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Guest Post: Virtual Reality as an Agent of Legal Change

By jdclark On April 9, 2018 · Updated April 9, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Guest post by Gilad Yadin

When I began studying the legal implications of virtual reality technology, seeing or using an actual virtual reality system required access to a research laboratory or a specialized training facility; virtual reality was something most people associated with science fiction, it seemed futuristic and far-fetched. A few years ago, [...]

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May It Please the Court…and Facebook?

By mtgalloway On March 24, 2018 · Updated March 28, 2018 · Leave a Comment

On February 7, 2018, Florida made history as the first state supreme court to live stream its oral arguments on Facebook.

Florida’s state courts have a history of being early adopters of new technology and its role in the courtroom.  While not the first to permit electronic media coverage of court [...]

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Unionization Within The Video Game Industry Is A Looming Threat

By mlchristianson On March 24, 2018 · Updated March 28, 2018 · Leave a Comment

As the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) comes to a close, the discussion around one of the most polarizing roundtables continues to gather steam. In a discussion coordinated by the International Game Developers Association the pros and cons of unionization were tensely debated. Although the video game industry is estimated to be $36 billion, the [...]

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Aerial Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment

By nfpike On March 24, 2018 · Updated March 28, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Baltimore, Maryland is no stranger to pervasive police surveillance. Through CitiWatch, the police monitor over 700 surveillance cameras mounted on street corners throughout the city in real-time. An operator, often a former police officer, scans a screen displaying numerous cameras, watching for what he perceives to be indicia of criminal activity. Then, he selects [...]

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Facebook dominated headlines last Friday when it formally suspended Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm known for its electoral data analysis and strategy implementation, from its site over allegations that it improperly received and retained tens of millions of Facebook user data from a researcher who had obtained the data legally through proper channels. While [...]

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“Fake News”, Twitter Bots, and the First Amendment

By mdhayes On March 17, 2018 · Updated March 28, 2018 · Leave a Comment

A recent study by Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, and Sinan Aral looked at news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 through 2017 , and found that false stories diffused “significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information”, reaching people six times faster than true stories. This effect [...]

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Did the Tax Reform Act Just Change Income Tax Rules for Player Trades?

By jjschoch On March 16, 2018 · Updated March 28, 2018 · Leave a Comment

When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Act”) on December 22, 2017, he may have inadvertently changed the landscape of player trades in sports.

The Tax Reform Act made several high-profile changes to the sports industry. One of the most publicized changes came in the world of collegiate [...]

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Prior to yesterday’s news cycle, I was going to simply discuss the legal standards the court should use when determining negligence under cyber insurance claims. This discussion would focus on cases where the cyber insurance company denies a costly claim because the coverage holder failed to install or utilize a necessary update that had been [...]

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