Michael Geist – SOPA: All Your Internets Belong to US

First, it defines a “domestic domain name” as a domain name “that isregistered or assigned by a domain name registrar, domain nameregistry, or other domain name registration authority, that is locatedwithin a judicial district of the United States.” Since every dot-com,dot-net, and dot-org domain is managed by a domain name registry in theU.S., the law effectively asserts jurisdiction over tens of millions ofdomain names regardless of where the registrant actually resides.

Read it and weep.

Gartner: Android Now Over 50 Percent Of Smartphone Sales, The Rest Decline

According to figures out today from Gartner, more than 50 percent of all smartphones bought by consumers in Q3 were built on the Android OS. That growth has been at all other platforms??? expense: the figures indicate that every other smartphone platform has declined in marketshare over a year ago.

How the BBC’s HD DRM plot was kept secret ??? and why

The BBC is a public broadcaster, and its charter sets out the requirement for everything it does to meet a “public value test.” Ofcom, the independent regulator that oversees the BBC, is charged with “[making] sure that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and sharp practices, while ensuring that competition can thrive”.

So what did Ofcom do? Naturally, it listened to the public, ignored the uncompetitive rent-seeking proposals from the commercial sector, adhered to EU law, and rejected the proposal.

Well, that’s what they did in a parallel universe. In this universe, Ofcom accepted the self-serving arguments of the companies they’re meant to be regulating, ignored the public whose interests they were meant to be safeguarding, and gave the BBC what it asked for.

Why did it do this? It’s a secret.

But not any more.

Amazon E-Library Is Publishing???s Profit Model: Virginia Postrel

Beyond short-term earnings, however, the lending library is just the latest innovation to raise big questions about the whole publishing ecosystem. In an environment where books are increasingly digital, what’s the most effective way to create value for readers, for authors and for intermediaries? And — the biggest question — which intermediaries will survive the transition?

 

The controversial science of free will

Gazzaniga makes this interesting claim: Just as you cannot explain traffic patterns by studying car parts, neuroscience must abandon its tendency to reduce macro-level phenomena like free will to micro-level explanations. Along the way he provides fascinating and understandable information from brain evolution to studies involving infants and patients with severed brain hemispheres (split-brain patients). The final chapters of the book consider neuroscience as it implicates social responsibility, justice and how we treat criminal offense.

Juniper adds OpenFlow to its routers, switches

Juniper Networks this week said it is making the source code of its OpenFlow application accessible to developers of applications for its Junos networking operating system software.

OpenFlow is an interface that enables software-defined networks (SDN), in which multivendor switches and routers are programmable through software. OpenFlow provides a layer of abstraction from the physical network to the control element, allowing that network to be configured or manipulated through software, which then opens it up to further customization, proponents say

Mmmm.

The Privatization of Copyright Lawmaking

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the companion bill to the Senate???s PROTECT IP Act, would further privatize adjudication and punishment. Title I of that law (dubbed the E-PARASITE Act) creates a ???market-based system to protect U.S. customers and prevent U.S. funding of sites dedicated to theft of U.S. property.??? It achieves this by empowering copyright owners who have a ???good faith belief??? that they are being ???harmed by the activities??? of a website to send a notice to the site???s payment providers (e.g. PayPal) and Internet advertisers to end business with the allegedly offending site.

Is TPP worth this?