Of Interest

  • If U.S. privacy negotiations with Europe fail, it’s a recipe for chaos

    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    January 31, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    The European Union and the United States are about to give us some idea of how their negotiations over the Safe Harbor dispute are going. The European Court of Justice ruled that the Safe Harbor arrangement — a critical bridge for e-commerce firms and other businesses that need to move personal information across the Atlantic — was invalid, because it did not protect European citizens against U.S. surveillance. Companies like Facebook and Google are waiting with some trepidation to find out, since a collapse of negotiations might have very serious implications for their business model.

  • Is T-Mobile's Binge On Illegal? Stanford University Law Professor Says Yes

    Date published: 
    January 31, 2016

    "A Stanford University law professor has argued that T-Mobile's Binge On service, which allows users to stream content from a list of approved providers without eating into their monthly data allocation, is illegal. The professor argues that the system set up by T-Mobile favors some content providers over others, violating rules of fair competition.

    Professor Barbara van Schewick, a net neutrality expert, has filed a 51-page document with the FCC outlining various arguments as to why Binge On is in violation of the FCC's Open Internet Order of 2015.

  • Artificial intelligence: A rival to man?

    Date published: 
    January 30, 2016

    "Playing Go is not an end itself. Such techniques can be applied to the development of robotics and research on complex patterns like weather. And it’s still some way from human intelligence. “It’s not really human-level understanding,” Ryan Calo of the University of Washington argues. But if AlphaGo can understand Go, then maybe it can understand a whole lot more, he wonders. “What if the universe is just a giant game of Go?”"

  • T-Mobile Binge On Plan Net Neutrality Issues Strike Back Yet Again

    Date published: 
    January 30, 2016

    "The controversial Binge On plan by T-Mobile has come under serious controversies yet again. Just back in December, the service was blamed for reduced quality in non partner sites like YouTube and people had just began seeing through the real cons of the plan.

    Yet again, there has been a strike back at Binge On over the issue of Net Neutrality, the same issue that is taking a toll on the Free basics plan by Facebook in India.

    Threats to the Binge On plan were posed by the posts of the Stanford Law School professor Barbara van Schewick.

  • Stanford Law Professor Says T-Mobile Binge On Violates Net Neutrality

    Date published: 
    January 30, 2016

    "The battle rages on over T-Mobile Binge On, a new service idea from T-Mobile that allows customers to watch streaming video without eating their data. The latest squall comes out of Stanford University where law professor Barbara van Schewick has published a paper on why Binge On violates net neutrality. John Legere has maintained and defended Binge On saying that it does not violate net neutrality because T-Mobile gives the customer the choice to turn Binge On on or off.

  • T-Mobile's Binge On Violates Key Net Neutrality Principles

    In November 2015, T-Mobile, the nation’s third largest provider of mobile Internet access, launched a new service called Binge On that offers “unlimited” video streaming. T-Mobile customers on qualifying plans can stream video from the 42 providers currently in the program – Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Video, and others – without using their data plans, a practice known as zero-rating.

  • T-Mobile’s ‘Binge On’ Flouts Net Neutrality, Report Says

    Date published: 
    January 29, 2016

    "A Stanford University law professor and leading scholar on net neutrality issues slammed T-Mobile in a report submitted Friday to the Federal Communications Commission, saying its “Binge On” video service is discriminatory in nature and hurts user choice, distorts competition and limits online free speech.

    Barbara van Schewick, director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, said the program, which allows customers to stream video for several services without counting that data toward their monthly allotment, raises serious net neutrality issues. "


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