Articles by Quandary Peak Research

Health IT Standards Gaining Traction

A primary goal of Health IT software is to improve the overall quality, safety, and effective delivery of healthcare. However, despite widespread implementation and use of health IT
software, these safety and quality benefits have not been fully realized, as software vendors and users must balance innovation with the ability to mitigate risk…

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The Quantum Encryption Race Has Begun

The never-ending technological arms race between companies seeking an edge has turned to physics for inspiration. Quantum computing is the latest frontier to be explored not only by giants like Google, IBM, and Alibaba, but also researchers and startups. Each party is trying to become the first to develop a computer whose…

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U.K. Proposes More Taxes on Tech – Will the World Follow?

Few could imagine a functional life without Google, Amazon, or Facebook. But the overwhelming surge of influence and clout has brought with it a series of complicated questions. Key among them is an issue governments worldwide continue to grapple with: how do you properly tax companies whose economic activity is primarily generated…

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Amazon, Apple, Bloomberg, and…Chinese Spies?

The story feels like something out of a novel or a movie. In October, Bloomberg Businessweek published a lengthypiecedetailing how Chinese spies had, during the manufacturing process, installed chips in servers purchased by major tech companies—creating “a stealth doorway” into their respective networks. The report alleged that two of the companies were…

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Google the Latest to Feel Heat from Lawmakers

The biggest names in tech have increasingly found themselves in lawmakers’ crosshairs at home and abroad. Facebook and Twitter have borne the brunt of the scrutiny domestically, whether for data misuse, failure to prevent harmful actions or hate speech, accusations of inaction with regard to foreign election tampering, and more. Google had…

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The U.S. Justice Department vs. California on Net Neutrality

As expected, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s comprehensive net neutrality bill into law on September 30. His signature opened the door for the expected flurry of lawsuits from opponents, including one filed the same day in the District Court for the Eastern District of California by one of the state’s…

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California’s Tough Net Neutrality Law and Future Legal Battles

In December 2017, the FCC repealed Obama-era net neutrality laws. Responses were predictably mixed – broadband providers heralded the rollbacks as a necessary removal of burdensome regulations, while consumer groups were considerably less enthused. Legislative response was swift, as 30 states introduced over 72 bills upholding certain net neutrality principles in the…

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U.S. Cities Turn to ‘Cyber Insurance’ in Response to Hackers

While social media, ecommerce, healthcare, and more have all benefited from (or were made possible by) technology, the transfer of our lives to the internet has come at a cost. With more of our sensitive information online than ever – data that is tremendously valuable for both companies and individuals – there…

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Facebook Under Fire from British Lawmakers

Policymakers worldwide show no signs of letting up their increased scrutiny of Facebook. A British parliamentary committee investigating Russian election influencing campaigns has recommended sweeping regulations on tech companies, while accusing the social media giant of being disingenuous or outright obstructing lines of questioning. “Facebook should not be in a position of…

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