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  • Public Good versus Profits: A Review of the Big Tech Hearing
    Posted in Blog on April 1, 2021 | Preview rr

    Last week, the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee. The CEOs faced backlash for recent content moderation decisions, criticism for how their algorithms might be harming our children, and concern over Covid-19 vaccine misinformation. Underlying all of this was the question of whether these Big Tech platforms should continue to receive the immunity granted under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 says that “interactive co... Read more

  • Hacked for the Holidays
    Posted in Blog on December 21, 2020 | Preview rr

    Over the weekend, the U.S. revealed portions of the federal government suffered a cyber-attack, most likely perpetrated by a state-backed Russian organization. This attack has so far affected the Treasury, Commerce Department, portions of the Department of Defense, and the Centers for Disease Control. While authorities are still assessing the damage, reports have stated that no known classified information has yet been compromised. This attack reportedly also targeted large private companies tha... Read more

  • Wearable Technology – Saving Mrs. Fletcher
    Posted in Blog on November 20, 2020 | Preview rr

    “Help, I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” Many of us remember this commercial depicting an elderly woman, known as Mrs. Fletcher, who had fallen, but with the help of a medical pendant worn like a necklace, first responders are alerted through the press of a button. LifeCall, the maker of the medical pendant, began running this commercial in 1989 in perhaps the first popular application of wearable technology. What is Wearable Technology? Today, wearable technology is the Apple Watch, Fitbit, Wea... Read more

  • Algorithms and their Role in Content Moderation
    Posted in Blog on October 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    Earlier this month, Twitter and Facebook blocked and limited distribution of a New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine. These decisions garnered significant backlash from lawmakers and other Americans who called into question the content moderation policies of social media platforms. While the decisions surrounding the New York Post article were likely verified by a human, most initial content moderation decisions are determined by algorithms rather than humans. Algorithms... Read more

  • Ransomware: Can it hurt you?
    Posted in Blog on October 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    Cyberattacks have significantly increased throughout this Coronavirus pandemic. The most common of these attacks is ransomware, where a hacker sends malware to a target that encrypts data, devices, and networks and demands payment for the decryption key. If a target has not prepared for such an attack, the only remedies are to pay the ransom or to reject the ransom and rebuild network systems and infrastructure from scratch – a process that can take weeks or months. According to Check Point Rese... Read more

  • Who Remembers Dial-Up? What is Broadband?
    Posted in Blog on September 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    If you are old enough to remember dial-up, you can probably still hum the familiar cadence that took more than a minute to connect to the Internet through your phone line. Thankfully, Americans today can connect to the Internet in less than a second and without a theme song. We often refer to Internet services as broadband, but what counts as broadband and why is there still a “digital divide”? In the late 1990s, high-speed Internet was deployed for the first time. Twenty years later, the Intern... Read more

  • Is Artificial Intelligence Smarter Than Humans?
    Posted in Blog on September 11, 2020 | Preview rr

    When you hear the words “artificial intelligence,” images of Skynet from the Terminator movies might pop in your mind. Although this scenario makes for good cinema, it is far from the reality of how artificial intelligence operates. Artificial intelligence is already present in our daily lives through our smartphones, Internet-connected devices, voice assistants like Alexa and Siri, medical diagnostics, and others. But what is artificial intelligence and does its potential to augment human capab... Read more

  • Is “Big Tech” too big? Reestablishing trust in antitrust law.
    Posted in Blog on August 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    Last week, the leaders of “Big Tech” – Amazon, Apple, Alphabet (Google), and Facebook – testified before a House committee on whether they were, in fact, too big. Unsurprisingly, these companies argued they face robust competition. But does the presence of any competition eliminate monopolistic market power? Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr recently stated in an interview with Politico that “Big Tech is a handful of corporations that now have state-like power and influence that c... Read more

  • Coronavirus Scams: What do they look like, how do you respond, and how do you avoid them?
    Posted in Blog on July 14, 2020 | Preview rr

    By now you probably have received a phone call, email, or even a text message offering assistance or money to help during this Coronavirus pandemic. Did it seem too good to be true? That’s because it was. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of this global health crisis to exploit Americans charitable nature as well as their need for assistance. To help Americans during this difficult time, Congress authorized direct payments from the IRS to taxpayers to provide an immediate hand-up. Con... Read more

  • Do you read Terms of Service?
    Posted in Blog on July 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    The overwhelming majority of Americans signing up for new online products and services check the box confirming they have read and agree to the Terms of Service without ever opening the document. As consumers, we know these terms are important, but we breeze through them on our way to accessing the latest social media or online content. Why don’t people read Terms of Service, also called Terms and Conditions or Terms of Use? What are we missing when we simply check the box without reading them? ... Read more