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

On March 24, 2018 By nfpike

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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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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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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FBI College Basketball Scandal: Part Two

On March 5, 2018 By jmgerken

In the fall, the college basketball world was rocked by an FBI investigation that resulted in the arrest of numerous assistant coaches and the firing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino. The ratcheted up another level last week when a who’s who list of college basketball stars and programs were included in a [...]

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The Next Generation of Fake News

On March 2, 2018 By jpdorris

On February 16, 2018, the Justice Department issued an indictment charging the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization employing hundreds of individuals and having a budget over a million dollars, and thirteen individuals with trying to influence the 2016 election. The organization allegedly studied audience engagement with social media posts and then posed as [...]

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