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Does the FCC really not get it about the Internet?

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
October 31, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The key to an open Internet is nondiscrimination and in particular, a prohibition on discrimination or prioritization based on the identity of the user (sender/receiver) or use (application/content). I explain why at length in my book, Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (2012). Read more » about Does the FCC really not get it about the Internet?

Comments on Mozilla's Proposal

Author(s): 
Barbara van Schewick
Publication Date: 
October 30, 2014
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Mozilla has suggested that the FCC should classify a newly defined service, which it calls “remote edge provider delivery service,” as a telecommunications service. This service, as defined by Mozilla, is offered by broadband Internet access providers to providers of Internet applications, content or services (“edge providers”) and encompasses the transport of an individual edge provider’s data across the ISP’s access network to and from all of an ISP’s subscribers. According to Mozilla, this classification would allow the FCC to adopt rules banning blocking, discrimination, and access fees under Title II of the Communications Act. Read more » about Comments on Mozilla's Proposal

Lohan, Noriega video game lawsuits are a troubling sign for the arts

Author(s): 
Christopher Sprigman
Publication Date: 
October 30, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega and actress Lindsay Lohan have at least one thing in common: Both recently filed high-profile lawsuits against video game makers, charging that their likenesses were used in games without their permission.

These suits may seem like acts of desperation by people now more notorious than famous, and a judge has already ruled against Noriega. But they are nevertheless extremely worrying. Read more » about Lohan, Noriega video game lawsuits are a troubling sign for the arts

A cop may be following you everywhere

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
October 6, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from CNN. 

The crackdown on protesters after the police shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, highlighted that more and more, police departments possess sophisticated weapons and equipment originally designed for the battlefield. Federal anti-terrorism funding is a major driver of this trend, but once police departments have this equipment they use it -- even if it's not against terrorists. Read more » about A cop may be following you everywhere

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