The Switchboard: Deaf advocacy groups don’t want net neutrality killed on their behalf

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during an open meeting to receive public comment on proposed open Internet notice of proposed rulemaking and spectrum auctions May 15, 2014 at the FCC headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from The Switch team.

Deaf advocacy groups to Verizon: Don’t kill net neutrality on our behalf. While earlier reports indicated that Verizon lobbyists had invoked services for the deaf, blind, and disabled to argue against net neutrality, deaf advocacy groups have filed comments disputing the company's position, Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica reports. "While we strongly believe that Internet-based services and applications must be made accessible, we also believe that doing so is possible on an open network and without the need for broadband providers to specifically identify traffic from accessibility applications and separate it out for special treatment," the groups wrote in comments to the Federal Communications Commission.

Apple’s growing faster in China than anywhere else in the world. "China is, by far, the spot where Apple is growing the fastest, bolstered by recent lucrative deals that the company has made with China's largest wireless carriers," reports the Switch's Hayley Tsukayama.

Why Malaysia so badly wanted Flight 17′s “black boxes” back The Switch's Nancy Scola explains why Malaysia wanted Flight 17's flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders. "Together, the two data-collecting devices can paint a picture nearly impossible to piece together through other means, which is one reason that Razak, in listing his priorities for the investigation into the downing of Flight 17, ordered them as: "first is the bodies, second is the black box, and third is the crash site."

EU prepares to step up Google investigations.  "European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up their investigations into Google Inc.  on several fronts, including revisiting a proposed settlement over its search-engine practices that has met with unprecedented opposition," Tom Fairless at the Wall Street Journal reports.

Inside Anonymous' cyberwar against the Israeli government. "The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza," reports Dana Liebelson at Mother Jones. "This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely from the Middle East, Asia, and South America, who are supporting 'OpSaveGaza,' an Anonymous-backed campaign targeting Israeli government websites that has succeeded in temporarily taking down the sites of the Israeli defense ministry and the Tel Aviv police department."


Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.



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