Today’s Wall Street Journal had three information-related articles on the front page.
“Judge Slams NSA Phone Surveillance,” Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2013 A1 http://on.wsj.com/1bY1txn A US District Court judge ruled that the wholesale collection of phone records was almost certainly unconstitutional. The ruling is stayed pending appeal. Privacy and warrants and searches.
“Energy Websites Fend Off Assaults,” Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2013 A1 http://on.wsj.com/1dKxtDK Too many people are asking for too much access to Energy Department economic reports. 2000 users blocked. Earlier WSJ articles had discussed how some traders were gaining a trading advantage in the markets by getting quicker access. Information value is a function of accuracy + timeliness.
“Firms Aim To Control Internet’s Backbone,” Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2013 A1 http://on.wsj.com/1kRwi7S Google and Facebook invest in infrastructure, competing with telecoms. Who controls access to all the information on the Web? Is the internet a public utility? Who runs it?