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This week a Brazilian judge ordered the text messaging service WhatsApp shut down for 48 hours. It was a monumental action.

WhatsApp is the most popular app in Brazil, used by about 100 million people. The Brazilian telecoms hate the service because it entices people away from more expensive text messaging services, and they have been lobbying for months to convince the government that it’s unregulated and illegal. A judge finally agreed.

Source: CNN Tech

Date: January 4th, 2016

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/21/opinions/schneier-whatsapp-blocked-brazil/index.html

Discussion

1) The two most recent examples of where laws have failed to keep up with technology developments have been with car and house sharing services like Uber and AirBnB.  What issues do services bring up for lawmakers?

2) Where else have you see laws unable to keep up with the rapid pace of development in tech?

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