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 September 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

FDA Plans to Regulate LDTs
Healthcare / Regulation

FDA Plans to Regulate LDTs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to regulate laboratory diagnostic tests (LDTs) is gaining momentum, but also facing much criticism.   The FDA recently informed Congress of their intent to regulate LDTs, which previously did not require FDA approval. The FDA has yet to release their draft guidance documents, but they are on track … 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

Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too
Communications / Culture / Regulation / Technology

Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too

“Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.” Few things are truer than that we, as humans, fail to appreciate the present moment.  Regardless of how bad the “good ole days” were factually, we hang on to the notion that simpler technology equates to simpler needs, simpler problems, and simpler living.  While being lost in … Continue reading

Validity of the ExIm Bank: Why Market Radicals Fail to Understand the Modern Economy
Economy / Other / Politics / Regulation

Validity of the ExIm Bank: Why Market Radicals Fail to Understand the Modern Economy

  Recent political proceedings on Capitol Hill regarding the reauthorization of the Export Import Bank have revealed a deficit in economic competence on the part of market fundamentalists who believe that the Ex-Im Bank should be shuttered. Founded in 1934 under the FDR administration, the Ex-Im bank has been one of the primary establishments within … Continue reading

Why Is The EU Running Off With Our Chianti And Parmesan?
Culture / Economy / Europe / Foreign Policy / Regulation

Why Is The EU Running Off With Our Chianti And Parmesan?

Ladies and gentlemen, our champagne and charcuterie are in danger. Bubbling to the forefront of the upcoming round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is the controversial U.S. usage of regional European names for food and drinks manufactured by U.S. companies. Many EU members demand that U.S. wine, spirits and food companies … Continue reading