The Mounting Cost of the NSA Scandal: “Severe and Getting Worse”

The Mounting Cost of the NSA Scandal: “Severe and Getting Worse” In the last few weeks, the New American Foundation (NAF) released its report, “Surveillance Costs:The NSA’s Impact on the Economy,Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity,” and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) chaired a roundtable with Silicon Valley executives on this very point.  Both events highlight what is…

NSA SCANDAL GROWS WORSE FOR INTERNET INDUSTRY

It has been five months since Edward Snowden and NSA operations such as PRISM first splashed across the front pages worldwide.  During this period, the scope of the scandal has only grown through nearly weekly revelations of further NSA transgressions.  While the “golden rule” of scandal management is prompt and full disclosure, the NSA scandal…

Copyright Cats and Chickens and Internet Radio Fairness

ISP Graduated Response to Copyright Policing to Launch Nov 28 ISPs are getting ready to launch their copyright enforcement initiative known as Graduated Response starting November 28.  The plan was the collaborative work of the Center for Copyright Information, which is comprised of five Internet service providers (Verizon, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Comcast, and Cablevision) and…

Washington Watch: Rights, Disclosures and Investigations

Issa-Wyden Generate Buzz on Internet Bill of Rights Speaking at the Personal Democracy Forum, anti-SOPA allies Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) suggested that it was time for an Internet Bill of Rights and have launched a crowd-sourcing site to incorporate third parties’ views. The proposed Bill of Rights has the following…

Washington Watch: Copyright Battle Lines Drawn

  Last fall, the entertainment lobby pushed for the passage of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) during the lame duck post election session only to be blocked by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).  COICA sought to allow seizure of “rogue websites” dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods, but was quickly…