Security and privacy on the Internet

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Guests: Brittany Bacon, Kate Krauss, Julia Angwin

The massive hack of the U.S. government’s Office of Personnel Management is the latest warning to Americans that much of their personal information is insecure, and that online communications are often vulnerable to attack. Today, we take a look at Internet security, personal privacy, how to protect yourself against hackers, why online anonymity is so important in an increasingly digital world, and if it’s even possible. We’ll begin by talking about the hack of the OPM with BRITTANY BACON, associate with Hunton and Williams LLP, who is a part of their privacy and cyber-security team. Then, we’ll hear from KATE KRAUSS, the new director of communications for the Tor Internet browser which seeks to provide anonymity to its users, and JULIA ANGWIN, senior reporter for ProPublica and author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance.

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