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Will the Internet of Things bring about an ink jet economy with software used to tightly constrain consumer choice.

Episode 101: Ink Jet Nation? Doctorow on a Dystopian IoT and City of Atlanta Employees phished on Rogue Wi-Fi

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:43 — 61.5MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this episode of the podcast (#101): will the Internet of Things enable a glorious future of intelligent and subservient “things”? Or will it birth “ink jet nation:” a dystopia of closed and expensive technology silos that use patents, software licensing and lawsuits constrain the use, reuse and repair of connected things? We talk to author and activist Cory Doctorow following his keynote at last week’s Security of Things Forum. Also: the city of Atlanta has made headlines after a ransomware outbreak crippled city services. But the city may have more to worry about: wireless phishing attacks targeting government employees and elected officials. We speak with Dror Liwer of the firm Coronet about what they found. 

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 | Google Podcasts | 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. 

Eric Lundgren was sentenced to 15 months in prison for distributed Microsoft Windows restore discs.

Episode 95: Copyright Insanity sends E-Waste Recycler to Prison and IoT Inspector finds Insecure Things

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:38 — 39.6MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this episode of The Security Ledger podcast (#95): has the Digital Millennium Copyright Act taken us over a bridge too far? We talk with two experts about the case of Eric Lundgren, a celebrated e-waste recycler who has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $50,000 for DMCA violations. Also: we speak with one of the Ivy League students who designed IoT Inspector, software that can analyze your home network for vulnerable devices.

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 | Google Podcasts | 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.  Spread the word!20shares1613