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The Federal Government Declares War on California Over Net Neutrality

On September 30, the federal government filed suit against California mere hours after the state passed what has been called the “toughest net neutrality law ever enacted in the United States.” The new law was enacted to restore net neutrality rules in California after Obama-era federal protections were repealed by the FCC in December 2017.

With Verizon on the Horizon, is North Carolina’s Broadband Monopoly in Jeopardy?

Verizon Wireless has recently announced its plan to introduce its 5G technology into your home, and its debut will not be coming to your phone, at least not at first. The tech giant plans to introduce the 5G technology as a wireless internet option that uses radio waves to deliver wifi, with package discounts to

Fifty Million Facebook Accounts Compromised: Is There any way to Keep our Data Safe?

Another major data breach was reported on Friday, September 28th, when Facebook disclosed that nearly fifty million user profiles had been hacked. Facebook’s investigation is in the initial stages, and thus details are sparse, but the following is known. Hackers were able to steal “access tokens,” which are essentially digital keys that allow users to

Artificial Intelligence and Fourth Amendment Searches

In Kyllo v. United States, the court held that the use of “sense-enhancing” technology not in general public use to look at a criminal suspect’s house constituted a Fourth Amendment search. However, with the increase of the use of artificial intelligence in surveillance technology, this standard will likely need to be challenged in the near

Riding on the Edge: Will the Electric Scooter Rental Boom see a Reversal?

In 2017, it was fidget spinners; in 2018, it’s electric scooter rentals. If you’ve recently been in a major city, you’ve surely seen them parked along curbs, breezing through intersections, or even strewn about in unexpected locations. But the popularity of dock-free scooters offered by companies like Bird, Lime, Skip, and Spin has coincided with

Trans-Lunar Jurisdiction: What if one of the 8 passengers (all artists) commits a crime during SpaceX’s commercial flight around the moon?

SpaceX announced that the world’s first private passengers will fly around the moon in the largest reusable rocket ever to be built, the BFR. (Big Falcon Rocket)  For an as yet undisclosed amount, Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa purchased all of the seats on the rocket for the trip around the moon, and will be choosing

Hurricane Florence Puts Coal Ash Back in Headlines – why the legislature should require recycling of all coal ash across the state sooner rather than later

As the North Carolina coast was battered by the unprecedented Hurricane Florence, a coal ash pond at Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant in Wilmington, N.C. collapsed displacing over 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash into nearby water ways. At the time of this writing, “he company has not yet determined whether the weir that drains the