Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/26/22: Roe Reversal Digital Implications

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

The recent leaked draft Supreme Court decision that appears set to reverse a federal Constitutional right to abortion is based in part on the fact that the word “abortion” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution. Neither does the word “privacy”. There is a serious possibility that the justifications for overturning the right to abortion could have wide-ranging unintended consequences for all of us who use digital technology in today’s increasingly digital world.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.