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Tech Tuesday: Your Data's Worth

Jun 25, 2019
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Social media outlets like Facebook and Google make money from your data.

They use personal information to craft marketing and advertising materials.

Two U.S. Senators proposed a bipartisan legislation that would pull back the curtain on just how much personal data is worth.

If passed, companies that have more than 100 million users, think Facebook and Amazon, must publicly provide information on the total monetary value of this data, among other information.

Today on All Sides, the value of data, virtual reality, and more.

Tech Tuesday: Personal Safety And Mobile Applications

Apr 2, 2019
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Travel in groups. If you’re alone, take out the earbuds. Be aware of your surroundings.

And consider mobile technology as part of your personal safety toolkit. 

Hear about some ideas today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher.  

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Your phone tracks your location. 

That's not new information. But what these companies do with this data is the subject of a new New York Times investigation. 

Tech companies that collect users' location turn around and sell it to advertisers for targetted marketing. 

Today on All Sides, how to stop apps from tracking your location, Ohio’s autonomous bus  and more.

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Ohio will become the first state in the U.S. to permit taxes to be paid in bitcoin. Companies from around the state are now able to use cryptocurrency to pay a variety of taxes, from tobacco sales to public utilities.

Bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency to be accepted by the state.

Today on All Sides, Ohio accepting bitcoin for tax payments, net neutrality status and more.

A view from the surface of Mars from NASA's Mars Lander.
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NASA’s InSight lander has officially landed on Mars to study the giant red planet’s deep interior and how it formed.

It’s a mission nearly seven months in the making but there are still concerns that Mars’ thin air could melt the lander.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the NASA’s InSight lander, the best apps for kids and more.

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at Facebook event.
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Following a New York Times investigation into Facebook’s knowledge of Russian hacking, the tech giant is yet again in hot water. Facebook failed to disclose its knowledge of security breaches from Russian-linked accounts during the 2016 election. And when faced with backlash after the scandal started, the companies hired a firm from Washington, Definers Public Affairs, to discredit critics.

Today on All Sides, Facebook’s latest scandal, safety while online shopping and more on Tech Tuesday.

Tech Tuesday: Voting Machines, Buying Used Smartphones

Nov 6, 2018
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Early voters in Texas have reported that votes they cast for the Democrat in the U.S. Senate race were switched on screen to the Republican candidate.

The machines in question in those cases are known for their glitches, but some computer scientists are warning that our confidence in high tech voting machines could be misplaced.

Today on Tech Tuesday, voting machine vulnerability and more.

Tech Tuesday: OSU Esports, Telephone Scamming And More

Oct 16, 2018
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Ohio State is adding a new varsity sport to its lineup: competitive video gaming.

OSU is among the first major universities to announce a varsity esports program.

OSU also is creating a curriculum in tandem with the varsity sport for students seeking careers in the business. And researchers will study the relationship between the brain and body of esport competitors. 

Today on Tech Tuesday: college level esports, telephone scams and more.

Tech Tuesday: Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality

Oct 9, 2018
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Artificial Intelligence, or Al, is changing the way we think about news and technology. A newly developed software using audio clips to create fake video renderings was debuted last year.

Then, earlier this year, comedian Jordan Peele teamed up with BuzzFeed to create a video, using this AI program, of President Barack Obama making some implausible comments.

The video highlights concerns concerned the capabilities of AI, and what this could mean for the recurring topic of “fake news.”

Today on All Sides Tech Tuesday, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and more.

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at Facebook event.
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More than 50 million Facebook user accounts were hacked last week. It’s the tech company’s largest data breach in history, as data for other companies Facebook owns were also potentially compromised. 

Today on All Sides, what happens when the largest social media company gets hacked, microchip implants, and more.

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Old electrical, gas, and water meters are being replaced by smart meters. 

They’re quicker than traditional meters, using radio frequency signals to send meter readings back to the service provider.  

While 132,000 meters have already been installed this year in Ohio alone, not everyone’s thrilled. Homeowners in Illinois have already taken the meter companies to court, preferring traditional meter options. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, the future of smart meters. And, Russell Holly joins us again.

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For more than three decades, cars have used a device that acts as a kind of central brain. It processes the electronic information that flows through the vehicle. 

Self-driving vehicles require more electronic information to operate than your average car. As more and more autonomous vehicles make their way onto the road, there’s an urgent need for them to be built with higher-speed networks. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, we discuss car companies increasing data processing speeds in their vehicles. Also, we’ll talk about transparency in social media banning. 

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Ahead of the midterm elections, Facebook and other social media platforms are cracking down on fraudulent users and groups that could be part of election meddling. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union tested Amazon's facial recognition software last week by running a check between members of Congress and a public mugshot database.

The faces of 28 members matched a mugshot from the database, a roughly five percent error rate. African American and Latino members of Congress disproportionately matched with the mugshots.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, whether facial recognition software should be regulated and whether law enforcement agencies should purchase software from companies such as Amazon.

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Starting July 24, the newest version of the Google Chrome is notifying users anytime they try to access an unencrypted or unsecure page.  HTTP sites are less safe than those beginning with HTTPS, which prevents eavesdropping and tampering from third parties. The tech giant has been trying to push for more secure sites on the Internet.   Today on Tech Tuesday, we discuss Google’s latest move toward greater user security. We’ll also talk about possible regulations on Columbus AirBnB and other short-term rentals in the city.  

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