Mass Extinction on the Horizon; Surveillance, Security, and Protecting Your Privacy

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert discusses the predictions of another mass extinction, coming soon and triggered by humans. And investigative journalist Julia Angwin looks at how our personal data is collected every day by the government, private companies, and even criminals, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

The Coming Sixth Extinction

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, looks at the issue and at researchers working in the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef.


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How to Protect Your Personal Data in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

Close your LinkedIn account. Unfriend your Facebook friends. Cover your webcam. This was just the start of one woman's attempt to protect her privacy.

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