#207: Carving Out Privacy Rights: Carpenter v US

November 30, 2017

The Fourth Amendment protects American citizens from unwarranted searches and seizures, but how far does that protection extend? The Carpenter v. United States case in front the Supreme Court seeks to determine whether or not the use of cell site location information requires law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant. Ashkhen Kazaryan, TechFreedom Legal Fellow is joined by Curt Levey, President of the Committee for Justice and Ashley Baker, Director of Public Policy to discuss.

#206: The Future of Internet Regulation w/ FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

November 22, 2017

Today we discuss the end of net neutrality....or do we? Under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC is set to undo broad claims on power over the Internet made in 2010 and 2015. That will also mean rolling back most – but not all – of the FCC's broadband rules. What is Pai planning to change, and what does he see as the future of Internet regulation? Is net neutrality really dying, or just changing? What difference will this make for consumers? We discuss these issues and more with our special guest, Ajit Pai himself.

#205: Who Owns the Airwaves?

November 20, 2017

You might not be able to see them but airwaves are very important, enabling all sorts of communication that we rely on. Given the exploding demand for access to the airwaves from new technologies like AR, VR, and 4K video, is the way we allocate spectrum good enough? Is there a better way? We discuss that and more with our guests, Ryan Radia, Research Fellow and Regulatory Council at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Joe Kane, Tech Policy Associate at the R Street Institute.

#204: Digital Learning: Future or a Flunk?

November 13, 2017

While many classrooms have iPads and children rely on the Internet to do their homework, in many ways education is still an analog experience.  Are we headed for a wave of disruption? Or are there certain human elements of education that simply can’t be digitized? Evan is joined by Jan Hein Hoogstad, founder and technology developer for Offcourse, an online education platform. They discuss the state of online education, the challenges it faces, and how government policies might change the game.

#203: Super Mathio? What We Learn From Video Games

November 6, 2017

Video games have presented a challenge for parents since their advent. “Get off the couch and play outside!” or “Read a book!” are phrases the host of this podcast heard plenty throughout his childhood. But it’s been over three decades since Pong was invented, and the landscape has changed dramatically. Video gaming has become a professional and spectator sport, and the industry’s impact on the economy is significant. But can gaming also help educate people and build a workforce fit for a high-tech, 21st century economy? Evan is joined by Erik Huey Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association. They discuss the role of video games in STEM education, what to expect from virtual reality, and how “e-sports” are changing society. To see how your state is impacted, check out www.areweinyourstate.org.