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First POST: Heat List

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 20 2014

Heat List

  • The FCC is proposing new rules to keep Internet service providers from providing two tiers of online service, in a bid to protect net neutrality that, at least initially, stops short of reclassifying broadband as a communications service.

  • In addition, the agency said it will look closely at current laws that restrict "the ability of cities and towns to offer broadband services to consumers in their communities," earning the praise of Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

  • Speaking of which, Google Fiber is moving into 9 more metro areas.

  • Matt Stroud examines the Chicago police department's new experiment in predictive modeling for The Verge, asking whether its focus on creating a "heat list" of people theoretically most likely to be involved in violent crime isn't just racial profiling by a different name.

  • Oakland's City Council has decided to delay a vote on expanding the city's controversial Domain Awareness Center after a hearing that featured opposition from many concerned residents and privacy groups, Al Jazeera reports.

  • First Look Media has announced that Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi is coming on board to launch its second digital magazine, which will focus on "the ongoing financial crisis--and … the political machinery that makes it possible."

  • A proposed national license-plate tracking system for Homeland Security was canceled within 24 hours after first being reported by the Washington Post.

  • Forbes' Parmy Olson has the one story you need to read on the rise of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp, which you may have heard was just bought by Facebook for $19 billion.

  • Peter Daou and James Boyce's lawsuit against Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer, in which the two former John Kerry advisers allege that their idea for a liberal news/blog aggregator was stolen, is moving forward. Huffington sought to have it quashed but a New York judge says the case can be heard by a jury.

  • A trove of newly released emails suggest that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was, at a minimum, involved in a secret email system used by staffers mixing official and campaign business, dating from when he was Milwaukee county executive, the Journal-Sentinel reports.

  • Alex Howard interviews Maris Jensen, a former SEC analyst who has built Rank and Filed, an open data project that makes securities filings easier to search and analyze. According to Maris, "I spent November and December trying to give all my code to the SEC. I received no response, not even a polite no."

  • Reporting from Ukraine for Global Voices, Tetyana Bohdanova has the story of a young woman tweeting from the streets of the Maidan protest who had a "young man shot in the head and stomach" die in her arms.

  • Former Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani, who also led India's government program giving hundreds of millions of citizens unique ID cards, is entering politics as a candidate for the lower house of Parliament, Mark Bergen reports for The New York Times.