Episodes

Aug. 19, 2022

TikTok collects keystrokes; “Bossware’ is out of control; Lexis-Nexis sells nonpublic immigration data for $22m to ICE

So security researcher Felix Krause says TikTok is running JavaScript on other sites you visit in the iOS browser, and collecting your credit card information and keystrokes. And a TikTok spokesperson acknowledged the existence of the...

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Aug. 8, 2022

Joi Chaney & Alisa Valentin: The Digital Divide - How Technology Impacts Our Lives

The digital divide is the gap between those who have access to digital technologies and resources and those who do not.  If you asked most people what the digital divide was, they would probably assume it’s a reference to Internet access or...

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Aug. 5, 2022

Battle of the privacy bills; Meta's meltdown? -- Tech Law & Policy This Week

Competing privacy bills may slow down kids’ protection online   Three competing privacy bills have made negotiations on the Hill even more difficult as the Senate and House have 3 different versions – two of which focus specifically on...

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Aug. 1, 2022

Belinda Nixon: Connecting Corporate Law with Technology & the Internet

When it comes to the intersection of technology and law, our minds go straight to challenges that feature prominently in the media, such as privacy in the digital age, the ethics of artificial intelligence, or how blockchain will change everything....

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July 25, 2022

Veda Cruz: How to Keep Up with Top Legal Trends in the Gaming Industry

Veda Cruz: Play to Earn Games: What You Need to Know About the Law  The video game industry has grown rapidly over the last several years. With new technology and more affordable equipment, more people than ever are interested in playing video...

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July 22, 2022

FCC cracks down on "car warranty calls"; DOJ fines Uber for violating disabled passengers; Tech Law and Policy This Week - week ending 7.22.22

Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of online safety and free speech this week. Washington Post. Privacy experts worry about how Amazon will use healthcare data if the acquisition goes through – a deal...

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July 18, 2022

Kathy Baxter: The Ethics of AI

Kathy Baxter: The Ethics of AI    Consumers are between a rock and a hard place. We expect the companies we distrust to be honest about their data collection practices. Ninety percent of consumers think companies should improve the world....

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July 16, 2022

Arizona criminalizes recording police; Amazon shared Ring footage without consent -- Friday News Brief -- 07.15.22

Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of online safety and free speech this week.     If a crime happens, should police be able to get a warrant that requires Google to release data on who used...

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July 11, 2022

Payton Croskey: Subverting Race-based Surveillance in a Digital Age

Payton Croskey and her team investigate the ways in which racial bias and discrimination shape how we are watched, policed and targeted by surveillance technology.   Payton Croskey     Bio   Payton Croskey is a visual artist and...

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July 8, 2022

Friday News Brief - 07.08.22

TikTok is under intensifying pressure from Congress after Buzzfeed released leaked audio from nine different TikTok employees saying that ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company based in China, had access to TikTok user data in the U.S. In a...

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June 27, 2022

Ryan Merkley: Disinformation Post-Roe v. Wade

The discourse in the US is increasingly toxic and divisive. Disinformation, misinformation, and hate speech are rampant and we have few options to change it. The US has been entrenched in a deteriorating political and information environment for a...

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June 25, 2022

Friday News Brief - 06.24.22

In a 6-3 decision Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan were the only dissenting justices. Writing for the majority, Justice Alito left it up to state legislatures to write their own abortion laws. As...

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June 18, 2022

Friday News Brief - 06.17.22

During his state of the Union address Tuesday, President Joe Biden called for better regulation of social media companies. First Lady Jill Biden invited Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to the State of the Union – Haugen was the first to shed...

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June 13, 2022

Joe Miller: Let's Talk About 'Tech Transparency

I decided to do a solo episode this week because I think it’s really sort of super important to highlight bias in the public policy profession – because it is a profession. Because over the last 17 years that I have been working on tech and media...

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June 10, 2022

Friday News Brief - 06.10.22

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced a privacy bill last week that some observers including the Washington Post say faces a steep uphill battle. But the bill would require companies that use your data to only collect that...

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June 6, 2022

Ari Fitzgerald: 5G Basics

Most of us probably don’t think about it much, but our cell phones and Wi-Fi connections use something called spectrum to send and receive data. The term “5G” refers to the fifth major version of this standard for transmitting information...

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June 4, 2022

Friday News Brief - 06.03.22

Sheryl Sandberg is leaving Facebook after 14 years with the company.The Wall Street Journal reported that Meta has been reviewing Sheryl Sandberg's personal activities, including a reported allegation from the Journal's sources that she used...

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May 27, 2022

Friday News Brief - 05.27.22

A company called Evolv uses “active sensing” — a light emission technique also used in radar and lidar—to create images and identify weapons in public and private venues, according to the company. Despite “fundamental   limitations in...

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May 23, 2022

Emnet Tafesse & Ranjit Singh: A Social Science Approach to AI

AI is an interdisciplinary field that draws on many fields of study, including computer science, psychology, neuroscience, and mathematics. AI researchers often bring a social science perspective to the field. They want to understand the social...

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May 20, 2022

Friday News Brief - 05.20.22

New York State Attorney General Letitia James opened a new probe in.  to Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, and Discord in the aftermath of the mass hate-motivated shooting at a Buffalo supermarket that left 10 Black people dead. The probe is geared towards...

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May 16, 2022

Vicki Shotbolt & Geraldine Bedell: Global Tech Policy and Media Literacy for Families

Today’s global economy has made it easier than ever to explore opportunities and access resources. However, this comes with the challenge of understanding how these new markets and opportunities can be beneficial or harmful to your family....

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May 13, 2022

Friday News Brief - 05.13.22

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling to strike down the State of Texas’ controversial that created a private right of action for anyone who thinks they were banned from a social media platform because of their...

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May 9, 2022

Afua Bruce: Tech, Equity, and Philanthropy

Afua Bruce is a leading public interest technologist whose career has spanned the government, non-profit, private, and academic sectors, as she has held senior science and technology positions at the White House, the FBI, IBM, and the nonprofit...

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May 2, 2022

Jessica Dheere: How do tech companies use data about you?

Tech companies use data to spot patterns in their users’ search histories. They use this information to understand how customers behave. But in the 6 years since the Cambridge Analytica scandal happened, the details of how tech companies use our...

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