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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Well, it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (staysafeonline.org/ncsam), a good time to reflect on the best ways to keep ourselves, and our personal data, safe in this age of almost weekly security breaches. While many of those breaches are the work of outside hackers, they are not the only danger to our digital security and safety. We would be also be wise to consider the almost 2000 year old question: “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” – “who will guard the guardians themselves?” Here’s why…

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Let’s continue with some items that might have gotten missed over Maine’s lovely summer ranging from computers that can identify trees to a new Kuwaiti law requiring all citizens and foreign residents to provide a sample of their DNA to a central government database.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Time for a look at some of the stories in the digital world we may have missed while sitting on the beach or paddling a canoe over the summer, ranging from clothing that will charge our smartphones to voting machines running an insecure operating system.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Ever hear of “the right to be forgotten?” If you haven’t yet, you probably will. Just what is “the right to be forgotten?” How does it work? What might it mean for our world today – and tomorrow?

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Ever wonder what we are afraid of as a society? Researchers at Chapman University did, and they set out to find out in a 2015 survey. The results indicate once again how much our digital and physical lives are becoming intertwined. If you’d like to look into the results yourself, head on over to www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/research-centers/babbie-center/survey-american-fears.aspx

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    These days, there are lots of ways besides cookies that companies are using to track us as we move around the Web. A recent research paper refers to these new tracking tools as “fingerprinting.” Here’s how some of them work. If you’d like to see just how your computer can be identified by some of these tools, go to panopticlick.eff.org. You will probably be surprised – and maybe dismayed.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Encryption has been a big concern of law enforcement and other government agencies of late. We’ve heard the FBI director and others worry about bad people “going dark.” What do computer experts have to say about encryption and efforts to outlaw it? Here are some opinions.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We all know we are being tracked as we move about the web. Now a new study shows just how many tracking efforts there are on the web – 81,000+! Bad news! But the researchers found some (relatively) good news as well. Here’s why…

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