from the blocked-no-more dept.
huzur79 writes "Electronista is reporting that Kevin Martin, Chairman of the FCC, has dropped the content filtering provisions from the proposal for free wireless broadband service, according to an interview with Ars Technica. Previous drafts of the plan required protection methods to prevent users from accessing objectionable content, such as pornography. 'I'm saying if this is a problem for people, let's take it away,' Martin said.
The proposal has received criticism and opposition from a variety of groups including the Bush administration, wireless companies, and consumer interest organizations. T-Mobile has argued that communicating data on the allocated frequency bands will cause interference and quality degradation. Civil liberties groups argue that the FCC would overstep its authority and violate the Constitution."
from the unpredictable-and-retroactve dept.
Bootsy Collins writes "Last Wednesday, the Lori Drew 'cyberbullying' case ended in three misdemeanor convictions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1986 US Federal law intended to address illegally accessing computer systems. The interpretation of the act by the Court to cover violations of website terms of service, a circumstance obviously not considered in the law's formulation and passage, may have profound effects on the intersection of the Internet and US law. Referring to an amicus curiae brief filed by online rights organizations and law professors, PJ at Groklaw breaks down the implications of the decision to support her assertion that 'unless this case is overturned, it is time to get off the Internet completely, because it will have become too risky to use a computer.'"
Executives from major Internet players should expect a grilling in a Senate committee hearing today about online privacy, but the company likely to get the most scrutiny is Silicon Valley startup NebuAd, which has been lambasted recently for working with ISPs to track its customers' behavior.
According to German law (TMG 15 passage 3) however, user data may only be collected for advertising and marketing research, if a) made anonymous and b) the user is informed about his/her data being used and is given the chance to opt out.
dahitokiri writes: With near daily news of civil rights declining within western countries, from Sweden's Big Brother law to the FISA and ACTA bills in the US, which country do you think is still technologically advanced yet refrains from stepping on the toes of its residents (at least for now) and respects privacy and freedom?
Reverberant writes: "In a recent On the Media segment (podcast), a Director from the Center for Mental Health and Media at Harvard addresses the concern that violent video games result in gamers engaging in violent behavior real life. After a two year study, the Center came to the conclusion that there is no overall relationship between youth violence and violent video games. More interestingly, the study indicated that children who almost exclusively played violent video games shared the same greater risk toward violent behavior as children who did not play video games at all. The researcher speculates that an excessive tendency toward violent games or an excessive tendency to abstain from video games may both be symptoms of social problems that could lead to violent behavior."