Net neutrality regulations under threat by Trump's new FCC appointments





Protesters march past the FCC headquarters before a Commission meeting on a net neutrality proposal on May 15 in Washington, DC.
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 Protesters march past the FCC headquarters before a Commission meeting on a net neutrality proposal on May 15 in Washington, DC. Legislation that assures equal access to high-performance internet – one of the signature achievements of Obama’s administration – could be reversed under President-elect Trump after he appointed two opponents of “net neutrality” to the US communications regulator team.
Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison have been vocal in their opposition to the policy of net neutrality, which prevents large internet companies from creating fast lanes for high-paying customers. They are both associated with the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative thinktank based in Washington DC which has previously campaigned against net neutrality.
While Trump himself hasn’t said a lot about net neutrality, Eisenach testified before the judiciary committee of the US Senate in 2014, saying the policy used government regulation to unnecessarily advantage small companies and had little to do with protecting consumers.
Related: Federal court upholds net neutrality in win for Obama administration
“Net neutrality regulation cannot be justified on grounds of enhancing consumer welfare or protecting the public interest,” he said. “The potential costs of net neutrality regulation are both sweeping and severe, and extend far beyond a simple transfer of wealth from one group to another. Legitimate policy concerns about the potential use of market power to disadvantage rivals or harm consumers can best be addressed through existing antitrust and consumer protection laws and regulations.”
Mark Jamison took the argument one step further. In an October 2016 opinion piece for Tech Policy Daily, he asked provocatively whether or not the FCC is needed any more.
 
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Trump calls for drug test before debate






Donald Trump took aim at the war on drugs on Saturday — by challenging Hillary Clinton to take a drug test.
"Athletes, they make them take a drug test," Trump said at a Portsmouth, New Hampshire, rally. "We should take a drug test prior to the debate because I don't know what's going on with her. But at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning. And at the end … she could barely reach her car."
"I'm willing to do it," he added.
Clinton is not campaigning this weekend in order to prepare for the third and final debate Wednesday, an aide told NBC News.
Trump tweeted before the New Hampshire rally that he would speak about "the massive drug problem there, and all over the country." The state is in the midst of a drug overdose crisis propelled by the heroin epidemic.

After slamming the latest Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks as proof that "the media collaborates and conspires directly with the Clinton campaign," Trump turned his attention to heroin and other drugs "that are poisoning our youth." 


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Clown Sightings List: Which States Have Reported Threatening Clowns?



Creepy, threatening clown sightings have been increasing over the last couple months, leading residents of affected states to wonder just what’s going on. Earlier on Friday, some schools in Reading, Ohio were closed after a woman reported being attacked by someone dressed as a clown who threatened the students at her school. But the complaints extend far beyond Ohio. At least 37 states have had strange clown sightings so far, and the number keeps on growing.
Some clown sightings just hoaxes or jokes, and some may have been copycats from earlier news reports. For example, a report of a clown in Agawam, Massachusetts ended up being part of a promotion for the New England Scare Fest. And a report about a clown shot and killed in Indiana was apparently a hoax. (Read more about that in the Indiana section below.) But not all incidents are explained that easily, and a number of arrests have already been made. Some of the social media threats to different schools have caused parents a lot of concerns. And some of these threats, even though they’re sent to different states, are coming from accounts using the same fake clown names.
The affected states so far are Alabama, Arizona,  Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks

Hacking shows vulnerability of internet devices, security experts say 

 

 

Attackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices​in homes and businesses connected to the internet.
The assaults raised eyebrows among security experts both for their size and for the machines that made them happen. The attackers used as many as one million Chinese-made security cameras, digital video recorders and other infected devices to generate webpage requests and data that knocked their targets offline, security experts said.
Those affected include French web hosting provider OVH and U.S. security researcher Brian Krebs, whose website was disabled temporarily.
“We need to address this as a clear and present threat not just to censorship but to critical infrastructure,” Mr. Krebs said.
Closely held OVH confirmed the attack, but declined to comment further. 

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Giving your phone number to Facebook can be a bad idea

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Do you want to become Facebook friends with the other patients at your therapist’s office? If you don’t, it’s a good idea to avoid giving Facebook your telephone number.
That’s the takeaway from a disturbing news report that looks at how Facebook finds those “People You May Know” who mysteriously appear in your Facebook feed.
The report, published on news site Fusion, describes how a psychotherapist in a small town began to see her patients pop up as suggestions when she went on Facebook. Worse, one of those patients, a 30-something snowboarder, asked her why a bunch of random 60-something people had shown up in his feed--he guessed (correctly) that they must be connected through the therapist’s office.
This raises obvious privacy implications. As the therapist noted, her patients included people with serious diseases or suicidal tendencies. Would they be comfortable with Facebook suggesting them as friends to the therapist’s other patients?
There’s also the question of how Facebook connected these people in the first place. The most obvious answer, noted by Fusion, is the social media giant used the telephone contacts of the therapist to guess the patients were connected.
A Facebook spokesperson would not confirm or deny that the phone number was the source of the common connections, and provided this statement instead:
“Without additional information from the people involved, we’re not able to explain why one person was recommended as a friend to another. People You May Know is based on a variety of factors, including mutual friends, work and education information, networks you're part of, contacts you've imported and many other factors.” 
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While the company makes a valid point that phone numbers are not the only piece of data used to suggest common friends, in the case of the therapist, it’s hard to point to any other explanation.
One way to avoid such situations, of course, is to avoid giving Facebook your phone number in the first place.

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