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[ | 9 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Rasmussen – 63% of Internet users oppose FCC regulation of Internet

Rasmussen’s latest poll of Internet users found that 63% of Internet users oppose FCC regulation of the Internet. The polls conducted in 2008 were far more favorable to FCC Internet regulation but support has dropped 22%. Considering how the FCC’s handling of the Comcast case was far more contentious than it needed to be, this new found opposition from consumers seems understandable.

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[ | 9 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]
Research: 25 Years Of The Internet Economy

In a paper that explores the evolution of the Internet economy over the last 25 years, ITIF scholars note that the majority of Internet users today most likely would identify the Internet with Web 2.0 sites like Twitter or Facebook, while in reality the Internet economy has traveled a long and winding road, leading from a desolate landscape to 80 million .com domains and 1.7 billion users.

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[ | 9 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Was the legal battle over Comcast necessary?

Now that the court has ruled against the FCC’s jurisdiction over the Vuze versus Comcast matter, how did we get into this mess in the first place and could it have been avoided? In light of all the misconceptions about Comcast’s actions, perhaps it could have been.

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[ | 7 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Piling on more broadband taxes won’t increase broadband adoption

With average wireless taxes pegged at 16% according to, the FCC is proposing an additional $1 per month tax on broadband services to fund an inter-operable public safety network. This seems to run counter to the goal of the FCC to increase broadband penetration because piling more consumption taxes on broadband can only have the opposite affect. We tax cigarettes like this because we want fewer people to smoke but do we really want fewer people on broadband?

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Privacy & Security, Research »

[ | 7 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Research: Digital Out of Home Privacy | ]
Research: Digital Out of Home Privacy

CDT tackled the growing use of digital signage in public places and how it can affect privacy in a new report. It covers technologies such as facial recognition, mobile marketing, social networks and radio-frequency identification.

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[ | 7 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Making The Digital Society Work | ]
Making The Digital Society Work

This week is my start as a visiting fellow at Digital Society, though the interpretation of “at” is a bit tricky because DS is a virtual organization. The Contact Us page has no address, and the closest thing to a headquarters I have seen is the Silver Diner in Arlington, VA, though the old hands say meetings are sometimes held at Metro 29.
Digital Society is thus an exemplar of the digital society — reliant on the Internet and social media for interactions, wringing out of its structure the expenses associated …

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[ | 5 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
More wireless connectivity? Or more politics?

A new FCC order restricts a wireless company’s cooperation with two important mobile service providers and could hinder the FCC’s own goal of extending more wireless coverage to more Americans.

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[ | 5 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on James DeLong Joins Digital Society | ]
James DeLong Joins Digital Society

James V. DeLong, an expert in intellectual property and regulatory policy, has joined the Digital Society team as a visiting fellow. DeLong will focus on how IP law and regulations can be adapted to the service of creativity and innovation in the Internet era.

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[ | 5 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Research: Toward Open Government | ]
Research: Toward Open Government

ITIF’s Daniel Castro believes President Obama’s memorandum for more “transparency, public participation and collaboration” in government and the White House Office of Management and Budget’s open-government directive has helped make organizations comfortable with the role of information technology in government.

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Digital Economy »

[ | 5 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
iPad has faster processor but possible Wi-Fi problems

AnandTech has tested the Apple iPad and found that it is significantly faster than the iPhone 3GS and even the Google Nexus 1. However, some people are reporting Wi-Fi performance problems.

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