Open Data: Privacy vs. Innovation

With a countless number of avenues in which we can find data, it can be difficult to differentiate between credible and illegitimate sources. The Internet at large is an information platform, where accurate facts are lost in a jungle of fictitious data. Open data is the transparent and accessible flow of researched information, allowing new data to be universally available with permission to reuse or redistribute the data. The number of available government and scientific information has skyrocketed ad infinitum. These datasets have empowered citizens, government agencies, and researchers to…

Net Neutrality: Protecting Us From a Danger We Never Knew Existed

The Declaration of Independence states that as American citizens, we are endowed with certain unalienable rights. Could these rights now include unrestricted access to the Internet? Coined by a Columbia University law professor in 2003, net neutrality (sometimes network neutrality or net equality) is a term describing the principle that governments and Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat access to all data on the Internet equally, without discriminating or charging different rates to different users. It holds that similar to running water and electricity, Internet connectivity is a fundamental right.…