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: Bad Tech
Politics / Technology

Apple, Inc. vs. Federal Bureau of Investigation: Bad Tech

Editor’s Note: This article appears as the third 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. Jesse examines the tech and privacy issues in the case. Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) … Continue reading

Telehealth Series: Cutting Costs and Making Payments
Healthcare / Technology

Telehealth Series: Cutting Costs and Making Payments

According to Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, who spearheaded the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act (CONNECT), “telehealth is the future of health care.” The CONNECT for Health Act has been designed with the purpose of saving money and increasing access to health care by slimming down regulatory measures … Continue reading

Patient Physician Communication: Where does the future of doctor visits lie?
America / Healthcare / Politics / Technology

Patient Physician Communication: Where does the future of doctor visits lie?

Today, technology seems to be involved and assist in every aspect of human life. Very few realms of society lack total involvement in new technologies that optimize or create more efficient models for everyday life and industry. Most methods of communication utilize technological platforms to reach broader audiences and improve global connectivity. Health care, while … Continue reading

What’s So Bad About Internet.org?
Communications / Technology

What’s So Bad About Internet.org?

Recently, several Indian companies left a zero rating arrangement called Internet.org citing a need to defend net neutrality. While a strange move, the firms’ decisions are telling of the popular net neutrality zeitgeist. Internet.org is one example of a broader type of practice called “zero rating.” This term refers to many different kinds of partnerships … Continue reading

The Balancing Act of Patent Reform
Economy / Technology

The Balancing Act of Patent Reform

Patent legislation is a balancing act — the protection of legitimate patent holders and non-infringing operators while stopping malicious attacks from so-called “patent trolls.” Unfortunately, finding that balance is proving a herculean task; the current debate is controversial for good reason. The Problem Proponents of patent reform target their ire at patent trolls. These perfidious … 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