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New Tech City

Half the Teachers in America Use One App to Track Kids

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

What data security and privacy obligations do techies have to today's kids? Legally speaking, for the most part, it's what they set for themselves.

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New Tech City

There's One Way to Actually Fight the Surveillance Machine

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Security technologist Bruce Schneier, author of “Data and Goliath,” says you should stop feeling guilty about skimming the Terms of Service. Get mad instead.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Other Risk of Looking Up Medical Information Online

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Many companies that dispense health advice also collect, track, and sell our search queries to a variety of sources.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Focusing on Faces

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Did you know that the National Security Agency has been collecting thousands of photos of faces every day, as part of its facial recognition effort? Turns out, your face is more unique than your fingerprint, and government agencies and private companies are developing new programs to find and identify faces. The New York Times' Natasha Singer gives us an update on the state of facial recognition.

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The Takeaway

Your TV Is Listening to You. And Messing With It Could Be a Felony.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Your TV might be listening in on your conversations. Want to change it? Meddle with the technology on the TV, and it could be a felony under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It Really Is A Permanent Record

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Does the public's right to know about criminal histories trump the right of ex-convicts, or even those with arrests but no convictions, to move on?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Gillibrand; Learning To Drive; Loretta Lynch Confirmation

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What did we learn during Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearing? Plus: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; learning to drive in New York City as an adult; our Parks & Rec t.v. club; and more.

Life of the Law

Life After Doxing

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

If you’re constantly harassed by someone in real life, you can get a restraining order. But can the law protect you when you are threatened online? Ann Marie Awad has the story.

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The Takeaway

ISIS Fears Sink NSA Reform

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans blocked a sweeping overhaul to the NSA's surveillance program—a program that first came to light largely because of revelations by Edward Snowden.

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BBC Future

Privacy, Surveillance and our Future

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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There's a choice between security and surveillance. Systems are either open to governments — and hackers — or they are closed to both.

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New Tech City

EXTRA: Bill Binney and Ladar Levison Talk Cryptography

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Just how paranoid do we need to be of NSA spying? And what can we do about it? These guys know the threat first hand. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Plan to Protect Your Privacy from Facebook—and Why It Failed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jim Dwyer tells the story of four NYU undergraduates who set out to build a new social network that let users control their personal data—and why their plan ultimately fell apart.

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WNYC News

New York Cancels Phone Booth Transmitter Program

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Officials are scuttling a project that would have installed in payphone booths thousands of transmitters that could track people's movements.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Denial Is Not an Option

Monday, September 22, 2014

How Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas has mastered the art of data mining. ISIS in Northern Lebanon. Daniel Kehlmann's F: A Novel. The psychology of climate change.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Data Mining and the End of Privacy as We Know It

Monday, September 22, 2014

How the Las Vegas casino Caesars Entertainment tracks the activities of gamblers—from what games they like to play to what foods eat for breakfast—to keep them coming back for more.

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On The Media

This Fake Identity Generator Wants You to Think About How to Use Fake Identity Generators

Friday, September 19, 2014

There’s a new tool available for all your temporary false identity needs: fakena.me.
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On The Media

Apple Will No Longer Let The Cops Into Your Phone

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that their new operating system makes it impossible for the company to give cops access to its users phones. 
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The Takeaway

America's Game of Risk

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's been 13 years since the September 11th attacks, but terrorism remains one of the foremost threats facing the United States. How should the U.S. balance privacy and civil liberties?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Technology Exists That Can Mimic Human Consciousness

Monday, September 08, 2014

 Martine Rothblatt explains that special software mimics the way human brains organize information, create emotions and achieve self-awareness. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How the Cloud Threatens the Private Lives of Celebrities

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A hacker leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, which they found in her iCloud account. The web makes the invasion of privacy easier, but are we taking part in harassment if we click?

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