Cookies: Tech Security & Privacy

Technology has transformed our lives, but there are hidden tradeoffs we make as we take advantage o ... more

Latest Episodes

2

October 12, 2021 00:49:20
Tech Consumers Should Demand Better Security: Ruby Lee, Princeton Uni

Tech Consumers Should Demand Better Security: Ruby Lee, Princeton Uni

As a chief computer architect at Hewlett-Packard in the 1980s, Ruby Lee was a leader in changing the way computers are built, simplifying their core instructions so they could do more. And she revolutionized the way computers use multimedia. If you’ve watched a video or streamed music on your computer or smart phone, Ruby had a lot to do with making that possible. In more recent years here at Princeton, her research has focused on security in computer architecture without sacrificing performance, which is what we’ll talk about today. And she’ll discuss why, even though it’s possible to build more secure devices, the marketplace doesn’t demand it. Ruby Lee is the Forest G. Hamrick Professor in Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.   ...

Listen

2

October 06, 2021 00:52:16
Barton Gellman Deletes His Account

Barton Gellman Deletes His Account

To kick off our second season, we’re honored to welcome Barton Gellman, Princeton Class of 1982. Bart has won multiple Pulitzer Prizes, including for his groundbreaking work with The Washington Post in 2013 to reveal widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency. The stories showed that even though they weren’t the targets, law-abiding American citizens could still find their private email, social media content, and online activity swept up by our national security apparatus. Privacy has long been a passion of Gellman’s, and today we’ll ask him for tips we can use to make our own digital lives more private, from email to text messaging to apps and the cloud. He talks about tradeoffs he’s willing to make to be a full participant in the digital revolution, as well as one popular service he distrusts so much, he vows to delete his account entirely. And we’ll as talk about his book, “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State.” Bart Gellman was a visiting fellow at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy a few years back. ...

Listen