Tech Giants Google, Twitter, and Facebook Under Fire for Having Algorithms that Favor Displaying Some Content Over Others: Is New Regulation on the Horizon?

At a time when net neutrality was recently repealed, tensions regarding internet regulation have been especially high lately. Therefore, it did not come as a surprise when the White House made national news regarding possible regulation of Google. The most recent news started when President Trump did a cursory Google search of the words “Trump

The Burdens of Federal Deregulation: Is Net Neutrality Becoming a Matter of State Law?

On Friday, August 31, the California state legislature passed a net neutrality bill, which now awaits Governor Brown’s signature to become law. If enacted, the bill would become the fourth state law protecting net neutrality, but would provide more comprehensive protection than the net neutrality laws passed in other states. California’s bill prohibits Internet Service

Goodbye Clean Power Plan, Hello Affordable Clean Energy Plan

In October 2015, under the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), proposed the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). The CPP was promoted as an important and historic step in combating climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants. The CPP was designed to follow Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, which provides that

Project Dragonfly: Google, Human Rights, and Censorship in China

In 2010, Google shut down its Chinese search engine after a cyberattack from within the country targeted Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Google had initially decided to offer a censored search engine in China because it believed that it was better to offer a limited, regulated search engine than it was to deprive

Behind FERC’s recent back and forth on allowing construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: the ambiguity of the Incidental Take Permit

The Standing Rock protests concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline have brought recent awareness to the numerous complexities involved with constructing infrastructure that spans over a thousand miles in length. The clash with the Native tribes in the surrounding area over sacred ancestral land and concern for potential pollution of their primary water supply, as well

A Lesson in Corporate Citizenship from the Peer-to-Peer Economy

Everyone does business with strangers. The last time you bought a burrito or watched a movie, you probably gave money to a stranger. Did you stop and think about how trusting you are to hand hard cash to someone you’ve never met? How do you know they will actually deliver the product or service you

Google Fights Attempt to Erase Conviction Links

In London, Google is fighting a businessman in court as to whether individuals have the right to erase old convictions from online search results. Commentators believe that this is one of the first cases to test whether a person has a “right to be forgotten.” This will be the final step in a three-year legal

Challenging Snapchat’s Direction as a Company Under the Business Judgment Rule

In its latest attempts at coping with growing pains, the parent company of Snapchat, Snap Inc., has laid off about 100 employees. This follows the company’s decision to cut about 120 engineers earlier in March, and another 22 employees in January from the content department. Snap went public last year to much fanfare but has

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Scandal Shines a Spotlight on Privacy Concerns

Years of stewing privacy concerns have erupted in response to Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. Cambridge Analytica obtained information collected from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without users’ permission. In 2014, information gathered on Facebook was used to create around 30 million psychographic profiles. Surprisingly, the only “problem” according to Facebook’s rules was that Cambridge