Seeking Facially Obvious TLDs

  In recent years, ICANN has been introducing and maintaining numerous generic top level domains (gTLDs or TLDs). These are the suffixes on many popular domain names, and include the names .aero, .biz, .cat, .com, .coop, .info, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tel and .travel.   Currently up for public comment as to its renewal is the “.coop” TLD. This domain suffers from an Read More

Harvesting Anti-Spam Suit Filed

  A new suit is expected to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The suit, in the name of “Project Honey Pot,” an entity owned by Unspam Technologies, seeks to discover the identity of the organizations that “harvest” e-mail addresses from the web in order to resell them to marketers, typically unsolicited bulk e-mailers.   A “honey pot” in the information Read More

Presidential Hopefuls in Cyberspace

  A combination of Yahoo, Slate, and the Huffington Post will present joint online-only primary presidential debates this fall for candidates from both parties. There will be one debate for Republican hopefuls and one debate for Democrats. The candidates will participate remotely from any location they choose and attendees to the online debate will be able to ask questions of the candidates.   The Read More

DoubleClick + Google: Part II: Privacy

  While Microsoft has raised its concerns about antitrust considerations in the Google acquisition, a prominent privacy group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has raised concerns about the privacy implications.   While the antitrust issues are less concerning, the privacy issues are of greater worry. The privacy concerns are present whether the acquisition is approved or not, but the Read More

DoubleClick + Google: Part I: Antitrust

  The recently announced proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google has caused Microsoft to note its concerns about privacy and the possibility of anti-competitive results in online advertising. Microsoft has two primary concerns: (1) potential market domination by the new entity and (2) privacy concerns. We address the antitrust issues.   When thinking about antitrust issues, there are several Read More

Boring Spammers to Stop Spam?

  New technological methods of retarding spamming efforts are currently being implemented by a Canadian ISP. The system works by retarding the communications between incoming mail servers and incoming messages. While most mail servers accept messages almost instantaneously, the technology, dubbed “Traffic Control,” artificially extends the time between the time the incoming mail message seeks to be delivered, Read More

FCC Limits Pretexting Practices

  Taking action that will lead to greater protection for consumers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced new rules designed to protect consumers from pre-texting as a means to invade the privacy of telephone consumers. According to the FCC “pretexting” is the practice of pretending to be a particular customer or other authorized person in order to obtain access to that customer’s call Read More

Correct Call on Cell Phones in Sky

  The FCC has announced that the current rule banning cell phone usage during flight will remain in effect until possible "future consideration."   This decision, seemingly an easy one, is unquestionably the right policy. The primary argument for allowing wireless phones on commercial flights during air travel is grounded in a "pro-business" argument. The only business that would Read More

Apple Reduces DRM in iTunes

  In a move that will be welcomed by consumers, Apple announced that it would offer certain files from a major record label without the digital rights management (DRM) typically included on files downloaded from iTunes. “Digital rights management” refers to certain protections placed on digital files that prevents consumers from modifying them or easily sharing them with others. DRM is widely considered to be Read More

What is the CyberLawg?

  What is the "CyberLawg?" TM   CyberLaw + Blog = CyberLawg TM   This is the place to find recent and salient news and commentary on all issues of technology law. If you find the CyberLawg useful and interesting, please bookmark or "social bookmark" the site, using the links on each post. Doing so allows others to find our news and analysis designed to make the world of Read More