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Body Cameras for Police Officers: The Start of a New Standard?

The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last month sparked a large controversy and a discussion regarding the interactions that take place between police officers and civilians. Many people question if officers are being held appropriately responsible for the actions they take while on duty, and if eye-witness testimony is the most reliable source

The Next Space Race

Do you have dreams of going to Mars? Well, if so, earlier this week that dream took one step closer to being reality for not just astronauts but for everyone. It was announced that Boeing and SpaceX were award a $6.8 billion dollar NASA contract to take American astronauts to space. Boeing received $4.2 billion

Objective or Subjective Intent of Threats Made on the Internet

Since the advent of the Internet, people have utilized the veil of anonymity to say things they would never dare to in face-to-face conversation. Nowhere is this “internet tough guy” attitude more noticeable than in online gaming, social media, and message boards. Anyone who has ever played Call of Duty can tell you that the

How Secure Is iOS 8 From Law Enforcement Intrusion?

With competitors like Google and Microsoft admitting to scanning and accessing user information, Apple is attempting to set itself apart by making some noise with its new privacy policy dealing with the iOS 8 operating system. CEO Tim Cook discussed the new policy in an open letter to customers this week. Essentially, all your data—photos,

Cash or Card?: Data Breaches as the New Normal in American Consumerism

A September 14, 2014 Huffington Post article lists “4 Reasons Credit Cards Are Better Than Cash.” Ironically, the article was published less than a week after Home Depot confirmed 56 million of its customers’ credit card information had been compromised in the largest data breach of retail credit card information in history. But such events

Crime and Punishment When the Cameras Are Always Rolling

Increasingly pervasive surveillance technology is rapidly changing society, and it is having an impact on our criminal justice system as well. In some ways, increased surveillance is helpful in achieving a just outcome because video evidence provides a better account of events than eye witness testimony. However, as illustrated by the recent Ray Rice controversy,

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