This week the FCC has approved the Tom Wheeler-promoted next generation of Net Neutrality rules. This new proposal is not yet fully enacted, of course, this week only moving it forward to a 60-day public comment period. After this 60-day period, another 60-day response period will take place.
The chief of the FCC has received massive amounts of web-based backlash on account of a new "fast-lane" internet bill he’s proposed this year. It’s set to go up for a vote this month, and just this week he’s introduced a number of tweaks to - he hopes - satisfy the nay-sayers. It’s not going as well as he’d hoped, net-neutrality supporters making their case clear across the web.
If you’ll remember back to October of 2012, there was a bit of a hubbub about Huawei and ZTE making electronics for the United States. It was said that these China-based companies "could undermine US national security" according to the US-based House Intelligence Committee. After admitting they’d actually found no evidence of wrongdoing, it would appear that the very means for spying described by the House Intelligence Committee were used by the NSA abroad.
Bitly, the URL-shortening service, has revealed on its blog a possible security breach, saying it has "reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised." The reason for the concern isn't addressed, however.
Voices in the net neutrality debate are getting raised, with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix and more penning a vocal letter to the FCC demanding equal access to the internet, while the Commission itself argues internally over the issue. The letter, in which big players in web content, internet backbone, and services slam the concept of "bargains" between individual companies and ISPs, calls for "an open internet ... for free speech and opportunity."
Five US internet providers have been accused of "deliberately harming" the web experience for their customers, with claims that the companies are purposefully keeping things congested so as to extract cash from content providers. The US ISPs - described as "large Broadband consumer networks with a dominant or exclusive market share in their local market" - and one European ISP are not named by "internet middleman" Level 3, though the company has previously requested that the FCC look into AT&T's handling of networks.
The government is proceeding with a plan to test an online ID system, something that has been referred to as a "driver's license for the Internet." The test will kick off with a pilot program for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
This year Google will introduce a system tentatively called "Stars." This system will organize your media. It’s organized in its most basic terms into Images, Webpages, and Videos, and it’ll all be based on a tiny Star graphic in the right-hand side of your Chrome web browser’s address bar.