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The Role of Telehealth and Privacy in the Trump Era

Telehealth, the use of telecommunication technologies to promote health care interactions, education, and administration, has been focused on lately by the media. The technology involved includes the internet, streaming, and even apps for smart phones. Due to the recent changes in the White House, there has been some pushback by the public, with many wondering:

Disney v. VidAngel: Pious Pirates or Fighting for Filtering?

The on-demand economy has arrived. More and more companies are dedicating their business to giving people what they want, when they want it. In terms of watching movies and television shows, various on-demand subscription streaming services such as have become the norm in many households, and popularity of subscription streaming services has steadily increased over

New Calls to make ExxonMobil the “Phillip Morris of Climate Liability”

On February 6th, eighteen members of Congress from California penned a letter to the state’s recently confirmed Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, to join several other states in a legal fight to determine whether Exxon and its predecessor companies intentionally misled the public for decades on climate science. The missive notes a previous probe by California’s

New People, New Policy: Transition at the FTC

As technology continues to shape and transform society, the FTC has used its traditional consumer protection power to venture into new technological territory. However, it’s still unclear what the scope and extent of the FTC authority is under its consumer protection power. While a recent 3rd Circuit decision recognized the FTC’s authority to regulate data

Sorry, but We’re Seeing Someone Else: Relations between Pittsburgh & Uber Decline

Just a few months ago, everyone was gossiping about the new and blossoming relationship that had emerged between tech giant Uber Technologies and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In September of 2016, Uber launched its self-driving car pilot program on the hilly streets of the “Burgh.” The original plan was to have 100 cars on

Assessing the Unique Dynamic Between the Public Funding and Private Enjoyment of Stadiums

  There is an endemic problem in the United States with the way sports owners are ransoming the necessary funds to supply new sports stadiums with the latest and greatest technology, and this field is one filled with hypocrisy and failed logic. Balancing Municipalities Decision to Green Light Stadium Construction Proponents of stadium construction contend

Big Brother’s Got Siblings: VIZIO’s $2.2 Million Settlement with the FTC

In the modern world, there’s enough covert and overt surveillance occurring with enough regularity to make George Orwell’s predictions seem demure. From the Snowden-triggered revelations of 2013 to the endless cookies users accept while browsing the web, computer and smart phone users are leaving footprints everywhere they wander. Governments and corporations follow close behind, collecting

Biometrics, Privacy, and Facebook: Who is Tagging Who?

Beth is a twenty-five-year old who lives and works in New York City. She, like many of her peers, keeps in touch with her old friends and classmates via Facebook, one of the most well-known online social media and social networking services. After her birthday party, Beth logs on to Facebook to post pictures to

ICYMI: FCC Approves RTT as an Update to TTY

Amidst the usual end-of-year activities and the beginning of a transition of presidential power, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a historic change for people with disabilities. On December 15, the FCC adopted a rule requiring telecommunications companies to support Real-Time Text (RTT) in their systems, replacing the outdated text telephony services (TTY). This rule