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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

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Message Board Comments Are Not Stalking

By Henry Thomas – Edited by Anton Ziajka

The Georgia Supreme Court held that for comments to constitute stalking, they must be directed at — not merely about — a person. This decision overturns a lower court’s grant of a no-contact order that had prevented copyright critic Matthew Chan from posting comments about poet Linda Ellis on his website. The court found that the comments either were not directed at Ellis or were consented to by Ellis’s visiting the site.

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Posted On Apr - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

EU Court of Justice Hears Oral Arguments in Facebook Privacy Case

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Anton Ziajka

The Court of Justice of the European Union heard oral arguments in a case challenging the legality of transfers of European data to U.S. companies like Facebook. The complaint alleges that, in light of the Snowden leaks of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement does not comply with EU Directive 95/46, which requires EU member states to ensure that data is being transferred to a country that provides an “adequate level of protection” for the data.

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Posted On Apr - 1 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Florida Considers a Bill Outlawing Anonymous Websites

By Paulius Jurcys – Edited by Anton Ziajka

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill, the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act,”  that would require owners and operators of websites that disseminate “commercial” recordings or audiovisual works to prominently disclose their true names, physical addresses, and telephone numbers or email addresses on the websites. The bill extends to all websites that deal “in substantial part” in disseminating such recordings or audiovisual works, “directly or indirectly,” to Florida consumers.

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Posted On Mar - 18 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Lenovo Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Superfish Adware

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Anton Ziajka

Lenovo is facing backlash for pre-installing adware called Superfish on some of its computers. Lenovo explained that it pre-installed Superfish to help its users by replacing advertisements with ones that potentially offer lower prices. However, Superfish threatens users’ privacy and data security, ArsTechnica describes in detail. A Lenovo customer recently filed a class action lawsuit against Lenovo for pre-installing Superfish on a laptop that she purchased, MaximumPC reports.

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Posted On Mar - 10 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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