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March 19, 2014
Lawyers representing Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer will launch a new effort to have the young man’s 41-month prison sentence overturned, arguing that his November 2012 conviction — for exploiting a public-facing web address to generate a list of thousands of iPad owners’ personal email addresses — will have serious consequences for internet freedom.  Auernheimer’s attorneys say his actions should not have been considered violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he visited a web address that could have been visited by anyone with an internet connection. For its part, the U.S. government continues to insist a simple desire not to have the information accessed is enough for AT&T to claim that his actions were “unauthorized”, putting Auernheimer in direct violation of the CFAA. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Smith) source

Lawyers representing Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer will launch a new effort to have the young man’s 41-month prison sentence overturned, arguing that his November 2012 conviction — for exploiting a public-facing web address to generate a list of thousands of iPad owners’ personal email addresses — will have serious consequences for internet freedom.  Auernheimer’s attorneys say his actions should not have been considered violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he visited a web address that could have been visited by anyone with an internet connection. For its part, the U.S. government continues to insist a simple desire not to have the information accessed is enough for AT&T to claim that his actions were “unauthorized”, putting Auernheimer in direct violation of the CFAA. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Smith) source

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March 11, 2014

Now we know why he’s crowdfunding that Shaq-Fu sequel…

  • $1K per week is what Shaquille O’Neal spends on apps for his various smart devices during an average seven-day period, according to a new Wall Street Journal interview with the former NBA All-Star. Suddenly, we don’t feel so bad about spending a couple bucks on Threes last week. source
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February 19, 2014

Google unveils new plan to drastically expand Fiber coverage

  • 33 cities will be getting Google Fiber, beginning as early as next year, if Google is able to move forward with a newly unveiled plan to drastically expand its fiber optic internet service. The list includes major cities like Charlotte, Phoenix and Portland, along with notable tech hubs like Mountain View and Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, and more rural towns in Georgia, North Carolina and Oregon. source
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Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler • In a new statement, confirming that the Federal Communications Commission will take steps to implement new net neutrality rules after a federal court struck down the organization’s Open Internet Order earlier this year. Rather than attempting to reclassify internet providers, or challenging the court’s verdict, Wheeler says the FCC will rewrite the rules in a manner that would survive another judicial review. source
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February 18, 2014
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January 21, 2014

Study: Black Airbnb hosts earn less, penalized more than non-black hosts

  • 3,500 Airbnb listings were harvested for information by two professors from Harvard Business School, who originally wanted to study the design of online marketplaces, but Benjamin Edelman and Michael Luca quickly discovered what they believe to be evidence of racial discrimination in the corresponding data. 
  • 12% the amount in higher fees non-black Airbnb hosts can successfully charge, on average, over black hosts, according to the study. Airbnb has refuted the study’s findings, saying that they were “flawed” and that partial, almost two-year-old data from a single city with Airbnb service hardly amounts to proof of regular discrimination by the service’s users. source
16:46 // 2 months ago
January 14, 2014

D.C. Court of Appeals strikes down FCC net neutrality regulations

  • 2010 The Federal Communications Commission adopted the Open Internet Order, a set of rules dictating how internet service providers could/couldn’t prioritize web traffic; fulfilling a campaign promise from President Obama to continue protecting net neutrality during his time in office.
  • 2014 A federal judge in Washington D.C. struck down the rules adopted under the Open Internet order, saying that the FCC over-stepped its boundaries by implementing the new regulations on ISPs and that Congress would need to formally classify companies like Verizon and Comcast as “common carriers” if it believed the FCC should have the same ability to regulate ISPs as it does telecommunications providers. source
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