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Guardian – How we sold our souls – and more – to the internet giants

Bruce Schneier – Adapted from Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier, published by Norton Book  – Last year, when my refrigerator broke, the repair man replaced the computer that controls it. I realised that I had been thinking about the refrigerator backwards: it’s not a refrigerator with a computer, it’s a computer that keeps foodContinue Reading

Mobile Carriers Will Refund Current and Former Customers

“Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers: You may be entitled to refunds for illegal charges “crammed” onto your bills over the past five years. Both companies have agreed to pay back customers for letting third-party vendors charge them for unauthorized services like premium SMS or text messaging.If you don’t know whether you were billed for theseContinue Reading

New GAO Reports: Broadband Performance, Financial Audit Congressional Award Foundation

Broadband Performance: Additional Actions Could Help FCC Evaluate Its Efforts to Inform Consumers, GAO-15-363: Published: Apr 17, 2015. Publicly Released: May 15, 2015: “FCC should take additional steps to evaluate its efforts to provide consumers with broadband performance information. This should include: (1) conducting or commissioning research on the effectiveness of its efforts and makingContinue Reading

10 Facts About the Internet’s Undersea Cables

“In describing the system of wires that comprises the Internet, Neal Stephenson once compared the earth to a computer motherboard. From telephone poles suspending bundles of cable to signs posted warning of buried fiber optic lines, we are surrounded by evidence that at a basic level, the Internet is really just a spaghetti-work of reallyContinue Reading

NARA proposed rules – how Executive Branch offices and agencies handle Controlled Unclassified Information

NARA issues proposed rules on how Executive Branch offices and agencies handle Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). “President Obama issued a memorandum on January 21, 2009 that articulated his plan to make government activity more open and accessible to ordinary citizens. In that memo, the president explains that a fundamental characteristic of democracy is transparency andContinue Reading

Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation

Meyer, Michelle N., Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation (May 11, 2015). 13 Colo. Tech. L.J. 273 (2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2605132 “Practitioners” — whether business managers, lawmakers, clinicians, or other actors — are constantly innovating, in the broad sense of introducing new products, services,Continue Reading

Freedom to Tinker

Samuelson, Pamela, Freedom to Tinker (May 11, 2015). Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2605195 “People tinker with technologies and other human-made artifacts for a variety of reasons: to have fun, to be playful, to learn how things work, to discern their flaws or vulnerabilities, to build their skills, to becomeContinue Reading

The many benefits of libraries continue in town and cites around the country

NPR – “A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such asContinue Reading

EFF Case Analysis: Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Records Dragnet is Illegal

Andrew Crocker – “We now have the first decision from a court of appeals on the NSA’s mass surveillance program involving bulk collection of telephone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, and it’s a doozy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion in ACLU v. Clapper holding thatContinue Reading

CRS – The Future of Internet Governance

The Future of Internet Governance: Should the U.S. Relinquish Its Authority Over ICANN? Lennard G. Kruger, Specialist in Science and Technology Policy, May 5, 2015. “Currently, the U.S. government retains limited authority over the Internet’s domain name system, primarily through the Internet Assigned Number s Authority (IANA) functions contract between the National Telecommunications and InformatiContinue Reading

Federal Spending Data Elements

“In conjunction with the recent enactment of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) (Pub. L. 113-101) and our ongoing efforts to improve federal spending data under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), the federal government is working to establish government-wide financial data standards and increase the availability, accuracy, and usefulness ofContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Medicaid, Telecommunications Relay Service

Medicaid: A Small Share of Enrollees Consistently Accounted for a Large Share of Expenditures, GAO-15-460: Published: May 8, 2015. Publicly Released: May 8, 2015: “A small percentage of Medicaid-only enrollees—that is, those who were not also eligible for Medicare—consistently accounted for a large percentage of total Medicaid expenditures for Medicaid-only enrollees. In each fiscal yearContinue Reading