Big Changes Ahead for Airbnb and Other Lodging-share Websites?

Airbnb revolutionized travel lodging by allowing anyone to rent out unused rooms, apartments, or houses to others looking to stay in popular locations for a low cost. Perhaps the best part of Airbnb, and part of what made it novel and successful, is its simple website. In doing so, the company essentially created a forum

Safety Benefits and Privacy Concerns of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

Personal motor vehicles are used every day by millions of Americans and are so integrated into daily living that many people take for granted the dangers inherent in driving. Safety features have continuously advanced over the past century, and the movement towards using vehicle-to-vehicle (“V2V”) communication offers safety benefits that could not have been imagined

Net Neutrality Proposed Regulations Net Over 3 Million

Talk of Net Neutrality is spanning the Internet right now, due in large part to the FCC accepting comments for its pending decision on how to govern the Internet. Net Neutrality is the outlandish idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally, instead of creating Internet “fast

Apple Pay: Is It Worth the Risk of Giving up Your Wallet?

Even before Apple’s September 9, 2014, event, which introduced the world to the iPhone 6 and the new “smartwatch,” there were signs that Apple would be making a play to replace your cash and credit cards. Apple’s patent dubbed “Method To Send Payment Through Various Air Interfaces Without Compromising User Data” was filed in September

FBI Facial Recognition Software

On Monday, the FBI announced the full operational capacity of new facial recognition software, the Next Generation Identification System (NGI). The FBI press release indicates the system was developed “to expand the Bureau’s biometric identification capabilities, ultimately replacing the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) in addition to adding new services and capabilities.” The

California Law Stops the Sale of Student Information, But Does It Protect Their Privacy?

  SB 1177 or SOPIPA is a bill that was introduced by Senator Steinberg (D-Sacramento) on February 20, 2014 to the 2013-2014 session of the California Legislature that prohibits website operators from selling K-12 student data profiles, or using this information to generate advertisements targeting these minors. The impetus for the bill as described by

Yahoo Secret Courts

Yahoo’s New Look into Secret Courts

  Ever since Edward Snowden’s shook the earth with his NSA document release in May 2013, the public has turned a much sharper eye to the data privacy debate. The release no doubt turned the volume up on the issue for many Americans, but it also had our officials changing their tune too. Last Friday

DeepFace: Facial Recognition Software & Privacy

Facebook recently published a paper on a new technology that it is developing called DeepFace.  DeepFace is a system that determines whether two faces in different photographs are of the same person by building a three-dimensional model of the face and rotating it to match it with the face at different angles.  The technology has

Cryptocontracts: Automating Payment for Digital Consumption

The proliferation of digital currencies, following the lead of Bitcoin, has been outpaced only by the companies forming to bet their futures on widespread acceptance of the new technology. A few companies are focusing on self-enforcing contracts, dubbed Smart Contracts or Cryptocontracts. Digital currencies are an enabling technology here in that they allow the contract