So, Bob

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What is technology doing to you? Civilian podcast producer Alia Tavakolian has always felt like a dumb tech consumer. Veteran tech-journalist Bob Sullivan has spent his life showing people they're not dumb tech consumers - they're being hacked. Each week, Bob and Alia join forces to answer your questions and untangle your sanity from this dark, scary world wide web.

Episode Date
Minisode: Why Does Google Maps Need WiFi?
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Why does Google Maps ask me to have my WiFi enabled to improve location accuracy? Thanks to Maggie in D.C. for today’s question.<br><br>Go here and see a map of where you've been and when -- <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/timeline?pb">on Google</a>. <br>Feel weird about what Google knows about your location? Go to this page and <a href="https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3118687?hl=en">manage your location history</a>.<br>Want to see all the WiFi networks near you? Visit <a href="https://wigle.net/">WiGLE.net</a>We mentioned that Google has gotten in hot water in the past over the way Wi-Fi and the Street View part of its mapping product. Here's<a href="https://www.mic.com/articles/37247/google-fined-190k-over-street-view-maps-privacy#.9Wlxqdxsu"> one story</a> about it.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 17, 2019
Are We at the End of Attention?
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Has technology ruined our ability to focus? Will we ever be able to get that back? <br><br>Our guest this episode is journalist and author <a href="https://twitter.com/anniemurphypaul?lang=en">Annie Murphy Paul</a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 10, 2019
Minisode: How Safe Are Password Managers?
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Password managers are a great solution to remembering 100+ passwords, but are they actually safe? What makes a good password anyway? This week’s question comes from a listener on Twitter. <br><br>Here are the new definitive NIST guidelines on <a href="https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-63b.pdf">passwords</a>.<br>Bruce Schneier explains this <a href="https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/10/changes_in_pass.html">here</a>.<a href="https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/10/changes_in_pass.html"><br></a>Ok, so just how secure are password managers? Pretty secure, <a href="https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/02/on_the_security_1.html">but not perfect</a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 03, 2019
Is Technology Fueling Overwork?
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Is my ability to work from anywhere actually hindering me? How much does overwork affect my wellbeing? <br><br>Our guest this episode is author <a href="https://twitter.com/BrigidSchulte?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Brigid Schulte</a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 27, 2019
Minisode: What Does My Smart Meter Say?
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Should I be boycotting smart meters? A listener asks an important question about a piece of tech that most of us didn’t know was tracking us. Thanks to Brian in Lansing for this week’s question. <br><br>Last year, a federal court ruled that consumers retain their expectation of privacy around <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/08/win-landmark-seventh-circuit-decision-says-fourth-amendment-applies-smart-meter">smart meter data</a>. <br>The Electronic Frontier Foundation's legal argument in the case can be found<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3476767-24-2-Brief-of-Amici-Curiae-EFF-and-Privacy.html"> here</a>.<br>Info on what smart meters actually collect can be found <a href="https://skyvisionsolutions.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/utility-smart-meters-invade-privacy-22-aug-2014.pdf">here</a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 20, 2019
Who’s Been Recording Me While I Sleep?
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What happens when an app records you in your sleep? And then tells you to pay to hear recordings? Is that like, legal?? Alia and Bob search for answers.<br><br>Our guest this episode is privacy lawyer <a href="https://twitter.com/sgutiu">Sinzi Gutiu</a>.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 13, 2019
Internet: Good or Bad?
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Is the internet ruining our lives? But what about puppy pics and Twitter friends and immediate access to information?!&nbsp; For the very first episode of So, Bob, Alia and Bob tackle the world’s easiest question: is the internet good or bad?<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 06, 2019
So, Bob…what is this show?
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Coming May 6: Bob &amp; Alia join forces to answer your questions and untangle your sanity from this dark, scary world wide web. So, Bob is a safe, welcome space for understanding what technology is doing to you. We’ll be dropping episodes weekly starting May 6. Subscribe now so you don’t miss a thing!<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2019