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Are Automatic License Plate Readers Invading our Privacy?

Automatic license plate readers are rapidly being adopted across the country for use by law enforcement agencies and private businesses. While license plate readers can quickly identify wanted vehicles and enhance public safety, many are questioning the lack of regulations behind the use of this technology. License plate scanners work with the use of cameras

New Method of Lethal Injection Facing an Uphill Battle

Two weeks ago, Ohio executed Dennis McGuire using an untested drug combination. The state switched to the combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphine, a painkiller, after manufacturers of the previous drug, pentobarbital, refused to sell it for executions. The combination was originally expected to be used in the execution of Ronald Phillips in November

Mobile Banking: a Gateway to 21st Century Bank Robbery or a Worthwhile Convenience?

I hardly remember the last time I went in a bank.  I seldom carry cash so the vast majority of my banking can be completed from home, or perhaps on the bus, or at work—anywhere really because I do it all from my phone.  And I’m certainly not alone as there are already more transactions

#vindicated: Courtney Love Wins America’s First “Twibel” Lawsuit

A California jury recently found in favor of Courtney Love in the nation’s first libel-via-Twitter, or “Twibel,” lawsuit.  After eight days of testimony and three hours of deliberations, the jury determined that Love was not liable for publicly posting a disparaging tweet about her former attorney, Rhonda Holmes, concluding that Love did not realize the

Government Reaches Agreement with Tech Companies on Surveillance Demands

After months of public outcry in response to the ongoing revelations about sweeping government electronic surveillance programs, the Obama administration announced an agreement this week with leading tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, that would allow the companies to disclose to customers more information about their compliance with government demands for information.  It

U.S. Court of Appeals Strikes FCC Open Internet Order: What Does This Mean for the Consumer?

On Tuesday, Feb, 10 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down an F.C.C. regulation that mandated net neutrality. The “Open Internet” order prevents Internet service providers (ISPs) from regulating the content of the internet. Rather, ISPs charge an access fee in which the consumer pays for the right to

Remixing the Copyright System: A Look at the Problems Faced by the Creators of Remixes and the Recent Attempts to Solve the Problem

In July 2013, the Department of Commerce’s (“DOC”) Internet Policy Task Force released a green paper called Copyright Right Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. This paper sought public comment on a number of specific challenges in copyright law brought about by the digital revolution, with copyrightable works now being easy to access,

A Death Sentence? EPA Proposes to Mandate Carbon Capture Technology for all new Coal Plants

On January 8, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agaency (EPA) submitted to the Federal Register its proposed rule on New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which would require all new coal-fired power plants to employ Carbon Capture technology to reduce their emissions. The move has met extreme opposition from industry groups. EPA’s NSPS program applies specific technology