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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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Over the past months, social media frenzies and political rallies against “Fake News” have taken public sentiment by storm. This phenomenon, however, is not new. In fact, Fake News has existed since the invention of print. Although it is often presumed to be extreme in nature, Fake News can take form as inaccurate [...]

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Google Collects Data from Student Users… For What?

On February 25, 2016 By sdotzel

When it comes to data collection from use of devices and programs considered “necessities” in today’s world, the all too common question is – what is this data really being used for? This question was posed in a very public way by Senator Al Franken, the chief Democrat in the US Senate’s Privacy, Technology, and [...]

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Migrants fleeing persecution from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia are streaming into Europe and have presented European policymakers with their biggest challenge since the debt crisis. The International Organization for Migration estimates that over 464,000 migrants have crossed into Europe during the first nine months of 2015. Syrians fleeing their [...]

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Google Book Scanning Upheld by U.S Appeals Court

On October 28, 2015 By jlukasiewicz

On Oct. 16th, the Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that Google’s Books scanning effort to create an online library does not violate copyright law and is protected by fair use. The decision, which rejects the latest challenge in Authors Guild v. Google, also held that Google’s provision of [...]

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EU Charges Google with Antitrust Violations

On April 21, 2015 By jlukasiewicz

On April 15, 2015, Europe formally accused Google of antitrust violations by using the company’s massive search engine to skew results in favor its comparison shopping services, known as Google shopping. Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner, after accusing Google of abuse, through what is known as a “Statement of Objections,” gave Google [...]

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Last year, when Comcast announced its plan to purchase Time Warner Cable, the deal came under heavy scrutiny from consumer advocates. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, called the proposed deal “a disaster.” In a letter to the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the [...]

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On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Enforcement Advisory that notified businesses that blocking personal WiFi networks, or “hotspots,” is illegal and in violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. Such actions, the FCC warned, “could lead to the assessment of substantial monetary penalties.”

This warning comes after the [...]

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Nickelodeon’s Kids v. Google

On January 28, 2015 By Doruk Onvural

From the desk of all things data privacy and Big Brother: Viacom and Google beat a class action lawsuit that aimed to punish the digital giants for data collection of information on children’s (under the age of 13) computers conducted in the interest of selling advertising.

The issue came about from Viacom and Google’s [...]

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