Stories by Scott Bradner

The personal computer tifosi

A few weeks ago I wrote about the potential impact of the verdict in the Apple v. Samsung patent case. The reaction from many readers who took the time to comment was, let's say, not supportive of the position I took in the column. You should take the time to read the comments -- they are enlightening -- but more about a very long-running split in the technical community than about the actual content of the column.

Written by Scott Bradner15 Oct. 12 20:44

When does free mean none?

The International Telecommunications Union is scheduled to meet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for two weeks in early December to revise the international treaties that define the ITU's role in the world. Many organizations have submitted proposals for changes to the existing treaties, which were last revised in the mostly pre-Internet era of 1988. One particular proposal, if adopted, has the potential of redefining the term "free" on the Internet to mean "none."

Written by Scott Bradner19 Sept. 12 12:54

Opinion: Rewriting Internet history

Rewriting history for political purposes used to be a favorite pastime in the old Soviet Union. In a neat turn of events we now see the Wall Street Journal doing the same thing.

Written by Scott Bradner07 Aug. 12 18:27

Purposeful pollution: An Apple patent, but not an Apple idea

It would be nice if Apple were going to implement the technology in U.S. Patent No. 8,205,265, which was issued to the company in June. There's no reason to think that it will, but I hope Apple at least won't block others from doing so.

Written by Scott Bradner09 July 12 19:47

Apple: Great new products, but secrecy as a religion

Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with a few friends, Monday performed the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. The show must go on, even without Steve Jobs, and it sure did go on -- two well-packed hours of Apple mantra and mania. They did not talk about what I was watching for, but it turned out OK anyway.

Written by Scott Bradner12 June 12 16:37

NBC, the Olympics and the Internet

I have been far from nice when it comes to my opinion of NBC's understanding of the power of the Internet when it comes to Olympic coverage. Six years ago I had the Pollyannaish view that NBC would stumble on the Internet when it next broadcast the Olympics. ("The last pre-Internet Olympics?") I was wrong and complained again the next time the Olympics came around ("NBC Olympic coverage: Is the Internet the enemy?").

Written by Scott Bradner02 May 12 01:48

Are Facebook passwords fair game for employers?

The Associated Press in late March reported on the issue of employers asking job applicants for their Facebook passwords, citing new and old incidents. The story apparently hit a sore point because it was all over the press within a day or so and in short order politicians were posturing and reaching for the limelight by introducing legislation to ban the practice and sending letters to enforcement agencies demanding action. Based on the comments since the story broke, it is clear that the specific practice of demanding an applicant's password to a social media site is not common but that there is a common worry that it might become so.

Written by Scott Bradner04 April 12 04:31

Science, technology and politicians

What is it about politicians that makes them believe that they, with a few minutes' cursory review, know better than people who have studied in an area for decades? Whatever the case, it far from a rare condition. The most recent example of this attitude is the copyright protection proposals currently in front of Congress.

Written by Scott Bradner18 Jan. 12 09:24

Is vulnerability an objective?

I ended last year with a <a href="">death-of-the-Internet column</a>, and I'm starting off the new year with a death-via-the-Internet one.

Written by Scott Bradner04 Jan. 12 04:38

The Internet has escaped the ax, at least in the US, at least for now

A year ago <a href="">I wrote</a> that 2011 would be a year in which the Internet would "be under a multi-pronged attack that threatens to change it irrevocably in ways that may destroy much of the Internet's potential." Well, 2011 has come and mostly gone, and it turned out that my pessimism may have been misplaced but not invalid.

Written by Scott Bradner21 Dec. 11 02:31

GPS on the run?

The Supreme Court earlier this month heard arguments on a relatively common drug case, but there is a chance for this case to set the groundwork, for good or ill, on <a href="">resolving most of the issues I discussed</a> recently regarding the murky state of privacy protections from the government in the United States.

Written by Scott Bradner16 Nov. 11 08:30

The UN, copyright extremism and you

In September representatives from India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) got together to talk about the Internet. <a href="">Their conclusion</a>: The 'Net needed help from the United Nations in the areas of developing policies, technical standards, operation, dispute resolution and crises management.

Written by Scott Bradner02 Nov. 11 13:32

Breach reporting: Now companies have to do it

Consumer advocates as well as many business groups have attempted to get federal laws adopted in the United States that would mandate disclosure of security breaches in which some types of private information about identifiable people are exposed. In spite of the obvious logic of having a national standard, these efforts so far have failed.

Written by Scott Bradner18 Oct. 11 06:29

Internet privacy: Cookies as a weapon

In November 2009 the European Parliament approved a directive on Internet privacy that, among other things, required user opt-in before websites could install cookies on the user's computer.

Written by Scott Bradner21 Sept. 11 01:26

OPINION: HP (again) shows us how not to do it

HP management has not been good to the company over the last few years. One would have to do a lot of searching to find a management team that has so thoroughly messed up in the court of public opinion.

Written by Scott Bradner07 Sept. 11 05:44