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FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

In the interest of ensuring that the public has open access to the nearly 2.5 million reply comments that were filed in the Open Internet/network neutrality docket during the official reply comment period (July 19-September 15), the Federal Communications Commission is releasing those reply comments in one zipped XML file.

Why You Can’t Trust You’re Getting the Best Deal Online

Location:
Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 02115, United States
Recommendation:
2

Consumers have protested when e-commerce companies have extended their behind-the-scenes personalization to prices, charging different sums for the same goods, or pushing some people toward higher-priced offers. A new study of top e-commerce websites found these practices -- called discriminatory pricing or price steering -- are much more widespread than was previously understood.

Court Sets New, Expedited Auction Challenge Schedule

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has agreed to a new, expedited schedule to hear the broadcaster challenges to the Federal Communications Commission broadcast incentive spectrum auction. The new schedule sets Nov. 7 for a joint brief from National Association of Broadcasters and Sinclair; Dec. 16 for respondents brief, Dec. 24 for briefs from parties intervening on either side; Jan. 20 for reply briefs, and Jan. 27 for final briefs.

The GOP’s 2016 tech deficit

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Here’s an early reality check for Republican White House hopefuls: The party doesn’t have enough tech experts to staff up a wide-open primary campaign.

Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

Location:
Center for Public Integrity, 910 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
1

Across the country, large companies and national advocacy groups are putting big dollars behind committees with benign-sounding names that support or oppose ballot initiatives on issues as varied as minimum wage increases in Alaska and recreational marijuana in Florida.

A Facebook scoreboard for the midterms

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The new Facebook Elections Dashboard covers Senate, House and gubernatorial races in all 50 states and Washington DC. It tabulates the likes, comments and shares posted about each candidate and also interprets the data in a color-coded red/blue map showing who’s up in each congressional district.

Big data is a powerful weapon in the fight for equality

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

Many individuals have made the claim that big data might lead to more discrimination if algorithms unfairly disadvantage certain groups in their decision-making. While this type of discrimination is plausible, there are many compelling reasons why it may never come to pass.

Comcast Profit Tops Estimates With Broadband Customers

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
1

Comcast reported profit that beat estimates as new high-speed Internet customers more than made up for declining video subscribers.

Fight for iPhone users hurts AT&T

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
1

AT&T lowered its revenue outlook for the year amid a bitter price war for iPhone users and lacklustre take-up of a new service plan that asks customers to meet the full cost of their new devices.

How T-Mobile Trashed Its Own Industry and Gained 22 Million Subscribers in the Process

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
1

A Q&A with T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert.

Five things to know about 'Truthy'

Location:
Indiana University, 107 S. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN, 47405, United States
Recommendation:
2

Members of the House Science Committee are ramping up scrutiny of a university project that studies trends on Twitter. Here are five things to know about the project...

T-Mobile quietly hardens part of its US cellular network against snooping

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
1

Wireless carrier T-Mobile US has been quietly upgrading its network in a way that makes it harder for surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on calls and monitor texts, even on the company’s legacy system.

T-Mobile, FTC in Settlement Talks Over Phone Charges

Location:
Seattle, WA, United States
Recommendation:
1

T-Mobile US is in talks to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit claiming the wireless carrier placed unauthorized third-party charges on customers’ phone bills.

Silicon Valley Sexism: Is the Answer to Ditch Men Altogether?

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Much has been written about the harassment, condescension, and other sexist behavior that remains dismayingly common in Silicon Valley. Some women are trying to change that culture from within. But others are finding a different solution: ditching men altogether to create their own female-only startup support systems.

Youth Internet Safety: Risks, Responses, and Research Recommendations

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

As Internet use by children and teenagers increases, so do concerns about their online safety. Providing a safe environment requires an in-depth understanding of the types and prevalence of online risks young Internet users face, as well as the potential solutions for mitigating risks.

Frontier sued over Internet speeds, outages in West Virginia

Location:
Lincoln County Circuit Court, 8000 Court Ave, Hamlin, WV, 25523, United States
Recommendation:
1

Frontier Communications customers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in West Virginia, alleging Frontier failed to provide the high-speed Internet services it advertised.

Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers

Location:
Vox Media, 104 W 40th St, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
1

Here's a little real talk about the book publishing industry -- it adds almost no value, it is going to be wiped off the face of the earth soon, and writers and readers will be better off for it.

Sun-Times reporter resigns in dispute with investor turned candidate for governor

Location:
Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney has resigned saying, "I'm faced with a difficult decision due to the disturbing developments I've experienced in the last two weeks that cannot be reconciled with this newspaper's storied commitment to journalism." The resignation follows news that he'd been sidelined for five days after complaints from the campaign of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner about one of McKinney's stories.

The Internet Is Not The Enemy

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States
Recommendation:
1

Global efforts to stop the Islamic State should not come at the expense of online freedom. Let the world see the depravity of their ideology.

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Setting the Chicken Little ISPs Straight

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The opponents of a truly Open Internet are spending millions of dollars to transform the debate over what should be a no-brainer regulatory finding into something analogous to dropping a hydrogen bomb. The big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would have us believe that Title II net neutrality is regulatory strangulation, government-by-dictatorship, wholesale infringement of their First Amendment rights, and on and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Listening to the rants and wails of Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T over net neutrality reminds me of Chicken Little, Henny Penny, and Ducky Lucky rushing to warn their friends of impending doom. “The sky is falling, the sky is falling,” they clucked and quacked; the world is ending. But the sky wasn’t falling; it was just a tiny acorn bouncing harmlessly off Chicken Little’s head. ‘Twas quite the ruckus they raised; it just wasn’t reality. The net neutrality decision facing the Federal Communications Commission is much less dramatic than “The Sky is Falling ISP Threesome” endlessly contend.

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