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As any high schooler with a paper due recently could tell you, Wikipedia went black for 24 hours last Wednesday. The shutdown was part of an internet-wide protest against two anti-piracy bills–the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. (For more on these two bills and the debate surrounding them, see [...]Continue Reading →
Lawmakers this week are fighting against internet companies that track users’ personal information in an effort to alleviate online privacy concerns.
First, Rep. Edward J. Market (D. Mass) and Joe Barton (R. Texas) introduced the “Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011.” The bill (PDF) restricts how companies monitor children’s information [...]Continue Reading →
On September 30, 2010 By Edwin Chadwick
Although J. Edgar Hoover may be dead, his spirit remains alive and well.
This past Monday, the New York Times broke a story about proposed legislation that would make it easier for law enforcement to conduct wiretaps on the Internet. In essence, the legislation and accompanying regulations would mandate that all communication [...]Continue Reading →
On August 19, 2010 By Joanna Barry
About fifty million hearing and vision-impaired people live in the United States, yet few consumer electronics are designed to be readily accessible those individuals. Although some smartphones, most notably Apple’s iPhone, have built-in speech software for the blind, others require costly programs to make the phones user-friendly.
Recently, legislation was introduced in Congress to address [...]Continue Reading →
A federal judge has weighed in on a debate that runs rampant through the halls of many high schools:Is cheerleading a sport? The question presented itself when the Quinnipac University‘s women’s volleyball team sued the school for an alleged violation of Title IX. The university had recently announced it was eliminating the [...]Continue Reading →
On August 4, 2010 By Donna Baldry
The 4th Circuit ruled last week that a Virginia woman could continue to publish government officials’ Social Security numbers online as part of her crusade against government violations of privacy on the internet.
Betty “B.J.” Ostergen, an information privacy advocate, has been posting government employees’ personal data, including SSNs, on her [...]Continue Reading →
On July 21, 2010, Committee Hearings were held regarding H.R. 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act. A bill markup was scheduled for July 27, 2010 in the House Financial Services Committee. The Act would establish an Internet Licensing Program to facilitate the legalization [...]Continue Reading →
New York is one of the few states where ticket scalping is perfectly legal, or at least was legal until this month. As the state that boasts Broadway, Madison Square Garden, and 30 Rockefeller Plaza, among countless other entertainment venues, New York is the perfect laboratory for this controversial approach to ticket sales.
For many [...]Continue Reading →
On April 27, 2010 By Emily Larish
When I was growing up, we got to play the Oregon Trail computer game at school on the giant, classroom computer for about fifteen minutes each week. Now, kids have access to the Internet twenty-four hours a day via personal computers and smart phones. In addition, they are capable of constant and instant communication through [...]Continue Reading →
As previously mentioned in last week’s post, the days of George W. Bush’s presidency may be dwindling, but that hasn’t stopped him from using his last months in office to strengthen federal protection for entertainment industries with the creation of a “Copyright Czar“. Despite strong objections from the Department [...]Continue Reading →