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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell
    Goggle recently announced that it is now “personalizing” the search results it delivers to users. Is this a good idea? Could it follow in the footsteps of cable and the Internet and simply contribute to the fragmentation of our culture? See what you think.
    And, on another note, are the full body scanners about to be deployed in airports incapable of storing the nude images they generate of passengers as former Homeland Security Secretary asserted in a recent op-ed piece?
    Apparently not. Ooops.
    For more information on Google personalization:
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    For more information on full body scanner image storage capabilities:

    Goggle recently announced that it is now “personalizing” the search results it delivers to users. Is this a good idea? Could it follow in the footsteps of cable and the Internet and simply contribute to the fragmentation of our culture? See what you think.
    And, on another note, are the full body scanners about to be deployed in airports incapable of storing the nude images they generate of passengers as former Homeland Security Secretary asserted in a recent op-ed piece?Apparently not. Ooops.
    For more information on Google personalization:
    searchengineland.com/googles-personalized-results-the-new-normal-31290http://searchengineland.com/google-now-personalizes-everyones-search-results-31195
    To disable Google personalization:www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=54048
    For more information on full body scanner image storage capabilities:epic.org/privacy/airtravel/backscatter/

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    According to Hitlist, 98% of web users use just four search engines: Google, Yahoo, MSNLive, and ask.com. What about those other 2% of search engines available on the web? Today, we look at a few that might be just the ticket for some kinds of searches. Take a look at:
    ixQuick – www.ixQuick.com – if privacy is important to you Hakia – www.hakia.com – which promises not only accurate but reliable results Indeed – www.indeed.com – focused only on job openings JobsInMaine – www.jobsinme.com – listing Maine job openings

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell
    A little spring catch-up today: a court case that may change your relationship with web site owners you patronize, and the unsurprising news that the supposedly secure cordless phone you’ve been using is not so secure after all.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Having our electronic gadgets able to bring us location-based information can be a great convenience but it’s important for us to know just how those gadgets manage that trick, and what implications they have for our personal privacy.

    This is WERU’s 20th anniversary year so every once in a while, we go back to see how the information in old Electronic Cottage editions has stood the test of time. This edition was first broadcast in 2002, and it’s just as appropriate today – or even more so – as it was back then.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Just some odds and ends today that might be of interest. Here are the web addresses mentioned in the program:

    www.freezeframe.ac.uk – 20,000+ images from the Scott Polar Research Institute, some dating from 1845

    www.ipy.org – site of the 2007 International Polar Year

    ssd.eff.org – the Self-Defense Surveillance site. Info on what you can do to keep your information secure in this age of ubiquitous surveillance

    www.freeebase.com – “an open database of the world’s information”

    www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps – a great site for determining what kind of digital television reception you are likely to get over the air at your house.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Airline travel is often not a pleasant experience these days with reduced schedules, fuel surcharges and the like. What may be even more unpleasant is the information airlines and other travel services amass about you, your work, your lifestyle, and even your religion.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Looking for some good news about personal privacy in cyberspace? Well, finally, there is some. On Data Privacy Day 2009, the Dutch metasearch engine www.ixquick.com announced that the search engine would no longer record users’ IP addresses. This is a big deal: here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    As you go about your daily business, do you find the merchants you deal with asking nonchalantly for your phone number or if you’d kindly sign on the electronic line in stead of a paper one? You don’t have to provide more information about yourself than the law requires, and it’s probably a good idea not to in this data mining digital age.

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