Independent inquiry called for in FCC’s secretive cyberattack claims

Independent inquiry called for in FCC’s secretive cyberattack claims

 The FCC’s claim that its commenting system was attacked on the night of May 7 has been the subject of considerable controversy, but not because of the attack itself. The agency has been so reluctant to release any substantive details about the attack or the countermeasures it has taken since that Congress is calling for an independent investigation (PDF) by the Government… Read More

Countless advocates and companies advise Supreme Court to protect phone location data under the 4th Amendment

Countless advocates and companies advise Supreme Court to protect phone location data under the 4th Amendment

 Among the Supreme Court’s many upcoming cases is Carpenter v. United States, which will settle the question of whether your location and movements, as determined by the ordinary interactions of your phone with the network, are protected by the Fourth Amendment. Dozens of companies, advocates, experts and interested parties just weighed in ahead of the hearing. Read More

FCC’s favors for Sinclair are the natural byproduct of a pro-industry agenda

FCC’s favors for Sinclair are the natural byproduct of a pro-industry agenda

 Several Representatives are asking for an explanation for why so many of the FCC’s actions seem to benefit Sinclair Broadcast Group, and a New York Times report details a rather cozy relationship between the two. There’s no big conspiracy, though. Sinclair benefits because the FCC is deregulating these industries at their request and on their terms — as Chairman Pai has… Read More

DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

 DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent or received from the internet. The feature will be welcomed by many, but it’s hard not to attribute the timing and urgency of the announcement to the recent ban of DJI gear by the U.S. Army over unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities.” Read More

FCC adds 2 weeks to comment period for the proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules

FCC adds 2 weeks to comment period for the proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules

 The comment period for the FCC’s proposal to roll back the net neutrality rules established in 2015 was originally August 16 — next Wednesday. But after advocacy organizations asked the agency to add time to the clock in order to look through existing comments, the deadline has been extended (against the strenuous arguments of the broadband industry) by two weeks, to August 30. Read More

The US government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive in AI

The US government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive in AI

 U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is concluding his tech tour of the West Coast today with a visit to Google’s Mountain View campus. Mattis spent time at Amazon and the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, earlier in the week. His key takeaway from all the socializing with tech leaders is that the Department of Defense needs to embrace technology coming out of the private sector… Read More

FBI account of tracking and arresting an online ‘sextortionist’ is grimly satisfying

FBI account of tracking and arresting an online ‘sextortionist’ is grimly satisfying

 Tales of internet trolls and worse things are common to hear about — that is, if you’re not experiencing their effects yourself, as many are. But while those stories often end in the victim uselessly soliciting the help of Facebook management or clueless law enforcement, this one ends up with the perpetrator in question, a low-rent script kiddie who targeted girls, completely owned… Read More

Personal Audio loses its appeal for podcasting patent

Personal Audio loses its appeal for podcasting patent

 A year after taking up the case, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in its challenge against podcasting patent troll, Personal Audio. The decision is a massive relief for the vibrant and ever-growing medium, which has been operated under the threat of lawsuit for a number of years.  It’s also part of the… Read More

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

 How and to what extent the FCC should regulate the internet has been a hot question for years, and the present administration is proposing to eliminate the 2015 Order that created net neutrality rules. But Congress isn’t going to take that lying down: 10 Representatives who helped craft the law governing the FCC itself have submitted an official comment on the proposal ruthlessly… Read More

FCC fills vacant seats as Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr are confirmed by Senate

FCC fills vacant seats as Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr are confirmed by Senate

 You might not think it from the amount of controversy the agency has generated recently, but the FCC has been operating on a skeleton crew of 3 Commissioners since the beginning of the year. That will soon no longer be the case, however, as the Senate has just confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr into the vacant positions, bringing the Commission to its 5-person maximum. Read More

Facebook fight fake news with links to other angles

Facebook fight fake news with links to other angles

 Facebook will become the suggester of perspective to avoid being the “arbiter of truth”. It’s rolling out “Related Articles” that appear below news links to stories lots of people are posting about on Facebook, or that are suspected to be false news and have been externally fact checked by Facebook’s partners. Appearing before someone reads, Related… Read More




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