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A podcast about technology and democracy, sponsored by Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy and the Keenan Institute for Ethics

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A podcast about technology and democracy, sponsored by Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy and the Keenan Institute for Ethics

    Debugger: 1 click, 1,000 spies

    Debugger: 1 click, 1,000 spies

    You probably don't realize, or don't think about, the hundreds of small companies that attach themselves to name-brand websites like CNN.com which track you in the same way.  Then these billions of pieces of information about us is married to billions of dollars being spent trying to get our attention.  That idle Google search out anxiety medicine or sexual disfunction is auctioned off to the highest bidder, and shared with thousands of other firms, too. The result? A one-way mirror that not only intrudes on our most intimate thoughts but logs them forever, making them easy prey for murky data brokers and creepy hackers. For the rest of Internet time. That's what this podcast is about.  The Internet has a third-party problem -- a number of third-party problems, really -- and it's time we talked about them.

    • 26 min
    Can you ask your friends to stop spying on you?

    Can you ask your friends to stop spying on you?

    What do you do if you think your friend is bugging you? I don't mean bothering you. I mean...bugging you...using a device to listen to you, maybe even recording your conversations, when you visit their home. Well, that's the world most of us live in now. Personal assistants, many modern TVs, smart doorbells...they all incorporate listening devices. What if you don't want to be surveilled like that? Should you ask your friends to turn off their Alexa when you walk in the door?  Should they offer? In this episode of Debugger in 10, Bob Sullivan talks with Dr. Jolynn Dellinger, a privacy law professor at Duke University, where she is also a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.  Kenan and Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy bring you this podcast.

    • 11 min
    Want to stop ransomware? Cut off the cryptocurrency

    Want to stop ransomware? Cut off the cryptocurrency

    The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack got the attention of U.S. consumers when gasoline stations started running out of fuel, but the ransomware crisis has been festering for a long time. What steps did the White House take to stop, or at least slow down, ransomware gangs? In this mini-episode, host Bob Sullivan discusses an executive order signed by President Biden -- what it says, and what it's missing -- with Duke University Professor David Hoffman.  

    • 12 min
    What is the Original Sin of the Internet, Part 2

    What is the Original Sin of the Internet, Part 2

    The technologists who built the Internet were naive, and their failure of imagination led us all down a path to rampant fraud, abuse, and misinformation.  In part 2 of this episode, Jessica Rich, Ari Schwartz, and Tim Sparapani join me to discuss why things went so wrong.  

    • 43 min
    What is the Original Sin of the Internet? Part 1

    What is the Original Sin of the Internet? Part 1

    Is there an Original Sin of the Internet? The techlash is real: Did it have to be this way? In this launch episode of Debugger, Bob Sullivan talks with a set of researchers and technologists who were there at the beginning of the Digital Age and you'll hear: The Internet is in crisis. We could have fixed it long ago. It wasn't hard. We just failed.  In part 1, you'll hear from pioneers Richard Purcell, Bill Woodcock, and Jolynn Dellinger. 

    • 52 min
    Coming soon: Debugger

    Coming soon: Debugger

    What's the Original Sin of the Internet? Why is technology such a powerful tool for attacking democracy? How many data brokers stalk you every time you open a web page or use an app? And what can we do to domesticate the wild animal that is the Internet? These are the kinds of questions we'll be asking on Debugger, my new podcast -- brought to you by Duke Unversity's Sanford School of Public Policy and the Keenan Institute for Ethics.   

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