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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday May 18th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|Let's start with a few tech things you should know about...|
|t||Security researcher Adrien Guinet of Quarkslab has released software called WannaKey that can recover the key needed to decrypt data locked up by the WannaCry ransomware in Windows XP. An XP vulnerability means the prime numbers used to generate WannaCry’s secret key sometimes remain intact in computer memory until the PC is powered down.||https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/05/windows-xp-pcs-infected-by-wcry-can-be-decrypted-without-paying-ransom/|
|j||The European Commission has fined Facebook $122 million for “incorrect or misleading” information regarding its acquisition of WhatsApp, specifically regarding the ability to match the identity of WhatsApp and Facebook users.||https://thenextweb.com/apps/2017/05/18/facebook-whatsapp-122m-fine-eu/#.tnw_YGTYk3ye|
|t||Starting in 2018, Microsoft will begin offering its cloud services—like Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365— from data centers located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. IBM was the first major cloud provider to open data center infrastructure in Africa. Amazon and Google have not yet done so.||https://venturebeat.com/2017/05/18/microsoft-beats-google-and-aws-to-announce-first-african-data-centers-kicking-off-in-2018/|
|j||Android Pay is available in 10 markets, and will soon add Brazil, Canada, Russia, Spain and Taiwan, says Google There’s also a new API for merchants with loyalty programs.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/18/android-pay-to-expand-to-new-markets-add-improved-loyalty-card-features/?ncid=rss|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||The US FCC voted 2-1 in favor of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would eliminate the Title II classification of ISPs and seek comment on what if anything should replace the existing Open Internet Guidelines that rely on Title II classification as their justification. The FCC plans to take comments until August 16. Pai said the FCC "will not rely on hyperbolic statements about the end of the Internet as we know it, and 140-character argle-bargle, but rather on the data.” Pai claims that net neutrality rules lower investment in broadband networks, though there is little data to support that.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/05/net-neutrality-goes-down-in-flames-as-fcc-votes-to-kill-title-ii-rules/|
|t||Google announced the first major software update for DayDream VR, codenamed Euphrates— will come to phones later this year. Among the improvements will be a 2D panel available in virtual environments to give access to Android functions. The update also adds the ability to cast your screen to a Chromecast so people can see what you’re doing in VR. There will also be a version of Chrome adapted for VR. Separately from the Daydream updates, Google is also adding augmented reality features to Chrome for phones that support Tango.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/5/18/15656870/google-daydream-vr-euphrates-update-browser-cast-io-2017|
|j||Qualcomm said Thursday it has demonstrated a system to charge electric vehicles wirelessly while driving. The test took place in Versailles using two Renault Kangoo cars driving over pads embedded in the road. Charge was transferred at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speed.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-qualcomm-charging-idUSKCN18E1KV|
|t||Steven Frank, the founder of a company called Panic that makes the Coda and Transmit web editng and file transfer apps, posted that source code for several of the companies apps was stolen from his laptop. Frank downloaded a copy of Handbrake that had been hacked and was available from May2 - May 6. Frank said he launched Handbrake "without stopping to wonder why Handbrake would need admin privileges… when it hadn't before. "And that was that, my Mac was completely, entirely compromised in three seconds or less." Panic received an email showing some of the files and asking for money.||http://www.bbc.com/news/39960721|
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|The US FCC voted 2-1 in favor of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would eliminate the Title II classification of ISPs and seek comment on what if anything should replace the existing Open Internet Guidelines that rely on Title II classification as their justification. The FCC plans to take comments until August 16.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/05/net-neutrality-goes-down-in-flames-as-fcc-votes-to-kill-title-ii-rules/|
|Op-ed: Protect the Open Internet with a bipartisan law | Ars Technica||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/op-ed-protect-the-open-internet-with-a-bipartisan-law/|
|GOP’s “Internet Freedom Act” permanently guts net neutrality authority | Ars Technica||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/05/gops-internet-freedom-act-permanently-guts-net-neutrality-authority/|
|S.993 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Restoring Internet Freedom Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress||https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/993?r=8|
|Title II hasn’t hurt network investment, according to the ISPs themselves | Ars Technica||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/title-ii-hasnt-hurt-network-investment-according-to-the-isps-themselves/|
|Investments in Wireless and Wireline Broadband Networks and IP Services | AT&T||https://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23506&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=35661|
|AT&T's (T) CEO Randall Stephenson Presents at the UBS Global Media and Communications Brokers Conference (Transcript) | Seeking Alpha||https://seekingalpha.com/article/3741746-ts-t-ceo-randall-stephenson-presents-ubs-global-media-communications-brokers-conference?part=single|
|Microsoft Word - 167023||http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0426/DOC-344590A1.pdf|
|Broadband industry fears come true: FCC rules are costing them money | Ars Technica||https://arstechnica.com/business/2015/05/broadband-industry-fears-come-true-fcc-rules-are-costing-them-money/|
|Why Tom Wheeler rejected broadband price caps and last-mile unbundling | Ars Technica||https://arstechnica.com/business/2016/03/why-tom-wheeler-rejected-broadband-price-caps-and-last-mile-unbundling/|
|Net Neutrality Violations: A Brief History | Free Press||https://www.freepress.net/blog/2017/04/25/net-neutrality-violations-brief-history|
|Pai said the FCC "will not rely on hyperbolic statements about the end of the Internet as we know it, and 140-character argle-bargle, but rather on the data.” |
Current rules approved in February 2015
Pai’s arguments for change
- There was no need to change the rules. Internet was working fine.
- Rules lower investment in broadband networks.
- Imposed regulatory burdens on ISPs
- raised the possibility of rate regulation
- Nobody wants to get rid of the rules, just have a different legal footing
|EVIDENCE FOR CHANGING RULES |
1. There was no need to change the rules. Internet was working fine.
- Same argument could be made now. “The Internet is not currently broken.” “We are not living in a digital dystopia.”
- Some evidence of net neutrality violations (see freepress.net) but they are all edge cases and affected few people. Most of them related to mobile and no longer applicable before new guidelines went in place
- Interconnection disputes often confused with NN violations. Title II does seem to have helped calm down interconnection disputes. ISPs complained can’t charge interconnection fees for fear of complaints.
- After threatening to lodge a complaint, Cogent struck a deal with Verizon and said it did not have to pay for interconnection. Level 3 signed new deals with Verizon and AT&T.
|2. Rules lower investment in broadband networks.|
- Pai: Among our nation’s 12 largest Internet service providers, domestic broadband capital expenditures decreased by 5.6% percent, or $3.6 billion, between 2014 and 2016.
- AT&T said in November 2012 (before Titlte II became a possibility) that it would increase investment in wireless and wireline until 2015, then cut back. ATT accounts for 1/3 of industry investments.
- November 2016 - Altice reaffirmed plan to deploy FTTH to all customers told investors that it remained “focused on upgrading our broadband networks".”
- Comcast increased capital investment by 10.2 percent in Q1 2017. Comcast spent $7.6 billion on its cable segment capital expenditures during 2016, the most the company has ever invested in a single year.
- From 2015–2016 Charter’s pro forma capital investments topped $14.5 billion, a 15 percent increase
- Verizon’s capital investment total increased during the year following the FCC’s adoption of the Open Internet Order (as the company said it would a month before the February 2015 vote). And Verizon’s total two-year post-vote capital expenditures were 3.1 percent higher than they were in the two years preceding the vote,
- Companies are required by law to give investors accurate info on risk factors. No ISPs have mentioned Title II as a risk factor. If mentione dat all it was tell investors that Title II had no effect.
|3. Imposed regulatory burdens on ISPs|
- Transparency requirements and perceived prohibition of “fast lanes” and tiers.
- Pai has exepmted 250K or less Subs ISP from transparency requirements.
- Pai stopped investigation into ATT and Verizon favoring own video services. (Zero-rating)
4. Raised the possibility of rate regulation
There has been no rate regulation proposed by the FCC. The Title II regime lets customers file complaints that ISPs are charging unjust or unreasonable rates for Internet service. Rate regulation *could* be imposed.
- - FTC can now take over hearing complaints about unfair or deceptive practices.
- rates and practices to be "just" and "reasonable." ISP’s claim too expansive and vague. Wheeler claimed “It's got a long Title II history of adjudication and rulemaking”
5. Different legal footing
- FCC imposed similar rules in 2010 and Verizon sued and had them overturned. The court said ISP’s would have to be reclassified for the FCC to impose such rules.
- 2015 classification has been upheld in court twice
- Restoring Internet Freedom Act - Would prohibit FCC from classifying ISPs as Title II. (5/2)
- US Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee “ban blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic”
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|t||On episode 3031 Tom and Patrick discussed real world issues re using bulk patient data to cure disease. Most follow from a perceived patient fear that "their" data could be misused.|
I offer a provocative perspective informed by a DRM analogy.
I suggest we are suffering from a delusion about data ownership. You do not actually own the true facts about you and you don't get to tightly control how available information about you gets used. You do have a right to object to being harmed by abuse, and to expect folk acting maliciously against you to be punished - but those protections can be implemented one abstraction away, in terms of rules about outcomes rather than practices.
In the technology domain, we have had the opportunity to learn something somewhat surprising and important: systems where people try to publish information along with a set of restrictions on how it may be used simply don't work very well. Buzz Out Loud's "Doctor M" remains mostly evil. Whether technical, legal or contractual, data restrictions and rights management mechanisms are clumsy and of lower value than people expect. They tend to chill good uses while failing to prevent bad ones. Copyright, patents, DRM software: all way overused, often mostly doing harm.
As a UK citizen, if I go to my publicly and communally owned and funded National Health Service and give it medical data hoping it can help me, my expectation is that the data should be freely used for the good of all. If harmful abuses were to occur, certainly I expect them to be battled. But the check box on reuse is ticked by default.
I seek to persuade others this should be a cultural norm.
--Anthony in Edinburgh.
|j||Hey DTNS crew!|
So the auto sharing feature on google photos looks rad, but isn't it using Google+ to make the calculations on saying "do you want to send this photo to Justin?" Cause if that's the case, will it ever see use since google+ is very rarely used? Thoughts?
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