News and Thoughts

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Dec

Recently it was revealed that the National Security Administration has been spying on people playing video games online. Agents recorded text, chat, and biometric data on the Xbox Live network, World of Warcraft, Second Life, and more in what was billed as a way to gather information on terrorists, although the leaked documents show that no actionable terrorism intelligence ...

14
Nov

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a major international free trade agreement that's been in the works for a few years now. Unfortunately, it's been negotiated in nearly complete secrecy from the public with only small and occasional leaks to let us know what it would do. That is, until today. Earlier today, WikiLeaks posted a leaked text of the ...

25
Jul

Interview on Live on Three

Wednesday afternoon I was invited to talk with Slasher, DJ Wheat, and SeltzerPlease on Live on Three, one of the biggest live web shows in competitive video gaming. We talked about my piece on the potential regulatory issues that may come from the sportsification of video games and some additional hypothetical scenarios. Unfortunately I misspoke in some of my answers, ...

23
Jul

The US State Department made news recently by granting P-1 athlete visas to a brand new set of qualified foreign players, allowing them to compete and work in the United States for up to five years. The visa process is rarely newsworthy, but this time things were a little different. This time the athletes weren't sports stars. They were League ...

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