September 10, 2019
Volume 20, Online Edition
As health care costs continue to rise in the United States, patients are frequently exposed to unaffordable and unpredictable medical bills. In North Carolina, diagnostic imaging services such as MRI scans can cost patients more than a month’s income. In response to this, physicians like Dr. Singh of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have attempted to part
The prevalence and importance of cryptocurrency has significantly increased since the introduction of Bitcoin just over ten years ago. Today, there are over 1,000 different cryptocurrencies, and recently the combined market capitalization of these cryptocurrencies peaked at over 750 billion dollars. A critical component of any cryptocurrency is the transaction verification through mining. However, cryptocurrency
Someone Else May Own a Piece of You: Lack of Federal Regulation over Direct-to-Consumer DNA Test Kits
Direct-to-consumer DNA test kits, such as those sold by Ancestry and 23andMe, are now more popular than ever. These test kits require a consumer to submit a personal DNA sample in exchange for detailed results about the consumer’s ancestry. Although about half of the United States has a genetic privacy law, they vary in strictness
Academic Espionage: Striking the Balance Between Open and Collaborative Universities and Protecting National Security
American universities and research laboratories strive to foster open, collaborative spaces, where students from all over the world can come to learn from leading academics in their field of study. However, some people believe this open and collaborative environment is threatened by international students who are coming not to add to the environment, but rather
From humble beginnings as an internet start-up in the mid– 1990s, Amazon has transformed itself into the prodigious and omnipresent e-commerce Leviathan of the early twenty-first century, cashing in on a society and economy increasingly comfortable with — and dependent on — technology-based services. In addition to its recent forays into brick-and-mortar grocery stores, film and television production, fast-fashion,
Tracking Predators: Microchip Implants, a Constitutional Alternative to GPS Tracking for North Carolina?
The North Carolina Court of Appeals’ recent decision in State v. Grady held that the State of North Carolina failed to prove the reasonableness of continuing Satellite Based Monitoring (SBM) for the lifetime of a sex offender. It is the State’s burden to prove the necessity, and looking at the totality of the circumstances, the
The advent of Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency has left a permanent mark on the world as we know it, regardless of what percentage of the populace will ever touch or comprehend cryptocurrency in its lifetime. Thanks to the advent of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency has given rise to expedited international exchanges, increased protection of
Parametric Payouts and Environmental Conservation: How a Tech-Based Insurance Policy Could Pave the Way for Economically Viable Conservation Efforts
This year, the state government of Quintana Roo, Mexico, the Nature Conservancy, and the reinsurance company, Swiss Re, created the first parametric insurance policy to be taken out on a natural resource; the Mesoamerican Reef. This innovative policy creates a technology-based approach to establishing economically viable environmental conservation by assigning a quantitative value to a
Bioethics Beyond the Biosphere: Using Human Subject Medical Research to Chart Out Regulation and Liability for Health Risks in Outer Space
Humans may be living in outer space sooner than we think. Because of the elevated potential for detrimental effects to human health in space, ethical standards must be established prior to the widespread formation of human space settlements. This article offers a framework for analyzing the bioethics of humans in space by analogizing the uncertainty
Carpenter v. United States: A New Era for Protecting Data Generated on Personal Technology, or a Mere Caveat?
In deciding Carpenter, a majority of United States Supreme Court Justices recognized that, at a fundamental level, historical cell-site location information (CSLI) differs from other categories of business records in terms of deserving Fourth Amendment protection. However, the majority’s opinion is unclear about the precise source of this distinction, and about how, or whether, to
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