international organizations and independent think tanks and contributes new data and analysis.
    • A detailed methodology, which explains both the data collection process and the methods used to conduct the analysis for our findings. The data from this and past reports is also publicly available online for researchers and other interested parties to view and download.
    • Specific findings from our data set for both home and mobile broadband pricing, as well as additional observations about the data. We include the following rankings and comparisons:
      • The fastest home broadband speed available in each city,
      • The fastest home broadband plan available for under $40 in each city,
      • The range and median prices of broadband services in the U.S. compared to Europe,
      • The cost of 3 GB of mobile data in each city,
      • The mobile data cap available for under $40 in each city,
      • The average cost of all plans in each city based on a range of speed or data caps,
      • The average speed or data cap available in each city in a particular price range,
      • The relationship between speed and price for home broadband plans in each city,
      • Trends in wireless data, and
      • The prevalence of data caps and modem fees.”

 

 

The False Promise of Anonymity – CDT

Sarah St.Vincent and Alex Bradshaw: “In recent weeks, multiple apps promising “secret” messaging have had sensitive data exposed by breaches and the apps’ not-so-secret data-sharing practices. This news makes one thing clear: the term “anonymity,” as used by apps that ostensibly enable individuals to post updates anonymously, often promises too much. Many applications promising anonymityContinue Reading

Communications carriers using browser codes to monetize customer site visits

Forbes – Kashmir Hill: “The generally accepted trade-off on the Internet is that you give up your privacy to get free stuff. It’s summed up by a frequently repeated adage, “If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.” But sometimes you’re paying for it, and you’re still the product. Verizon and AT&T customers are paying anContinue Reading

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism

NYT – Ravi Somaiya: “Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy. Mr. Marra’s team designs the code that drives Facebook’s News Feed – the stream of updates, photographs, videos and stories that users see.Continue Reading

Executive Order – Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions

“Given that identity crimes, including credit, debit, and other payment card fraud, continue to be a risk to U.S. economic activity, and given the economic consequences of data breaches, the United States must take further action to enhance the security of data in the financial marketplace. While the U.S. Government’s credit, debit, and other paymentContinue Reading

A Conceptual Framework for the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies

Marian, Omri Y., A Conceptual Framework for the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies (October 14, 2014). University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, Vol. 81, 2015 Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2509857 “This Essay proposes a conceptual framework for the regulation of transactions involving cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies offer tremendous opportunities for innovation and development, but at the same timeContinue Reading

337Info – Unfair Import Investigations Information System

“337Info is an information retrieval system that contains data about USITC section 337 investigations, including: the unfair act(s) alleged (patent, trademark, or copyright infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets; etc.) the parties involved (current and historical) the Administrative Law Judge(s) (ALJ(s)) and USITC staff assigned (current and historical) the product(s) involved current investigation status and keyContinue Reading

Microsoft and Other Firms Pledge to Protect Student Data – NYT

NATASHA SINGER: “A week after California enacted a landmark law restricting the ways education technology companies can use the information they collect about elementary through high school students, a group of leading industry players is pledging to adopt similar data protections nationwide. The 14 companies include: Microsoft; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the educational publishing house; Amplify, a developerContinue Reading

At OECD Global Forum, EPIC Urges “Algorithmic Transparency”

EPIC: Speaking to delegates at the OECD Global Forum for the Knowledge Economy in Tokyo, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg urged OECD member countries to endorse “algorithmic transparency,” the principle that data processes that impact individuals be made public. Mr. Rotenberg explained that companies are too secretive about what they collect and how they use personal data. Mr.Continue Reading

UK – Airlines cleared for mobile phone use during flights

BBC News – “The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says electronic devices such as mobile phones can be left switched on during flights. EASA says that electronic devices do not pose a safety risk. The announcement clears the way for airlines to permit the use of mobile phones, once they have conducted their own safety reviews. Currently airline passengers have toContinue Reading

Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed

“Two days ago, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything about the uproar was highly unscientific. We don’t like unscientific, so we promised then that we would use our lab equipment to findContinue Reading

A day in the life of a data mined kid – report

Adrienne Hill: “Education, like pretty much everything else in our lives these days, is driven by data. Our childrens’ data. A whole lot of it. Nearly everything they do at school can be — and often is — recorded and tracked, and parents don’t always know what information is being collected, where it’s going, or how it’sContinue Reading