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  • Bloomberg Law: Apple Refuses Court Order

    Robert Mintz, a partner at McCarter and English, and Andrea Matwyshyn, a law professor at Northeastern University and former FTC senior policy adviser, discuss Apple’s battle with the government over a court order that would force the tech giant to create a backdoor into its devices. The case, which revolves around an iPhone that was used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, is just the latest conflict between Apple and the government over encryption. They spoke with Bloomberg Law host June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law."

  • Syrian Government Blocks Aid To Starving Residents Of Madaya

    People in the Syrian town of Madaya are still starving to death. A U.N. aid convoy was finally allowed into the town last month, but it wasn't enough. Secretary of State John Kerry says that's because the Syrian government has surrounded the town and is not allowing enough aid in. Anti-government rebels have also besieged towns in Syria, which Kerry called "directly contrary to the law of war." Is starvation a war crime? NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to law professor Beth Van Schaack to explain.

  • Truth and Power - About The Issue: Cell Phone Surveillance

    Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties, is in this episode discussing Stingray technology. 

    "Truth and Power" highlights Daniel Rigmaiden, the young tech-genius who exposed STINGRAY - a secret government surveillance technology that hacks into your cell phones. All New Episodes - Fridays at 10 p.m. ET / PT on Pivot. Learn more at http://bit.ly/TruthAndPowerPivot.

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  • Bloomberg Law: Dish Claims Innocence in Robocall Suit (Audio)

    Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor at Northeastern University and former FTC senior policy advisor and Steven Calkins, a law professor at Wayne State University and former general counsel at the FTC, discuss a suit against Dish Network, which accused them of allowing their contractors to violate do-not-call laws by placing millions of robocalls to consumers. The government is seeking more than $24 billion in fines from the company, despite the fact that Dish is only valued at $22 billion. They speak with Bloomberg law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law."

  • Viewing the Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars

    This week, General Motors announced that it would pour $500 million into the ride-sharing service Lyft, with an aim of eventually producing a fleet of self-driving cars. And the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was filled with autonomous vehicle tech tidbits from companies such as Toyota and Nvidia. But what might a future in which all cars can drive themselves do to our cities, towns, and society? Industry observers say that while it’s clear that there will be robotic cars, it’s much less clear how people will choose to use them.

     

  • NASA Aims For Regulated Drone Highways

    Happy New Year! And there’s already so much going on. We’re keeping it close to home today, to start 2016. As close as the sky above us. The Federal Aviation Administration and NASA see it getting really busy with drones. Maybe a million-plus new drones out there just in recent weeks. Amazon and Google keep pushing for drone delivery. Now NASA’s talking drone highways in the sky. This hour On Point, how we will live with drones.

    — Tom Ashbrook

  • The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars

    Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident? Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics of self-driving cars.

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