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New Study Shows Patent Laws Spur Patents; Report's Authors Pretend This Means Innovation

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Slashdot points us to an article about a new research report, commissioned by a biotech trade group that argues the evidence shows that patents spur innovation, rather than hinder it. However, as some quickly noticed, the report has severe methodological flaws, starting with the fact that it seems to use...
New Study Shows Patent Laws Spur Patents; Report's Authors Pretend This Means Innovation

The Circuit: Cybersecurity, LightSquared, Nortel

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Cybersecurity bill: The Senate unveiled new comprehensive cybersecurity legislation Tuesday that would require the Department of Homeland Security to determine which infrastructure systems should be required to meet a set of security standards, grant owners and operators of these systems the right to appeal that designation and consolidate cybersecurity...
The Circuit: Cybersecurity, LightSquared, Nortel

Google's self-driving cars will return to roots, tour California

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Thanks to a new law passed in California, Google's driverless cars might soon be stuck in its traffic with all the other hapless commuters. Although they won't hit the highway yet, like they can in Nevada, the bipartisan bill will allow bureaucrats to craft safety and performance standards --...
Google's self-driving cars will return to roots, tour California

House Republicans vote to limit FCC authority

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Republicans in the House of Representatives earlier this week passed legislation that would restrict the FCC in imposing merger conditions as well as limiting other measures. [Read more]...
House Republicans vote to limit FCC authority

Smackdown: UFC plans to drag individual ‘streaming pirates’ to court for copyright violation

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is preparing itself for a new fight in its ongoing battle against Internet piracy. The organisation’s supremo Dana White has been vocal in his stance on Internet piracy, but his organisation is taking its efforts to the next level with plans to sue individual Internet...
Smackdown: UFC plans to drag individual ‘streaming pirates’ to court for copyright violation
Obama urges Senate to pass Cybersecurity Act, citing 'growing' cyber attack dangers to US

Will Voluntary Cyber Threat Sharing Plan Cast Doubt Over CISPA?

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Administration may expand DIB CS/IA program to companies, but experts say some legislation is still necessary....
Will Voluntary Cyber Threat Sharing Plan Cast Doubt Over CISPA?

New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security

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An increase in reported attacks on computer systems that control critical infrastructure, factories and databases has prompted a new interest in cybersecurity on Capitol Hill, reports Michael S. Schmidt in Wednesday's New York Times. Lawmakers are being prodded by the Obama administration to advance legislation that could require new standards...
New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security

Reddit members drafting 'Free Internet Act', but will it be taken seriously?

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Members of the Internet community Reddit are in the process of drafting what is tentatively being called the Free Internet Act (or the Internet Freedom Act). The primary goal of FIA is to create a legitimate piece of legislation designed to counteract what SOPA and PIPA wish to do...
Reddit members drafting 'Free Internet Act', but will it be taken seriously?

Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

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For years now, we've been pointing out the ridiculous situation that the US has with denying visas to entrepreneurs. Over and over again, research has shown how skilled immigrants starting companies in the US help create new jobs. So we were excited earlier this year when plans for a Startup...
Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

Autonomous car legislation passes California senate

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California Senate Bill 1298 unanimously passed the California State Senate today outlining performance and safety requirements for autonomous, or driverless, vehicles on the California roads system. California Highway Patrol would have the responsibility to evaluate the operation of unmanned vehicles. Google, a sponsor of the bill, has tested driverless cars...
Autonomous car legislation passes California senate
Andrew Keen Weighs In On Privacy: “The Internet Hasn’t Learned How To Forget”

Anti-piracy laws around the world

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Comparing different approaches to anti-piracy legislation...
Anti-piracy laws around the world

FCC evaluating 'reverse auction' for unused TV bandwidth

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In February, Congress passed legislation allowing the FCC to re-allocate wireless spectrum by acquiring it from television broadcasters. The three-phase plan to re-acquire bandwidth has entered the rule-making process on Friday. The reverse auction process will allow the FCC to rearrange the remaining broadcasters to make larger blocks of spectrum...
FCC evaluating 'reverse auction' for unused TV bandwidth
Leaked slides show the RIAA might hit snags identifying copyright infringement, doesn't really care about SOPA
Why Do We Need Academic Journals In The First Place?

Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

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For years now, we've been pointing out the ridiculous situation that the US has with denying visas to entrepreneurs. Over and over again, research has shown how skilled immigrants starting companies in the US help create new jobs. So we were excited earlier this year when plans for a Startup...
Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

Rep. Anna Eshoo promises FCC bill if net neutrality rules overturned #thecircuit

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Net neutrality: Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she would introduce legislation affirming the Federal Communications Commission's jurisdiction to "ensure a free and open Internet."According to remarks prepared for a speech, Eshoo said she would introduce such a bill if the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District...
Rep. Anna Eshoo promises FCC bill if net neutrality rules overturned #thecircuit

Reddit Writes A Law: First Draft Of The Free Internet Act Emerges

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As we noted last month, the community at Reddit responded to the whole SOPA mess by deciding that they should collaborate to write their own piece of legislation that protects internet freedoms. The first draft of the Free Internet Act is now available as an open Google doc, where there...
Reddit Writes A Law: First Draft Of The Free Internet Act Emerges

Can The Government Really Walk The Line Of Regulating The Internet Without Screwing It Up?

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Recently, when I wrote about new moves by the federal government to gain more regulatory control over the internet, I mentioned our discussion from a couple months ago of a presentation by Lawrence Strickling, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (a division of the Department of Commerce),...
Can The Government Really Walk The Line Of Regulating The Internet Without Screwing It Up?

RIAA Still Doesn't Get It: Hopes SOPA Opposition Was A 'One-Time Experience'

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In a previous post, I looked at the first part of Andrew Keen's interview with RIAA CEO Cary Sherman. In the second half of the interview, Sherman fields some audience questions collected on Twitter, and his answers further expose the serious problems with his understanding of what's happening in music,...
RIAA Still Doesn't Get It: Hopes SOPA Opposition Was A 'One-Time Experience'

Anonymous hacks into tech and telecom sites

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Two trade association sites that boast members such as Apple, Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, and Verizon come under attack by hackers for supporting cybersecurity legislation. [Read more]...
Anonymous hacks into tech and telecom sites

As USTR Insists ACTA Doesn't Need Congressional Approval, Wyden Asks State Dept. For A Second Opinion

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Back in October, we noted that Senator Ron Wyden had sent the Obama administration a letter pointing out that it appeared unconstitutional for the President to sign ACTA without getting Congressional approval. The USTR had been insisting that because ACTA does not require any change to US law, it doesn't...
As USTR Insists ACTA Doesn't Need Congressional Approval, Wyden Asks State Dept. For A Second Opinion

Supporters of Online Sales Tax Say It's Good for Consumers

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Legislation that would allow U.S. states to collect sales tax from online sellers is good for consumers, because it would help them pay the taxes they already......
Supporters of Online Sales Tax Say It's Good for Consumers

What happens when social surveillance goes mainstream?

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The 18th-century philosopher Jeremy Bentham came up with an idea for a futuristic prison he called the “Panopticon,” a building with mirrors that would allow everyone to see what their neighbors were doing. Thanks to the growth of social tools like Twitter and Facebook and Foursquare, we now have...
What happens when social surveillance goes mainstream?

Netflix Facebook Sharing Bill Clears Senate, Waiting For Obama's OK

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Want to tell your Facebook pals what you’re watching on Netflix? Netflix wants to help you do that. And it’s now very close to doing that for American users: The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would give the video service the go-ahead to facilitate “frictionless sharing” of users’...
Netflix Facebook Sharing Bill Clears Senate, Waiting For Obama's OK

A Responsible Citizen Not Only Shares Culture, But Destroys The Copyright Industries

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“Honest.” This word was used by the copyright industry, to try to get citizens to do their bidding. Honest. Could you believe that today? This industry dared take that word in their mouths? For some time, it may actually have worked. Not for us who worked with technology and knew...
A Responsible Citizen Not Only Shares Culture, But Destroys The Copyright Industries
UK internet monitoring bill set to be rewritten after privacy complaints

Low-Tech Burglars to Get Lighter Sentences in Louisiana

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This is the kind of law that annoys me: A Senate bill to toughen penalties for crimes committed with the aid of Internet-generated "virtual maps," including acts of terrorism, won quick approval Monday in the House. [...] Adley's bill defines a "virtual street-level map" as one that is available on...
Low-Tech Burglars to Get Lighter Sentences in Louisiana

MPAA chief: SOPA and Protect IP back from the grave?

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The Motion Picture Association of America hasn't exactly given up on the Stop Online Piracy Act or similar legislation, despite January's widespread protests. [Read more]...
MPAA chief: SOPA and Protect IP back from the grave?
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