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Cyber Security Bill Passes Senate in Landslide Vote

On November 26, 2015 By rmcleod

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed the Senate with a vote of 74-21, and will now be merged with two other similar bills before reaching President Obama.

The CISA is intended to reduce the amount of corporate data breaches by permitting companies to share data regarding potential cyber threats with the Department of [...]

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And the 2015 award for most influential class of wage equality spokeswomen goes to — Hollywood actresses.  Patricia Arquette’s passionate Oscar acceptance speech this past February demanding gender wage equality was met with cheers, standing ovation, and increased conversation on the topic around the country.  More recently, the Sony hack revealed a huge pay [...]

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With the October 2nd release of The Martian and the September 28th confirmation that there is, in fact, water on Mars, outer space has been the subject of much conversation in recent months. But there is an aspect of space not being talked about, which may become far more important in the not-too-distant future: [...]

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As Brad Roberts noted in his post earlier this month, if you have turned on TV in the past month you have heard about daily fantasy sports operators. With DraftKings being the one you have most likely heard of after the over 100 million dollars they have poured into advertising this year alone. Brad covered [...]

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In February of this year, Smartflash LLC was awarded over $530 million in a judgment against Apple for willful patent infringement. The judge voided the award in July based on confusion surrounding his jury instructions which may have led to the jury miscalculate royalties. But this raises a bigger issue: in a world where new [...]

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Can the FCC Create Net Neutrality?

On April 16, 2015 By Allison Laubach

Statutory regulation of the telecommunications industry is outdated and unworkable in today’s increasingly tech-driven society.  The most recent legislation regarding the framework for telecommunications regulation, The Telecommunications Act of 1996, was passed nearly twenty years ago. The Telecommunications Act amended the Communications Act of 1934, which created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and authorized it [...]

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On March 26, 2015, Indiana’s governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law provides that the government can’t substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion. While the governor has insisted that the bill’s purpose is not discriminatory, many civil rights groups and organizations [...]

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Proposed legislation in China–under the guise of counter terrorism–has US analysts on edge about potential protectionism or infringement on trade secrets of US tech firms. The proposed legislation is the latest development in the Chinese government’s attempts to regulate high tech companies, after regulators have enacted rules that will require firms that provide banking [...]

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Cyberspace is the new “Wild West,” according to President Obama, but the government can’t be the only sheriff in town. President Obama addressed these remarks to a crowd of tech industry leaders at a White House cybersecurity summit last week. He also signed an executive order on February 13, outlining a path for [...]

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Revisiting Professional Sports’ Stance on Betting

On February 16, 2015 By Sara Whaley

While professional sports leagues have tried their best to pretend that gambling does not exist, the fact of the matter is that illegal gambling is everywhere. Professional sports betting is a major business, estimated to be a $3.8 billion industry; however, only about $100 million will be bet legally. This large boom in sports gambling [...]

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