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Tech Talks are a podcast imagined and created by the folks over at the Center for Democracy and Technology. We're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the power of the Internet – and works to protect it, and the people it empowers.

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Tech Talks are a podcast imagined and created by the folks over at the Center for Democracy and Technology. We're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the power of the Internet – and works to protect it, and the people it empowers.

Let us know what you think – #techtalkcdt

    Competition Law Updates –– Talking Tech w/ Avery Gardiner!

    Competition Law Updates –– Talking Tech w/ Avery Gardiner!

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    2020 has been a busy year for antitrust in the tech industry. Before the COVID 19 pandemic, the Federal Trade Commission launched investigations into past mergers in the tech industry, with the expectation that they’d be a lot tougher on companies trying to absorb their rivals. Both the DOJ and the FTC have active investigations into the big tech companies. The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee also brought together the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple as part of an investigation into the companies’ dominance online.

    In this episode of Tech Talk, you will hear from Avery Gardiner, CDT’s General Counsel and Senior Fellow for Competition, Data, and Power as we discuss what's currently happening in the sphere of Antitrust and Competition, and what might be on the horizon.

    Let’s get ready to talk tech!

    More on Avery: https://twitter.com/AveryWGardiner

    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.

    • 26 min
    Tech Talk: CDT Files Suit Against President Trump's Executive Order Talking Tech w/ Alexandra Givens

    Tech Talk: CDT Files Suit Against President Trump's Executive Order Talking Tech w/ Alexandra Givens

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    Last month, The Center Democracy and Technology filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship”. The suit argues that the Executive Order violates the First Amendment by curtailing and chilling the constitutionally protected speech of online platforms and individuals.

    In today’s episode, you will hear from Alexandra Reeve Givens, President, and CEO of The Center for Democracy and Technology, as we discuss CDT’s lawsuit against President Trump’s “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship,” as well as her vision for 2020 and beyond.

    Let’s get ready to talk tech!

    To read CDT’s full complaint: https://cdt.org/press/cdt-suit-challenges-presidents-executive-order-targeting-first-amendment-protected-speech/
    More on Alex: https://cdt.org/staff/alexandra-reeve-givens/

    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.

    • 21 min
    Tech Talk: Election Security During COVID-19 - Talking Tech w/ Ben Adida & Hannah Quay-de la Vallee

    Tech Talk: Election Security During COVID-19 - Talking Tech w/ Ben Adida & Hannah Quay-de la Vallee

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    As the United States gears up for the 2020 election season, many experts are exploring new digital solutions to aid in keeping Americans safe while voting during COVID-19. But what are some of the inherent dangers of online voting? How do we ensure our elections are safe and secure while in the midst of a global pandemic? What are some of the problems a vote-by-mail system helps solve, and some of the inherent issues the same system might present?

    In today’s episode, you will hear from Ben Adida, Executive Director of the non-partisan nonprofit VotingWorks, and Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, Senior Technologist, for the Center for Democracy and Technology, as we discuss the importance of safe and secure elections even during a global pandemic.

    Let’s get ready to talk tech!

    More on VotingWorks: https://voting.works/
    More on Hannah: https://cdt.org/staff/hannah-quay-de-la-vallee/
    More on CDT’s COVID-19-related work: cdt.org/coronavirus
    More on CDT’s election security work: https://cdt.org/collections/election-security/

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

    • 38 min
    Tech Talk: Location Data Sharing in COVID-19 -- Talking Tech w/ Greg Nojeim

    Tech Talk: Location Data Sharing in COVID-19 -- Talking Tech w/ Greg Nojeim

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    As governments work to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus across the globe, some countries have begun using highly personalized location data to locate and identify potential cases. While having access to this data may aid in curtailing the spread of the virus, many privacy advocates are concerned that collecting such data without certain safeguards could pose an immediate danger to privacy and civil liberties, and have long term consequences.

    Today you will hear from Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director of CDT’s Freedom, Security, and Technology Project as we discuss the dangers of governments having access to this type of location data and potential alternatives to the sharing of location information that can aid in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

    Let’s get ready to talk tech!

    More on Greg: https://twitter.com/GregNojeim
    More on CDT’s COVID-19-related work: cdt.org/coronavirus

    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.

    • 15 min
    Tech Talk: Student Privacy During COVID-19 -- Talking Tech w/ Kim Ochs & Elizabeth Laird

    Tech Talk: Student Privacy During COVID-19 -- Talking Tech w/ Kim Ochs & Elizabeth Laird

    We have another exciting show for you this week!

    Due to the rapid school closures caused by COVID-19, many school districts are introducing new distance learning strategies in hopes to continue education during this uncertain time. But as many students are turning to technology and online platforms to aid in their studies, many privacy advocates are concerned that their data may not be properly protected.

    In this episode of Tech Talk, you will hear from Kimberly Ochs, CDT Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Indiana Institute of Technology and Elizabeth Laird, Senior Fellow for the Student Privacy Project as we discuss what schools are doing to protect children’s privacy during COVID-19, and where some may be falling short.

    Let’s get ready to talk tech!

    Learn more about how to protect student’s privacy during COVID-19: https://cdt.org/insights/schools-do-not-have-to-sacrifice-students-privacy-to-continue-schooling/
    More on Elizabeth: https://twitter.com/elizabethan
    More on CDT’s COVID-19-related work: cdt.org/coronavirus

    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.

    • 29 min
    Tech Talk: EARN IT Act-- Talking Tech w/ Mana Azarmi, Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, & Liz Woolery

    Tech Talk: EARN IT Act-- Talking Tech w/ Mana Azarmi, Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, & Liz Woolery

    We have an exciting show for you this week!

    In this episode of Tech Talk, you will hear from Mana Azarmi, Policy Counsel, Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, Senior Technologist, and Liz Woolery, Deputy Director of the Free Expression Project, as we discuss the EARN IT Act. A well-intentioned new bill aimed at combating child sexual exploitation online, threatens to erode free speech on online platforms and also poses a serious threat to strong end-to-end encryption and secure commutations as we know it.

    Let’s talk tech!

    Read more on EARN IT Act: https://cdt.org/insights/the-earn-it-act-puts-us-all-at-risk/
    More on Mana: https://twitter.com/ManaAzarmi
    More on Hannah: https://cdt.org/staff/hannah-quay-de-la-vallee/
    More on Liz: https://twitter.com/LizWoolery

    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.

    • 20 min

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