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Mural Support

On September 18, 2013 By Avery VanPelt

If I said I was going to visit the “Mural Capital of the World,” would you know where I was going? And if I then told you that this same city had banned the painting of outdoor murals for the last 11 years, would you think I intended the title sarcastically?

I don’t, but [...]

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Verizon Seeks to Close Down FCC’s Open Internet

On September 11, 2013 By Lizzie Maratea

“Does the US government have any role in ensuring ubiquitous, open, world-class, interconnected, reasonably-priced Internet access?” For Susan Crawford, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard and a professor at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law, the question is rhetorical. Obviously, yes. It [...]

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Silicon Valley Strikes Back

On September 3, 2013 By Richard Saunders

As more information regarding the NSA’s surveillance program, dubbed X-Keyscore, trickles into the public domain, technology industry titans continue their battle with the government for increased transparency of national security requests.

Until recently, the full extent of domestic surveillance was largely unknown due to a closely guarded, secret surveillance request process. All surveillance requests [...]

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Automatic License Plate Readers allow governments and private corporations to keep track of the location and occupants of millions of vehicles simultaneously, with very little effort. The basic technology is nothing new: It was invented in 1976 and was already leading to arrests by 1981. However, as with many other types of technological advances, [...]

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Drone Hunting

On July 25, 2013 By Kimberly Smith

Are domestic drones set to become the prey of Colorado hunters? If one resident of Deer Trail, Colorado gets his way, the answer is yes. The FAA is not expected to release regulations on the domestic use of drones until 2015, but this small town is taking a preemptive (if [...]

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The recent events surrounding Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance program are bringing domestic law enforcement surveillance into the public consciousness. In particular, the implications of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs), used by law enforcement agencies all over the country, are being reevaluated.

The recently implemented technology consists of a camera linked to a processing [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On June 10, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Federal judge rules that Google must comply with National Security Letters Motorola demos password tokens you can swallow–and others you can have tattooed into your skin New Zealand police must give copies of most of the files seized in the MegaUpload case to Kim Dotcom (if they are irrelevant [...]

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The Use and Misuse of 3D Printers

On May 31, 2013 By Matt Ginther

Talk of 3D printers seems to be everywhere these days–including the Spring 2013 SkyMall Catalog I was skimming on a recent flight to Nashville. At $1299, SkyMall’s Cube 3d Printer sounds tempting, but functional 3D printing technology is not yet available for the typical consumer. However, experienced developers, programmers, and machinists are already using [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On April 15, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

California contemplates a tough new data protection law that would require businesses holding consumers’ personal information to disclose to the consumer all of the third parties to which it has sent the information. U.S. government runs into so-called “going dark” problems intercepting Apple iMessage communications. Technology [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On April 8, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Bank not liable to cyber-heist victim company that had expressly declined to use the additional security controls it offered A federal district court hears arguments about whether the FBI’s use of a “stingray” device, which pretends to be a cell phone tower so that it can collect information from phones and [...]

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