I’m contemplating a few ideas for my third travelogue and they pretty widely in terms of their content.
#1 White House Visitor Logs: Last year, Obama announced that each month, the WH would release its visitor logs to the public (visitors from the previous 90-120 days would be made available online). The full policy is available to review here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/VoluntaryDisclosure/. What are the implications of this? What does it mean for transparency? What kind of information is gained from this and for what purposes?
#2 Google Buzz. Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a complaint this week with Federal Trade Commission, urging the them to open an investigation into Google Buzz. I could find out more about the complaint, whether it has any merit and what will happen next. The only thing is I know we’ve talked about these issues before so wouldn’t want to go over them ad nauseam. But it could be a good way to get involved, talk to people, help them figure out how to turn it off, follow the EPIC complaint etc, see who else is joining them etc.
#3 Skype and Voice Over Internet Protocal (VoIP). Verizon just announced that it will soon allow its 90+ million customers to make free calls on Skype. Starting in March, subscribers with certain phones will be able to download a Skype application which allows them to call or instant message other Skype users for free. What’s behind this partnership? What’s Skype’s relationship with other telecommunications companies (I know its blocked in several case)? How was the FCC regulated this issue? What’s next?
If you have any thoughts about what would be most interesting and most relevant to this class, please let me know. Once I’ve picked a topic I can delve into explaining more of the implications of whichever issue I pick and how I plan to do the research. Thanks in advance for any comments.