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  • Cybersecurity Expert Discusses Voting, Hackers

    "FBI Director James Comey has said that voter-registration sites in at least a dozen states — including Arizona — were targeted by hackers.

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has broached the idea of increasing the protection for the nation’s voting systems. They could potentially be put under the umbrella of critical infrastructure, which currently includes the electrical grid and the banking system, among other things.

  • Does privacy have a future?

    Jennifer Granick talks about how notions of privacy have changed over the years and where she thinks things are headed in the future. She is a professor at the Stanford School of Law and Director of Civil Liberties at the Center for Internet and Society, where she specializes in the intersection of engineering, privacy and the law.

  • Privacy & surveillance concerns over voice-recognition devices, Google Home & Amazon Echo

    Recently, when Google announced its own version of Amazon's voice-recognition digital home assistant, the company did not spend a moment addressing any privacy safeguards nor concerns.

    As Wall Street Journal tech reporter Geoffrey Fowler tweeted: "So just to review, Google says it wants to install microphones all over your house. And didn't talk about privacy."

  • Cybersecurity and consumer protection online

    Last week Yahoo announced that 500 million accounts had been hacked – consumer names, email addresses, phone messages, passwords and birth dates were stolen. It is one of the biggest security breaches in history. We’re been seeing a lot more cyber attacks on companies, individuals and the government in recent years. So who is behind them and what can consumers do to protect ourselves online?

  • Bloomberg Law: AZ Phone Privacy and Facebook Terror

    Lance Rogers, a legal editor for Bloomberg BNA, discusses why The Arizona Supreme Court just ruled that a man didn’t lose his expectation of privacy in a smart phone just because he failed to protect it with a passcode and left it unattended in a room full of police officers and others.

  • Cybersecurity and the Ballot Box

    Emails of the Democratic National Committee were leaked this summer. Last year, a Chinese hack of the US Office of Personnel Management exposed the personal data of millions of Americans. So, how safe is the ballot box? Cybersecurity expert Dr. Richard Forno, Assistant Director of the UMBC Center for Cybersecurity, walks us through the potential vulnerabilities of voting systems in America.

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  • When the Cops Come A-Knocking: Handling Technical Assistance Demands from Law Enforcement

    What kind of surveillance assistance can the U.S. government force companies to provide? This issue has entered the public consciousness due to the FBI's demand in February that Apple write software to help it access the San Bernardino shooter's encrypted iPhone. Technical assistance orders can go beyond the usual government requests for user data, requiring a company to actively participate in the government's monitoring of the targeted user(s).