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Bitcoin and Its Environmental Impact

Satoshi Nakamoto is most widely known as the alleged creator of Bitcoin, the world’s first functioning cryptocurrency. For BitCoin to work, Nakamoto had to invent Blockchain, which may prove more impactful on society than cryptocurrencies. Blockchain technology functions as a “decentralized, online ledger maintained by computer networks” which verifies and records “transactions, then distribute the

The Final Common Rule – The Impact on Biospecimens

Biospecimens are “samples of material, such as urine, blood, tissue, cells, DNA, RNA, and protein from humans, animals, or plants.” Biospecimens are often samples from people used in clinical research and laboratory studies to further advance the field of medicine. Biospecimens contain molecules that can be analyzed for indications of diseases. Biospecimens may confirm whether

What Is Our Personal Data Worth?

Plaintiffs in a class action data breach lawsuit brought against Yahoo! Inc. have survived the defendant’s motions to dismiss various claims after an order was entered by Judge Lucy Koh on Friday, March 9 in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California. While Judge Koh did dismiss some of the claims in the lawsuit, she

IP Discrimination: Western Hemisphere Split on Geoblocking… Sorta

March 2, 2018 the European Union (EU) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia deviated with respect to their respective geoblocking policy. Geoblocking is a method companies and websites use to ensure that only users in a specific geographic location are able to access a certain site or service. This is

Not Like Us: Facebook and Google May Run Afoul of European Regulators

France’s competition agency, Autorité de la concurrence, reached a preliminary probe into online advertising with findings focused on Facebook and Google’s market dominance on March 6, 2018, setting up the possibility for more thorough antitrust investigations. According to the agency, Facebook and Google’s market power has yielded a “fragile” equilibrium in the online advertising sphere where stakeholders must

AT&T’s Hopes Throttled by 9th Circuit In En Banc Opinion

Well-known telecom giant AT&T has spent years attempting to evade repercussions stemming from their practice of “throttling back” data speeds for consumers paying for unlimited data plans. Sued back in 2014 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), AT&T claimed that the FTC lacked jurisdiction over common carriers after claims arose that it had dialed back

Cryptocurrencies: Funding Crime One Ransomware Attack at a Time

Ransomware is aptly named, albeit possibly lacking in creativity. It is a method for cybercriminals to hold their victims’ data for ransom using software. The victim’s data is not stolen, it is simply encrypted so the victim can no longer access it until they have provided payment and received the decryption key. Ransomware is typically

Burnt Out: An Unsustainable Regulatory Model for Sustainable Biofuels

Climate change is bad, and we should do something about it. Plenty of us would like to nod at that sentence, but there is much to unpack. This post leaves aside discussion of “how bad is climate change?” or “what can be done?” and instead focuses on “who does the doing?” In particular, this article

Russians Used Social Media “Trolling” to Affect U.S. Election Results

American prosecutors have found that the Russian Internet Research Agency meddled in the United States’ 2016 Presidential Election. Contrary to what many believe, the meddling was not carried through in voting booths or tallying results. The Russians meddled by manipulating social media. Their project dates back as far as 2014. The Internet Research Agency was

Twitter Taking a Much-Awaited Stand Against Its Bot Problem

After a significant amount of criticism, Twitter has decided to address its “bot” problem. In the aftermath of the 2016 election and now in the lead-up to the 2018 election, the issues regarding false information spreading and other forms of artificial intelligence (AI) interference have been making headlines on a regular basis. Back in January,