Tech tAUk November 5, 2011 – Politically Occupied Edition

The Occupy Tech tAUk Movement launched by our crew’s self-declared union continues, while in the meantime our show veers a bit more into the political sphere with the launch of our new political-tech segment, AmeriTech 2012. And Douglas is back behind the computer screen (actually, two screens this time) for another of our trademark demos.

Check out the teaser ad for this episode for a preview!

Our tech headlines this week:

In our discussion segment, we take a look at the Occupy movement and how it got started out of social media, peruse the latest hacktivism news out of Anonymous, and also look at how the White House is getting in on online activism with “We the People” online petitions, although the canned responses may make it a bit of a sham.
Relevant links mentioned in the segment:

Josh then launches our newest segment, AmeriTech 2012, with a look at the issues of internet monitoring, cyberwarfare, and concerns about internet-blocking in the name of cybersecurity. Josh then looks at the 2012 Republican primary candidates and their stances on cybersecurity and internet freedom (or their lack thereof). Josh finally looks at two measures currently pending in Congress that threaten internet freedom in the United States: the E-PARASITE Act and the PROTECTIP Act.
Relevant links mentioned in the segment:

Douglas then gets behind the computer to demonstrate some free tools by Apple built into the latest release of Mac OS X Lion to help you keep your Mac secure, including FileVault 2, for encrypting your Mac’s hard drive, and Find My Mac, an iCloud feature that lets you recover and/or lock down your Mac when it goes missing.

Finally, in our Random Geeky Fact of the Week, Douglas discusses the recent ICANN decision to open up access to custom top-level domains, and in our Viral Video of the Week, we look at a video of a bride texting during her wedding.

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.