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The Telecom Digest for December 25, 2012
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Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:40:52 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: 2012 in Review: EFF's Fight Against Secret Surveillance Law Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> DECEMBER 22, 2012 | BY MARK RUMOLD 2012 in Review: EFF's Fight Against Secret Surveillance Law As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2012 and discussing where we are in the fight for free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy. Click here to read other blog posts in this series. It seems like a fairly straightforward principle: when the government interprets a law in a way that affects citizens, the public is entitled to know the interpretation and understand its effects. But when it comes to the federal government's interpretation of electronic surveillance laws, apparently, the general rule just doesn't seem to apply (or so the Department of Justice seems to think). In 2012, EFF pushed back, taking the DOJ to court for refusing to disclose how they interpret various surveillance laws. Over the past year, EFF litigated three Freedom of Information Act lawsuits -- each concerning a different law used, and secretly interpreted, by the government but shielded from disclosure and the public's scrutiny. ... https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/2012-review-effs-fight-against-secret-surveillance-law ***** Moderator's Note ***** Here's my question: why is the EFF using SSL to protect a publicly available website that they want (I think) to have widely read? Before anyone jerks their knee, yes, I know that the EFF has a published statement on the issue, but I don't see the logic in preventing anyone from scanning a web retrieval when the whole "secret" is written into the URL. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:38:25 -0800 From: John Reiser <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: SSL for authenticity Message-ID: <XuWdnV7CosdND0XNRVn_vwA@giganews.com> > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > Here's my question: why is the EFF using SSL to protect a publicly > available website that they want (I think) to have widely read? To reduce the chance that your ISP (or anybody else) might alter the pages in transit, insert an advertisement, etc. Authenticity can be valuable to the sender as well as to the receiver. -- ***** Moderator's Note ***** Oh. Duh. (Slaps forehead) Never mind. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:40:52 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: First Sale Under Siege: If You Bought It, You Should Own It Message-ID: <email@example.com> DECEMBER 23, 2012 | BY CORYNNE MCSHERRY First Sale Under Siege: If You Bought It, You Should Own It As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2012 and discussing where we are in the fight for free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy. Click here to read other blog posts in this series. The "first sale" doctrine expresses one of the most important limitations on the reach of copyright law. The idea, set out in Section 109 of the Copyright Act, is simple: once you've acquired a lawfully-made CD or book or DVD, you can lend, sell, or give it away without having to get permission from the copyright owner. In simpler terms, "you bought it, you own it" (and because first sale also applies to gifts, "they gave it to you, you own it" is also true). Seems obvious, right? After all, without the "first sale" doctrine, libraries would be illegal, as would used bookstores, used record stores, etc. But the copyright industries have never liked first sale, since it creates competition for their titles (you could borrow the book from a friend, pick it up at a library, or buy it from a used book seller on Amazon). It also reduces their ability to impose restrictions on how you use the work after it is sold. ... https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/first-sale-under-siege-if-you-bought-it-you-should-own-it
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:23:56 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Businesses, consumers are discovering that apps can expose private data to outsiders Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Businesses discover the dark side of apps Some programs expose secret data By Michael B. Farrell | GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 24, 2012 Beware of the app. The digital downloads that fill smartphones and tablets might also be recording and selling your personal data, tracking your every step, and potentially sending spam to your contacts. Sometimes, app makers load their little programs with extra functions that gather information they can sell on the side to marketers; others design the software to enter your contact list and promote their businesses. Some apps are more invasive than others, and most alarming, certain apps can trigger an unintended consequence that might expose sensitive data and documents. ... http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2012/12/23/businesses-consumers-are-discovering-that-apps-can-expose-private-data-outsiders/vv0M9KZjJFzh46bQHb8uyH/story.html?s_campaign=8315 -or- http://tinyurl.com/ceraykf
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:48:24 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: All the World's a Game, and Business Is a Player Message-ID: <email@example.com> All the World's a Game, and Business Is a Player By NICK WINGFIELD December 23, 2012 Congratulations. Reading the first paragraph of this article has earned you a badge. If this made-up award makes you feel good about yourself, then you are on your way to understanding gamification, a business trend - some would say fad - that aims to infuse otherwise mundane activities with the excitement and instant feedback of video games. Many businesses are using these game tricks to try to get people hooked on their products and services - and it is working, thanks to smartphones and the Internet. Buying a cup of coffee? Foursquare, the social networking app that helped popularize the gamification idea, gives people virtual badges for checking in at a local cafe or restaurant. Conserving energy? More than 75 utilities have begun using a service from a company called Opower that awards badges to customers when they reduce their energy consumption. Customers can compare their progress with their neighbors' and broadcast their achievements on Facebook. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/24/technology/all-the-worlds-a-game-and-business-is-a-player.html
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