Two years ago, I posted a piece written by a former student of mine about a new type of scam called “phone cramming,” something I had never heard of at the time. Fast forward to now, and I figured all the major cellular carriers had figured out this scheme and put in place safeguards to stop it. Apparently, T-Mobile didn’t get the memo. Last week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against the nation’s fourth largest carrier, accusing it of knowingly profiting from phone cramming schemes for years.
Not so fast, T-Mobile…
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Yesterday, Netflix announced that it had reached a settlement with the National Association of the Deaf to caption all of its streaming content by 2014. This is big news, but went largely unnoticed, just like the court ruling that prompted it. This summer, the United States District Court in Massachusetts issued a decision in a case that was almost completely ignored in the press. That was quite surprising considering that the outcome of the case has the potential to completely change how many websites operate. The decision in National Association of the Deaf v. Netflix, 26 A.D. Cases 1091 (D. Mass., June 19, 2012) is a major step toward ensuring that people with disabilities are able to access the internet and experience a fuller range of the services available to the larger community. The decision breathes new life into Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which had languished for years under readings of the law that failed to recognize how important the internet was becoming to everyday life. Continue reading
Hey everyone, hope you’re enjoying the last bits of summer before the leaves start to fall and sweaters emerge from their hiding place under the bed. I’ve been out and about, but I will start posting more regularly as things settle down. Look for posts on the fallout from the Facebook and Google privacy settlements, the failure of the Cybersecurity bill in Congress and other developments in the weeks to come. Until then, I’m going to go back outside… in flip-flops… while I still can.