F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan

F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan - New York Times“Interference of LightSquared’s signals with GPS systems is a tricky issue for the F.C.C., telecommunications experts say, because the interference appears not to be the fault of LightSquared. The most commonly used GPS receivers tend to pick up signals from outside of the segment of spectrum designated for GPS.  Because the satellite-telephone segment of airwaves, used by LightSquared, is next to the GPS band on the electromagnetic spectrum, GPS devices will frequently hear those extraneous transmissions.

The F.C.C. could have told GPS users and systems manufacturers that they were at fault for letting their devices stray into nearby airwaves, but that would mean overhauling an industry now in widespread use.” (Edward Wyatt, NYTimes.com)

Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies

Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies - New York Times

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” ‘As privacy law stands today, you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy while out in public, nor almost anywhere visible from a public vantage,’ said Ryan Calo, director of privacy and robotics at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University. ‘I don’t think this doctrine makes sense, and I think the widespread availability of drones will drive home why to lawmakers, courts and the public.’ ” (Nick Wingfield & Somini Sengupta, NYTimes.com)

And check out these previous posts on drones.


Censoring of Tweets Sets Off #Outrage

Censoring of Tweets Sets Off #Outrage - New York Times

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“The announcement signals the choice that a service like Twitter has to make about its own existence: Should it be more of a free-speech tool that can be used in defiance of governments, as happened during the Arab Spring protests, or a commercial venture that necessarily must obey the laws of the lands where it seeks to attract customers and eventually make money?” (Somini Sengupta, NYTimes.com)

The Failure of Governance in a Hyperconnected World

The Failure of Governance in a Hyperconnected World - New York Times

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“Both the Internet and urbanization make disparities in wealth more transparent. Disparities can spur achievement when social mobility is perceived to be possible. However, when ambitious young people feel that however hard they work their prospects are constrained, feelings of disengagement and discontent take root.

Social contracts are breaking down in advanced economies, as shrinking workforces have to support growing populations of elderly while their own entitlements are being cut. In emerging economies, sluggish global growth risks disappointing the expectation that a rising tide will lift all boats; in the poorest countries, bulging youth populations lack the skills to succeed or the rights to migrate.” (Lee Howell, NYTimes.com)

Shorting Tinseltown

Shorting Tinseltown - New York MagazineHow the failure of the Hollywood Stock Exchange exposed the movie industry’s worst fear: financial transparency.

“Any new business where the criminal possibilities occur to you before the legitimate ones is probably doomed; it doesn’t take much of a mental leap to envision an army of Wilshire Boulevard Bialystocks and Blooms overseeing scams in which one could intentionally produce a bad movie with bankable stars and noisy marketing, short it, and make a mint when it underperforms. (Although then we’d have an explanation for Knight and Day.)” (Mark Harris, New York Magazine)

Check out the Hollywood Stock Exchange yourself (just for fun, of course).

Government Reverses Itself on Online Gambling

Government Reverses Itself on Online Gambling - On The Media

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“It’s not the most regressive tax. State lottery is almost exactly as regressive as a sales tax, which means it does hit poor people more than wealthy, but it’s actually not the very poor. It’s the working poor who would be most hit by a state lottery. And the Internet attracts people with slightly higher incomes, so Internet sales will be less regressive, if you view it as a tax, than paper lottery ticket sales.” (I. Nelson Rose on OnTheMedia)

Is International Cyber Warfare a Real Threat?

Is International Cyber Warfare a Real Threat? - On The Media

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“We’re talking about several different things, and they all tend to be conflated. And that’s part of the problem. So you have denial of service attacks, where a website is taken down. And you have cyber espionage, where you have hackers, whether it’s criminal groups or perhaps even state-sponsored hack into private networks and steal information. Those definitely exist and they’re serious.

But what happens is that somebody like Richard Clarke, they use examples of these things that we know, and then they say we should be worried about trains derailing, planes falling out of the sky.  And there, you’re talking about real kinetic cyber attacks that we have very little evidence for.” (Jerry Brito, On The Media)