Are Internet Companies Growing too Big?

A recent piece in WIRED articulated a growing sentiment about big tech companies and antitrust. It depicts tech companies as rocketing to the top of the economy in a free-wheeling environment free of regulation. But today, two companies, Google and Facebook control 90% of advertising spending. Antitrust concerns targeting large internet companies are growing. Last

Climate Change in California Produces Drought and Periods of Extreme Flooding Indicated by Oroville Dam Spill

Much of the focus of climate change in California has revolved around the impacts of drought and the probability of water shortages affecting the agriculture industry. Such hysteria has led to mandated water curtailment by private citizens as well as large-scale regulatory overhaul of groundwater in California under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Conversely, climate

Ford Proposes Autonomous Police Cars

Ford has filed a patent application with the federal government in which it proposes plans for autonomous police squad cars that can monitor traffic and issue tickets and warnings for traffic violations. The autonomous squad cars could add an interesting facet to the legal gray area regarding the legality of tickets issued by red light

Bump Stocks and the Second Amendment

Nearly half of Americans favor “more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun.” Ironically, the United States has approximately 5 percent of the world’s population, but owns somewhere in between 35-50% of the civilian-owned firearms in the world. This can largely be attributed to the protection provided by the Second Amendment. But what

Looking Beyond the Cryptocurrency SEC Meeting – Regulation, Rumors, and Projections

Tomorrow, 10 a.m. EST, the SEC will hold a formal meeting: Virtual Currencies: The Oversight Role of The SEC and CFTC. “Chairman Jay Clayton will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The hearing is titled, ‘Virtual Currencies: The Oversight Role of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the

Shedding Some Light on a Shady Business: Waymo and Uber Face Off in LiDAR Trade Secret Case

Earlier today, 5 February 2018, in a San Francisco courtroom, lawyers began to lay their arguments for a case that will have big repercussions in the future of self-driving vehicles. In a market that is valued in the multiple trillions of dollars, the case between Waymo (formerly a Google self-driving project that’s now it’s own

The Wild West of Initial Coin Offerings

Companies are taking advantage of the new cryptocurrency trend to raise capital through a new kind of investment. Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, have allowed companies to raise almost $3.7 billion through investors, some at a breakneck pace such as the Useless Ethereum Token Project that raised more than $40,000 in just three days. The

Colonizing CRISPR: The Mapping and Warring over Gene Editing Technology

Intellectual property—a degree of ownership of knowledge or ideas—is, foremost, property. Patents are a kind of intellectual property where creators of new inventions receive a temporary monopoly over the use of those inventions. This may sound simple on its face, but lawmakers often struggle to define the scope of “new inventions.” Drawing out the boundaries

The EU’s New Sweeping Privacy Law and Why the U.S. Should Take Note

The European Union is implementing a new law that is being heralded as “the biggest shake-up of personal data privacy rules since the birth of the internet.” The new law is titled the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and it is slated to take effect in May. The GDPR comes as companies in the United States

Digital Security Meltdown

Computers have entrenched themselves in American life. The United States Census Bureau confirmed this assumption in 2015 when it found that 78% of American households own a laptop or desktop computer. Americans also carry around portable computers every day in the form of either a smart phone, tablet, or other handheld wireless devices. Constantly having