CLIP-ings: February 22, 2013Internet Governance
Wi-Fi Spectrum Expansion: The FCC unveiled a new Wi-Fi policy which will restrict the use of signal boosters and open up spectrum bandwidth for unlicensed Wi-Fi use.
No Password, No Privacy: An Ontario court has ruled that police can search phones that are not password-protected “in a cursory fashion,” reasoning that the contents of an unprotected phone are “readily available to other users.”
Information Security & Cyberthreats
Continued Chinese Cyberattacks: U.S. security firm Mandiant has pinpointed the source of an “overwhelming percentage” of cyberattacks from China: a 12-story office building outside Shanghai affiliated with the Chinese army.
Farmer v. Monsanto: An Indiana farmer faces food giant Monsanto in a Supreme Court case that will decide whether patents on seeds, among other self-replicating things, extend beyond the first generation of products, raising concerns about advancements in biotechnology.
Patentable Genes: An Australian federal court ruled that a cancer-predicting gene can be patented because it has been “isolated” from the body, a ruling that reached the opposite conclusion of a U.S. Court of Appeals.
Free Expression & Censorship
P2P Injunction Blocked: A U.S. District Judge denied an injunction that would bar CNET from promoting a BitTorrent P2P file-sharing service, stating that such an injunction would silence public discussion of file-sharing technologies.
Non-Solicitation and Social Media: An Oklahoma federal court has described some limitations on how much control employers have over their former employees’ social media activity, highlighting a new dimension of concern over employee social networking.
On the Lighter Side
Cheat View: A Russian online map service has left one relationship directionless.
Editorial Fellows: Grace Nam, Austen Ishii