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The Fiber Optic Frontier: Google Fiber To Expand To Four New Metro Areas

After launching its high-speed, affordable broadband network in Kansas City, KS, Austin, TX, and Provo, UT, Google announced that it is expanding Google Fiber into four new metro areas—Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Nashville, TN and Raleigh-Durham, NC—and is also considering expansion into five other cities. While Google is not the first entity to build a

How Should Social Media Deal with Extremism?

Social media has always been about the open exchange of information and ideas in virtual networks and communities. Social media is used to bring people together from disparate areas with common interests in an exchange of information. By bringing people together and creating communities, social media has served to improve our ability to communicate and

The FTC Takes a Stand on Revenge Porn

On Thursday, January 29, the FTC came to a settlement with Craig Brittain, the owner and operator of IsAnybodyDown.com, in their suit against him regarding deceptive business practices on his website. IsAnybodyDown.com was—the website was closed in April of 2013—a “revenge porn” website, where Brittain would post nude images of women and then offer to

No Go: How Lenders Can Shut Off Borrowers’ Engines Without Notice

We have all heard radio or TV advertisements for car dealerships that sound something like the following: “Low credit? No credit? No problem!” Due to the fact that bad credit tends to prevent one from getting a loan, the option of purchasing a car has often been foreclosed to individuals with poor credit that are

DEA Creates Massive Database of License Plates

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is operating a national program to form a database vehicle license plates coordinated with other law enforcement agencies, according to a recent American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Freedom of Information (FOIA) request. Although a February 2014 Washington Post article indicated that the Department of Homeland Security’s License Plate Reading Program

Does Waze Put Lives at Risk?

Need to know if there’s a police officer ahead on your drive? There’s an app for that! In 2010, Apple trademarked the phrase “There’s an app for that”, implying Apple’s App Store offers an app for virtually any task you might want to complete. Now, there’s an app, Waze, for alerting drivers to the presence

Navigating the Security of Police Tracking – the Waze App

Humans have found a myriad of ways to use technology to ease the sting of pesky inconveniences. We have apps that let you turn off your stove. Apps that control your tv when you lose the remote, and apps to pay for your latte when you forget your wallet in the car. Waze is one

“One Small Wiggle For A Worm, One Giant Leap For Mankind”

Have you seen the Johnny Depp science fiction thriller Transcendence? If not, allow me to provide you with a quick summary. Johnny Depp plays a scientist who is driven by his interest in artificial intelligence. Depp’s character ultimately uploads his own consciousness to a computer program and that decision leads to dangerous implications. The concept

The Limited “Unlimited” Plan?

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit against AT & T in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on October 28th for deceiving consumers with the phone service provider’s promise of an unlimited data plan. The FTC claims that while the consumers who purchase the “unlimited” data plan from AT & T