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U.S. Supreme Court

Court ‘techno-fogeys’

9 May, 2014

The justices, whose average age is 68, are apparently less than tech savvy. Justice Sotomayor is familiar with Roku Inc’s streaming video device and Apple Inc’s iCloud, but also refers to Netflix as “Netflick”. Parker Higgins, a 26-year-old digital rights advocate, says:

Sometimes it’s just amusing and sometimes it’s really troubling. The justices are just unfamiliar with how the industry works. (They) don’t understand how software comes together.

Some critics say the Court’s lack of technology awareness could have real consequences in the lives of everyday Americans. This term the court hears tech issues, which include maintaining privacy in the digital age, software patent protection, and the future of the TV industry.