Anita Ramasastry

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Professor of Law
UW Law Foundation Professor of Law
Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

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  • - In the past year, there has been a growing focus on the high incident of rape and sexual assault on U.S. campuses. In response to this, several parents with kids in college have developed an “affirmative consent” app known as Good2Go. This first-of-its-kind sexual consent app is designed to help students and young adults navigate the world of sexual relations and to teach them more than “no means no” This new app requires users to seek affirmative consent from their partners. In other words, that only a positive “yes means yes.” (10/21/14)
  • - Verdict Justicia Bitcoin confounds lawmakers as they try to figure out what it is and how it should be regulated. The Bitcoin Foundation notes that Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money. But is it money? Some call it a new form of virtual currency. Others have lauded it as a new type of payment system. So what is it? And why does it matter? (9/9/14)
  • - EuroMoney The CureCoin Forum has teamed up with Stanford University to launch a new ethical cryptocurrency that aims to find cures for common, life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, by bringing together science and the craze for cryptocurrencies. (8/29/14)
  • - Verdict Justicia Have you noticed drones in your neighborhood? One Seattle woman recently found a drone hovering outside of her apartment. (6/26/14)
  • - Justicia As newspaper headlines continue to mention the controversial “cryptocurrency” Bitcoin, new competitors are entering the scene. In the past few months, newcomers PotCoin and DopeCoin have emerged—billing themselves as alternative currencies for the buying and selling of marijuana. Both business ventures have an eye on the growing global marijuana market. So while Bitcoin is meant to be a universal alternative to government-issued money, new competitors are trying to cash in on niche markets. (3/25/14)
  • - KIRO
    Amazon announced the price of their Prime membership will soon increase to $99, just as at least two lawsuits were filed over their Prime pricing practices. The current price of $79 for Prime membership allows a customer to get unlimited free, two-day shipping on eligible items, unlimited streaming of more than 40,000 movies and TV shows and access to more than 500,000 Kindle books.
     
    In some cases, the same item was advertised at the same price, with the same offer for free, two-day shipping, even though one was through a Prime account and the other was not. Proving there was somehow fraud or deception involved is difficult, according to University of Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry.
     
    “That’s a hard claim to make, because there are so many different business models and so many ways in which pricing occurs in terms of what the components are that are in there. Yes, you could say shipping shouldn’t be in there, but there are many different kinds of shipping,” Ramasastry said.
    (3/13/14)
  • - Justicia Justia columnist and U.Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry comments on the question whether Bitcoin—a so-called virtual peer-to-peer currency—should be regulated by the U.S. and/or States within it. (Along with the Treasury Department, California and New York are also contemplating possible legal or regulatory measures regarding Bitcoin.) Ramasastry looks at recent attempts to extend legal recognition to Bitcoin, and explains why she believes this is a good thing.  (2/28/14)

Last updated 5/5/2014