The hot topic at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show was connected devices: our cars, our refrigerators, and even our coffee makers having Internet connections. This presents a unique challenge to cybersecurity, as criminals and foreign governments will have even more ways to hack into our information. Evan is joined by Shane Tews, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. They discuss the “Internet of Things,” the “year of the hack,” and what 2016 will mean for cybersecurity.
Uber, Lyft, and other sharing-economy companies are facing lawsuits all over the world, especially over the way they classify their workers. While the independent contractor model has driven much of their early success, it may not be the way of the future. Evan is joined by Jared Meyer, a research fellow at the Manhattan Institute. They discuss Lyft’s recent court settlement, a “third way” labor model, and ongoing efforts to unionize the sharing economy.
Companies have many ways of enticing and incentivizing customers, including through coupons. At the grocery store, this practice is uncontroversial. But in the digital world, zero-rating, sponsored data, and “Internet coupons” have caused an uproar, as critics say they violate net neutrality. Evan is joined by Roslyn Layton, a Ph.D fellow at Aalborg University in Copenhagen. They discuss the debate over zero-rating, its impact on the world, and the prospects for regulation.
You might think that a company giving stuff away for free would be a cause for everyone to celebrate. But that isn’t the case with TMobile’s new unlimited video offering, “Binge On.” Evan and Berin discuss whether Binge On passes the “net neutrality” test, how TMobile landed in hot water with activists, and how this case will impact the future of sponsored data plans.
Since Snowden’s revelations about US surveillance in 2013, not much has changed — at least, for Europeans. Europeans are rightly outraged. Late last year, Europe’s highest court struck down a key 2000 agreement that allows tech companies to send consumer data across the Atlantic. Evan and Berin discuss how American can avoid a digital trade war with Europe by better protecting the privacy of Europeans — starting with the Judicial Redress Act, which stalled in the Senate yesterday.
Uber is at war with regulators all over the country, especially in New York City. Evan is joined by Jared Meyer, a research fellow at the Manhattan Institute. They discuss Uber's spat with NYC mayor Bill de Blasio, how ridesharing relates to progressive values, and the changing nature of work.
What did the Democratic candidates have to say about tech policy in the most recent debate? Not much, but that didn’t stop us from giving some cheers and jeers! Evan and Berin discuss O’Malley’s defense of privacy, Bernie’s jab at tech companies for data collection, and Hillary’s common ground with Jeb! on encryption.
Last night’s debate featured a major rift between Sens. Marco Rubio (FL) and Ted Cruz (TX) on the issue of government snooping on Americans. Evan and Berin discuss the Edward Snowden leaks, the election flare-up on surveillance, Jeb!’s chances of convincing Apple to break encryption, and the balance between cyber- and national security.
In Episode #4, we discuss FanDuel, DraftKings, and the somehow controversial world of fantasy sports. We examine the hodgepodge of local, state, and federal laws that govern online gambling, games of skill vs. game of chance, and what’s behind all the controversy. Evan is joined by Chris Koopman, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center. For more information on the latest developments in fantasy sports, check out http://fantasysports.mercatus.org/.
In Episode 2, we discussed what President Obama SHOULD have said in his State of the Union Address—
In Episode #3 we examine what he ACTUALLY said, and the implications. We discuss mandates to report “terrorist activities” online, net neutrality, “universal service” subsidies and taxes for telecommunications services, whether America is really in decline, innovation as reason for optimism, the technocratic mentality of the Apollo program, the stagnation thesis, and specific opportunities for bipartisan compromise.