You got to fight! For your right! To fiiiiiiiiix thangs! (10/27/18 Part 2)

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You buy something, its yours, right? Common sense? Well, not quite. “Says who” you ask? Well, Apple and John Deer come to mind. Right to Repair gets a boost! First off, you’ll want to visit https://hawaii.repair.org/ So, there’s a movement fighting for your Right to Repair. There was a big win via the Library of Congress approving an exemption the the Digital Millennium Copyright Act allowing you to circumvent (“break”) the digital rights management of certain types of devices. https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/26/us-copyright-office-says-circumventing-drm-repair-certain-electronics-including-phones-smart-speakers-now-legal/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/feds-say-its-ok-to-jailbreak-alexa/ https://gizmodo.com/its-now-legal-to-hack-drm-to-repair-your-own-devices-1830002757 On a side note: there’s even an exemption that’s been made for online games that have shut down. Its really interesting, and quite relevant when you consider how many games are online only now! US Library of Congress grants DMCA exception for preserving online games You might remember Sam was a fan of City of Heroes, so this is pretty cool for him.

The European Unions EU GDPR: What is it? (5/19/18 Part 2)

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First, some context. Last year Congress used the CRA (Congressional Review Act) to repeal the Obama era privacy protections. The GDP-what? What did we lose from that? A quick read should catch you up! https://www.consumerreports.org/consumerist/house-votes-to-allow-internet-service-providers-to-sell-share-your-personal-information/ The EU’s enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation is beginning at the end of the month. Chances are you’ve been getting notifications from companies and sites you deal with for a while now, but don’t know why. Well, we talk about it today, and why we should watch its ups and downs! https://www.eugdpr.org/ What do you think?

Net Neutrality Countdown! (5/12/18 Part 1)

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Net Neutrality is back in the news! Is it safe? Is it doomed? What can be done? Upcoming Senate Vote on the CRA/Net Neutrality! We hit the highlights about what’s happening in the here and now, and ponder how this might affect this year’s elections. https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/19/these-are-the-arguments-against-net-neutrality-and-why-theyre-wrong/ https://www.freepress.net/our-response/expert-analysis/explainers/red-alert-net-neutrality-what-you-need-know https://www.battleforthenet.com/scoreboard/

Net Neutrality, Cable Boxes, and the Block 5! (5/12/18 Part 2)

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We continue this hour with not only continuing our discussion with Net Neutrality, but we revisit Cable Boxes thanks to a caller and finish the hour talking about the Falcon 9 Block 5! Net Neutrality, oh and the Block 5, too! If you’re curious about cable setup boxes and renting the darn things, check out what “our” FCC decided was a good idea… continued anti-consumer practices for all! https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/01/fcc-chairman-pai-takes-wheelers-set-top-box-plan-off-the-table/