Notes from the Electronic Cottage 08/10/06

Host/Producer: Jim Campbell
Topic: Get a bit of spam in your electronic mailbox? No surprise – the great majority of email moving across the Internet actually is spam. The good news is that the amount of spam is actually decreasing a bit. The bad news is that what’s left is a lot more dangerous. But you know that, right? No? Maybe we’d better talk about this a bit.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 08/03/06

Host: Jim Campbell

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently asked the question: “Was the 2004 election stolen?” No matter what your personal answer to that question, we all want our votes to count in future elections but the rollout of unproven and problematic electronic voting machine technology for the 2006 election makes a lot of pretty high end observers nervous about having every vote count. Listen here to understand why, and check out these recent reports on electronic voting machines for yourself: For the report of the National Academies of Science, go to: www.nap.edu/catalog/11704.html. For the recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery, go to: www.acm.org/usacm/Issues/EVoting.htm. For the report of the Brennan Center for justice, go to: brennancenter.org/ and click on the aptly-named report on The Machinery of Democracy.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 07/27/06

Host/Producer: Jim Campbell

Topic: So the saga of the NSA spying on Americans without any court order goes on. Several suits have been brought against AT&T for cooperating with the NSAand handing over the telephone records of millions and millions of Americans­ in fact, even setting up a special room in AT&T’s San Francisco routing center to make monitoring easier for the NSA spooks. The Justice Department has stepped into the suits invoking the old “state secrets” argument, and AT&T has quietly changed its privacy policy, essentially claiming that it owns your information and can do whatever it wants with it. But it ain’t over yet: listen up ­ and relax, the NSA won’t be on the other end of this broadcast.