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Amid reports of police shootings of unarmed, mostly black, individuals and the waves of accompanying protests, police body cameras have gained favor as a tool to make police-citizen interactions more transparent. Studies have shown that body cameras have decreased the number of complaints against police officers and use-of-force incidents. Additionally, one study has [...]

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How would you feel if you were arrested in your home or registered as a sex offender, not for anything you had done, but because of a malfunction in the computer software used by your local county court? That unlikely nightmare has become a horrifying reality for many people living in Alameda County, California.

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In the last twenty-four hours, have you logged onto Facebook or Google and uploaded a picture?  Walked into a retail store or past a billboard advertisement on the streets? If you have, chances are a company may have collected personal data with the use of facial recognition technology without you even knowing. Facial recognition technology [...]

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$59.99 for a smartphone sounds like a great deal.  But what if your text messages, call histories, and physical location would be sent to servers in China?

On November 15, 2016, U.S. security firm Kryptowire reported that firmware on certain Blu Products phones was transmitting users’ personal data to servers [...]

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The U.S. is Losing the Economic Drone War

On November 22, 2016 By pbauleke

Despite the FAA passing regulations that allow the use of drones for commercial purposes, these regulations do not allow Amazon to implement drones for delivery.  As told in a commercial by Jeremy Clarkson—former host of Top Gear—Amazon envisions a world in which [...]

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Your Emoji May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law

On November 22, 2016 By omarshall

Emojis can be potent symbols for communication.  A seemingly serious message can become playful with the addition of a “winking face” emoji; a knife or gun emoji can indicate sinister intentions.  The use of emojis skyrocketed after Apple included an emoji keyboard on its iPhone in 2011 and now play a large part in everyday [...]

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Space Tourism: Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life

On October 17, 2016 By eahlzadeh

What do you want to be when you grow up? Historically, one of the most popular responses to the previous question has been astronaut. With the ending of the Space Shuttle program, this dream seemed to be more unattainable than ever. Fear not, for “when one door closes, another opens,” enter: Space Tourism.

While you [...]

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Record Labels Sue YouTube Audio-Ripping Website

On October 17, 2016 By dsowder

Record labels, in their continuing fight against music pirating, have taken aim at an audio-ripping website that undercuts the legal purchase of music. Several major music labels, including Universal, Capitol, Warner Bros, and Sony, have filed a lawsuit against the website Youtube-mp3.org (“YTMP3”) alleging that the site is responsible for direct, contributory, and vicarious [...]

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But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

On September 29, 2016 By epiepenburg

After proudly exercising your right to participate in the electoral process, you want to share your excitement with the world. What better way than with a quick voting booth selfie for social media? Democracy always gets a lot of likes.

In the age of smartphones and social media, it’s no surprise that “ballot selfies” are [...]

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The Internet of Things: Cyber Dangers in a Wireless World

On September 29, 2016 By cchristian

Apple’s launch of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was met with early enthusiasm, despite the controversy surrounding Apple’s removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack and a glitch with the wired Lightning EarPods included with the phone. Apple also released a new wireless headphones called Apple [...]

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