Law Quarterly

What is Arbitration and Why Should I Care?

Sep
27

Most can agree that Netflix has become somewhat of a college staple, but unlike ramen or coffee, its enjoyment is accompanied by an esoteric legal issue. For those that have an account, think back to when it was first created. When prompted with the terms and conditions, did you take the time to fully read over their contents? The majority would sneer at that concept, but in that dreary block of text lays the arbitration clause (“Netflix Terms of Use”): a provision denying users the right to trial by jury or participate in class action lawsuits against the company. While seemingly a very nefarious manipulation of words, these clauses, as interpreted by the courts, are for the most part beneficial to society. (more…)

Why We Need Net Neutrality

Sep
27

Over the past few years there has been a great deal of discussion in the media about net neutrality. Unfortunately, many still don’t completely understand the issue and why it is so important for the average person. To begin, let’s examine the importance of the internet to everyday people. Broadly speaking, a lot of people take for granted how much the internet impacts their daily lives. Whether it’s checking social media, getting an Uber or Lyft, watching Netflix, or even ordering groceries, the internet is everywhere in the daily lives of people in developed nations. Without reliable, speedy internet many of these things that we take for granted would be far more difficult if not impossible to access. An example of this dependence is exemplified when your internet goes out for an extended period of time. In the day and age in which we live, this scenario is practically akin to how it was to lose power in your home in the 20th century. Whether we like it or not, not having speedy and accessible internet hampers our ability to do many of our ordinary daily activities. (more…)

Dangerous Precedents for the Future of Internet Usage

Sep
27

The Silk Road was an online peer-to-peer, reputation-based online market. It differed from standard shopping websites like Ebay and Amazon in that it was created to run through the TOR network, and transactions on the site were conducted in an anonymous cryptocurrency; Bitcoin. The combination of these two aspects, as well as other encryption measures taken by the site’s creator, made all sales on The Silk Road completely anonymous and thus untraceable by law enforcement. This allowed for the proliferation of illicit sales on the website, which sold everything from drugs to hacking services to fake IDs. The anonymity of the website allowed both buyers and sellers to operate beyond the scope of the law and so naturally, the FBI shut it down and had its creator arrested. (more…)