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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Statutory regulation of the telecommunications industry is outdated and unworkable in today’s increasingly tech-driven society.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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The day of the writing of this blog post, Vanderbilt University–yes, the one situated in Nashville, Tennessee–is closed for its second straight Snow Day.  While frigid temperatures and power outages pose incidental hazards, the main reason for closing shops and schools today is hazardous travel conditions.  And, as far as I know, the overwhelming proportion [...]

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China’s anti-trust investigation of the American chip maker Qualcomm came to an end when the chip giant agreed to pay a record fine of about $975 million last Monday. According to the decision issued by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the royalties Qualcomm collected from Chinese smartphone manufactures were “unfair” and “excessively [...]

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Campaign Technology 2016: A Political Odyssey

On February 13, 2015 By Zac Parsons

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in everyday life, politics is no exception. In 2008, President Obama’s campaign harnessed data in an unprecedented way. He created a digital apparatus that harnessed the power of social media and other emerging digital mediums. Following that unprecedented use of technology in 2008, many campaigns focused their [...]

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After a series of cases holding software patents invalid in the wake of Alice v. CLS, the Federal Circuit, in DDR Holdings v. Hotels.com, encountered a set of software patents that it held to meet subject matter eligibility requirements. The patents in question were directed toward both systems and methods of generating composite [...]

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