Despite being handed a defeat last month when a federal court ruled that the FCC does not have the power to enforce net neutrality, the regulatory agency is ignoring it.
Obama-appointed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is attempting to get the FCC around it by regulating Internet lines under Title 2 of the Communications Act, currently used to oversee the traditional telecom industry.
It’s a major issue dividing the Internet community, pitting providers against consumer groups and Internet companies, affecting all stakeholders, from cable providers to the consumers. Learn more about the concerns in this video.
How the Chinese censor the Internet
A pair of researchers are studying international efforts to censor Internet traffic and will present their findings this summer in Italy. Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jed Crandall and Ph.D. student Jong Chun Park will go to Genoa, Italy, this summer to present their latest findings on Internet Censorship to the 30th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.
Their paper, “Empirical Study of a National-Scale Distributed Intrusion Detection System: Backbone-Level Filtering of HTML Responses in China,” outlines their investigation of the way the Chinese government has tried to censor information via the Internet.
Keeping Google out of your business
Anonymize your Google searches. Google is huge, and it collects a lot of information about you. Here are a couple of tools you can use to keep Google’s prying nose out of your business. Scroogle, anyone?
Facebook exposed your private conversations
A Consumer Reports survey found that more than half of adults who use social networks post information that puts them at risk for identity theft and other cyber crimes.
What constitutes risky information? Here’s a handy list of seven things that Consumer Reports says users should “stop doing now” on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn or any other social network. Did you know that Facebook had a security hole that allowed friends to spy on each other’s chats? It’s fixed now. Aren’t you glad?
Tech advances: Iris better than fingerprints
The eyes have it. New technology that’s revolutionizing law enforcement. Here’s looking at you.
White House offering one-million-dollar prize
The Obama administration is offering up to $1 million in prize money to entrepreneurs that can come up with innovative ways to commercialize new technology. Think we could come up with something to save NASA’s manned spaceflight program?
NASA’s Atlantis prepares for final flight
On Florida’s Space Coast, the countdown has begun for a May 14th launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, the orbiter’s final mission. Commander Ken Ham will lead the six-member astronaut crew during the 12-day flight set for a 2:20 pm EDT liftoff. That countdown isn’t the only one ticking down the clock. Only two flights remain for the space-shuttle program, ending NASA’s manned shuttle-flight program.
Watch the International Space Station fly over your city. Click here for Space Station and space-shuttle sighting opportunities. Track where the Space Station is right now by clicking here. Find more fun NASA activities here.
Grading your Congress A through F
Former U.S. Senate Secretary Elizabeth Letchworth joined us on my radio program last Wednesday evening to talk about GradeGov, a website she created as a way for folks to reach any and all members of Congress.
The site lets you grade senators or representatives and follow it up with a letter explaining why you gave that grade. Here’s your opportunity to tell them exactly what you think and see what grades and comments others have left.
Peacock revealed at the Bluebird
NBC inadvertently let the cat out of the bag. And people on Twitter – the instant communication tool of the 21st century – broke the news of NBC’s new fall lineup.
Twitter spreads its wings
Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of “wry”? Embed a tweet in your blog. One hundred forty black words baked in a pie!
Cops using Twitter and Facebook
More than 800 law enforcement agencies worldwide are singing like a bird.
El diablo attracts a quarter million followers
In last week’s column I told you that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had opened a Twitter account. In two weeks on Twitter, “el Diablo” has surpassed Internet-savvy foes who dominate the social networking site and use it to oppose him. Chavez’s account, “chavezcandanga,” had racked up more than 237,000 followers as of last Saturday morning – besting the 234,000 who receive tweets from Globovision, the only TV channel that remains critical of the socialist leader.
Tiny Twitter chatter
Instant chat on Twitter? Yep. Twitter Chatrooms are customized Tinychat rooms reserved for every Twitter user. The rooms can only be started by the owner of the Twitter username.
Coming soon! Tinychat’s co-founder Michael Stern says that the startup will also launch a Facebook version in the near future.
One Book, One Twitter
Read a book and discuss it on Twitter with the new One Book, One Twitter (#1b1t) book club. For the next eight weeks, the online book club is reading and discussing “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman. You can suggest a book too. Choose from several at WND Books.
One million digital books for blind, dyslexic
Internet Archive in San Francisco has hired hundreds of people to scan thousands of books into its digital database – more than doubling the titles available to people who aren’t able to read a hard copy. The project will initially make one million books available in many languages to the visually impaired so they can be read by the software and devices blind people use to convert written pages into speech. The organization has 20 scanning centers in five countries, including one in the Library of Congress.
“The Price is Right” coming to Facebook?
Drew Carey, host of “The Price is Right,” is ahead of the tech curve, offering home video-game versions of the hit game show on Wii, DS and iPhone. Now Carey is pushing the envelope with The Price Is Right for Facebook. Why would anyone be bored?
Slideshare, “the YouTube for presentations”
Now the world can see the result of your labor. Upload and share your PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, or Word and PDF documents on SlideShare. Add audio to make a webinar. And now, upload and share business videos. It’s revolutionizing the way we do business around the world.
A moveable feast
The humble lunch truck has gone gourmet and meta. Social media have made gourmet food searchable, sortable and findable. Help find connected mobile chefs by sending in a tip to the online whereabouts of your favorite moveable feast. Follow this link to an online tip sheet.
Looking out my back door
1981 – Pope John Paul II shot
Now playing at the Princess Theater, Urbana, Ill.
Congratulations to WorldNetDaily readers Russell B. Dobbyn of Gulfport, Miss., and Greg Berg of Red Wing, Minn., the first to correctly guess actor Denzel Washington as Creasy Bear in the 2004 film “Man on Fire,” the story of a former assassin in Mexico City who swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.
The movie quote was, “Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.”
This week’s trivia quote:
“It’s all right, honey. Let her go. Let her go. You know, Miss Ruth was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!