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October 2009 Archives

The FCC's 6 Proposed Rules of Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set forth draft proposed rules regarding net neutrality.  But may have already read about that in our recent post on the subject of open internet.  

And now, you want to know...exactly what are potential new rules are on the table.  Wonder no more.  Below is excerpt from a recent FCC press release outlining the proposed rules.

An Open Internet: FCC Moves Towards Net Neutrality

Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may not be looking to become the next viral video sensation, or be pining to find itself the subject of a social media campaign, or even long to be the most-queried term on search engines...but it definitely wants a place at the broadband table.

And it may have solidified its spot this week.

The FCC recently approved a notice of proposed rule making on net neutrality.  And whether you are new to the concept of "open internet" or are a seasoned veteran, here are the nuts and bolts on net neutrality, the FCC, and what could be in store for law firms and consumers in the future.

What is net neutrality?

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.

Not surprisingly, educational institutions possess all sorts of private data with respect to their students. However, a bit more surprising is how easy it is for the privacy of that data to be compromised.

Trends in Alternative Billing & Convergence, Hildebrandt Survey Says

Maybe it can be chalked off to an economy stung by recession.  Or the fact that more legal technology providers are crowding the same space.  But something is changing the way in-house counsel relates to outside counsel.  And the effects could trickle down to the legal tech sector.

Hildebrandt International has released its annual Hildebrandt Law Department Survey, which provides benchmarking data for U.S. and global law departments. 

Here are a few interesting findings from the Hildebrandt Survey:

One Country Makes High Speed Internet a Legal Right...

Hint: it is not the US.  Our Nordic friends in Finland will have no internet connectivity excuses in responding to emails and social media musings.  And that's thanks to a national law passed in Finland this week  mandating that every Finnish citizen have access to broadband internet.

It's not a big leap for the nation with a population hovering over 5 million, a reported 95% of Finnish folks already have robust internet access.  But the law aims to ensure that even rural regions of the country gain access.

Facebook Use Down Under

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.

You probably know already that Facebook is a huge social networking phenomenon here in the United States, not only for teenagers, but also for adults. However, you might not know that the Facebook rage is sweeping the globe.

For example, Facebook use way down under in Australia is a large component of online activity.

Indeed, according to recent press reports and Nielsen Online, Australians each spend 6.5 of their 26.5 weekly online hours on Facebook. That is an incredible ¼ of all online time for Australians.

Free Webcast: How Law Firms Can Attract Quality Clients

Did you know that your firm is sending out a message without even realizing it.  It is through your online presence.  Whether your firm has invested heavily in building a web presence or if you are new to the scene, you can tune into this webcast to find out how to stand out from the crowd and attract qualified clients through improving online marketing and enhancing the firm's website.

When: Tuesday, October 20th 2009.  11:00AM CDT, 3:00 PM CDT

Location: Online

Length: 1 hour

Cost: Free!

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.

Our nation can be threatened not only by physical attacks on terra firma, but also in Cyberspace. Indeed, Cyber attacks could threaten all sorts of mission critical systems.

For this reason, aides to Senator Jay Rockefeller reportedly have been working recently on a revised draft Senate bill that would give the President broad powers in the event of a Cybersecurity emergency, and that apparently would go so far as allowing the President to temporarily seize control over computer networks in the private sector.

Amazon Settles Kindle Digital Book Deletion for $150K

The homework has been turned in.   The book has been read.  An apology has been issued.  The amount has been negotiated.  And the matter is settled...for now. 

Plaintiffs-Michigan high school student Justin Gawronski and California resident Antoine Bruguier--settled their claims for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, breach of contract, trespass of chattels, and conversion for Amazon's deletion of works including George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle accounts.