Me on TLF: Super-injunctions: enforceable until... →
Super-injunctions: enforceable until they're not
There is a major controversy rocking the UK over the far-reaching press gag orders known as “super-injunctions,” especially because they’ve been brought to the fore by a sex scandal between famous footballer Ryan Giggs and reality TV star Imogen Thomas. (This blog post is now officially illegal in the UK.) In my latest TIME.com Techland post, I explain the controversy and say...
Watch the Mercatus Center Panel on The FCC'S...
Every year since 1995, the Federal Communications Commission has released a report on the state of competition in the wireless market. Last year’s report was the first not to find the market “effectively competitive.” As a result, expectations are high for the new annual report. How it determines the state of competition in the wireless market could affect regulatory policy...
Me on TLF: Yet another non-consensual use of cell... →
Yet another non-consensual use of cell geo-data
In a post at Techland yesterday I noted that the FCC and FEMA’s new “PLAN” text-based emergency alert system might do little good since new media seems to always beat government to get out critical information: If history is any guide, however, you may not get any messages from 1600 Pennsylvania. Since the Emergency Alert System was created in 1963, it’s never been...
Me on TLF: Brin, Transaction costs and Do Not... →
Brin, Transaction costs and Do Not Track
I’m reading David Brin’s 1998 classic The Transparent Society and I’d like to share a passage that I found especially interesting in light of the recent Do-Not-Track bill introduced by Sen. Rockefeller. On this blog, Adam Thierer has often written about the implicit quid pro quo between tracking and free online services. It seems to me that many folks find this an abstract...
Me on TLF: Privacy breaches: There oughta be a... →
Privacy breaches: There oughta be a law?
“There’s No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web,” is an article by Nick Bilton in the New York Times this weekend, pointing out that no federal law punishes the massive breaches of personal information like the recent Epsilon and Sony cases. “There needs to be new legislation and new laws need to be adopted” to protect the public, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of...
Me on TLF: What is the state of wireless... →
Langevin: Panetta is cyberdoom certified
Here’s a doozy for the cyber-hype files. After it was announced that CIA Director Leon Panetta would take over at the Department of Defense, Rep. Jim Langevin, co-chair of the CSIS cybersecurity commission and author of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, put out a statement that read in part: “I am particularly pleased to know that Director Panetta will have a full appreciation for...