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Bipartisan Bill Seeks Royalties for Pre-1972 Musical Works

Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A bipartisan bill has been introduced to establish copyright protections for performances of pre-1972 musical works. Reps Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) are sponsoring the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act (HR 3301).

At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World

United States Army War College, 122 Forbes Ave, Carlisle, PA, 17013, United States

The US Department of Defense faces persistent fundamental change in its strategic and operating environments. This report suggests this reality is the product of the United States entering or being in the midst of a new, more competitive, post-US primacy environment. Post-primacy conditions promise far-reaching impacts on US national security and defense strategy. Consequently, there is an urgent requirement for DoD to examine and adapt how it develops strategy and describes, identifies, assesses, and communicates corporate-level risk. From a defense strategy and planning perspective, post-primacy has five basic defining characteristics including: Hyperconnectivity and the weaponization of information, disinformation, and disaffection.

EU Court to Rule on ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Outside Europe

General Court -- Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The European Union’s top court is set to decide whether the bloc’s “right to be forgotten” policy stretches beyond Europe’s borders, a test of how far national laws can—or should—stretch when regulating cyberspace.

The ‘huge issue’ with identifying original content from media outlets

Columbia Journalism Review, 729 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY, 10019, United States

Fakes in the world of print publishing are relatively easy to discredit if not always to spot. Inconsistencies, errors, and—perhaps most importantly—widely accessible originals, make the job of persuasively forging content a significant challenge. In digital publishing, however, even maintaining original content cannot be taken for granted.

Net Neutrality Challenges in the World: Zero-Rating in the European Union

Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

According to our preliminary research, there is some form of zero-rating in 20 out of 28 European nations. Zero-rating spans European Union economies of all sizes, from the United Kingdom to Romania, Germany, and Spain.

California legislation to ‘protect’ privacy won’t solve privacy problems

Davis Polk & Wardwell (DC), 901 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Despite its name, the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act, awaiting votes in the state Senate, won’t do anything meaningful to protect consumer privacy on line. Instead, it will curb innovation and reduce competition, hurting consumers whose interests it purports to protect.

The Dark Side of That Personality Quiz You Just Took

Cambridge Analytica, 1 Wales Alley, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States

Personality quizzes have some sort of perennial appeal. Facebook newsfeeds are filled with BuzzFeed quizzes and other oddball questionnaires that tell you which city you should actually live in, which ousted Arab Spring ruler you are, and which Hogwarts house you belong in. But these new online quizzes have a dark edge that their analog predecessors didn’t.

Why blocked Twitter users are suing President Trump

USA, United States

Seven people blocked by President Trump from seeing or interacting with his Twitter account filed a lawsuit against him, arguing that barring them from his popular social-media feed violates the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Digital Privacy to Come Under Supreme Court’s Scrutiny

Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The House of Representatives adopted the Email Privacy Act in February to modernize the protections afforded electronic communications that would require obtaining a search warrant in almost every case.

Online Harassment 2017

Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

A new, nationally representative Pew Research Center survey of 4,248 US adults finds that 41% of Americans have been personally subjected to harassing behavior online, and an even larger share (66%) has witnessed these behaviors directed at others.

Over many objections, W3C approves DRM for HTML5

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139, United States

A system for providing Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection to Web-based content is now an official recommendation from World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook

News Media Alliance, 4401 Wilson Boulevard (Formerly the Newspaper Association of America), Arlington, VA, 22203-1867, United States

A group of news organizations will begin an effort to win the right to negotiate collectively with the big online platforms – Facebook and Google -- and will ask for a limited antitrust exemption from Congress in order to do so.

AT&T’s Blockbuster Deal for Time Warner Hangs in Limbo

Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

The small army of career antitrust officials is marching toward a great unknown. For one thing, the Justice Department officials still don’t have a boss who will have the final say on whether to approve or block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner.

The ethics issue: Should we abandon privacy online?

USA, United States

In an age where fear of terrorism is high in the public consciousness, governments are likely to err on the side of safety. Over the past decade, the authorities have been pushing for – and getting – greater powers of surveillance than they have ever had, all in the name of national security.

A Hidden Threat to Free Expression: DRM

Free Software Foundation, Boston, MA, United States

Thanks in part to organizations like Free Press Action Fund, the movement to protect free expression online is strong — for proof look at the millions of people fighting to save Network Neutrality. But there’s an important problem that many free-expression advocates aren’t aware of because it usually lurks just beneath the sleek interfaces of our devices and software: DRM, or digital restrictions management.

You should be outraged at Google’s anti-competitive behavior

Carr & Ferrell LLP, 120 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, United States

After an extensive investigation, the European Union found that Google has, for many years, violated European antitrust law by rigging its general search results to favor its own comparison shopping service over rivals. But a recent Post editorial faults the EU for imposing a $2.7 billion fine on the company.

QVC to Merge With Home Shopping Network in $2.1 Billion Deal

Liberty Interactive, 12300 Liberty Blvd, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States

John Malone is solidifying his hold on home-shopping channels — in his own particular way. His Liberty Interactive, which owns QVC, will combine with its longtime rival, the Home Shopping Network, in a $2.1 billion deal.

Judge denies DOJ effort to halt Twitter lawsuit over national security orders

United States District Court (Oakland, CA), 1301 Clay St, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States

A federal judge in California has decided to allow Twitter’s lawsuit against the attorney general’s office to go forward. She rejected arguments that the social media giant should not be allowed to be precise in its transparency reports when describing how it responds to the government’s requests for user data.

State Department concocting “fake” intellectual property “Twitter feud”

Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States

The US State Department wants to team up with other government agencies and Hollywood in a bid to create a "fake Twitter feud" about the importance of intellectual property rights.

The Reddit user behind Trump’s CNN meme apologized. But #CNNBlackmail is the story taking hold.

CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

The Reddit user said he never intended his anti-CNN meme — you know, the one tweeted by President Donald Trump in which the now-president beats up CNN in a wrestling match — to become a call for violence against journalists.

In Circa, Sinclair sees a way to attract “independent-minded” millennials (and Sean Hannity)

Circa 1605, San Francisco, CA, United States

The old Circa, launched in 2012, was a mobile news app with some interesting ideas — primary among them that the traditional article should be broken up into bite-sized atomic units of news, which could be rearranged, amended, or transformed depending on the story and the reader. But in the end, Circa couldn’t attract a broad enough audience and couldn’t raise enough funding; it shut down in 2015. Later that year, the company found a buyer: Sinclair Broadcast Group, the country’s largest owner of local TV stations.

Cox expands home Internet data caps, while CenturyLink abandons them

Cox Communications, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30319, United States

Cox, the third largest US cable company, started charging overage fees to customers in four more states.

Microsoft clashes with feds over e-mail privacy

Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

On the surface, the investigation was routine. Federal agents persuaded a judge to issue a warrant for a Microsoft e-mail account they suspected was used for drug trafficking. But US-based Microsoft kept the e-mails on a server in Ireland. Microsoft said that meant the e-mails were beyond the warrant’s reach. A federal appeals court agreed.

Social Media Is Not Destroying America

USA, United States

Every time I look at social media, it seems, I see someone proclaiming the dangers of social media. The media narrative about the internet appears to have come full circle, with one oversimplified take replaced by another.

Google’s battle with the European Union is the world’s biggest economic policy story

European Union, Brussels, Belgium

...the ruling is arguably the most important development in business regulation on either side of the continent in this decade. The details of the case aren’t important, but the high-level view is. Europe has ruled that Google has monopoly power in the web search market and should be regulated as such. That’s a game-changer. The United States, so far, disagrees.

Trump May Pay a Price for his Twitter Battle

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Whether by whim or design, President Donald Trump keeps adding fuel to his incendiary Twitter battle against the media. The press is an easy target for the Republican president, and one his supporters love to hate. But the escalating conflict has diverted attention not just from Trump's failures but his claimed successes as well.

Co-founders of LinkedIn, Zynga team up to reboot Democratic Party

USA, United States

The minds behind LinkedIn and Zynga have a new target for disruption: American politics. Co-founders Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman unveiled Win the Future — also known as WTF — a political network aimed at helping "Americans organize around a common platform," according to the project's website.

Facebook beats privacy lawsuit in U.S. over user tracking

Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

A US judge has dismissed nationwide litigation accusing Facebook of tracking users' internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website.

The US government is removing scientific data from the Internet

University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95064, United States

A Q &A with UC Santa Cruz sociology professor Lindsey Dillon.

This trend in teen communication just may make the world a better place

USA, United States

Social media used to be a place where people could go to post photos of cute animals, link to weird articles, and share mundane status updates with friends and relatives. But as events such as the 2016 US presidential election have shown, social media has tipped into feeling primarily like a breeding ground for messages of hate and a forum for bullying.

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