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Jun
16

Law enforcement officers rely on technology for surveillance. And as new technologies emerge, society can expect that those charged with our day-to-day protection will also utilize the fruits of science alongside the rest of us. But at what point on the technological timeline do the limits we bestow on law enforcement no longer adhere to

Jun
16

As the United States considers a carbon-limited economy through a cap-and-trade regime, carbon offsets generated in forestry-based projects are likely to play a large role in both the policy developed as well as the eventual market itself. While it is generally understood that offsets must be quantifiable and accountable, coming up with reliable values in

Jun
16

Considered by many as the next key development in Internet technology, the semantic web has generated a lot of buzz recently. A creation of Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, the semantic web is a “web of data,” a technology that promises to provide the world with enhanced access to information through more

Jun
16

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) is a recently enacted law that prohibits employers and insurance companies from discriminating against people based upon their genetic information. Soon after the passage of GINA, many people praised the law, but the flaws of GINA have not been as widely talked about. This Recent Development addresses a major

Jun
16

The United States’ government has developed a policy that supports the use and deployment of commercial level carbon capture and sequestration as a method for reducing carbon emissions from major electricity generating sources. The Environmental Protection Agency must determine which current provisions of the Clean Air Act are best used to regulate greenhouse gases and

Jun
16

Shifting the United States’ primary source of electricity from non-renewable energy to renewable energy requires expanded capacity to facilitate long-range transmission from regions where it can be efficiently produced to large population centers where it will be used. In Piedmont Environmental Council v. FERC the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that the Federal

Jun
16

The formative jurisprudence on the modification of video games came when copyright recognition of computer software was itself quite recent, when the level of creative “expression” in the altered videogame was meager. Consequently, modded games are currently held to be derivative works and infringement of the copyright of the originals. A determination of fair use

Jun
16

Law enforcement is increasingly turning to “genetic witnesses” to solve crimes. The incorporation of genetic technologies like DNA ancestry tests and indirect molecular photofitting has drawn criticism as high-tech “racial profiling.” In cases where law enforcement has requested voluntary DNA samples to assist with criminal investigations, critics have quickly labeled the conduct “DNA dragnets.” To

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