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No Pardon for Snowden

On August 3, 2015 By Allison Laubach

On July 28, 2015, the White House responded to a petition requesting a pardon for Edward Snowden. The petition, created over two years ago, was submitted through the government platform We the People, which requires the White House to respond to any petition that receives 100,000 signatures within 30 days of its publication.  It easily [...]

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The Federal Aviation Administration made headlines last February when it proposed a new set of regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), popularly known as drones. Current FAA policy prohibits the commercial use of drones. Following significant criticism of the commercial UAS ban, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, instructing [...]

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A little over a year ago, the EPA launched the Clean Power Plan, with the goal of curbing the amount of carbon emitted by American electric energy generation. The plan consists of four building blocks: (1) improving the efficiency of existing fossil fuel plants, (2) increased utilization of existing low-emitting [...]

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My body is frozen. It will not move an inch. My lethargic state is preventing me from reaching my goal—walking 10,000 steps a day. Thanks to Fitbit’s step counting technology, it is now possible to determine exactly how lazy I really am. However, Jawbone is contesting Fitbit’s fitness tracking technology.

Jawbone filed suit in [...]

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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Statutory regulation of the telecommunications industry is outdated and unworkable in today’s increasingly tech-driven society.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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When Convenience Isn’t Worth It

On March 27, 2015 By Zachary Altman

Technological innovation over the last decade can be summed up in one word: convenience. In a world where over half of American adults own smartphones it makes sense that companies have begun targeting these devices with their new innovations. Innovation, in today’s world, takes the form of solving problems by increasing efficiency through greater [...]

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On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a proposed rule to regulate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that seeks to bring the use of drones into the regulated environment of aviation. An aircraft qualifies as a UAS if it is less than 55 pounds, and travels less than 100 miles per [...]

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Congress took another step this week in ensuring that we all have safe rides home on Saturday nights. A group of Congressional Democrats penned a letter to the CEOs of Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft demanding that the companies require their drivers to undergo more thorough background checks. This letter comes in the wake of [...]

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Universal, free access to the law is a prerequisite to open participation in government. Without an opportunity to access the law, citizens have no way to comprehend the rules that bind them. However, the relatively unknown practice of incorporation by reference (IBR) allows private organizations to charge for access to [...]

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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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