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Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/12/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Breaches and misuse of personal information

Breaches and misuse of personal information held by companies, social media sites, data brokers, etc. are unfortunately very common these days. What can we do about them? The Association for Computing Machinery has some ideas, and they are pretty good ones. They sent those suggestions to the Senate. Here’s why the Senate – and all of us – might want to pay attention.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/5/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Establishing identity online – and often offline – is a bit challenge. Back in 2002, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report entitled “IDs-Not That Easy: Questions About Nationwide Identity Systems.” As businesses and government search for a way to establish people’s identity online, we would be wise to keep in mind the questions that report raised 18 years ago.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 6/28/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

What would you say is the biggest challenge online? Whatever you said at first, upon reflection, you will probably agree with many of the world’s digital experts: the biggest challenge online is establishing identity. For lack of a better system, many online companies have resorted to using Social Security numbers. As we’ve seen in a year of hundreds of millions of breached identity cases, that has put those who buy, sell, bank or just use social media in a world of hurt. We need a new system – here’s why.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 6/21/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

It’s summertime here in Vacationland but technology takes no vacations so here are a few tech things we will probably be thinking about a lot in coming months and years as they become part of our everyday lives.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 6/14/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Cashless society

Some countries around the world are moving toward a cashless society. In this country, cash accounts for an ever decreasing amount of expenditures. What would a cashless society be like? What would its benefits be? It’s detriments? Here are some possibilities to ponder.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 6/7/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Technology, as we have all observed, can be a wonderful thing.But the same technology, for example home devices like Alexa or Google Home or DNA profiles, can have great potential positives AND great potential negatives. It is a real challenge to put these rapidly emerging technologies into a legal and ethical framework that works today. Here are some thoughts on the subject.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/24/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Cell Phones & Location

Have a cell phone? Most Americans do so on today’s program, let’s look at some things about cell phones that may be of interest to cell phone users that most of us may not be aware of – a fact which makes cell phone companies very happy.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/17/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Online Privacy Policies

Have you noticed emails showing up in your mailbox in which companies whose services you use like Google, or Twitter, or AirBnB are trumpeting their new privacy policies? There’s a reason for those messages but it’s probably not what you think. Here’s the story.