California Water Fix: Large infrastructure changes ignore the fundamental problems

California has a water problem and it is not limited to the drought. Recent trends relating to climate change have exposed a greater issue related not only to quantity of water available, but the infrastructure upon which the state relies to deliver the resource to its population. Not only is water availability a necessity for

Are Internet Companies Growing too Big?

Antitrust concerns targeting large internet companies are growing. Earlier this year, the European Union fined Google a record $2.7 billion for favoring its own services in search results. Popular YouTuber Dave Rubin and others have been speculating whether Google is manipulating which content gets “monetized” in YouTube based on Google’s own political leanings. Amazon’s $13.7

Paul Manafort and FISA Surveillance: Where Do Things Stand Now?

News broke last week that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was the subject of FISA surveillance for the second time, namely during late 2016 and early 2017 (the first time was in 2014 and related to Manafort’s work in Ukraine). What is significant about this is that Manafort, during this time, was known to

When Your Password is Your Mugshot: Constitutional Implications of Apple FaceID

What if the only thing required for law enforcement to gain entry into your cellphone was that it be held in front of your face? At a recent keynote event, a few months after the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone, Apple unveiled its new iPhone X. The redesigned smartphone stands out with its large,

Client Confidentiality Threatened at the Border

In Riley v. California, the Supreme Court held that police must generally obtain a warrant before searching a cell phone, absent exigent circumstances. This ruling allowed smartphone users to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the vast amounts of data that they have stored on their phones is protected by law. However, people may

Autonomous Vehicles in North Carolina – Buyer Beware?

The future of vehicles continues to drive toward full-automation and in 2017, North Carolina moved to establish itself as a state in which this technology can be used. In July, the General Assembly enacted a new Article 18 in Chapter 20 to regulate the operation of fully autonomous vehicles. The law provides that a “fully

Algorithms as Legal Entities

Anything you can do, they can do better. The past decade has marked a growing concern over the displacement of white collar jobs by increasingly sophisticated software. Some believe that software will only ever supplement white collar work. Others predict a change as dramatic as the industrial revolution. The validation of one side over the

Semi-autonomous Crash Using Autopilot Ends in Recommendations and More Questions

An emphasis has been placed on the “semi” of semi-autonomous vehicles. The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) highlighted the importance of drivers maintaining awareness of driving conditions and interaction with the vehicle while “self-driving” cars are engaged in autopilot. Their conclusion and subsequent recommendations could prompt changes in regulations for future semi-autonomous vehicles. This determination