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Signals of Trustworthy VPNs -– Talking Tech w/ Joseph Jerome

CDT has launched a new initiative aimed at helping internet users better assess the trustworthiness of VPNs, and a number of VPN providers were active partners in this process. Host Brian Wesolowski sits down with Joseph Jerome to discuss the work he's spearheading, and why it's so essential. More info on the Signals of Trustworthy VPNs initiative: More on Joe: || email: More on our host, Brian: Attribution: sounds used...


CDT Takes On EDTECH –– Talking Tech w/ Elizabeth Laird, Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, Adarsh Mahesh

The Center for Democracy and Technology is ramping up its student privacy work – and here's your introduction to our new team: Elizabeth Laird, Student Privacy Senior Fellow Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, Senior Technologist Adarsh Mahesh, Research & Communications Associate More on our student privacy work: More on Elizabeth: More on Hannah: More on Adarsh:...


#SummerTechDC Recap –– Talking Tech w/ Sasha Moss & Jesse Spector

We hosted, in conjunction with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the R Street Institute, a series of tech and internet policy happy hours, in the hopes of galvanizing a non-partisan discussion between of tech companies, the government, and civil society organizations. Host Brian Wesolowski is joined here to recap the series of events by R Street's Sasha Moss & the EU Delegation to the United States' Jesse Spector. Transatlantic Tech Trends (Polling) from the Tech...


Hacking Elections, and Democratic Processes –– Talking Tech w/ Maurice Turner, Tiana Epps-Johnson

Host Brian Wesolowski sits down with CDT Senior Technologist Maurice Turner, who gives a report from DEF CON’s Voting Village. Not surprisingly, hackers yet again exposed some glaring vulnerabilities in America’s voting infrastructure. And then Brian talks to Tiana Epps-Johnson, the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life about how her organization is working to make the internet improve the democratic process - and yes, that includes elections. More on our...


Social Contagion Online -- Talking Tech w/ Ashley Merryman

Ashley Merryman is the best-selling author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, and Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children, and she recently wrote about how our President’s incivility can infect society like the flu ( She joins Brian to discuss what social contagion is, whether or not the internet and social media's making this worse, and what, if anything, social media companies should be doing to combat this? More about Ashley:...


Key Speakers from Tech Prom 2018 – Talking Tech w/ Perry Chen & Michael Kratsios

Motivated by a desire to help fellow artists and creators bring their work to life, Perry Chen founded Kickstarter — the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. CDT honored Chen with its Digital Visionary Award at its 2018 Annual Dinner, Tech Prom, on March 29, recognizing his work as an artist, innovator, and leader in leveraging tech for good. CDT's President & CEO Nuala O'Connor discussed being "Online for Good", highlighting the important issues facing the internet today,...


What Should Congress Ask Mark Zuckerberg? -- Talking Tech w/ Nuala O'Connor & Michelle De Mooy

This week, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before both the House and Senate about how the data of Facebook’s users was used by Cambridge Analytica to target swing voters. The questioning will undoubtedly go beyond just this issue, especially with the recent admission by Facebook that all of its users likely had their information scraped from the site. To preview the hearings and the broader issues around the Facebook Cambridge Analytica story, I’m joined by CDT’s two...


Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age -- Talking Tech w/ Susan Landau

When Susan Landau talks about cybersecurity, everyone should listen. In this episode of Tech Talk we hear from the esteemed cybersecurity expert about issues she addresses in her latest book, "Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age." Landau talks about how the ultimate goal should be for everyone to have access to easy-to-use encryption to make society as a whole more secure. She pushes back against the notion that law enforcement and intelligence agencies are “going dark” because of...


How to Fix the Future -- Talking Tech w/ Andrew Keen

Host Brian Wesolowski invites one of the most notable tech skeptics (or in his words, realist) of our time onto the podcast. In his latest book, How to Fix the Future, he addresses the ways we can tackle the biggest problems in the digital world, with a goal of saving humanity. We cover a lot of ground in our conversation, including the role tech is playing in societal unrest, the potential for regulations on internet companies, and innovative models of civic engagement. [Note there's an...


IoT Liability, ICE Those License Plate Readers -- Talking Tech w/ Ben Dean & Mana Azarmi

Almost everything is connected to the internet today, from household devices to traffic lights. What happens when these Internet of Things devices cause real harm, whether it’s damage to your home or the disruption of a critical service at a hospital? CDT's Ben Dean previews his latest paper. And we’ll also tackle the many questions around how the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is using data from license plate readers across the country. What does the public need to know...


CDT EU and 2018, Natasha Councils NYC -- Talking Tech w/ Jens, Laura, Natasha Duarte

[NOTE: No, that's not a typo in the title – we're having funs with puns. NOTE NOTE: You make notice this EU segment is the same as one posted on it's own. It is.] It will be a very busy year in tech and internet policy in Europe, with a number of major policies rolling out, including the General Data Protection Regulation and the ePrivacy regulation. In this episode, our Brussels-based EU policy team, Jens Henrik-Jeppesen and Laura Blanco preview the year ahead. Then we talk about how New...


CDT EU Looks to 2018 -- Talking Tech w/ Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, Laura Blanco

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Looking Ahead in 2018 -- Talking Tech w/ Nuala O'Connor & Chris Calabrese

With the new year's optimism also comes numerous policy challenges to our digital rights and concerns about the ways technology and the internet might be adversely affecting society. Host Brian Wesolowski previews the year ahead with CDT’s President & CEO Nuala O’Connor and CDT’s VP of Policy Chris Calabrese. More on Nuala: More on Chris: More on our host, Brian: Attribution: sounds used from Psykophobia, Taira...


Just Call Congress –– Talking Tech w/ Ferras Vinh & Michelle Richardson

As 2017 winds down, we talk about two issues that are core to CDT’s advocacy efforts - in fact two issues that we seem to keep talking about without resolution. The first is net neutrality – we’ll talk with CDT Policy Counsel Ferras Vinh about what the Chairman’s proposal means and what the path ahead for supporters of net neutrality looks like. Then we talk about US government surveillance and a rapidly approaching deadline on the reauthorization of the Section 702 surveillance program....


Big Data Policing, Supreme Carpenter –– Talking Tech w/ Andrew Ferguson & Lisa Hayes

Host Brian Wesolowski tackles a supremely interesting topic, sitting down with Professor (and previous DC Public Defender) Andrew G. Ferguson. His new book," The Rise of Big Data Policing," takes a look at the latest data fueled technologies being used by police departments and examines the impact these technologies are having on society. Would you be comfortable having a score attached to you about your potential to commit a crime? Then Brian brings in Lisa Hayes, CDT's Vice President of...


Producer, Co-founder, Playwright @ FOSO–– Talking Tech with Carlos Maza, Mindy Finn & Jennifer Haley

Host Brian Wesolowski steps away from the microphone (again) for this episode – instead we get to hear from Vox Media video producer Carlos Maza, Stand Up Republic co-founder Mindy Finn, and playwright Jennifer Haley. Maza, Finn, and Haley were speakers at CDT's recent “The Future of Speech Online” event, and were all tasked with thinking about the challenges and opportunities that that the internet creates for speakers. They reflected on what they hope to see in the future. More on the FOSO...


The Chairman & The Activist at FOSO –– Talking Tech with Ajit Pai & DeRay Mckesson

Host Brian Wesolowski steps away from the microphone for this episode – instead we get to hear from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. Chairman Pai and DeRay were speakers at CDT's recent “The Future of Speech Online” event, and were both tasked with thinking about the challenges and opportunities that that the internet creates for speakers. They reflected on what they hope to see in the future. More on the FOSO event: More on...


SESTA, Privacy as an Art –– Talking Tech w/ Emma Llansó & Jared Moore

Host Brian Wesolowski sits down with CDT's Free Expression Director Emma Llansó to discuss whether SESTA is a case where good intentions to address a serious issue create a policy that will do more harm than good. SESTA, simplified and analyzed. Then Brian talks with University of Washington graduate student Jared Moore, who has created a multimedia art installation that is aimed making people more aware of some of the ever-present privacy risks in our connected world –– by making them a bit...


Stop Lying, VPNs & Better-Made Algorithms –– Talking Tech w/ Michelle De Mooy, Natasha Duarte

Host Brian Wesolowski brings in Michelle De Mooy to chat about CDT's complaint with the FTC about a popular VPN (Hotspot Shield Free) that we believe isn’t living up to its privacy promises. Then Brian chat's with Natasha Duarte about a new tool from CDT that helps the developers of algorithms think about the broader social ramifications of the decisions they program, our Digital Decisions Tool (beta). More on our FTC complaint: More on Michelle:...


Engaging Startups, IP Social Justice -- Talking Tech w/ Melissa Blaustein, Taylor Moore

Host Brian Wesolowski sits down with Melissa Blaustein to discuss whether lawmakers are effectively engaging entrepreneurs and startups in policy debates –– and do these startups know the most effective ways to engage? Then he brings in CDT's Free Expression Fellow, Taylor Moore, to detail how she's helping launch a legal clinic for all creators aimed at helping them take control of their IP. PLUS she also discusses her forthcoming paper on IP and social justice – yes, the two are connected....