2010 August InfoTech & Telecom News (full-text pdf)

Published August 1, 2010

The August issue of InfoTech & Telecom News opens with news coverage of Sen. Joe Lieberman’s proposed legislation that would give the president emergency authority to “protect” the Internet before or during a cyberattack — a so-called “kill switch” that has raised concerns among business people, academics, and industry analysts.

Also in this issue:

  • The Federal Trade Commission is examining avenues for taxing new media to bail out print media.
  • Law and economics professor Edward Lopez of San Jose University says the decline of print media is a market success; journalism is healthy and thriving on the Internet.
  • The Federal Aviation Authority might allow the deployment of unmanned aircraft “drones” for law enforcement agencies and private industry purposes on U.S. soil.
  • The Federal Communications Commission has been asked to investigate and possibly regulate what is being labeled “hate speech” on talk radio, television, and the Internet by a coalition of more than 30 groups.
  • The World Health Organization has released a study finding no apparent link between cell phone use and brain cancer.