Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

New paper predicts a storm of unprecedented and invasive ISP surveillance

September 9, 2008

Exerpt from: Ohm, Paul,The Rise and Fall of Invasive ISP Surveillance(August 30, 2008). Available here.

“Nothing in society poses as grave a threat to privacy as the Internet Service Provider (ISP). ISPs carry their users’ conversations, secrets, relationships, acts, and omissions. Until the very recent past, they had left most of these alone because they had lacked the tools to spy invasively, but with recent advances in eavesdropping technology, they can now spy on people in unprecedented ways. Meanwhile, advertisers and copyright owners have been tempting them to put their users’ secrets up for sale, and judging from a recent flurry of reports, ISPs are giving in to the temptation and experimenting with new forms of spying. This is only the leading edge of a coming storm of unprecedented and invasive ISP surveillance.”


Copps’ 3-pronged approach to democratizing our media

September 6, 2008

FCC member Michael J. Copps, from his article in The Nation (April 7, 2008).


1) reinvigorate the license renewal process – return to requiring three-year renewals for broadcasters, adding “enforceable guidelines to encourage coverage of real local news, culture, and civic affairs.

2) revisit media ownership – revisit “bad old rules” that enabled media consolidation and helped “dismantle public-interest obligations” of traditional media.

“And, finally, let’s…

3) ensure that “the Internet remains free of the network consolidation and content control that wreaked such havoc on more traditional media.”

This last point seems to take into account ISPs (net neutrality), dominant Internet players like google, the media industry that stakes copyright claims on the web (film, tv, music, gaming, publishing, journalism), closed hardware or “appliancized” technologies ( Zittrain’s term), and complicit FCC regulators. A continuing issue involves spectrum allocation as access to the web becomes more dependent on wireless access from mobile technologies. And the specter of adserving may claim more and more user-generated spaces online. Other issues ensuring #3 involve access and media education.