The Legal Implications of 3D Printed Guns

3D Printed Guns and The Law Recently, 3D printing has become the center of an ongoing legal controversy.  As the law struggles to catch up with technology, there has been much debate about which legal rights, if any, apply to the possession of the blueprints for these weapons and of the weapons themselves. How does 3D printing work? 3D printing was invented earlier than most people think. In 1983, Chuck Hull worked for a local Continue Reading →

The Legality of Law Enforcement’s Access to Genetic Testing Profiles without a Court Order

Researchers in the last century have made huge strides in the biological sciences. From the discovery of the double helix of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in 1953, to the completion of the Human Genome Project by the National Human Genome Research Institute fifty years later, researchers have continued to make significant technological and scientific breakthroughs. Genetic testing, a medical test that can determine whether a person has, may develop or can pass on a genetic condition, Continue Reading →

The Future of Personalized Medicine: How Should Genomic Sequencing Be Regulated?

Background Healthcare is currently making a historic transition towards personalized medicine, a new and emerging healthcare model for treatment and prevention strategies tailored towards the client’s specific genetic variation, lifestyle, and environment. Among the tools used in this model, genomic sequencing is one that is quintessential to the creation and effectiveness of these strategic plans. Breakthroughs in science and technology allow laboratories to sequence an entire human genome within 24 hours and at a reasonably Continue Reading →

The Emerging Question of AI Legal Personhood Asked of Us by the Likes of Google Duplex and Sophia

At Google’s I/O developer conference this past May, CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Duplex, an incredibly human-sounding phone bot that appeared, upon first impression, to pass Alan Turing’s Imitation Game, which tests the “intelligence” of a computer by judging its ability to answer a series of questions well enough to fool a human interrogator of its true nature. In the demo, an appreciative crowd listens as Pichai plays a recording of two calls made by Duplex Continue Reading →

Reflections on Recent SEC Enforcement Actions against ICOs

  In 2017, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) raised approximately $4 billion of capital worldwide. ICOs are a digital asset fundraising mechanism where issuers sell to investors digital tokens or coins that are supported by the blockchain technology, and investors make the payment using Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies or fiat currency. ICOs, by their nature, are exposed to high risks, including fraud and cyberattack, making investor protection an eminent concern. In 2018, the Securities and Exchange Continue Reading →

Understanding Blockchain-Enabled Distributed (P2P) Energy Trading

This article aims not to discuss the recent frenetic price changes in cryptocurrencies, but to rather take a closer look at one of the proposed facets of the Blockchain revolution: Blockchain-Enabled Distributed Energy Trading (or Blockchain-Enabled P2P Energy Trading). This supposed revolution posits that Blockchain enables retail users to trade energy with each other effectively, the economic incentives of which will prompt retail users to produce their own electricity with renewable means, and thus, reduce Continue Reading →

Has the Time Come to Kill Quill?

The Online Sales Tax Controversy State and local governments are at a nearly unprecedented level of underfunding and it might have something to do with our online shopping carts. In 2017, the Government Accountability Office estimated that state and local governments experienced a loss of anywhere from $8 billion to $13 billion due to the prohibition on collecting state sales taxes on online purchases. Online commerce accounts for 9.1% of total retail sales and continues Continue Reading →

The Emerging Trend of Data Localization

Free flow of data across the globe has been a remarkable feature of the Internet. Innovations like cloud computing—spreading data across a host of servers in several locations—have been possible due to the free, open nature of the Internet, and have resulted in technical efficiencies and reduced costs. Cross-border data flows are estimated to have raised the world GDP by 10.1%. However, this lack of borders in the digital world has tested traditional notions of Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-up – Jan 26, 2018

Qualcomm: the Latest Victim of the Harsh Antitrust Enforcement by EU In a recent move, the EU competition regulator fined Qualcomm €997m (US$ 1.2bn) for anti-competitive practices. Qualcomm was deemed to be abusing its dominant market position in the LTE baseband chipsets market by making exclusivity arrangements with device manufacturer Apple – arrangements that essentially would see Apple use only Qualcomm chips for their smartphones and tablet devices. As the European Commission noted, “Qualcomm prevented Continue Reading →

Human Germline Modification Is Coming

Introduction Inside a decade, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will approve clinical trials for the genomic modification of a viable human embryo in order to prevent disease. That seems a real possibility in light of significant developments in policy and research this year. While such trials are currently barred in the United States by federal law, the prospect of future trials gained key support from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Continue Reading →