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Posted at 6:20 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Week ahead: FCC meeting, Do Not Track hearing

By Cecilia Kang

Rising to the top of the list, two events to watch:

Tuesday: The Federal Communications Commission will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, with a slew of spectrum-related items. But what's not on the agenda could be more interesting. We'll see if FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski says where he stands on a rumored December vote for his year-old proposal on net neutrality. Genachowski stays pretty close to script so the chances of news are modest. Related stories: FCC delays Dec. meeting, perhaps signaling net neutrality vote; FCC endorses net neutrality; Court rules for Comcast over FCC in net neutrality case

Thursday: The House subcommittee on commerce trade and consumer protection will examine the idea of a Do Not Track bill that would prohibit Web sites and third-parties from tracking information about users who choose to participate in such a program. A witness list isn't out yet, but the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's associate administrator of policy analysis, Daniel Weitzner, will be testifying on the Commerce Department's view on privacy. The idea has garnered lots of enthusiasm from privacy advocates who point to the popularity of the Do Not Call registry. Related stories: House to hold Do Not Track hearing ; Q&A with Google on Do Not Track; What a Do Not Track option might look like

And looking back, a couple not-to-miss reads from the weekend:

Wikileaks: A State Department cable reveals China’s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google’s computer systems last winter. The New York Times reports: "The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said."

MPAA: Why has it been so hard to fill Hollywood's lobbying lead role? The New York Times writes about the struggle to replace Dan Glickman, who resigned earlier this year. Senator Christopher Dodd and Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico, are being eyed, The Times reports.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 29, 2010; 6:20 AM ET
Categories:  FCC, Privacy  
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