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Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/7/17

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Though the bluster that passes for governing these days is dominating our airwaves and news outlets, there is a very important law that no one is talking about that will sunset at the end of 2017 if not specifically renewed. Whether it should be renewed at all, or changed and renewed is an important issue for all Americans, and one that strangely seems to be buried. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is, in the minds of those who care about civil liberties, every bit as important as the budget or health care or a wall on the Mexican border. Yet we hear almost nothing about it. Here’s a start of a discussion. For background information, check

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/4/10

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We’ve discussed smart meters on a previous program from the perspective of information they can monitor. Today, let’s look at what they can control – one day soon, individual appliances in your house, for example – and what the remote controllable “off switch” on those meters could mean for national security.