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The Missing Link Between Blockchain and Copyright: How Companies Are Using New Technology to Misinform Creators and Violate Federal Law

Volume 19, Online Edition (Jan 2018)

Blockchain technology has been hailed as a world-altering breakthrough that will change the ways information is stored, contracts are executed, and transactions are made. Blockchains are being integrated into a myriad of industries, but the law has been slow to respond to these implementations. However, this has not stopped supemerging companies, like Ascribe,1 from trumpeting

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Sarah Anderson, The Missing Link Between Blockchain and Copyright: How Companies Are Using New Technology to Misinform Creators and Violate Federal Law, 19 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 1 (2018), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Anderson_Final.pdf.

Health Privacy and (Lack Of) Legal Protections In a Technology-Driven Economy 

Volume 19, Issue 1 (Jan 2018)

Applying the perspectives of law, technology, and economics, this article explores the privacy concerns arising from the ability of search engines and web domain owners to indiscriminately track an individual’s health-related internet searches. Using the hypothetical example of a forty-year-old woman diagnosed with high cholesterol who turns to Google to begin gathering data about her

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Mystica M. Alexander, Cheryl Kirschner, Patrick A. Scholten & David J. Yates, Health Privacy and (Lack Of) Legal Protections In a Technology-Driven Economy, 19 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 1 (2017), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ALEXANDER_Final-.pdf.

Taming The Golem: Challenges of Ethical Algorithmic Decision-Making

Volume 19, Issue 1 (Jan 2018)

The prospect of digital manipulation on major online platforms reached fever pitch in the last election cycle in the United States. Jonathan Zittrain’s concern about “digital gerrymandering” found resonance in reports, which were resoundingly denied by Facebook, of the company’s alleged editing of content to tone down conservative voices. At the start of the last

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Omer Tene & Jules Polonetsky, Taming The Golem: Challenges of Ethical Algorithmic Decision-Making, 19 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 125 (2017), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/TENE_Final.pdf.

The Tower of Babel Revisited: Global Governance as a Problematic Solution to Existential Threats 

Volume 19, Issue 1 (Jan 2018)

The Biblical story of the Tower of Babel illuminates contemporary efforts to secure ourselves from global catastrophic threats. Our advancing knowledge has allowed us to specify with greater clarity the Floods that we face (asteroids, supervolcanoes, gamma-ray bursts, etc.); our galloping powers of technology have spawned a new class of human-generated dangers (climate change, nuclear

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Craig S. Lerner, The Tower of Babel Revisited: Global Governance as a Problematic Solution to Existential Threats, 19 N.C.J.L & Tech. 69 (2017), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/LERNER_Final-copy.pdf.

CRISPR GMOs

Volume 18, Issue 4 (Jun 2017)

A genome editing revolution of unprecedented magnitude— spearheaded by a scientific breakthrough called CRISPR—is underway. This powerful technology has enabled scientists to precisely edit genes and is challenging long-held conventions of how humans view life. The incipient power to control and alter the genetic destiny of living organisms, including plants and animals intended for human

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Paul Enríquez, CRISPR GMOs, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 432 (2017), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/CRISPR-GMOs_Enríquez_Final_copy.pdf.

Grid Modernization and Energy Poverty

Volume 18, Issue 4 (Jun 2017)

Grid modernization holds the alluring promise of rationalizing electricity pricing, saving consumers money, and improving environmental quality all at the same time. Yet, we have seen only limited and patchwork regulatory initiatives towards significant grid modernization in the United States. Outside of a few leading states, state energy regulators appear loath to embrace full- throated

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Shelley Welton, Grid Modernization and Energy Poverty, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 565 (2017), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Welton_copy.pdf.

An Inclusive Energy Transition: Expanding Low-Income Access to Clean Energy Programs

Volume 18, Issue 4 (Jun 2017)

An array of new state policies and declining costs for clean energy technologies have opened electricity markets to many new participants, including electric utilities’ own customers. Most low- income customers, however, lack the resources to access these markets. Indeed, low-income customers already face disproportionately high energy and transportation burdens. Regulators and utilities have expressed concerns

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Melissa Powers, An Inclusive Energy Transition: Expanding Low-Income Access to Clean Energy Programs, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 540 (2017), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Powers_copy.pdf.

Demand Response’s Three Generations: Market Pathways and Challenges in the Modern Electric Grid

Volume 18, Issue 4 (Jun 2017)

Through a historical analysis spanning nearly five decades, this Article provides a comprehensive discussion of how demand response (reductions in electricity consumption in response to grid emergencies or price signals) has become both a growing resource on the electric grid and a policy trailblazer in the grid’s ongoing transformation. The discussion centers on three separate

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Joel B. Eisen, Demand Response’s Three Generations: Market Pathways and Challenges in the Modern Electric Grid, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 351 (2017), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Eisen_copy.pdf.

Uber and the Communications Decency Act: Why the Ride-Hailing App Would Not Fare Well Under § 230

Volume 18, Issue 3 (May 2017)

Uber, a company that offers ride-sharing arrangements through its smartphone app, has quickly grown in popularity. As Uber grows in widespread use, injuries involving rides arranged through Uber have been on the rise. Uber maintains that it is a technology platform that connects users on its app, not a transportation company. Such a characterization would

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Adeline A. Allen, Uber and the Communications Decency Act: Why the Ride-Hailing App Would Not Fare Well Under § 230, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 290 (2017), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Allen_Final2.pdf.

Exporting Components of Patented Products: A Unique Way to Infringe

Volume 18, Issue 3 (May 2017)

For the most part, United States patent law is only concerned with activities that take place in the United States and its territories. One of the rare exceptions to this may be found in 35 U.S.C. § 271(f). The first part of this statute makes it an act of infringement for a party in the

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Michael A. Sanzo, Exporting Components of Patented Products: A Unique Way to Infringe, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 322 (2017), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Sanzo_Final2.pdf.

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