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Blog Post
8/19/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
There's no disputing the fact that Google exerts tremendous power over our online lives, but the extent of its reach was made crystal clear late last week.   For still unexplained reasons all of Google's services were down briefly around 3:51 pm PT.  Here, as reported by InformationWeek Security, is Google's explanation as...
News Release
2/1/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Friday outlined three priorities focused on consumer privacy that must be emphasized by the next chair of the Federal Trade Commission as Jon Leibowitz stepped down from the agency after four years on the job. "Jon Leibowitz made the FTC relevant to consumers during his tenure, though he fell far...
News Story
1/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Amid debate over standards, kids have easy access to violent and sexual content. Shoot zombies, watch their heads fly and blood splatter. Flick your finger and roll a virtual cigarette. Snap a photo and see what you look like with bigger breasts. It's all possible from a smartphone or tablet, and most of those games littered with violence,...
News Story
9/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog warns of TLD shopping spree Consumer Watchdog is calling for ICANN to keep a close eye on enormous corporations such as Google and Amazon, and to reject applications made to buy new Top Level Domains (TLDs) in bulk. The watchdog addressed the open letter to ICANN's board and CEO and other relevant parties. John M Simpson,...
News Release
9/27/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA  – Consumer Watchdog has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to reject applications from Google and Amazon to buy control of huge swaths of the Internet by purchasing new generic Top Level Domains. In an open letter to the ICANN Board and CEO, GAC Members, Evaluators, the...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of Congress' failed attempt to pass a cybersecurity bill this summer, the White House has been working on an executive order to fill the gap. The order is aimed at protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from harm. It might not be enough, however. Democrats in Congress continue to try to drum up support for some...
News Release
9/20/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today urged Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D –W.VA) to block attempts by Google and Amazon to buy control of huge swaths of the Internet by purchasing new generic Top Level Domains through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In a letter to Sen. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate...
News Story
9/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The large number of applications from the two companies would make the Internet 'privatized,' Consumer Watchdog says A consumer group, citing concerns about the creation of a new, private Internet, has asked a senior U.S. senator to help block Google and Amazon.com from buying dozens of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) from the Internet...
Blog Post
8/12/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
I remember as a young newspaper reporter going to different jurisdictions where public records were kept and putting together background information on an individual. I had to have a compelling reason to do it, because although the records were public, it  took considerable effort to gather the information.  With the Internet and the...