Welcome to JHTL

at Suffolk Law

JHTL is student-run by an Editorial Board of past JHTL staff members. Students who become JHTL staff members are able to receive academic credit for working on a piece for publication, cite-checking, and writing a book review. The Editorial Board coordinates and supervises the research and writing development for all JHTL staff members. Staff members are selected through the summer write-on competition, and membership is open to all students who qualify, not just those concentrating in Intellectual Property.

A unique feature of JHTL as a Suffolk Law Honor Board is its ability to publish all articles online, which allows members to publish their materials while still at Suffolk. Making articles available on Westlaw, Lexis, and the JHTL Web site allows members of the legal community direct access to our timely articles, notes, and case comments.

For more information about the JHTL, please contact us at jhtl@jhtl.org.

If you are interested in submitting an Article for publication, please review our policy on Article Submissions.

Welcome to JHTL

Amazon, Arbitration, and Customer Vindication

Amazon’s wildly popular Amazon Prime subscription service guarantees two-day shipping on all orders. Many argue that is instrumental to its success and record-breaking revenue generation. But what happens when consumers have complaints?

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Built-in-Biases: Automated Hiring Processes are not yet Gender-Neutral

Amazon was recently forced to scrap its experimental hiring tool after discovering bias against female candidates. This data analytics program was designed to sift through thousands of applications, creating a rating for potential candidates, but was found to favor male applicants. This blog illustrates certain limitations of machine-learning, while specifically exploring the example of Amazon’s experimental findings.

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I’m Still Jenny from the Block

By Alexandra Conn Even if you aren’t a person who keeps up with the tech world, you may have nevertheless heard rumblings surrounding a certain thing called “Blockchain.” The blockchain is the name of the technology that is being used to decentralize various...

Big Tech’s Data Collection and Your Privacy Rights.

This blog addresses a class action lawsuit against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for allegedly misusing the personal data of more than 71 million people. At the end, I will also pose the question of what type of legislation is necessary to make a difference in the future.

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Book review

2015 – 2016

Anticipating Child Exploitation due to Blurred Boundary Lines by Media and Society

Written by Holly A. Smith and reviewed by Angelica Diaz

e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice

Written by Laura A. Zubulake and reviewed by Caroline Murphy

Podcasts

In conjunction with Suffolk Law’s Intellectual Property Concentration, and under the guidance of Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, JHTL produces a series of podcasts on topical issues of law, technology, and IP:

Introduction Podcast

Welcome to the JHTL Podcast 2015-2016 series! In this episode we introduce the creators and interviewers Jerry Chapin, Andrew Glenny, and Olivia Vaché, all students at Suffolk University Law School interested and/or studying technology in law.

JHTL Blog
  • Amazon, Arbitration, and Customer Vindication
    Amazon’s wildly popular Amazon Prime subscription service guarantees two-day shipping on all orders. Many argue that is instrumental to its success and record-breaking revenue generation. But what happens when consumers have complaints?
  • Built-in-Biases: Automated Hiring Processes are not yet Gender-Neutral
    Amazon was recently forced to scrap its experimental hiring tool after discovering bias against female candidates. This data analytics program was designed to sift through thousands of applications, creating a rating for potential candidates, but was found to favor male applicants. This blog illustrates certain limitations of machine-learning, while specifically exploring the example of Amazon’s experimental findings.
  • I’m Still Jenny from the Block
    By Alexandra Conn Even if you aren’t a person who keeps up with the tech world, you may have nevertheless heard rumblings surrounding a certain thing called “Blockchain.” The blockchain is the name of the technology that is being used to decentralize various industries. Most notably, Blockchain is used as a public transaction ledger for…
  • Big Tech’s Data Collection and Your Privacy Rights.
    This blog addresses a class action lawsuit against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for allegedly misusing the personal data of more than 71 million people. At the end, I will also pose the question of what type of legislation is necessary to make a difference in the future.
  • Bird Scooters and Guerilla Implementation: Is it Easier to Ask for Forgiveness than Permission?
    Bird, an electric scooter sharing company, has infiltrated cities all across the United States with its affordable short-term scooter rentals. The company is known for its controversial guerilla implementation method and receiving backlash for that tactic from local officials. Should cities work with Bird to bring its scooters to their residents or does Bird need to learn to follow the rules?
  • A Real Dumpster Fire
    Moviepass and their parent company Helios and Matherson are hemorrhaging money as stock prices have plummeted. A Helios board member has resigned and made allegations of board director misconduct. What are the possible consequences the Helios board could face?
  • Can International Law Halt The AI Arms Race?
    The effect of Artificial intelligence on modern warfare. With the steady rise in development of AI there are many military applications. With the pentagons announcement of the creation of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) they are planning on spending 1.7 billion dollars on artificial intelligence over the next 5 years. This piece discusses the potential legal restraints there are on the development of these AI based weapon systems using international law.
  • Verizon’s Internet Throttling: Customer Service Mix-Up or Part of the Net Neutrality Debate?
    In light of Verizon's recent Internet service throttling incident, lawmakers have begun to explore how the early-June rollback of net neutrality may have impacted these events. When Verizon slowed California firefighters' Internet service in the midst of efforts to contain the giant Mendocino Complex fire, it raised issues of whether net neutrality could have prevented this slowdown and whether the FTC is in a position to take action to disincentivize similar conduct from companies like Verizon. This blog discusses these issues and introduces the ways in which lawmakers have begun to address them moving forward.
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