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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Cars with whizbang technology are much in the news these days, and while the tech is pretty amazing and getting lots of attention, what isn’t getting nearly as much attention is how these new digital cars are going to affect our relationship to them. It’s another case of tech outstripping law and culture. Here are some reasons why.

    We also mentioned in passing how many photos from drivers licenses, as well as other unexpected sources, have found their way into a huge facial recognition database- “really huge,” as someone might say on Twiter. More info at www.perpetuallineup.org.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Section 702 Renewal

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    In the wake of years of huge data breaches, there is increasing talk of replacing vulnerable and increasingly ineffective Social Security numbers as a means of identification both online and off. It’s a hard problem, and the underlying questions that a Committee of the National Research Council asked 15 years ago about national identity systems are questions that we should still all be asking today.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Identity theft has been in the news lately due to huge data breaches like the one at Equifax. But at the center of that concern is a number, a number that serves as a universal identifier and thus is the key to stealing an identity and causing innocent people a world of hurt. That number, of course, is a Social Security Number, a number that was never meant to serve as a universal personal identifier. Now many want to see it replaced as a way to prove identity. But proving identity online is no simple task. In fact, it is probably the biggest challenge facing the digital world today.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Free Speech Week is October 16-22, a good opportunity for us to reflect on what we think about free speech in this country in the age of the Web. Does the Internet change everything and requires a new approach the free speech ideas of the Founders to deal with things like “hate speech”? Let’s think about it…

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    The 18th Century philosopher Jeremy Bentham knew that people change their behavior if they think they are being watched. George Orwell in 1984 drew on the same realization but neither had any inkling of how watched some people feel on the web. There is recent data that they were both right, and how people might change their behavior is not always the way that either politicians or corporations like.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Lots of noise coming out of Washington these days but one thing that hasn’t garnered much public attention is the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008. For those of us who communicate electronically, this renewal deserves a lot of attention. Here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Though health care and the federal budget and so forth are getting the lion’s share of headlines these days, there are several bills working their way through Congress that could have major effects on the Web that many people use every day. One is the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act”, a proposed law with a laudable goal – and some potentially very bad unintended consequences for the Internet we all use. Here’s why.

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