A weekly podcast offering an opinionated roundup of the latest events in technology, security, privacy, and government and an in-depth interview of technology and policy newsmakers. Host Stewart Baker and regulars share their views - and not those of the firm.
Episode 414: A Small Door and Too Many Fat Men: Congress’s Tech Agenda
It’s that time again on the Congressional calendar. All the big, bipartisan tech initiatives that looked so good a few months ago are beginning to compete for time on the floor like fat men desperate to get through a small door. And tech lobbyists are doing their best to handicap the bills they hate while advancing those they like. Read more: https://www.steptoecyberblog.com/2022/06/27/episode-414-a-small-door-and-too-many-fat-men-congresss-tech-agenda/
Episode 413: Is This Podcast Sentient?
This episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast begins by digging into a bill more likely to transform tech regulation than most of the proposals you’ve actually heard of – a bipartisan effort to repeat U.S. Senator John Cornyn's bipartisan success in transforming the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) four years ago. Read more: https://www.steptoecyberblog.com/2022/06/21/episode-413-is-this-podcast-sentient/
Bonus Episode 412: Privacy and the Press: Interviewing Amy Gajda
This bonus episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast is an interview with Amy Gajda, author of “Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy.” Her book is an accessible history of the often obscure and sometimes “curlicued” interaction between the individual right to privacy and the public’s (or at least the press’s) right to know. Gajda, a former journalist, turns what could have been a dry exegesis on two centuries of legal precedent into a lively series of stories behind the case law. Read more:
Episode 411: We Go to RSA So You Don't Have To
This episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast is dominated by things that U.S. officials said in San Francisco last week at the Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) conference. We summarize what they said and offer our views of why they said it. Bobby Chesney, returning to the podcast after a long absence, helps us assess Russian warnings that the U.S. should expect a "military clash" if it conducts cyberattacks against Russian critical infrastructure. Read more: https://www.steptoecyberblog.com/2022/06/07/episode-410-game-play-trumps-chinese-national-security/
Episode 410: Game Play Trumps Chinese National Security
If you’ve been worrying about how a leaky U.S. government can possibly compete with China’s combination of economic might and autocratic government, this episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast has a few scraps of good news. The funniest, supplied by Dave Aitel, is the tale of the Chinese gamer who was so upset at the online performance of China’s tanks that he demanded an upgrade. When it didn’t happen, he bolstered his argument by leaking apparently classified details of Chinese tank performance. I suggest that U.S. intelligence should be subtly degrading the online game performance of other Chinese weapons systems we need more information about. Read more: https://www.steptoecyberblog.com/2022/06/07/episode-410-game-play-trumps-chinese-national-security/
Episode 409: Silicon Valley Speech Suppression is Going to the Supreme Court
At least that’s the lesson that Paul Rosenzweig and I distill from the recent 11th Circuit decision mostly striking down Florida’s law regulating social media platforms’ content “moderation” rules. We disagree flamboyantly on pretty much everything else – including whether the Court will intervene before judgment in a pending 5thCircuit case where the appeals court stayed a district court’s injunction and allowed Texas’s similar law to remain in effect. Read more: https://www.steptoecyberblog.com/2022/05/31/episode-409-silicon-valley-speech-suppression-is-going-to-the-supreme-court/
Long Time Listener, First Time Caller
It’s refreshing to listen to a show about current events where I don’t (often) want to scream at my speakers about inaccuracies in describing our legal/political system. Since many of the other comments accurately describe the well-rounded nature of the discussions and collegial approach to presenting opposing views, I’ll just add the show provides the China criticism and Euro-skepticism/criticism many people (often unknowingly) are missing from their podcast news diet.
Sreaming and shouting match on recent show 409
The most recent show, the week of May 29 evolved into an unpleasant shouting match where the host talked over the guests and vice versus. There was no middle grounds and no consensus or constructive dialog. I gave up after about 15 minutes. There was no useful analysis of constitutional or societal issues. Very unfortunate waste of listener’s time.
The guests are usually top notch, but the host is tough to get used to—even as someone who attempts to defend a conservative point of view, he plays the victim too much and comes across as a obnoxiously whiny. See, e.g., the intro to ep. 12/7/2021.