The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reportedly close to proposing a "hybrid approach" to network neutrality in which Internet service providers would be partially reclassified as common carriers, letting the commission take a harder stance against Internet fast lane deals. Further ReadingFCC gets Comcast, Verizon to reveal Netflix’s paid peering deals However, the proposal would not completely outlaw deals in which Web services pay for faster access to consumers. As reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal, the broadband service that ISPs offer to consumers would be maintained as a lightly regulated information service. But the FCC would reclassify the service that ISPs offer at the other end of the network to content providers who deliver data over Internet providers' pipes. This would be a common carrier service subject to utility-style regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. "People close to the chairman" say that Chairman … [Read more...] about FCC reportedly close to reclassifying ISPs as common carriers
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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a diagnosis for dead people. Last month, Junior Seau was found in his home in Oceanside, Calif., with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. A familiar sequence unfolded: His brain was requested by both the Brain Injury Research Institute and Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy—the two main brain banks chasing damage in former football players. If the family consents, the brain will be sliced open and put under a microscope. Given Seau's profession and the nature of his demise, the expectation is that the tissues will show a buildup of a protein called tau, creating tangles like the ones found in victims of Alzheimer's disease. But so what? It's one more brain, to go with the 60-plus brains of former players who have already demonstrated postmortem signs of CTE. Advertisement The question, after a decade of brain-slicing autopsies, is when any of this will help players before they're … [Read more...] about Can Science See Inside An NFL Player’s Skull Before It’s Too Late?
Amazon subsidiary Ring, which makes home surveillance equipment and cameras, has "partnerships" with more than 600 law enforcement agencies nationwide, allowing those police access to users' footage. And while Ring says it sets terms around how and when it will share that footage with police, anything the police do with it afterward is entirely out of its hands, the company says. The partnerships between Ring and police, and the terms of the agreements, have not been transparent to the general public. Instead, they've come out in bits and pieces in media reports throughout the year. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in September demanded clearer answers from Amazon about Ring and published the company's responses this week. In the pair of replies (PDF 1, PDF 2), Ring repeatedly deflects responsibility for the contents of captured footage to the consumers who capture it and the police departments that acquire it. Who else watches the watchers? Amazon in the last week of August agreed to share … [Read more...] about Cops can keep Ring footage forever, share it with anyone, Amazon confirms
(CNN)An independent United Nations investigation into alleged human rights abuses carried out against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has called for the country's military leaders to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The damning report contains allegations of murder, imprisonment and sexual violence against the Rohingyas, carried out by the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, under the guise of a crackdown on terrorists, and against a backdrop of impunity that effectively placed military leaders above the law. "Military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages. The Tatmadaw's tactics are consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats, especially in Rakhine State, but also in northern Myanmar," the report said. The report recommends the case be referred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, or for an ad hoc tribunal to … [Read more...] about Myanmar military leaders should face genocide charges, UN says