|Big Data and Privacy|
March 31st, 2014
MA joined 17 grassroots media groups in an open letter supporting a civil rights platform for big data
|Coalition Demands Privacy Protections For Teens on Facebook|
Center for Digital Democracy
March 1st, 2014
The Center for Digital Democracy, joined by Media Alliance and a coalition of public health, child advocacy, and media justice groups, today filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a case concerning teen privacy online. In Fraley v. Facebook, the social networking company was sued for violating the privacy of users of all ages, and the company settled with class-action attorneys before going to litigation. Facebook’s proposed settlement, which was eventually approved by the U.S. District Court, does not protect teen users from appearing in sponsored advertisements on Facebook, even though seven states forbid this kind of appropriation without parental consent
|Verizon vs FCC In Court On 9-9. |
by The Open Internet Goes To Court, New American Foundation
September 6th, 2013
On September 9th, Verizon vs FCC, a crucial case that will determine the authority of the government to regulate the development of the Internet, opens arguments in the DC Circuit Court. This panel at the New America Foundation discusses the importance of the case and the future of the Internet.
|Susan Crawford in SF on May 14th|
Former White House Advisor and law professor Susan Crawford speaks on her new book Captive Audience: Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. 2:00pm on May 14th at the CPUC Auditorium 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.
|Wireless Lifeline: Real or Phony|
Update: 11/29 It looks like a compromise proposal is in the works. Comments at the meeting looked very encouraging for consumer protections and a meaningful definition of basic service.
|There's a Public Internet and You May Not Be On It|
by Brendan Greeley and Jeff Bliss, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Responding to a Department of Justice probe into anti-competitive behavior, telecom giant Comcast made the interesting claim that while competitor Netfix operates in the public internet, their on-demand movie service (Xfinity) operates in the private Internet.
by Andrew Couts, Digital Trends
In the spirit of the Bradbury novel and the Right-to-Know Monsanto initiative, a Google programmer has suggested a new error code indicating when a link you click on has been censored by the government.