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The End of the Open Internet with Paid Prioritization

By Adam Florek, Editor-in-Chief on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

It is undeniable that the Internet has given rise to an unprecedented access of information.  Over the past decade, Internet transmission speeds have skyrocketed and individual users have been given greater latitude in cyberspace. While these technological leaps have resulted in faster streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, better online gaming experiences, and more…

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Wait, Private Conversations Aren’t Always Private?! A Look at the Donald Sterling Scandal

By Adam Florek, 2014-2015 Editor-in-Chief on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

For the past few weeks, it has been impossible to escape the scandal surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers and the team’s owner, Donald Sterling.  After Sterling’s racially charged remarks came to light, the NBA responded by levying a lifetime ban, $2.5 million fine, and threatened to force a sale of the team.  While these comments…

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Privacy: A Right or a Choice?

By Kalli Kling, Managing Editor on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

As the Supreme Court determines whether phones will be insulated from warrantless searches, privacy has come to the forefront of debates across the nation. Just yesterday, the White House released a report on “Big Data: A Technological Perspective” to discuss the ramifications that big data may have on privacy in the future due to the…

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Cell Phones and the Fourth Amendment – Is a Search Warrant Needed if the Arrest is Valid?

By Jocelyn Watkins, Production Editor on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Searching the data in a cell phone, without a warrant, as a search incident to arrest, does not violate the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Fourth Amendment guarantees: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures; shall not be violated…

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New Technology in Cars Raises Privacy Concerns

By Samantha Levin, Solicitation Editor on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

For many years, privacy advocates have raised concerns regarding the GPS feature in motor vehicles.   The new concern pertaining to GPS technology is that the GPS may be leading marketing companies straight to the driver. There is a potential for privacy violations if this technology continues to go unregulated.  The mechanisms that are being incorporated…

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Does The Internet Lessen a Governmental Employee’s Right to Free Speech?

By Erin Walgrave, Production Editor on Monday, April 7th, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court precedence has established that although the First Amendment’s right to the protection of free speech is strong, this right is not ironclad.  When an individual works for the public sector, his free speech is susceptible to more intrusion and more regulation since, in being an employee of the government, he represents himself…

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Google Glass: A Technological Benefit or a Future Legal Nightmare?

By Margaret Domanski, Lead Production Editor on Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Innovations in technology are typically associated with countless benefits and new potential improvements to the way we live. Google Glass is expected to hit the market in April 2014.  This new technology will allow an individual to wear glasses with the capabilities of a computer. Google Glass allows the wearer to take pictures, record video,…

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Erosion of Net Neutrality Triggered by Verizon Ruling

By Richard "Joe" Cook, Staff Editor on Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned the FCC’s imposed regulations for net neutrality; however, it also provided a silver lining that permits the FCC to regulate broadband carriers to promote competition. Verizon v. FCC, 740 F.3d 623 (D.C. Cir. 2014). In addition to these recent developments, Comcast has recently acquired Time Warner Cable,…

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Facebook, WhatsApp, and What’s Left of Your Privacy

By Adam Florek, Staff Editor on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

WhatsApp is a cross platform messaging service that allows users to send instant messages from their wireless enabled device.  Though WhatsApp has a range of features, its primary purpose is that of an instant messaging service.  WhatsApp has made headlines recently after it was acquired by Facebook for the staggering sum of $19 billion.  This…

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Smart Phones, Smart Tablets, and Now “Smart” Guns? A Blessing for Gun-Control Advocates or an Inevitable Privacy Issue?

By Ann Daniels, Staff Editor on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The Smart Gun was an innovative concept debuted in the most recent James Bond movie, Skyfall.  The weapon issued to James Bond would only operate in Bond’s hands.  Today, that imaginary movie concept is a reality. Armatix GmbH, a German company, has developed a personalized firearm for sale in the United States. Named the Amatrix…

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