Can You Say That? (10/8/22 Part 2)

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The Supreme Court has a big case coming up. Section 230, and Why it Matters And geez, we have to talk about it. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/10/scotus-weighs-first-case-testing-big-tech-liability-for-recommending-content/ https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/06/section-230-the-internet-law-politicians-love-to-hate-explained/ https://theweek.com/supreme-court/1017215/the-supreme-court-and-the-internets-future-explained https://news.yahoo.com/how-the-supreme-court-could-break-the-internet-as-we-know-it-161539011.html https://publicknowledge.org/two-years-later-broadband-providers-are-still-taking-advantage-of-an-internet-without-net-neutrality-protections/

Second Helping of NEWS! (9/24/22 Part 2)

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More news! Once again, we’re having our news show buffet where we share all the news that fits! News Buffet – Part 2 None of these are quite a full hour or show on their own, so let’s hit the highlights, shall we? https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/21/tech/microsoft-windows-11-update/index.html https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/09/morgan-stanley-pays-35m-penalty-for-extensive-failure-to-safeguard-customer-data/ https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-completely-erase-a-hard-drive-2626173 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/09/florida-to-supreme-court-let-us-regulate-social-networks-as-common-carriers/

Is your internet expensive? (7/30/22 Part 2)

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Internet access is particularly important for most people. Never mind the fun stuff; online learning, bill paying and financial access, medical services and more are part of our daily lives. The Important ACP Program Not being able to get online makes life hard, especially if a business decides they don’t want to bother with phone support or local representatives. Guess what? There’s help for that. https://www.fcc.gov/affordable-connectivity-program-consumer-faq

Recycling and eCycling on Maui! (4/23/22 Part 2)

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Got “old stuff”? You know what we’re talking about: old desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones and more? Well, time to talk eCycling here on Maui! E-cycling on Maui! Why Recycle? from Alert Internet Surfer Kimi: https://tcrwusa.com/pages/recycling-services ECycling Maui’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ecyclingmaui County of Maui Environmental Protection & Sustainability website – https://www.mauicounty.gov/742/Environmental-Protection-Sustainability Residential Recycling Guide (also in the April 2022 issue of the Maui Times!) https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/120794/ Got batteries? https://www.epa.gov/recycle/used-household-batteries Got Lithium-Ion batteries? https://www.epa.gov/recycle/used-lithium-ion-batteries Reading on Lithium-Ion recycling: https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/lithium-costs-a-lot-of-money-so-why-arent-we-recycling-lithium-batteries/ Want to contact your State representatives about recycling those batteries? https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=H How about your County reps? http://mauicounty.us/councilmembers/

Astroturfing and you (4/2/22 Part 1)

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Astroturf is fake grass. Folks might argue whether it feels the real thing or not, looks the same, things like that. But when you get down to it, its fake grass. Who does it and why? Astroturfing Well, we’ll take a look at two major companies doing it and why they do it! https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/30/how-google-and-amazon-bankrolled-a-grassroots-activist-group-of-small-business-owners-to-lobby-against-big-tech-oversight.html https://www.axios.com/app-store-crackdown-senate-apple-google-3b1a7028-0037-42e1-a116-f9e653ded82c.html https://www.natlawreview.com/article/senate-zeros-big-tech-latest-antitrust-reform-bill https://www.themarginalian.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/

Right To Repair: Are we there yet? (7/10/21 Part 2)

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You own that thing, you can do what you want or need to do with it, right? Not necessarily. Right to Repair – An update Could things change to be more pro-consumer and pro-small business? Absolutely! https://www.repair.org/ https://www.eff.org/issues/right-to-repair https://www.ifixit.com/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/bidens-right-to-repair-order-could-stop-companies-from-blocking-diy-fixes/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/06/hackers-farmers-and-doctors-unite-support-for-right-to-repair-laws-slowly-grows/ And from Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple computers:

Net Neutrality Update! (2/27/21 Part 2)

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Net Neutrality! Is it coming back? Net Neutrality Redux If not Federally (probably not Federally) then what about at the state level? Seems like that’s a possibility. https://www.wired.com/story/guide-net-neutrality/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/california-can-enforce-net-neutrality-law-judge-rules-in-loss-for-isps/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/biden-doj-halts-trump-admin-lawsuit-against-calif-net-neutrality-rules/ And, let’s not forget about privacy in all of this (from 2017 and not yet overturned!): https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/

Anti-Trust and Facebook! Its a big deal! (12/12/20 Part 2)

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There’s always a rush to find the next big thing. The problem is when everyone flocks to it, they inadvertently create a monster. The Facebook Monopoly Facebook was the next big thing years ago, and yep, there’s now a monster. Facebook is now looking at the Federal Trade Commission and 47 states wanting to break them up. Facebook should be broken up, FTC and states allege in pair of lawsuits – CNET Explained: The antitrust suit against Facebook | Explained News,The Indian Express But why? Well, glad you asked. We get into that this hour!

Voting is different this year. Let’s help with that! (10/24/20 Part 2)

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Voting this year is different in years past for Hawai’i. Its mail-in! Vote Hawaii! What else is going on? We talk about that, and of course, we have links! https://elections.hawaii.gov/ https://elections.hawaii.gov/hawaii-votes-by-mail/ https://www.vote411.org/hawaii https://portal.ehawaii.gov/government/voting-and-elections/ https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1248&year=2019 Plus, Alert Internet Surfer Danno found this demographic information from 2016. What does it cover? Ethnic groups on Maui via percentage then percentage as registered to vote! https://www.winningjustice.org/districts/hi-maui-4719