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  • Who owns the results of genetic testing?

    DNA and genetic testing are big business. But there are real questions about privacy and about what happens to your genetic information after you get tested. Recently the DNA testing company 23andMe partnered with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to develop personalized drugs and research treatment for diseases like lupus and Parkinson's. Jen King, director of consumer privacy at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, told Molly Wood that, surprisingly, most people who take DNA tests don't think the data is all that personal.

  • DOJ Lawsuit Against California Raises Legal Questions Over Net Neutrality

    The U.S. Justice Department has sued California over its net neutrality law.

    California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the measure, which was in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal net neutrality in 2017, which took effect this past June.

    To learn more about this lawsuit, The Show spoke with Barbara van Schewick, a law professor and director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

  • Riana Pfefferkorn: How are the boundaries of digital privacy shifting?

    Riana Pfefferkorn is a digital security expert and Cryptography Fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. She says that we are living in the “Golden Age of Surveillance,” in which the growing ubiquity of data-rich smart devices has produced a fundamental tension between the rights of users to protect their personal data and the needs of law enforcement to investigate or prevent serious crimes.

  • Is Genetic Testing Overrated?

    DNA testing is big business. Millions of people worldwide are finding out about their ancestry and genetic health traits by sending off a spit sample to one of the big consumer genetic testing companies. But what do your genes really tell you? And could genetic testing have harmful consequences for our health and for society? Four experts chart the rise of consumer genetic testing and examine the claims made and our expectations about the results. Jen King, Director of Consumer Privacy, comments. 

  • Expert: Smart Tech Is Making Us Dumb

    We know that smart phones and other information technology are changing the way we live and the way we relate to other people, but could they actually be making us dumber?

    Brett Frischmann says they are, and that we should question the use of digital technology and surveillance.

  • The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Product design as an exercise of power and manipulation

    Our modern privacy frameworks, with their emphasis on gaining informed consent from consumers in order to use their data, are broken models. That's according to Woodrow Hartzog, a law professor at Northeastern University in Boston. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Hartzog discusses the ways that, given such models, technologies are designed at the engineering level to undermine user privacy.

  • Techdirt Podcast Episode 174: How Private Agreements Recreated SOPA

    One of the most dangerous aspects of SOPA and other copyright proposals is the idea of moving enforcement and liability further down the stack of technology that powers the internet, even all the way to the DNS system. Although SOPA's DNS-blocking proposals were heavily criticized and the bill ultimately defeated, the idea of deep-level copyright enforcement has lived on and been implemented without changes to the law.

  • Protecting the Freedom to Encrypt

    Widespread availability of advanced encryption technology has improved security for consumers and businesses, though some in law enforcement have voiced concerns that it limits their ability to prevent terrorism and prosecute crimes.
  • Deep Dive: Cybersecurity and the Broad Geopolitical Risk of Digital Life

    Cybersecurity is increasingly a major concern of modern life, coloring everything from the way we vote to the way we drive to the way our health care records are stored. Yet online security is beset by threats from nation-states and terrorists and organized crime, and our favorite social media sites are drowning in conspiracy theories and disinformation. How do we reset the internet and reestablish control over our own information and digital society?

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