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The Sharent Trap

On November 13, 2018 By jcsmith

Photos of children and grandchildren used to be reserved exclusively for mantles and wallets. Family and friends would go years without seeing those distant to them, and the phrase “you were THIS big when I last saw you,” followed by a squeeze of the cheeks was a rite of passage at each family reunion. Gone [...]

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No one ever said that you had to attach your identity to your online postings. In fact, many websites function based on the assumption that users have a right to speak anonymously. For example, Reddit, Twitter, and WordPress are often used by anonymous speakers based on this very assumption. Many of these topics benefit from—or [...]

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America’s leadership in 4G wireless technology allowed domestic companies to reap widespread benefits and become global leaders in a wide variety of industries. A report by CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, found that America’s leadership in 4G created $125 billion in revenue for domestic companies, boosted GDP, and led to an 84% increase [...]

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The FCC’s Recent Crack Down on Robocall Scammers

On September 15, 2017 By scbrooks

You feel the buzzing in your pocket. You pull out your phone and notice it isn’t a weird number calling from Kissimee Florida. Rather, the first six digits of the number are local, so you answer. “Hi this is Elizabeth with Resort Rewards Center and you’ve just won…” ‘click’ you hang up, another telemarketer.

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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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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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Last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in an op-ed his plan proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to “implement and enforce open Internet protections.” This plan follows closely the one described in President Obama’s net-neutrality statement released last November which recommended the use of Title [...]

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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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Obama Weighs in on Net Neutrality

On November 19, 2014 By Elizabeth Mulkey

President Obama wants the internet to be regulated as a utility…mostly. In a November 10th video statement, Obama laid out a new plan for addressing net neutrality. He proposed that FCC reclassify broadband providers as utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, like traditional phone service providers. However, Obama also wants the agency [...]

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