On Tuesday, an appeals court in Washington, D.C. struck down the FCC’s rules regarding net neutrality, which are designed to prevent ISPs from giving preferential treatment to certain kinds of data. Here’s what you need to know about the decision and its potential impact
Free music streaming app Hypedmusic shut down this month after it got targeted by the RIAA for copyright infringement. Is this the start of a wider crackdown on music startups without licensing agreements?
As the courts get closer to an opinion on the net neutrality case, many wonder how the current FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will handle the issue.
23andMe is in hot water with the FDA, which has urged the startup to shut down sales of its $99 genome kit.
Last month, the FBI was able to find and arrest Ross Ulbricht, the man behind Darknet ecommerce site (and popular online drug trafficking haven) Silk Road, and Wired has published a detailed post-mortem on how it all went down. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the raid on Ulbricht (along with nearly a dozen well-known Silk Road vendors) was a plan years in the making — built on the backs of smaller, low-profile arrests. And, it seems like they aren’t done: Law enforcement told Wired that they’re not only looking to take down more Silk Road sellers, but also those who offer Bitcoin currency conversion services as “unregistered money transmitters”.
Unlike Jeff Bewkes’ original vision for TV Everywhere, in which all new use-cases for TV content would be discretely licensed, the courts are carving out a growing list of use-cases that do not need to be licensed.
Facebook has admitted that it failed to apply its policies about offensive content to some disturbingly misogynistic pages. But is this a victory for the social network’s critics, or just another stop on the slippery slope of censorship?
While the proposed Unlocking Technology Act would certainly address the controversy of cellphone unlocking it would quite a bit farther than previous bills to deal will phone locks, and farther than the White House called for in its statement, both of which were narrowly targeted at allowing consumers to move their phones from one network to another.
Proposals are in the works to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the wake of hacker-activist Aaron Swartz’s untimely death, but those changes are important for reasons that go far beyond just Swartz’s suicide.
A string of offensive hashtag memes in France has spurred the government to announce a consultation on hate speech with Twitter. It could mark a watershed for the country’s approach to social media — but it’s not just Paris that has a problem. We all do.