Thu, 6 August 2015
How do you feel about Facebook collecting your Biometric data to bring you a better product? In this episode, we discuss the implications of Facebook collecting facial recognition data via your pictures and the implications that it could possibly have. The opening sound-bite is from Richard Linklater's movie Waking Life.
On the topic of the internet and its users, the US government will soon be handing the reigns over to the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, to be managed in a neutral setting by a private organization. However, it forces one to consider the implications as ICANN is still a government funded non-profit, but not a government entity. Does the 1st Amendment still apply to the internet if it is being managed by a private organization? We can certainly see that governments have no shame in censoring free speech like the current closing of porn sites in India, but does a private organization funded by the government solve this issue, or simply create a puppet entity?
Lastly, we discuss the recent development that Marijuana may actually prove to be an effective, and less lethal, treatment to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although a meaningful discussion is occurring about the use of marijuana by veterans, some states are not willing to bend. As a result, one veteran is currently facing up to a life sentence as the max penalty for having six pot plants in his home which he used to treat his PTSD symptoms.
We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon.