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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Over 200 years ago, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham proposed a prison model called a Panopticon based on the belief that people change their behavior when they think they may are being watched. Recently, the National Telecommunications Information Administration has confirmed that people are behaving differently online today based on fears about privacy and security. That could be bad news for both our civic and our economic health in the US. To read about the report, go to www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2016/lack-trust-internet-privacy-and-security-may-deter-economic-and-other-online-activities. To listen, click right here.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    In late 2015, Gordon Moore, after whom Moore’s Law is named, said that he thought the amazing doubling of computer power every 18 months or so that has been the case over the past four decades was probably coming to an end since current technology “eventually saturates out.” But there is a new technology in the wings that could make doubling of computer power trivial. It’s called quantum computing, and the first modest quantum computers are here. They could have a huge impact on what computers will be able to do in the not-too-distant future. Here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Fingerprint scanners are all the rage these days as a biometric way to lock and unlock smart phones and computers. No passwords to remember or to be hacked, and our fingers are always with us so there is no way a hacker could get into our phones even if they physically stole a phone, right? Maybe not. Here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Choose Privacy Week runs from May 1-7. Seems like a good time for a look at recent developments in how US Intelligence Agencies are operating when it comes to the collection of metadata on the calls and Internet activities of all of us. Congress is wondering, too.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    The recently introduced “Compliance with Court Orders Act” in the US Senate appears to try to address the question of when and how private technologies companies should be made to aid the government in getting access to encrypted information. Unfortunately, as one encryption expert put it after reviewing the bill, “This is the most braindead piece of legislation I’ve ever seen.” It seems technological expertise does not run high in the US Congress, a real problem in the the highly technological digital age we live in.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Today, a little pot pouri of tech related topics that might have slipped by as we navigate our increasingly information saturated world.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and not just on homes and small businesses. Health care organizations and hospitals have been getting hit lately as well. And ransomware attacks, while very incapacitating for a short period, are not the only kinds of cyber dangers hospitals have to prepare for. Unfortunately, many today are unprepared, and the consequences could be serious for patients.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    So the FBI vs Apple case has ended “not with a bang but a whimper.” But is the argument in the case really ended? Nope, here’s why. On another front, there is still another hack into car systems recently reported. This one is a doozy, and it affects a lot of car makers and models.

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