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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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Americans’ Virtual Safety in Sochi Winter Olympics

By Melinda Tsang, Executive Business Editor on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Many countries have taken precautions to ensure the safety of their citizens while in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics.  In the event of a terror attack, the United States is ready to whisk away American athletes, coaches, and spectators. Two U.S. war ships are on standby in the Black Sea, equipped with helicopters. …

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Will Safe Harbour be Destroyed by the Snowden Storm?

By Meredith Mays Espino, Solicitation Editor on Saturday, February 8th, 2014

With the passage of European Commission’s Council Directive 95/46/EC, Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data and on the Free Movement of Such Data, the European Union became the leader in data privacy, setting the bar for other nations.  Aside from the European Union, more and more nation-states are following the…

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Google Reaches into Homes with Nest Acquisition

By Kalli Kling, Managing Editor on Saturday, January 25th, 2014

On January 13, 2014 Google acquired Nest Lab, Inc. for $3.2 billion. Currently, Nest only sells two products designed to make life easier for its consumers: a thermostat and a smoke/ carbon monoxide detector. However, what makes these devices unique is the innovative qualities the creators included to save energy and make managing a person’s…

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Is the NSA’s Surveillance of Telephone Data Really a Violation of Our Privacy?

By Pamela Szelung, Editor-in-Chief on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Edward J. Snowden’s actions in early 2013 created an international uproar against the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs.  The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) was directly attacked for secretly monitoring the phone numbers of world leaders and for asking U.S. officials to “share their Rolodexes so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading…

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A Jujitsu Approach to Cybersecurity – How a Hacker Figures Out a Way to Manipulate the Force of the Internet to Defeat It.

By Kasia Dominikowski, Solicitation Editor on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

We know already how scary it was for those Facebook addicts when their Monday morning ritual of “liking” their friends’ weekend pictures was suddenly halted.  Even worse, the day of October 21st , 2013 was probably the least celebrated birthday morning ever. “What do you mean my friends can’t wish me Happy Birthday?!” screamed my…

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Social Media as a Means to Effectuate Service of Process

By Nicholas Esterman, Lead Production Editor on Sunday, December 1st, 2013

In May 2011, a Minnesota circuit court judge drafted an order authorizing the service of process on a defendant living in Cote D’Ivoire by “email, Facebook, or any other social networking website.”  Jessica McFae attempted to serve divorce papers on her estranged husband but realized that he had moved back to his native Cote D’Ivoire.  …

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