The Empire Strikes Back: New Developments in Russia’s War on Pornography

A few weeks ago Roskomnadzor—or in English the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media—blocked public access in Russia to two of the world’s largest porn sites, Pornhub and YouPorn. The block came after a 2015 court decision from the southern city Krasnodar. The court held that the websites had violated


Rollin’ Out: Regulatory Pressures Poised to Nix Coal Rolling Fad

While VW made international headlines in 2015 for intentionally misleading customers and cheating emissions standards and through the use of “defeat device” software, a subculture of American motorists, those who “roll coal,” are out to leave an even blacker mark on diesel. To “roll coal” is to produce billowing clouds of black exhaust from a


In Nashville, Google Fiber Gets Caught in Legal Battle

When Google first announced its plan to bring ultra high-speed broadband internet to select locations across the United States, cities clamored to be a part of the process. Now, more than 6 years later, the Fiber project’s process of delivering high-speed broadband to the Netflix-addicted masses has proved to a bit more slow going than


Internet Governance & Politics: The Transition to ICANN

During this campaign season fraught with major policy and political discussions, a historic Internet transition is flying under the radar, despite the attempts of Senator Ted Cruz and others to stop it. If you stopped someone on the street and asked who governs the internet or how your computer can find any website in the


FBI vs. The Dark Web

The Fourth Amendment guarantees a right to privacy… or so we all thought.  In the recent string of Playpen cases pending now across the United States, this issue has arisen after the discovery of thousands of users of the child pornography website.  Was the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) able to legally hack into private


NHTSA Policies for Autonomous Vehicles Provide a Crucial First Step in the Widespread Adoption of Driverless Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced this past week a policy framework that will guide the development of future federal autonomous or driverless automobiles. The policy is being released as agency guidance as opposed to rulemaking in order to create an initial, flexible regulatory framework to guide manufacturers and other entities. The NHTSA,


Wearable Tech: Dream or Nightmare?

With a majority of Americans not performing enough aerobic exercise, there has been a recent push for better physical fitness. Enter: wearable technology. The trend has taken over the market: Google is spending money on tech glasses, Apple created a watch to go along with its smartphone. But the most popular of this wearable tech


The Drones Are Coming! The Drones Are Coming!… Or Maybe Not

FAA’s Latest Drone Regulations Undercut Commercial Drone Delivery Viability Drones are the future of fast, efficient, and environmentally friendly delivery. Imagine a world where drones simply dropped your packages, school supplies, or groceries right on your doorstep. Gone would be the days of giant UPS or Fedex trucks lumbering up and down every street in


State-sponsored Monopoly: How North Carolina is Crushing Internet Competition and Hurting Rural

Most North Carolina residents have experienced frustration with their lack of options when it comes to Internet Service Providers (ISP’s). And although this issue is common throughout the country, it is particularly problematic in North Carolina. In response to this problem, Wilson, NC decided in 2006 to create their own municipal high speed fiber network