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The Future of Music Technology

Music has always been intrinsically linked to the proliferation of technology, especially within the past sixty or so years: the amplifier led to rock and roll, the synthesizer led to hip-hop, and mixing software led to the rise of EDM. As the popularity of each of these genres during their respective peak years would indicate, developments in sound, recording, and other relevant technologies have...

#GamerGate reveals sexism prevalent in gaming industry

GamerGate is the name ascribed to a movement in the online gaming community that ostensibly enumerates its issues with video game journalism ethics. In actuality, GamerGate highlights the vicious sexism prevalent within gaming culture. A former boyfriend of video game developer Zoe Quinn, Eron Gjoni, published a rant that alleged Quinn had had slept with five men who worked in games journalism. Qu...

FireChat and Activism

Online activism, defined as the use of Internet infrastructure as a means for activists to communicate electronically with one another to organize movements, has evolved since the 1980s. With movements like the Arab Spring heralded as social media revolutions due to the participants’ widespread use of social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook to mobilize support, we have, no doubt, en...

Guns, 3D Printing and Internet Anonymity in the 21st Century

On May 5, 2013, a video was posted to Youtube showing an AR-15 rifle pumping hundreds of rounds in quick succession. At first glance, the video may seem like just another of the many homemade productions on the video sharing website, but this rifle was unique. Unlike most AR-15s, which are jet black in color, this rifle’s lower receiver – its legally controlled constituent – was white. This ...

The DIY Is Cast: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing in the Age of Self-Driven Production

The world of hookah manufacturing is the last place you would expect to stay informed on 3D printing litigation, but the outcome of last January’s case forInhale Inc. vs. Starbuzz Tobacco Inc. reminds us that sometimes the boundaries of the law can be as hazy as smoke. In an appeal made in late 2013, Inhale claimed that Starbuzz had sold hookah devices that were identical in shape to the ones Inha...

Focus on the Whistle, Not the Whistleblower

Given the recent furor concerning technology-enabled surveillance operations, it is important for us to understand the controversy underlying these covert affairs. These operations have questionable constitutionality under the Fourth Amendment clause about warrants, and are problematic due to the use of broad language, thereby fueling the potential for abuse. Being informed of these essentials of ...

What is Berkeley Technology Review?

Berkeley Technology Review (BTR) is a student-run, online publication that explores technology from multi-faceted perspectives. BTR understands that the challenges that confront our technological advancements are intrinsically tied to political, ethical and economic elements, among many other social considerations. Our content will be centered on the technological trends and issues that drive the ...

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