Surveillance Software: Where do we draw the line? From individual identity theft to national repression of government dissidents to tracking terrorists, the use of computer surveillance equipment is fraught with political and ethical issues. How do we weigh the risks and benefits of computer surveillance equipment? And what legislation could help us monitor its use?Midmorning, December 14, 2011
Facebook makes privacy pledge in FTC settlement Government regulators are sharing some alarming information about Facebook: They believe the online social network has often misled its more than 800 million users about the sanctity of their personal information.November 29, 2011
From science fiction to physical reality A renowned theoretical physicist ponders the possibility of force fields, time travel, and other themes of science fiction. He says many of these do not violate the laws of physics, and could become reality in the next century.
Originally broadcast April 16th, 2011.Midmorning, November 25, 2011
Duqu: A New Breed Of Spyware Is Spreading It's called Duqu. Don't worry just yet, it's not likely to have infected your computer. Unless, that is, your computer is located at Iran's Civil Defense Department. That's where Duqu has very recently been detected. It's not exactly known who created Duqu, but experts agree that it's so sophisticated it could only have come from a large well-funded organization. This isn't some kid dinking around in the basement, this is high-level.November 15, 2011
Nokia to unveil new line of smartphones The global leader in cell phone sales stumbled badly with its own smartphone operating system. It's hoping Microsoft can help it make a comeback.October 26, 2011