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The Effects of the GameStop Market Disruption

by Marquis Cardwell The GameStop market disruption has exposed the strength of self-directed investors and the power of online forums, which will force investment institutions to adapt their strategies to the rapidly growing market forces. This market disruption was spurred by r/wallstreetbets, a Reddit forum that actively targets stocks that have a possibility of exploiting… Keep Reading

Wind Energy ETFs and REITs for the Win(D)

By Lindsey Sporrer Introduction The United States is on track to realize the current administration’s goal of having 100% green electricity power the nation’s grid by 2035 and the more-ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.[1]  Of the ways to achieve this green electricity goal including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small… Keep Reading

Posted on in Manufacturing/Technology/Volume II

Autonomous Vehicles Today

By Vaheh Manoukian Whether it’s Tesla, Google, or Uber, technology companies are racing to advance the technology and policies to promote the autonomous vehicle (“AV”) movement. Waymo, a project originated by Google, is leading the way in this $6 billion industry.[1] Waymo’s current mission includes safely improving and scaling AVs through robust testing. Its Arizona–based… Keep Reading

Posted on in Public Policy/Technology/Volume II

How the Compulsory Licensing System Has Impacted Sampling in Today’s Music Industry and Potential Calls for Reform

By Bruce Fan Sting recently sued up-and-coming rapper Juice WRLD for copyright infringement because Juice WRLD’s hit song “Lucid Dreams” used samples from Sting’s “Shape of My Heart.” Sampling occurs when composers “manipulate a recorded fragment of sound from a pre-existing recording and then use it as a part of a new composition.”[1] Juice WRLD’s… Keep Reading

Posted on in Technology/Volume II

Predicting the Legal Personhood of AI through the Fate of Two Chimpanzees in the Matter of Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. v. Lavery

By Eun Suk Yang Often, a “best friend” inherits a fortune.[1] Thus, some may imagine a future in which people will wish to bequeath their fortune to a humanoid robot whom they consider their “best friend.” Thinking that “[w]ell you seem like a person, but you’re just a voice in a computer,” one may think… Keep Reading

Posted on in Social Media/Technology/Volume II

Don’t Copystrike This Article: How YouTube’s System for Handling Copyright Continues in Contention with Its Creators

By Krisha Mae Cabrera YouTube creators Ethan and Hila Klein, together known as “h3h3,” have over 6.2 million subscribers on their main channel “h3h3Productions,” 2.1 million subscribers on their secondary  “Ethan and Hila” channel, and an additional 1.8 million subscribers for their podcast channel.[1] The creators attribute their rise to fame to their parodies, skits,… Keep Reading

Posted on in Business Organizations/Capital Markets/Technology/Volume II

The AT&T and Time Warner Merger: A Microcosm of a Changing M&A Industry

By Conner Morris An Introduction to the AT&T and Time Warner Merger and the DOJ Appeal  On June 12, 2018, a federal judge approved AT&T and Time Warner’s $85 billion merger, one of the largest mergers in the media and telecom industry history.[1] The merger will combine Time Warner’s content (HBO, CNN, Warner Bros, etc.)… Keep Reading

Posted on in Cybersecurity/Social Media/Technology/Volume I

The Digital Gold Rush

By Johnson Fu  Personal information holds economic value incentivizing private companies to collect information on customers. Many businesses—from grocery chains, to investment banks, to the United States Postal Service—employ a “predictive analytics” department that investigates a consumer’s shopping habits in order to uncover information they then use to target their advertising.[1] But problematic in this… Keep Reading

Posted on in Business Organizations/Social Media/Technology/Volume I

Instagram Influencer Contracts: How FTC Regulations Have Spurred a Growing Legal Industry

By Alexandra Howerton   Imagine that a company sends teenagers free products to promote on their social media accounts. The teenagers, happy to receive free goods, post pictures on Instagram, tagging the company and captioning the pictures: “Check out my new stuff! #loveit =).” The next month, the company and the teenagers find out they are… Keep Reading

Posted on in Government/Public Policy/Technology/Volume I

Politicizing User Information: How Partisan Divisions in Congress Affect Personal Liberties Online

By Jonathan Kwortek Recently, scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, dominated the news cycle for weeks on end. Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of personal information from Facebook to target individuals with political advertisements[1] compelled Congress to invite Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. While Republicans’ questioning displayed an interest in the social network’s handling… Keep Reading

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