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Gigi Sohn talks tech, telecoms and policy in this new podcast!

Tech on the Rocks Gigi Sohn

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Gigi Sohn talks tech, telecoms and policy in this new podcast!

    We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat: The Passage to Universal Broadband

    We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat: The Passage to Universal Broadband

    The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the fact that broadband is essential for full participation in our society and economy. With school, work, and now vaccination registrations all taking place online, the need for universal broadband has never been greater. In late December, Congress passed a bipartisan emergency broadband benefit that provides $50-$75 a month to low-income households and unemployed Americans to help close the digital divide. This is a great start, but these benefits are only temporary. What happens after the pandemic is over? Is there a path for consensus in Congress to permanently close the digital divide? And what would that look like? On this episode, Gigi chats with Bruce Mehlman, who served as the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy in the George W. Bush administration. Tune in for their perspectives on all these questions and much more on Episode 13 of Tech on the Rocks!

    • 42 min
    Live Podcast Special: Broadband for America NOW - A Conversation With Mignon Clyburn & Jonathan Sallet

    Live Podcast Special: Broadband for America NOW - A Conversation With Mignon Clyburn & Jonathan Sallet

    On this special live episode of Tech on the Rocks, Gigi sits down with former FCC Acting Chair and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn as well as Benton Senior Fellow and Former FCC General Counsel Jonathan Sallet to discuss the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society's new report: Broadband for America Now. The report, authored by Sallet, lays out a bold vision for delivering robust broadband to all Americans, regardless of geography and socio-economic status. Clyburn and Sallet provide their perspectives on the pandemic’s impact on Americans' use of broadband, how a new congress and FCC can work with local governments to help ensure every American is connected, and much more on this second special live episode of Tech on the Rocks! 

    • 57 min
    Live Podcast Special: Contract Tracing in a COVID Surge - Operational or Aspirational?

    Live Podcast Special: Contract Tracing in a COVID Surge - Operational or Aspirational?

    On this first-ever special live episode of Tech on the Rocks, Gigi chats with Jeff Stover, Executive Advisor to the Commissioner of the Virginia Dept. of Health, and Laura Moy, Associate Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, the three engage in an important discussion on the obvious benefits and underlying privacy concerns regarding contact tracing applications. What should we know about these government-sponsored apps? How can they help get our latest COVID-19 surge under control? What should we watch for when it comes to our digital security? Hear their perspectives on these questions and many more on this live episode of Tech on the Rocks! 
    As always, we’d like to offer a special thanks to the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society for sponsoring Tech on the Rocks!

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    Rage Against the Machines: Is our Election Technology Safe and Secure? (Part II)

    Rage Against the Machines: Is our Election Technology Safe and Secure? (Part II)

    With the most consequential election in a generation just days away, we continue to ask ourselves: are state and local governments ready for this? With recent cyber intrusions from adversaries such as Russia and Iran, a historic surge in early voting, and fears about post-election disinformation on social media, there’s a lot to be concerned about. While this election will be a monumental task for local officials, Verified Voting’s Interim Co-Director and political scientist Mark Lindeman tells us that there are ways to ensure that every vote is counted fairly. Tune in for a follow up to last week’s episode on the security of our election machinery to hear Mark and Gigi discuss what keeps election experts up at night, and what we can do to help ensure our voices are heard in this episode of Tech on the Rocks!

    • 24 min
    Rage Against the Machines: Is our Election Technology Safe and Secure? (Part I)

    Rage Against the Machines: Is our Election Technology Safe and Secure? (Part I)

    The 2020 election is less than two weeks away. One of the biggest questions that remain unanswered is whether or not our U.S. election infrastructure is prepared for any potential cyberattacks from hackers, both foreign and domestic. In part 1 of our two-part episode: Rage Against the Machines: Is our Election Technology Safe and Secure? Gigi chats with computer scientist and law professor Matt Blaze to assess the biggest challenges and threats to state and county election systems. While Matt relayed some of his biggest concerns, he also pointed to some potential bright sides unique to holding a general election during a major health crisis. Tune in for Matt’s perspectives on this critical topic, in this episode of Tech on the Rocks!

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    Tech on the Rocks Episode 8: Back to School Without Broadband: The Digital Divide and the Fall Semester

    Tech on the Rocks Episode 8: Back to School Without Broadband: The Digital Divide and the Fall Semester

    The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in the United States, and despite President Trump’s push for schools to open “100%," many, if not most school districts are moving to either an all-virtual or hybrid learning model to start off the school year. Even though schools closed last March, millions of American children are still without the robust broadband connectivity and devices they need to do their school work. Pressure by the FCC on the broadband industry to fill this void has not moved the needle enough and Congress has not yet passed legislation that would provide broadband to those who cannot afford it. This has left the job of filling the “education gap” to states and cities. On this episode, Gigi talks with Jeff Sural, Broadband Infrastructure Office Director for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and Leon Wilson, Chief Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer for the Cleveland Foundation, about the obstacles to universal broadband access and what states and cities are doing to ensure that all of their residents are connected as the school year approaches. Hear their perspectives and much more on Episode 8 of Tech on the Rocks! 

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