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India Completes Successful Moon Landing
Sep 12, 2023

On August 23, 2023, India successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon by its south pole. The Chandrayaan-3 mission launched on July 14, delivered the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover to the moon’s south pole, thought to contain water ice. This is notable because it could serve as a water resource for future lunar...

DOJ Sues SpaceX Over Hiring Policy
Sep 12, 2023

SpaceX, a technology, software and technology data company focused on spacecraft, is subject to a high level of regulation due to the nature of its work.  The Department of Justice has opened a lawsuit against Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the grounds of discrimination when it comes to the company's hiring policy. The DOJ is accusing...

Youth Sue State Over Climate Change,  Emerge Victorious
Aug 23, 2023

On June 20, 2023, in Helena, Montana, a group of young people from ages five to 22 were the first youth-led group to take a state government to trial on climate claims and win. The ruling is a major victory for the youth and it could help provide momentum for a burgeoning raft of climate...

Kids Online Safety Act: Good or Bad?
Aug 08, 2023

The Senate recently advanced a pair of child safety bills that are receiving backlash from Civil Liberties groups. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have introduced a new piece of legislation that would build upon the existing Children’s Online Privacy Act passed in 1998. The Children’s and Teen’s Online Privacy Protection Act, as...

Big Tech Firms Endorse AI Safeguards Outlined by White House
Jul 28, 2023

Seven major tech companies such as Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft and OpenAI announced that they have agreed on numerous commitments to sharing, testing and developing new AI technology.  These commitments from tech companies are about sharing, testing and being transparent about information with both the government and the public. The Biden administration is...

E.U. Green Lights Data-Transfer Deal With U.S.
Jul 24, 2023

Earlier in July, it was announced that the European Union (E.U.) reached a deal that would allow data to be transferred to and from the United States. This new law would eliminate the legal uncertainties that major tech companies have been dealing with for years. In this decision, the E.U. determined that the U.S. is...

ChatGPT Founder OpenAI Faces Class Action Lawsuit, FTC Investigation
Jul 21, 2023

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has opened an investigation into OpenAI, the creator of chatbot ChatGPT, to see if the chatbot poses a risk to consumers. Notably, the FTC has asked OpenAI to provide data relating to how they train their AI products to answer a question it does not necessarily have the capability to...

Twitter or Threads?
Jul 14, 2023

According to Forbes, Elon Musk recently announced that the majority of Twitter users would be limited to reading 600 tweets per day. In response to this concern and in an effort to expand its popularity, Instagram recently launched a Twitter-like application called Threads. Because of Threads's rapid increase in popularity, it has been nicknamed the...

Apple’s Pay Later System: Brilliant or Predatory?
Jun 16, 2023

Apple recently launched a “Buy Now, Pay Later” feature that allows users to borrow loans through the Apple Wallet service. How Apple Pay Later works is that it offers users to apply for $50-$1,000 in loans that they would need to pay off through four payment plans within six weeks.  They claim that the difference...

ICE Collecting Data from Schools and Abortion Clinics
May 05, 2023

Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE has issued administrative subpoenas called “1509 custom summonses” used in criminal investigations typically involving unpaid customs duties or illegal imports. While most recipients of these subpoenas work in major U.S. industries, a small portion of these cases may have been legally questionable. These questionable cases include the pursuit of...