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Observing Mauna Kea’s Conflict

Written by: Aaron Frumkin

Edited by: Anton Ziajka

Believing the machinery desecrates their sacred summit and the scarce natural resources it shelters, native Hawaiians have opposed telescope development on Mauna Kea. While it seems that their beleaguered resistance to telescope development will fail yet again with the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), this Note attempts to articulate their best arguments in hopes of properly framing the social costs associated with the great scientific and technological gains that TMT will surely provide.

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Posted On May - 19 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Whack-a-troll Legislation

Written by Asher Lowenstein     —   Edited by Yaping Zhang

Patent assertion entities’ extensive litigation activities in different states enables to assess the efficacy of the proposed bills against legal strategies these trolls, such as MPHJ Technology, have engaged in. The legal battles confirm some of the concerns about the usefulness of proposed regulatory measures.

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Posted On Dec - 22 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The Silk Road and MtGox: Lessons in Law for Bitcoin

Written by: Chris Crawford and Joshua Vittor

Bitcoin has risen in the five years since its launch from an academic exercise to what is today a multi-billion dollar system of transacting wealth. Two recent events in this technology’s short history suggest that the legal system will continue to play a large part in its development: the federal shutdown of online drug bazaar Silk Road and the  collapse of the bitcoin exchange MtGox.

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Posted On Sep - 10 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Emulsification: Uber, UberX, and Growing Pains of the Local Sharing Economy

Written by: Michelle Sohn

Edited by: Olga Slobodyanyuk

While politics and fears of disruption certainly play large roles in this regulatory drama, this comment points to a larger legal controversy at work—the increased emulsification of commercial and private uses. Although the focus of this comment is on Uber and D.C., the larger goal is to identify major regulatory tensions with the local sharing economy by examining actual and proposed municipal regulations and laws.

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Posted On Aug - 31 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

“Smoking Gun” Needed: Even after Clapper Provided a Path to Challenge the Law, the FISA Amendments Act May Still Be Bulletproof

Written by: Christopher A. Crawford

Edited by: Loly Sosa

The ACLU’s challenge to the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens failed because plaintiffs, who were American citizens, had no standing; in other words, they could not prove that they had been injured by the law. Plaintiffs will need a “smoking gun” that their privacy had been violated before they could gain standing.

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Posted On Jun - 14 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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