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Tech Talks are a podcast imagined and created by the folks over at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). We're a 501(c)3 nonpartisan nonprofit organization that fights to put democracy and human rights at the center of the digital revolution. We work to promote democratic values by shaping technology policy and architecture, with a focus on equity and justice. #techtalkcdt

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Tech Talks are a podcast imagined and created by the folks over at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). We're a 501(c)3 nonpartisan nonprofit organization that fights to put democracy and human rights at the center of the digital revolution. We work to promote democratic values by shaping technology policy and architecture, with a focus on equity and justice. #techtalkcdt

Support CDT's work with a donation: https://cdt.org/techtalk/

    Tech Talk: Protecting Privacy Post-Roe — Talking Tech w/ Alex Givens & Jake Laperruque

    Tech Talk: Protecting Privacy Post-Roe — Talking Tech w/ Alex Givens & Jake Laperruque

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, allowing individual states to limit or outright ban abortion. State reactions have been swift and varied, with some states outlawing abortions or significantly limiting them. Such laws will create a strong motive to track and know the identities of people who seek to obtain reproductive health care, or to provide it.

    Here to talk about this decision and what can be done to protect the right to privacy of people seeking reproductive care is Alex Givens, President and CEO for CDT and Jake Laperruque, Deputy Director of the CDT Security and Surveillance Project.

    (CDT relies on the generosity of donors like you. If you enjoyed this episode of Tech Talk, you can support it and our work at CDT by going to cdt.org/techtalk. Thank you for putting democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution.)


    More on our host, Jamal: https://bit.ly/cdtjamal

    (CDT relies on the generosity of donors like you. If you enjoyed this episode of Tech Talk, you can support it and our work at CDT by going to https://cdt.org/techtalk. Thank you for putting democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution.)

    Attribution: sounds used from Psykophobia, Taira Komori, BenKoning, Zabuhailo, bloomypetal, guitarguy1985, bmusic92, and offthesky of freesound.org.

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    Tech Talk: Shadow Banning — Talking Tech w/ Ana Valens & Gabe Nicholas

    Tech Talk: Shadow Banning — Talking Tech w/ Ana Valens & Gabe Nicholas

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    Controversy around content moderation on social media platforms is a perennial topic in the tech news cycle. Some advocates argue for greater accountability on the part of companies for content published on their platforms, while others believe that hiding any user generated material is censorship.

    Here to discuss one of the more opaque forms of content moderation are Gabe Nicholas, Research Fellow at CDT and author of Shedding Light on Shadowbanning, a recent report on the practice of covert content moderation, and Ana Valens, a journalist specializing in adult content and queer communities who has written about her own experience being shadowbanned by Twitter.

    More on our host, Jamal https://bit.ly/cdtjamal


    Attribution: sounds used from Psykophobia, Taira Komori, BenKoning, Zabuhailo, bloomypetal, guitarguy1985, bmusic92, and offthesky of freesound.org.

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    Tech Talk: Data Brokers — Talking Tech w/ Greg Nojeim & Dhanaraj Thakur

    Tech Talk: Data Brokers — Talking Tech w/ Greg Nojeim & Dhanaraj Thakur

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    CDT recently released a report, Legal Loopholes and Data for Dollars, exploring the data broker ecosystem, which is estimated to be worth about $200 billion dollars , and examining how law enforcement- and intelligence agencies have been evading legal requirements by purchasing data from brokers.

    Here to talk about this report and what can be done to prevent the illegal sale of sensitive information is Greg Nojeim Senior Counsel and Director of the CDT Security and Surveillance Project, and Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Director for CDT.

    More on our host, Jamal https://bit.ly/cdtjamal

    Attribution: sounds used from Psykophobia, Taira Komori, BenKoning, Zabuhailo, bloomypetal, guitarguy1985, bmusic92, and offthesky of freesound.org.

    • 28 min
    Tech Talk: The Markup — Talking Tech w/ Nabiha Syed

    Tech Talk: The Markup — Talking Tech w/ Nabiha Syed

    Welcome to CDT’s Tech Talk, where we dish on tech and internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. I’m Jamal Magby, and it’s time to talk tech.

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    Here to talk about The Markup and how they use investigative journalism to illustrate how powerful institutions are using technology to change our society is Nabiha Syed, CEO of The Markup and CDT Advisory Council member.

    More on our host, Jamal https://bit.ly/cdtjamal

    Attribution: sounds used from Psykophobia, Taira Komori, BenKoning, Zabuhailo, bloomypetal, guitarguy1985, bmusic92, and offthesky of freesound.org.

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    Tech Talk: K-12 Cybersecurity — Talking Tech w/ Doug Casey & Cody Venzke

    Tech Talk: K-12 Cybersecurity — Talking Tech w/ Doug Casey & Cody Venzke

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    Here to talk about the importance of cybersecurity for K-12 schools is Doug Casey, Executive Director for the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology and Cody Venzke, Senior Counsel for CDT’s Equity in Civic Technology Project.

    More on our host, Jamal https://bit.ly/cdtjamal


    Attribution: sounds used from Psykophobia, Taira Komori, BenKoning, Zabuhailo, bloomypetal, guitarguy1985, bmusic92, and offthesky of freesound.org.

    • 32 min
    Tech Talk- Sharing Student Data Across Public Sectors — W/ Marika Pfefferkorn & Elizabeth Laird

    Tech Talk- Sharing Student Data Across Public Sectors — W/ Marika Pfefferkorn & Elizabeth Laird

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    Data-sharing practices between K-12 education agencies and adjacent public sectors, such as social services, are becoming increasingly prevalent. To minimize risk, agencies participating in data-sharing initiatives must take steps to ensure the benefits are available to all and that no group of students experiences disproportionate harm.

    CDT recently released a set of new recommendations for conducting community engagement around the use of student data, with particular focus on the practice’s role in decisions about data-sharing. The new report, Sharing Student Data Across Public Sectors: Importance of Community Engagement to Support Responsible and Equitable Use, presents the guidance alongside polling research on the demand for community engagement.

    Here to talk about the report is Marika Pfefferkorn, Co-founder & Solutions and Sustainability Officer for Twin Cities Innovation Alliance and Elizabeth Laird, Director of CDT’s Equity in Civic Technology project.

    More on our host, Jamal https://bit.ly/cdtjamal


    Attribution: sounds used from Psykophobia, Taira Komori, BenKoning, Zabuhailo, bloomypetal, guitarguy1985, bmusic92, and offthesky of freesound.org.

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