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Broadband's Impact/Privacy

Social Networks’ Explosive Growth Revives Decades-Long Debate On Digital Privacy

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2009 - The phenomenal growth of online social networks is finally moving the decades-long debate over the nature of privacy in the digital world forward, said legal experts at an annual conference on innovation in San Francisco on Tuesday. Congress has threatened to enact and revamp consumer privacy laws for decades, but the complexity of the task has generally stumped the body, except for the areas of finance and health. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Obama Telecom Department Wants To Recover Role As Prime Mover On Nation’s Internet Policies

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2009 - The Commerce Department's telecom arm is re-asserting itself as the prime voice for the Obama administration's internet policies, said its chief Larry Strickling Tuesday. Strickling didn't provide any other details other than saying that former MIT Professor Daniel J. Weitzner is in charge of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's policy shop, and that the scope of the portfolio would be wide. It will encompass the administration's positions on issues such as individual privacy on the internet, he said. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

At Supernova, A Belief That New Networks Foster Invention and Innovation

SAN FRANCISCO, December 1, 2009 - Digital Age Paul Reveres have been warning the world lately about the impending internet lock-down that they fear will result from the growth in popularity of permission-based development environments such as Apple's iPhone. Unlike the World Wide Web where everybody is free to execute their ideas without having to obtain prior permission from an infrastructure provider, Apple requires developers to submit their iPhone applications for approval before they can be offered to the public. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Privacy

Ubiquitous Connectivity: Be Careful What You Wish For, Warn Researchers

SAN FRANCISCO, December 1, 2009 - Technophiles and U.S. policymakers have spent decades promising the public that a ubiquitously-networked society would be a people-powered-utopia filled with useful, actionable information. President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign is the most prominent example of how internet-enabled social networks have fundamentally changed the fabric of our society. But a thoughtless rush to make the internet pervasive, and to connect with one another socially online could in fact poison the delicately-balanced relationships that exist in the rapidly vanishing concept of the "offline" world, warned several leading thinkers at an annual conference on innovation on Tuesday. Keep Reading

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