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  • 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.

  • Episode 14: Privacy in the Facebook Age

    Recently 50 million Facebook users had their personal information extracted and used for political and commercial purposes. In the wake of this scandal, we’ve all become much more aware of how our use of social media clashes with our desire for privacy. Are technical fixes and awareness enough, or is it time for Facebook and other online services to be regulated? Our guest Woodrow Hartzog is a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University and discusses the battle and future of our personal information.

  • Zuckerberg Agrees to Congressional Testimony

    Woodrow Hartzog, a professor at Northeastern University Law School, discusses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s agreement to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the company’s data usage policies. He speaks with Bloomberg’s June Grasso.

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  • Week In Geek Podcast: What will it take for us to quit Facebook?

    Facebook is still reeling from the revelation that a British firm, Cambridge Analytica, improperly used millions of its users’ data. #DeleteFacebook is trending and those in the tech world are closely watching how users react to the news.

    Can the tech giant turn a new leaf? What data are we willing to give up for the convenience of platforms? And would paying for services like Facebook solve the problem?