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2020-01-15 - Red Sea Region Suffers From Multi-Day Internet Outage Following an Undersea Cable Cut

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 18:10
Damage to a single submarine cable has left the entire Red Sea region disconnected from the Internet. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Ethiopia have all suffered from the last week's cut of the so-called Falcon cable; however, Yemen has suffered the most with an 80 percent drop in capacity due... Development

2020-01-15 - Here's How We Can Truly #SaveDotOrg

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 18:10
Many of my friends in the civil-liberties and Internet-law communities have been criticizing the Internet Society's agreement to sell the Public Interest Registry, which administers the .ORG top-level domain. I'm a free-speech guy, so I support their right to raise all these criticisms.... Infrastructure and Standardisation

2020-01-15 - Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Internet Service Developments for 2019

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 18:10
I posted reviews of important LEO-satellite Internet service developments during 2017 and 2018. I've been updating those posts during the years and have 16 new posts for 2019. In 2019 we saw four inciteful simulations, Leosat suspending operations and Amazon announcing the availability of a... Development Legal Economic

2020-01-14 - Strange Bedfellows: EFF Sides with PTO in Trademark Battle Over ‘Booking.com’

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 18:10
EFF often criticizes the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for granting bad patents, but a case in the Supreme Court has us on the same side. On Monday, EFF filed an amicus brief asking the court to reject trademark protection for “Booking.com,” pointing out that other travel companies that use... Infrastructure and Standardisation Economic Legal

2020-01-14 - Senator Wyden Wants Paid Ad Blocking Whitelists Investigated

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 18:10
For years, journalists have highlighted how ad blocking companies have slowly but surely been compromising their ethics -- and products -- to make an extra buck. Several years ago you'll recall that numerous ad blocking companies were busted letting some companies' ads through their... Security

2020-01-14 - Help shape our message to world leaders on human rights in 2020 and beyond

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 18:10
Next week, I’m heading to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos where government leaders, CEOs, and other decision makers will gather to discuss our global future.  It’s an elite, invite-only event, with a limited number of civil society representatives, so given that we have a seat at... Development Human Rights Security Sociocultural

2020-01-14 - Charter, Comcast Start Competing in Each Other’s Territories… But Only For Big Business Accounts

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 18:10
Comcast and Charter Communications have begun to compete outside of their respective cable footprints, potentially competing directly head to head for your business, but only if you are a super-sized corporate client. Comcast Business has targeted selling large Fortune 1000 companies internet... Development

2020-01-14 - Students & Activists Launch Nationwide Campaign to Stop Facial Recognition From Spreading to College Campuses

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 18:10
EMBARGOED until 6am EST on Tuesday, January 14Contact: Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457Fight for the Future and Students for Sensible Drug Policy are combining forces to prevent dangerous and discriminatory biometric surveillance from destroying student privacy, campus safety,... Human Rights

2020-01-14 - Phishing Campaign Targeting Ukrainian Firm Burisma Linked to Russian Cyberspies

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 18:10
A phishing campaign apparently aimed at Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that is at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, has been linked by cybersecurity researchers to a hacker group believed to be working on behalf of the Russian government. read more Security

2020-01-14 - TV Channel Owner Arrested For Airing ‘Pirate’ Movie Days After Theatrical Release

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 18:10
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, better known as Rajinikanth, is a superstar of Indian cinema, having been active in the industry for decades. During his time on the silver screen, piracy has been running rampant across India but even he will have been taken by surprise following the events of the past few... Economic

2020-01-14 - BGP in 2019 – The BGP Table

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 18:10
Geoff Huston analyses BGP routing table growth with some predictions for the size of the IPv4 and IPv6 BGP routing tables in the next five years. Infrastructure and Standardisation

2020-01-14 - Russia Hacked Ukrainian Gas Firm in Trump Impeachment: US Cyber Firm

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 18:10
Russian spies hacked a Ukrainian energy company at the center of the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump, a cybersecurity firm said Monday. read more Security

2020-01-14 - Academic Journals In Russia Retract Over 800 Papers Because Of Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism And 'Gift Authorship'

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 18:10
Academic publishing hardly covers itself in glory, as Techdirt has reported over the years. It takes advantage of researchers' belief that they need to publish in so-called high impact titles for the sake of their careers, in order to pay nothing for the material they provide. Since articles... Economic

2020-01-14 - Copyright, Fair Use, and Competition in Oracle v. Google

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 18:10
The ongoing Oracle v. Google case is headed to the Supreme Court, and we submitted an amicus brief in support of Oracle today. As a recap — Oracle sued Google in 2010, accusing the tech giant of copying over 11000 lines of code from Oracle’s Java programming language application programming... Economic Legal

2020-01-14 - Bay Staters Continue to Lead in Right to Repair, and EFF Is There to Help

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 18:10
Massachusetts has long been a leader in the Right to Repair movement, thanks to a combination of principled lawmakers and a motivated citizenry that refuses to back down when well-heeled lobbyists subvert the legislative process. In 2012, Massachusetts became the first US state to enact Right to... Human Rights Security Legal

2020-01-13 - LR & SCTE Expand Partnership on Tech Webinars

Mon, 13/01/2020 - 18:09
Following a successful inaugural year, Light Reading and SCTE- ISBE will team up again in 2020 to produce monthly 'LiveLearnings for Professionals' webinars on cable tech topics, starting with a Jan. 16 session on cable's fiber progress. Sociocultural

2020-01-13 - ‘Reality Journalism’ Turns Investigative Reports into Pop Idol-Style Shows

Mon, 13/01/2020 - 18:09
[caption id=attachment_197947 align=aligncenter width=771] Competing student teams discuss their stories on Armenian public television. Photo: Courtesy EJC[/caption] Around the world, millions of people seem to be tuning serious journalism out, as the fallout from misinformation, fatigue, and... Legal

2020-01-13 - Google Assistant Will Soon Be Able To Read Your Web Pages

Mon, 13/01/2020 - 18:09
Google recently announced a new feature coming to Google Assistant that will allow users to have their web pages read to them. The feature will be available in 42 different languages (translating the page to a language before reading it out) and if you’re afraid of the robotic-sounding... Economic Sociocultural

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