Advertising versus trade secret protection: Blackberry CEO’s latest blog raises questions about the company’s legal strategy

In a March 26, 2014 blog post, Blackberry CEO John Chen addressed the issue of recent leaks to a forthcoming edition of the Blackberry Smartphone.  Chen announced to Blackberry customers and the general public that the company is “pursuing legal action” against a party who allegedly illegally obtained the information and made it public.  While

Obama administration Plans to Overhaul NSA’s Phone Records Program

On Monday, March 24, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration is planning to propose an overhaul of the National Security Agency’s phone records program. The new proposal requires that the NSA stop collecting data from phone companies, and get permission from a judge order to acquire specific records. Another bill being developed

Playing Coy About Government Surveillance: State and Local Governments’ Lackluster Response to Public Records Requests

Sure, you have read plenty of stories about the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance practices. But did you know that state and local law enforcement agencies are also employing controversial surveillance techniques? Probably not, considering police have remained incredibly secretive about their use, despite numerous requests for information by the media. Perhaps the most infamous

The FDA Facebook Feeding Frenzy

Although the average Facebook user may succeed in ignoring the multitude of advertisements scattered throughout the page, the Food and Drug Administration wants drug marketers to know they are paying attention.  In a recent letter, an FDA regulatory review officer informed a pharmaceutical company, Akrimax that their Facebook webpage was in violation of the Federal

The Aereo Lawsuit and the Future of Television

We’re still more than a month away from oral argument in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, but the war of words over the case and the future of broadcast television is already heating up. Last week, CBS joined a growing chorus of broadcast networks threatening to cease broadcasting entirely unless the Supreme Court rules that

Will the Real Satoshi Nakamoto Please Stand Up?

Two weeks ago, Newsweek published an article claiming to have identified and located the man behind Bitcoin, a digital currency introduced to the world in 2009. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority, and enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere, across the network. The cryptocurrency has become increasingly popular in recent years,

Not-all-that-Critical Information Needs?

Last month, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai took to the editorial pages in the Wall Street Journal to voice his objections to a controversial proposed FCC study, titled “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or “CIN” for short. The study’s stated purpose was to collect information about the “critical information needs” of Americans, access and barriers

Freedom of Expression on the Web is Called into Question When the U.S. Government Authorizes Censorship of Mexican Protest Website

On December 3, 2013, the website (Mirror Here) was pulled by its host The site was originally founded in 2012 as a means to protest the inauguration of controversial president, Enrique Peña Nieto. The election was under fire for multiple allegations of election fraud including allegations of buying votes. However, the official results

NAFTA’s Ghost Haunts The White House and Internet Freedom Advocates Scream: The Trans-Pacific Partnership as of March 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) is an international trade agreement being negotiated among 12 countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Chile, Mexico, and Peru.  Critics have described the TPP as “NAFTA on steroids,” in part, because (1) the inclusion of Canada and Mexico will result in the TPP