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FCC Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal Fact Sheet

March 10, 2016: “Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Give Broadband Consumers Increased Choice, Transparency & Security With Respect to Their Data – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated for consideration by the full Commission a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to ensure consumers have the tools they need to make informed choices about how and whetherContinue Reading

Supreme Court Rejects Apple’s Request to Review E-Books Antitrust Conspiracy Findings

DOJ news release, March 7, 2016: ” The U.S. Supreme Court today denied Apple’s petition for certiorari in United States v. Apple Inc., making final lower court decisions that Apple orchestrated a price-fixing conspiracy with five major e-book publishers and substantially raised e-book prices. The Supreme Court’s action triggers Apple’s obligation to pay $400 millionContinue Reading

Resources for National Consumer Protection Week

“National Consumer Protection Week (March 6-12, 2016) highlights the importance of understanding your consumer rights to make informed buying decisions. And it gives you the chance to learn about and share information to protect yourself and others from scams and fraud. Find a wealth of tips and information on a variety of consumer topics: banking,Continue Reading

Online Privacy and the Invisible Market for Our Data

Lipman, Rebecca, Online Privacy and the Invisible Market for Our Data (January 18, 2016). Penn State Law Review (2016, Forthcoming). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2717581 “Consumers constantly enter into blind bargains online. We trade our personal information for free websites and apps, without knowing exactly what will be done with our data. There isContinue Reading

CRS Report – Music Licensing in the 21st Century

Via FAS – Money for Something: Music Licensing in the 21st Century, Dana A. Scherer, Analyst in Telecommunications. January 19, 2016. “The laws that determine who pays whom in the digital world were written, by and large, at a time when music was primarily performed via radio broadcasts or distributed through physical media (such asContinue Reading

Paper – Solving journalism’s hidden problem: Terrible analytics

Via Brookings – “The path toward sustainable journalism is being undermined by terrible data, argues Tom Rosenstiel in this paper which contends that the metrics used to understand publishing were designed for other purposes and offer little information that is useful to journalists or publishers. For instance, page views can tell a publisher how manyContinue Reading

Online shopping creating a veritable crisis of cardboard waste

E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard: “Online shopping is even worse for the environment than traditional retailing, with environmental costs including additional cardboard and other packaging plus emissions from “increasingly personalized” freight services. Consumers expect that even their modest wants should be satisfied like urgent needs….From a sustainability perspective, we’re heading in theContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Fight for Kindle all-text bold option: Why you STILL need to write Amazon – and the media

Via LLRX.com – Fight for Kindle all-text bold option: Why you STILL need to write Amazon – and the media – David Rothman has been proactively and consistently engaged in an effort to increase visual usability of the Kindle for K-12 kids, the elderly and others with contrast-sensitivity problems. He has requested the company implementContinue Reading

Pew – How Americans balance privacy concerns with sharing personal information

“Many Americans are in an “It depends” frame of mind when they consider a central trade-off of the digital era: Will you share personal information in return for a product, service or other benefit? A new report from Pew Research Center explores six different scenarios where Americans might encounter that privacy-related question. It finds thatContinue Reading

Why the US Needs a New, Tech-driven Growth Strategy

Gregory Tassey, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, February 8, 2016 “The most important measure of long-term economic growth is the rate at which we increase productivity, because that is what drives long-term wage growth, writes Gregory Tassey in the Christian Science Monitor. Yet by this metric, the prospects for resurgent growth in the U.S. economyContinue Reading

Database of 48 million pirated research papers is focus of litigious revolt against paywalls

Meet the Robin Hood of Science by Simon Oxenham – The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world. “On September 5th, 2011, Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally providing access toContinue Reading

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen defy court order and move to Dark Web

Via Torrent Freak: “A few days ago several large online repositories of free books and academic articles were pulled offline. Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen had their domain names taken away after Elsevier beat them in court. However, the site’s operators are not planning to cease their activities and are continuing their operations through alternative domainsContinue Reading