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  • 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. 

  • 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?

  • The Intellectual Dark Web, Explained: What Jordan Peterson Has In Common w/ The Alt-Right w/ Henry Farrell

    Henry Farrell (@henryfarrell), professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, joins us to discuss his latest piece for Vox, “The intellectual dark web, explained: what Jordan Peterson has in common with the alt-right.”

    On today’s show: Israeli forces kill at least 37 Palestinian protesters in Gaza; The Times runs a hideously euphemistic headline.

  • Tactics Used To Find Golden State Killer Raise Privacy And Legal Questions

    "BANDLAMUDI: They then made a match with DNA collected years ago from crime scenes throughout California where the suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, allegedly committed 12 homicides, more than 45 rapes and more than 100 burglaries between 1976 and 1986. What they didn't initially reveal is how they first pinpointed DeAngelo as a suspect - turns out that was by accessing an online genealogy database. It was an innovative technique for a crime investigation.

  • Can states regulate the internet?

    The days are numbered for federal net neutrality regulations. In response, some states are working on their own versions to prevent internet service providers (ISP) from blocking, slowing or charging more for some web traffic. Oregon, Washington and several other states have made new rules, but a bill working its way through the California legislature would go the furthest. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood spoke with Ryan Singel, a media and strategy fellow at Stanford Law School, about how a state can regulate a business that crosses state lines. 

     

  • Overhauling Digital Privacy In The EU

    "The European Union is getting ready to enact sweeping new digital privacy laws. Facebook says it’s going comply. Is what’s good for Europe good for the U.S.?

    On the legal challenges of the right to be forgotten

  • Techdirt Podcast Episode 163: Teaching The Law Via Podcasts

    Law isn't simple, and truly learning about it takes more than a few short primers or even an in-depth guide or two — which makes it the perfect topic to explore via the medium of podcasts. This week, we've got a pair of guests who are doing exactly that: Ken White of Popehat fame, who recently launched the Make No Law podcast about First Amendment issues, and Elizabeth Joh, co-host of the What Trump Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law podcast.

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