Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - February 10, 2018
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Segment 1: (11 min)
BUT FIRST: The opening essay
Segment 2: (8 min)
The week in technology
POSTED THE FRIDAY AFTER THE SHOW AIRED
In light of the indictments issued today confirming that Russians have waged a social-media war on the American electoral process for years now, it seems timely to point you to a segment from last week's show. In this age, it's not just important to be skeptical of the purported "information" you see online -- it's important to be skeptical of the conduits themselves that carry that information. If you're in business or promoting a non-profit organization, don't fall for the idea you can build your business model on tools from Google, Facebook, or any other tech company. You should trust nobody. Their business models don't necessarily reward the kinds of results that are good for you, and the more often they change their offerings (which they may do even more aggressively than before if it turns out they can be blamed in any way for the bad behavior of the Russian groups), the less you'll be able to trust that they're going to work for you in the future. Build your own website, maintain it well, and treat everything else as an accessory or a tool for amplifying the message. If you think you're going to build a business "on" Facebook, you're crazy.
Segment 3: (14 min)
Segment 4: (5 min)
Are we feeding our own insecurities?
The pace of news seems like it's faster than ever, but intensity shouldn't be a substitute for strategy. If you're like most Americans, you've heard reasons to worry about everywhere from Russia to North Korea to China, maybe even to Europe. Which ones are the serious threats to our security, and which ones are problems of our own making?
Dr. Megan Reiss is a senior national security fellow at the R Street Institute, and in this interview, we take advantage of her expertise on some big questions:
- Where are we on a missile defense system to protect the US from inbound attacks like the fake one that put Hawaii in a panic?
- Are the Olympics doing any good at cooling North Korea/South Korea tensions, and who deserves credit for the arranged marriage of their teams?
- Should countries like Norway and Estonia worry about whether we're actually going to back our NATO allies in case of attack?
- What's motivating Russia to stir up controversy and disagreement all over the Western world?
- Are we taking cybersecurity seriously enough?
Unsorted and leftovers:
By the numbers
Clean up after yourself
Mind your business
Quote of the Week
Your role in cyberwar
Contrary to popular opinion
Hyperbole is going to kill us all
21st Century conservatism
Curiosity, competence, and humility
Have a little empathy
Stop the deliberate ignorance
Tin Foil Hat Award
Yay Capitalism Prize
Capitalist solution of the week
One year ago
Five years ago
Ten years ago
Calendar events to highlight
- Podcast of this episode (forthcoming)
- Official station page for this episode (forthcoming)