CLIP-ings: December 31, 2021

Internet Governance

D.C. Circuit Ruling Rejects Challenges To 2020 FCC Wi-Fi Upgrade Order: The order, which was challenged by AT&T, will open up 1,200MHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed use.
Information Security and Cyberthreats

“Serious” Cyberattack Halts Operations At Norwegian News Publisher: An attack on the central systems of Amedia, which owns 78 newspapers, has resulted in the stoppage of printing and subscription services, and it’s possible that employees and subscribers have had personal data compromised.

T-Mobile Suffers Another Cyberattack: After a data breach exposed nearly 50 million of its customers’ data in August, another attack has compromised “a small number” of customer accounts to expose billing account names, phone and account numbers, and plan information.
Intellectual Property

Dutch Competition Authority Orders Apple To Allow Dating Apps To Offer Alternate Payment Options: The Authority for Consumers and Markets said that payment conditions for dating app providers are unreasonable, and that Apple must change its policy to allow dating apps to offer users methods for payment that are alternatives to the App Store.
Free Expression and Censorship

TikTok Content Moderator Sues For Failure To Provide Adequate Protection And Psychological Support: The proposed class action alleges that moderators, who spend up to 12 hours per day reviewing “disturbing content” including “genocide in Myanmar, mass shootings, children being raped, and animals being mutilated,” suffer psychological trauma as a result of the company’s inadequate support systems.

Tumblr Blocks “Sensitive Content” To Remain On App Store: To ensure that it meets Apple’s guidelines, Tumblr will begin to limit the results for tags or search terms that fall under an expanded definition of “sensitive content”; due to the blocks, it may be more difficult to find content related to mental health, racism, and sexuality on the site
Practice Note

West Virginia Federal Court Rules Retweet Does Not Reset Statute Of Limitations In Defamation Suit: The court ruled that a defamation defendant’s retweet of the earlier, allegedly defamatory article did not reset the one-year statute of limitations period because the retweet served as a mere “reference for [the article’s] existing audience” rather than the “republish[ing of] old content to new target audiences.”
On the Lighter Side

Out With Touchscreen, In With Tastescreen: A professor from Japan’s Meiji University has developed a prototype “lickable” screen that can imitate the flavors of items appearing on it.
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Ron Lazebnik
Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Tom Norton
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP