Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/18/22: Online Privacy After Roe v Wade Overturn

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We are starting to see the effects of our digital world on individual women now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade. Here are links to further investigate the issues mentioned in today’s program:

These Companies Know When You’re Pregnant—And They’re Not Keeping It Secret, Gizmodo “Gizmodo identified 32 brokers selling data on 2.9 billion profiles of U.S. residents pegged as ‘actively pregnant’ or ‘shopping for maternity products.'”

Google Maps Regularly Misleads People Searching for Abortion Clinics, Davey Alba and Jack Gillum, August 15, 2022, Bloomberg

EXPLAINER: Online privacy in a post-Roe world, The Associated Press, August 10, 2022

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer, Natasha Singer and Brian X. Chen, New York Times, Published July 13, 2022; Updated July 20, 2022

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.