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Tech-Enabled Tourism fighting a continued legal battle in North Carolina

     Websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway have quickly become household names, known for their short-term rentals that are easily reserved on their websites and mobile applications. These popular sites are an online marketplace that allow hosts to earn an income from their properties, whether that might be an empty house, apartment, room, or shared

E-scooters: The Popular Electric Device Confounding Lawyers and Lawmakers Alike

In the past few years, e-scooter rideshare companies, like Bird and Lime, have popped up in major cities around the United States, including North Carolina cities Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham. The e-scooters are so popular in Charlotte that riders have logged over one million miles. Users can simply download the company’s app on their phone,

How Tech Companies Can Help Combat Decreasing Protections for LGBTQ+ Access to Health Care

            In January of 2018, the Trump Administration founded a new division within the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) known as the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, to “restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom.” Since then there has been a regulatory trend

Winning the Battle but not the War: Oklahoma ex rel. Hunter an Important Victory in Opioid Epidemic, but Blockchain Technology may Further Help

The opioid epidemic is one that has garnered significant attention, warranting governmental efforts to reduce the substantial misuse of opioids and the addiction and overdose deaths that occur as a result thereof both nationally and locally. Such efforts should come as no surprise. The misuse of opioids continues to increase nationwide. The Centers for Disease

The DEA Spent Five Years Secretly Collecting Bulk Surveillance Data – Was it Legal?

A new report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) details a previously secret surveillance operation conducted by the DEA from 2008 to 2013. The program, which “took steps to hide the effort from defendants and courts,” sought to identify potential drug traffickers by issuing administrative subpoenas to vendors in order to gain

YouTube’s Copy Strike Policy and Abuse of IP Rights

When designing intellectual property laws, the struggle inherent in legislating is designing a law that will ensure that creators and inventors have adequate incentives to continue revealing new knowledge to the public while also not overly limiting the public’s ability to interact with prior works or express their own useful ideas. This balance has been

FEMA Data Leak Brings Whole New Area of Privacy Concerns to Light

News broke last week that that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) provided the personal information of 2.3 million natural disaster survivors to a contractor working for the agency’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. The individuals whose information was exposed included survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires. The contractor to