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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We all feel like the world is changing around us as technology seems to grow almost minute by minute. Two big changes on the not so far horizon are quantum computing and virtual reality. Here’s a tiny peak at what those things may mean – possibly for our world, and certainly for the world our children will be living in.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    There has been a lot of reaction to Congress’s recent repeal of proposed rules that would require Internet Service Providers to get out permission before using our personal browsing and other information to sell advertising or for other purposes. The Guardian newspaper asked Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web and winner of this year’s A.M.Turing Prize, the “Nobel Prize of Computing” what he thought about Congress’s action. The words “appalling” and “disgusting” featured prominently in his response.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    So there is now no privacy regulations regarding what Internet Service Providers can do with our browsing and other personal information. How did we get in this situation, and what does it mean for our choices as consumers who use the Internet. Here’s the story.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Recently, we’ve seen headlines like “US Congress Votes to Let Broadband ISPs Sell Your Browser Histories.” Could this be true? Yup, it sure is so it becomes more important than ever for anyone who cares about personal privacy to take steps to preserve their privacy online themselves. In theory, most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have agreed to abide by a set of ISP Privacy Principles. A copy of those principles is available here: prodnet.www.neca.org/publicationsdocs/wwpdf/12717ctia.pdf. And most ISPs are supposed to provide a way for customers to choose not to have their personal information sold to others. Each ISP is supposed to have a way to opt out of tracking of their Internet activity. The link for Time Warner Cable, now Spectrum, is here: pc2.mypreferences.com/charter/privacy.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We’ve been hearing a lot lately about electronic surveillance of Americans, and the capabilities that government agencies like the NSA and CIA have to monitor us citizens. But what does all this information means, and how might it affect our day-to-day lives? Here are some thoughts on that subject.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Amidst the huffing and puffing that passes for government these days, you may be forgiven if you haven’t heard that the very important Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will expire at the end of 2017 unless Congress renews it. This is a part of FISA that attempts to control, albeit to a less than optimum degree, what the NSA can and cannot do within the borders of the United States. It is a really important law that could stand improvement.

    For background info:
    theregister.co.uk/2017/02/15/section_702_mass_surveillance
    aclu.org/search/section 702

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    The “Right to Be Forgotten” is now enshrined in European Union law. What the heck is the “Right to Be Forgotten” and is it a good idea or, from a US point of view, a violation of our First Amendment?

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Some estimates suggest that there could be 50 billion connected devices in the world by 2020 making up a huge web that many refer to as the Internet of Things (IoT). From interconnected devices in our cars to our homes to our children’s toys and beyond, we humans are going to be interacting regularly with often artificially intelligent sensors and electronic devices. Are we ready to handle them all? A recent report from the Community Computing Consortium raises some pretty important questions. If you’d like to see the whole report yourself, take a look at cra.org/ccc/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/02/Safety-Security-and-Privacy-Threats-in-IoT.pdf.

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