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The Big Chill: the Chilling Effect on First Amendment Freedoms of Speech and Association Caused by Government Surveillance

On September 11, 2001, our nation suffered horrific terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. that resulted in the tragic deaths of thousands of American citizens. In the wake of these attacks, the United States government responded with the War on Terror, which included military action, intelligence activities, and new laws and regulations

FCC to Marriott: You cannot force customers to use your hotel’s WiFi

On October 3, the FCC issued a release stating that the Marriott hotel services would be fined $600,000 to resolve the agency’s investigation into “whether the Marriott intentionally interfered with and disabled Wi-Fi networks established by consumers in the conference facilities of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee in violation of

Cyberathletes: How Artificial Limbs Are Turning The Sports World On Its Head

Most fans of the Olympic Games knows the story of Oscar Pistorious, the South African sprint runner who uses artificial limbs to compete in events for both below-knee amputees and for able-bodied athletes. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pistorious became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games. Although recently Pistorious’ inspiring story

Toyota’s New Production Scale, Hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Vehicle: Niche Vehicle or Paradigm Shift?

In September, Toyota unveiled its new hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Vehicle (“FCV”). The 2015 FCV, Toyota’s first production scale hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, is set to hit the market by mid-2015. Though this technology has the potential to offer clean, zero-emission passenger vehicles, many questions linger about the potential success of hydrogen, including whether there will

Who’s Your Expert?: N.C. Supreme Court to Revisit The Daubert Standard

In its decision in Howerton v. Arai Helmet, Ltd., 358 N.C. 440 (2004), the North Carolina Supreme Court could not have been clearer: “North Carolina is not, nor has it ever been, a Daubert jurisdiction.”Although this emphatic declaration rings with finality, the Supreme Court must yet again decide whether or not North Carolina courts are

Hong Kong’s Smart Mobs: How Technology-Savvy Protesters have used, and can improve their use of, FireChat to Further their Political Cause

On September 26, swarms of protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets demanding electoral reform. They demanded then, and continue to demand, a free vote for the upcoming 2017 election for chief executive, without the Chinese government handpicking finalists beforehand. In response, the Chinese government has turned to censorship in attempt to control the

At first blush, you might answer this question with “of course not” and you would assume that almost everyone else in the world would do the same. In that assumption you would be wrong. In London, in a matter of minutes, six people did just that (Read the article here). They happened upon a free

When Celebrities Sue: Google Threatened to be Liable for $100 Million

This Wednesday Google received a scathing demand letter accusing it of failing to remove private photos taken from celebrities’ hacked iCloud accounts. Martin D. Singer, representing over a dozen celebrities who were victims of these hackers, threatens Google with a $100 million lawsuit for its failure to remove the photos as required under the Digital

The Secret Recipe to Natural Gas

Hydraulic fracturing is a highly disputed method of extracting natural gas from rock formations deep underground. Well operators pump fluids at high pressures into the ground to create small fissures, allowing the gas to seep out and be collected. The fluids are normally composed of water, sand, and additives, which compose by volume approximately 98%,