Supreme Court Justices Haven’t Figured Out Email Just Yet

The Supreme Court—you know, that panel of justices whose deep social and legal knowledge and absolute judgment determines the laws that we base our entire social structure on—don’t understand the concept of email. At a recent appearance, Justice Elena Kagan (the court’s youngest member), says that though she uses modern technology, “The court hasn’t really ‘gotten to’ email.” Kagan said that things like social media and the Internet are “a challenge for us … The justices are not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people.” The 53-year-old justice said that instead of email or any sort of basic digital technology, her fellow justices still use paper memos—much like they did a century ago. It’s comforting to know that the individuals entrusted with the responsibility of unpacking the complex issues of our modern age—like online privacy, digital copyright policy and issues of Internet free speech—have yet to take the time to figure out the most basic functions of the Internet that have been around for nearly two decades …

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