Privacy Advances or More Privacy Threats? What Might be Wrong with Eric Holder’s Statement
Communications / Other / Regulation

Privacy Advances or More Privacy Threats? What Might be Wrong with Eric Holder’s Statement

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Sept 30 that new forms of encryption that are now introduced by technology companies could thwart investigations of kidnappers and sexual predators, putting children at increased risk. In the wake of ongoing revelations of widespread surveillance of data and other electronic devices, Holder’s speech seems to be a well-coordinated campaign … Continue reading

$15 Billion Tax Prevented by PIFTA
Politics / Regulation / Tax / U.S. Senate

$15 Billion Tax Prevented by PIFTA

If the Senate opts in for H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PIFTA), $14.7 billion in taxes will be averted every year. During the Internet boom of the 1990s, Congress passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act (IFTA), which prevented state and local governments from collecting Internet specific taxes. Sponsored by Senate Finance Committee … Continue reading

U.S. Businesses Dodging Taxes?  IRS Pulls Reins Tighter
Economy / Regulation / Tax / Taxes

U.S. Businesses Dodging Taxes? IRS Pulls Reins Tighter

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury issued a Notice (Notice 2014-52) last Monday that would further their efforts to prevent U.S. companies from using an increasingly prevalent tactic known as inversion to lower their tax bill. Conventionally, an inversion is a negotiation in which a U.S. multinational company restructures with a foreign … Continue reading

Creating a National Dialogue About  Sustainable Green House Gas Reduction
Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation

Creating a National Dialogue About Sustainable Green House Gas Reduction

As star-studded protests are lining the streets of New York in Manhattan and on Wall Street, it appears that an international debate has been stirred about the importance of protecting the environment. However, while the United Nations met this week to discuss how this goal can be reached, the reality of a national debate in … Continue reading

Electronic Cigarettes – Therapeutic Device or All Smoke, No Substance?
America / Healthcare / Regulation

Electronic Cigarettes – Therapeutic Device or All Smoke, No Substance?

Over the past five years, electronic cigarettes – devices that electronically vaporize a refillable, inhalable nicotine-laced liquid – have exploded into a $1.5 billion industry with over 4 million users. Although this is a small portion of the tobacco market, Bloomberg Industries projects that e-cigarettes may surpass traditional tobacco product sales by as early as … Continue reading