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The polls were overwhelmed on Tuesday, November 6 with an influx of voters, young and old, ready to make a difference and influence their local communities by voting. But as the date for 2018 midterm elections drew nearer, social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat were overwhelmed with another issue—how their platforms were influencing [...]

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May It Please the Court…and Facebook?

On March 24, 2018 By mtgalloway

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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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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On October 1, 2017 a domestic terrorist fired hundreds of rounds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas into a concert crowd, killing fifty eight people and injuring hundreds more. The shooter? Early reporting named Geary Danley, a neo-liberal, anti-Trump fanatic who “liked” Black Lives Matter, “Anti-Trump Army,” “Fight Trump,” [...]

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On August 12, 2016, a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia broke ended in tragedy when Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing one woman, Heather Heyer, and injuring nineteen others. The “Unite the Right” rally was organized by members of the Klu Klux [...]

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Copyrighting Costumes

On October 21, 2016 By jdclark

Halloween is just around the corner which means all across the country people are buying, selling, and creating at home a multitude of costumes, from the new Stars Wars: The Force Awakens characters to whatever this is. But, does dressing up as your favorite TV, movie, or comic book character infringe the author or [...]

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Oculus Rift: The Future of Virtual Reality?

On April 4, 2016 By Sara Hunter

The tech world is buzzing following the official launch of virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift, on Monday, March 28. The Rift is a large headset that uses customized optics designed for virtual reality along with a constellation tracking system to make the user feel like he is actually there. It is this sense of presence [...]

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In today’s social-media focused Internet age, many new doting parents will flood friends’ Facebook news feeds with pictures of their newly arrived chubby-cheeked children. At first glance, this behavior seems innocuous – but the French police earlier this week warned citizens that Internet predators, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous individuals could view those pictures [...]

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With the prevalence of over-sharing on social media, it is inevitable that some would find posts crude or offensive.   While most will simply ignore or block those posts they find offensive, recently a new social media platform in Brazil has taken advantage of large swaths of individuals who find the content on Facebook to be [...]

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Although the Supreme Court has held that police officers must obtain a warrant in order to search a suspect’s cell phone upon arrest, not all police departments have gotten on board. At least one California Highway Patrol officer has been accused of stealing nude photographs [...]

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