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Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response System in the US

Summary   Though the US dealt with major outbreaks in the past 20 years, the American Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response system was unable to generate a sufficient coordinated response for COVID-19.  The American Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response system needs an analysis in the present time to evaluate the effects of public health policies and their … Continue reading

Improving Island Resiliency: Incorporating Microgrids as part of the RICANstruction Process.
America / Communications / Energy / Environment / Politics

Improving Island Resiliency: Incorporating Microgrids as part of the RICANstruction Process.

This might very well be the busiest year of the Atlantic hurricane season, and with two months left the Americas shudder at the thought of what next, who’s next, and when. Three major hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and most recently Maria—all made landfall roughly one week apart, and caused widespread devastation across several U.S. cities and total … Continue reading

Communications / Politics / Presidency

#FraudNewsCNN and the New Era of Press Relations in Politics

In an increasingly digital world, social media has emerged as a new soap box for public figures to speak from. Particularly in politics, outlets such as Twitter and Facebook have proved to be valuable tools for rallying supporters from areas across the United States. However, President Trump’s use of Twitter has been notably different than … Continue reading

Decrypting Data: A Viable Solution or Vanilla Stupid?
Communications / National Security / Technology

Decrypting Data: A Viable Solution or Vanilla Stupid?

There should be no doubt about it. Privacy is necessary for markets to function and innovation to thrive. Without it, nobody would use online banking, email, location services, and more. With encrypted data, people feel safe knowing someone isn’t currently stealing their identity or looking at their most personal information. Unfortunately, some politicians care more … Continue reading

Net-prejudice: How the FCC is failing net neutrality
Communications / Technology

Net-prejudice: How the FCC is failing net neutrality

Netflix has recently come forward to admit, after a protracted, finger-pointing match with Verizon and AT&T, they have in fact been throttling the speeds of these networks in order to protect customers from overage charges. Leading up to this confession, the Federal Communications Commission has been increasingly partial to controlling certain aspects of the Internet, … Continue reading

Apple, Inc. vs. Federal Bureau of Investigation: A Legally Dubious Order
Communications / Constitution / Politics

Apple, Inc. vs. Federal Bureau of Investigation: A Legally Dubious Order

Editor’s Note: This article appears as the second of a three-part series dealing with the recent legal battle between Apple and the F.B.I. over a court order requiring Apple to break into the phone of one of the San Bernardino Shooters. Jon examines the legal underpinning of the case.   My colleague Alessandra does an excellent job … Continue reading

Apple, Inc. vs. Federal Bureau of Investigation: An Encrypted Debate
Communications / National Security / Politics

Apple, Inc. vs. Federal Bureau of Investigation: An Encrypted Debate

Editor’s Note: This article appears as the first of a three-part series dealing with the recent legal battle between Apple and the F.B.I. over a court order requiring Apple to break into the phone of one of the San Bernardino Shooters. Alessandra establishes the background and calls on the government to create a commission to address this … Continue reading

Two More Ways the “Open Internet Order” is Illegal
Communications / Regulation / Rule of Law / Technology

Two More Ways the “Open Internet Order” is Illegal

As I have previously discussed, the Open Internet Order (OIO) recently passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an unconstitutional breach of the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause. That is not the only legal pitfall of the order, however. It also violates the Telecommunications Act, the very law which it is using to apply Title … Continue reading