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DOJ Contends You Don’t Have a Constitutional Right to Follow Donald Trump on Twitter

In a brief filed on October 13, 2017, the Department of Justice contends that users who have been blocked by President Trump on Twitter have no valid claim against the president. The brief was filed in response to a lawsuit brought by seven different Twitter users, as well as Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute,

Cryptojacking: Abuse of JavaScript Cryptocurrency Mining and Challenges of Legitimate Use

In recent months, some websites have commandeered users’ computer processors to “mine” cryptocurrency. This new form of computer user abuse is called “Cryptojacking.” Cryptojacking is possible because of new “mining” technology that allows websites to run JavaScripts that use an individual’s computer processing power to mine cryptocurrency without the individual’s knowledge or permission. This allows

Airbnb Takes Their Service to the Next Level: Building and Branding Their Own Apartments

Airbnb has been subject to increasing regulations from municipalities across the country, with various requirements being imposed. For example, many of these cities are necessitating that the owners of the units that are being listed obtain a rental license, limiting how many properties can be listed by one owner, requiring that the listing is the

United States Diplomats Attacked In Cuba

U.S. intelligence operatives residing in Cuba have been reporting “sonic-like” attacks, affecting at least 21 American operatives so far. Despite attacks beginning roughly a year ago, the story initially failed to pick up significant momentum. Now, almost a year after first reports, continued attacks have prompted significant action from the United States. Despite the hazy

Kaspersky, Russia, and the Exposure of American National Security Secrets

Last week, news broke that hackers working for the Russian government acquired American intelligence programs by exploiting weaknesses in Kaspersky Lab, a software security program used by several agencies in the United States government. According to the Wall Street Journal, the hackers successfully acquired “details of how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks and defends

The Netherlands Finds Microsoft in Violation of Privacy Law

The Netherlands is often described as having an indifferent stance to drugs, LGBT rights, privacy and, well, pretty much all social issues, so when the Dutch government suggests something presents an issue worthy of regulation and enforcement, it should raise eyebrows. Recently, the Dutch body responsible for the regulation of privacy protections, the Data Protection

Fingerprints: As Irrefutable Evidence as Once Thought?

For decades now, humans have been convicted and punished on the basis of fingerprint evidence. Society has come to accept the fact that police will take fingerprint impressions of those they arrest. Citizens largely realize the government will analyze those fingerprint impressions by comparing them to unidentified fingerprints left at crime scenes. These unidentified fingerprints,

Repealing the Clean Power Plan: Devastating Blow to Clean Energy, or Empty Gesture?

On October 10th, following a speech earlier in the week in Kentucky where he declared that “the war against coal is over,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The repeal, if successful, will likely be a blow to cleaner energy generation. However, it still might not succeed in keeping

Who Pays for Climate Change? Do Courts have a Say?

Change is expensive. Whether you’re settling into a new apartment or buying warm clothes for the winter, it takes effort to adapt to changing circumstances. Global changes, then, come with a hefty price tag. It is common knowledge that the global climate has changed at an abnormal rate over the past century. Though heated debate

Distributed Generation: An Alternative Path for Puerto Rico’s Energy Future

Although it has been about three weeks since Hurricane Maria ravaged through Puerto Rico, nearly 90 percent of the island is still without electricity. Puerto Rico’s power company (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority or PREPA) had no shortage of problems prior to hurricanes Irma and Maria destructive visits; PREPA was $9 billion in debt and