September 12, 2008

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Show Summary: privacy in the age of Google and "lipstick on a pig"

Stick Up

How does a non story become the story? The answer has to do with outrageous accusations, cost free ads, back and forth squabbling and media outlets that are left to sort through the noise. WNYC's political director Andrea Bernstein weighs in on ...

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Pass It On

Email is the easiest and cheapest way to tell political lies. And you can’t blame the campaigns, or even journalists because these emails rarely cross the desks of editors. Bill Adair, editor of, weighs in on what’s true and what’s not from the latest crop of smear emails.

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Vice Versus

Open government advocates are expressing concern that Vice President Dick Cheney may take official documents with him when he leaves office. Chief Counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Anne Weismann, explains the stakes if the written record of the Cheney years is lost ...

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Last week the forces of automated media and automated financial trading collided to create a billion dollar mistake. Millions of United Airlines shares were traded based on information from an outdated story that mistakenly hit the web. James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, explains what happened.

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Information Warfare

By 1942, desperate for help fending off Nazi Germany, Britain began covertly trying to influence the American public into joining World War II. Jennet Conant, author of The Irregulars; Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington, describes why spies employed to manipulate the U.S. press ...

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Search Me

Last week Google released its very own web browser named Chrome, which it claims runs better than other browsers. But privacy hawks fear it may only out-perform when it comes to collecting personal data. Google's Marissa Mayer says the company has changed procedures in ...

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Short of Anonymous

Alissa Cooper, of the Center for Democracy and Technology, says that steps by Google to make data anonymous are encouraging, but that personal info can still slip into the wrong hands and be linked back to a specific person, even if the company means well.

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Call Into Question

Telephones have always figured prominently in film, as a plot device, a prop, a way to generate suspense or a way to reach out and touch someone. But now that we’re all reachable all the time, screenwriters have to contrive ways of using our phones in symbolic or surprising ways, ...

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