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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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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Think the big difference between computers and humans is that people can judge what other people’s personalities are like? Think again. And be careful what you “Like” on the web. Here’s why…

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    The intersection of digital tech and the life sciences is getting more and more common, and we don’t really understand the implications for our lives yet. This rebroadcast looks at some current, perhaps unnerving, research; and at a very unnerving situation for a child and school based on DNA.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Summer in Maine, so here’s a rebroadcast of a program from last winter that visitors may not have heard and others may wish to hear again. In the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show, there were lots of new whizbang online tools and toys. One thing that was unfortunately absent was a deep concern about online security and safety.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Bots (short for robots) seem to be everywhere these days. One place they are increasingly present is on online social media, and their presence means we would probably be wise to take a lot of what we see and hear there with a grain of salt. Here’s why.

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