GDPR vs. Blockchain: The Saga Continues
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GDPR vs. Blockchain: The Saga Continues

The popular French privacy watchdog, the CNIL, is on fire these days. After being the first EU authority to issue warnings for the GDPR violations to Teemo and Fidzup, it discovers new playgrounds – this time it’s all about matching blockchain technology and the GDPR. With the recently issued official English translation of the recommendation, …

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Space Lawyer Frans von der Dunk: A Less Strict Form of the Law of the Sea Might Be the Way to Go for Asteroid Mining
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Space Lawyer Frans von der Dunk: A Less Strict Form of the Law of the Sea Might Be the Way to Go for Asteroid Mining

This is the second part of our interview with Frans von der Dunk. In the first part, we talked mostly about the very profession of a space lawyer, and covered some of the general questions regarding the further evolution of the space industry as a whole. In part two, we focused more on some practical …

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Commercial Space and Its Role in the World Today: an Expert View
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Commercial Space and Its Role in the World Today: an Expert View

Russian cosmist philosophers of the 19th century believed not only that humankind’s future lay in the stars; they said that we were destined to reach beyond our planet like a child eventually leaves the cradle. What looked like a pipedream in the coal and steam world, led to the launch of the first human being …

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Space Lawyer Frans von der Dunk: Current International Space Law Is Far Too Vague and Broad
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Space Lawyer Frans von der Dunk: Current International Space Law Is Far Too Vague and Broad

We have already talked with a few space lawyers, which seems to be a profession that most probably think belongs to the world of science fiction or some 22nd century world. Still, as we slowly head towards the 22nd century and already consider using the asteroid belt as a production field, and the Moon as …

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GDPR vs. Blockchain: The Saga Continues
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GDPR vs. Blockchain: The Saga Continues

The popular French privacy watchdog, the CNIL, is on fire these days. After being the first EU authority to issue warnings for the GDPR violations to Teemo and Fidzup, it discovers new playgrounds – this time it’s all about matching blockchain technology and the GDPR. With the recently issued official English translation of the recommendation, …

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Xenotransplantation: Playing God Because At Least Somebody Should

Xenotransplantation: Playing God Because At Least Somebody Should

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) statistics, there are about 114,600 people in need of an organ transplantation in the US. About 20 die waiting each day. This year over 24,200 transplant have been performed and over 11,600 donors took part, but the shortage of organs and tissues is apparent. This problem …

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Is Autonomous Car Data Subject to Copyright?
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Is Autonomous Car Data Subject to Copyright?

Autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, are getting conceptually closer to smart gadgets, rather than mere means of transportation. Such vehicles are equipped with a multitude of sensor arrays, such as LIDARs, conventional radars, cameras, accelerometers, and thermometers. Over a single ride to work your smart car would generate an exhaustive log featuring every bump on …

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Internet Laws: South Korea
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Internet Laws: South Korea

While North Korea has the steady reputation of an oppressive authoritarian country, its southern neighbor, full of K-pop artists and glass skyscrapers, looks liberal and progressive. Yet, it seems that it’s liberal and progressive by sheer contrast. A succession of corrupt governments and a 60-years old standoff with the communist-nationalist regime across the northern border …

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Between Freedom of Speech and Online Security
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Between Freedom of Speech and Online Security

It seems like the news about internet laws are put on the conveyor belt. There are laws that demolish previously established internet regulations or copyright directives that kill memes and question further online creativity. There’s also the FCC’s move away from net neutrality which eliminates equal access to the internet. These and other laws aren’t …

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World Wide Web as a Heavensent: Struggles and Challenges of Global Internet Access
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World Wide Web as a Heavensent: Struggles and Challenges of Global Internet Access

The dream of having internet access wherever you go, be it the heart of Sahara desert, an uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific, or even the South Pole is still a dream. But groups of very ambitious and equally rich people have been trying to make it a reality for decades now. Basically, …

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Linux Is Fine, Nothing to See Here
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Linux Is Fine, Nothing to See Here

Recently, Linux kernel developers were prompted to revoke licenses to their pieces of code to protest against the new Code of Conduct. Over the last week a whole lot of outlets shed light on this event and mused about the morality and potential ramifications of the whole controversy. However, ethical and political aspects aside, there …

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Privacy of Things: Which Security Requirements to Consider for the Smart Devices’ Manufacturing
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Privacy of Things: Which Security Requirements to Consider for the Smart Devices’ Manufacturing

On September 28, 2018, the state of California approved the bill regulating privacy and security issues in one of the leading sectors of the tech industry — the Internet of Things or, simply said, smart devices. While progress-minded appliance makers talk about the magic benefits of the smart fridge, the IoT law will regulate its “black” side …

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A Busy Week for Data Privacy
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A Busy Week for Data Privacy

There’s been quite a week for those keeping an eye on data privacy regulation. The Federal Trade Commission pushes to renew the Privacy Shield — a data transfer pact between the US and the EU. European lawmakers, however, are skeptical about it, arguing that some US-based companies aren’t fulfilling their obligations. Facebook is facing yet …

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Privacy Explained: What It Is, How It Is Challenged, and What to Do About It
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Privacy Explained: What It Is, How It Is Challenged, and What to Do About It

With notions of privacy mentioned every month now due to yet another violation on part of some big tech company, social network, or a government, it may seem that the world has entered the new phase of struggle between regular people and powers that be. While it may sound pretentious, it’s not really far from …

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Premonition’s Toby Unwin: I Think the Fundamental Problem With Law Is That Financial Incentives Are Misaligned

Premonition’s Toby Unwin: I Think the Fundamental Problem With Law Is That Financial Incentives Are Misaligned

The legal industry is evolving. The mechanic routine tasks are now more often automated, leaving legal professionals with more time to work on complex problems and make strategic decisions. Or at least that’s what law firms want us to think. In order to figure out what’s going on with the modern legal industry and legal …

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Lean Thinking and the Legal Industry: Where We Are Today

Lean Thinking and the Legal Industry: Where We Are Today

The legal industry is facing historic challenges. Technology has reached the point where it is making an impact on legal services delivery. Outside the industry, people are experiencing rapid change in every aspect of their lives. New questions and issues arise that demand fresh ways of looking at how to do things. Yet, through all …

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Berlin to Host Second React Day Conference in November
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Berlin to Host Second React Day Conference in November

BERLIN, AUGUST 16th, 2018 — On November 30th, 2018, Berlin will once again host React Day, an international conference for developers focused on React, React Native, and GraphQL. This is the second conference of this kind, with the previous one bringing together over 500 attendees from around the world. “Take part in the exploration of …

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Highlights From the European Legal Hackers Summit 2018
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Highlights From the European Legal Hackers Summit 2018

Technology keeps on evolving, and the regulatory bodies and businesses alike have to adapt to the changing landscape. For law professionals such a technology-driven evolution brings new tools for the job, new reasons to muse about the future, and, in some cases, new concerns to address. Legal tech, emerging from the fusion of legal practice …

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GitNation to Hold JavaScript Conference in Former Church in Amsterdam
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GitNation to Hold JavaScript Conference in Former Church in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM / NETHERLANDS, May 25th –  From May 31st to June 1st, GitNation will hold the first-ever church-based JavaScript conference with the biggest JS community in the Benelux behind it — Amsterdam JSNation. “When we established our JS meetup 6 years ago, we never imagined we would welcome up to 1200 attendees at our events …

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