Category Archives: Internet Governance

Article defending the FCC’s position on Network Neutrality

Here’s a link to a CircleID post defending the FCC’s actions towards repealing Network Neutrality, by Anthony Rutkowski:

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20171121_the_fcc_is_taking_the_right_step/

The article is worth reading, and points out the way Network Neutrality was put into place was an act of folly:

Nonetheless, the unfortunate attempt to assert Title II jurisdiction over “any person engaged in the provision of broadband internet access service” via the February 2015 Order occurred as an exercise in regulatory and technological folly. The definition adopted was simply a string of undefined abstractions: “a mass-market retail service by wire or radio that provides the capability to transmit data to and receive data from all or substantially all Internet endpoints, including any capabilities that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications service, but excluding dial-up Internet access service.” And, just to add more fuzziness to the boundary, the Commission tossed in “this term also encompasses any service that the Commission finds to be providing a functional equivalent of the service described in the previous sentence, or that is used to evade the protections set forth in this Part.” One is tempted to ask “what the hell are they talking about.” 

 

Google to remove “Revenge Porn” from Search Results

I’m glad to see that Google is removing “Revenge Porn” from its search results. It won’t remove the images from the websites themselves, of course, but it should help to remove some of the angst that victims of this crime suffer. One of my most common calls and inquiries come from people trying to find… Continue Reading

The New Frontier Begins

And so it begins… ICANN is delegating its first new domains under its expansion of the gTLD system. Admittedly, these domains are in foreign languages, but that does not diminish the changing nature of these domains upon the landscape. The four strings delegated are: – شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – Arabic for “web/network” Registry: International Domain Registry… Continue Reading

Trademark Clearinghouse, ReDigi, and More First Sale Doctrine Issues

Here’s a link to my post on the firm’s blog about the new Trademark Clearinghouse that is coming online for use with the new top level domains: http://blog.davismcgrath.com/2013/04/05/using-the-trademark-clearinghouse-for-the-new-gtlds/ I’ve been meaning to write my own post regarding the ReDigi case, but in the meantime here are links to two good ones by Venkat Balasubramani and… Continue Reading

Slides from CBA Presentation on COPPA

Here are my slides from today’s presentation to the Chicago Bar Association’s Cyberlaw and Data Privacy Committee on the amendments effective July 1, 2013 to the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Slides – Thompson – COPPA Update [PDF] The FTC’s Final Rule can be found here- FTC Final Amended COPPA Rule [PDF] For more… Continue Reading