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Eric Lundgren with recycled circuit boards. He will serve 13 months in prison for  selling Windows restore discs along with refurbished PCs and laptops.

Episode 99: Are we criminalizing reuse? An Exclusive Interview with Eric Lundgren

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB)Subscribe: Android | Email | RSSIn this week’s episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#99), we bring you an exclusive interview with Eric Lundgren, the celebrated entrepreneur who has helped revolutionize the recycling of electronic waste through his company IT Asset Partners, but who will soon start serving a 13 month jail sentence for copyright infringement for distributing Microsoft Windows “restore CDs.” Together, we wonder if The Internet of Things is leading us into a future in which giant software companies and thing makers use copyright law and the courts to prosecute non-sanctioned use of their technology. 

Is there a right to hack voice assistants like Google Home? The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks so. (Image courtesy of Google.)

Episode 84: Free Alexa! Cory Doctorow on jailbreaking Voice Assistants and hacking diversity with Rapid7’s Corey Thomas

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:13 — 48.3MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | RSSIn this week’s Security Ledger Podcast (#84): The 1990s era Digital Millennium Copyright Act made it a crime to subvert copy protections in software and hardware.  We speak with Cory Doctorow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about his group’s efforts to win an exemption from that law for voice assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Also: February is Black History Month in the United States. We interview Corey Thomas, the Chief Executive Officer of the firm Rapid 7 about what it means to be a black man in the information security industry and about his path to the field.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is arguing that voice assistants should be allowed to be jailbroken, permitting security researchers to analyze their workings

EFF Seeks Right to Jailbreak Alexa, Voice Assistants

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is asking the Library of Congress to give owners of voice assistant devices like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home and other voice assistants the right to “jailbreak” the devices: freeing them from content control features designed to prevent users from running unauthorized code on those platforms.