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Revelations of NSA spying threw a scare into Internet users. Now the White House is proposing to regulate use of the same technology by retailers, employment agencies and financial companies. We hear from privacy advocates and from Silicon Valley, which warns against limiting the fastest growing sector of the economy. Also, President Obama lays out climate risks for the US, and kidnappers in Nigeria say more than 200 girls will be sold into slavery as eight more were seized from a village today. The United Nations has warned Boko Harum about crimes against humanity.

Banner image: Ruth Suehle/opensource.com

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Mike Kessler
Katie Cooper

Obama Lays Out Climate Risks for US 7 MIN, 27 SEC

"Climate change is already here." That's the conclusion of the third National Climate Assessment, unveiled today at the White House, finding evidence in every corner of the United States. President Obama is scheduled to meet with TV weather forecasters in the Rose Garden. Darren Goode is senior energy and environment reporter at Politico.

Guests:
Darren Goode, Politico (@DarrenGoode)

Profits, Privacy and Your Personal Data 34 MIN, 43 SEC

Edward Snowden's revelations about Internet spying by the National Security Agency put pressure on the Obama White House. Last week, it issued two reports — not on privacy threats from the NSA, but from corporations that use the same techniques for collecting what's called "meta data" from America's millions of Internet users. It's focusing on the way private companies find patterns in your online habits to create a "digital persona" you don't even know about. The goal is not just to market products you might like. It's also used to predict whether you're a good credit risk, job prospect or candidate for insurance. Privacy advocates welcome proposals for regulation, but Silicon Valley's saying, "Not so fast."  We hear from both sides.

Guests:
Brendan Sasso, National Journal (@BrendanSasso)
Elizabeth Dwoskin, Wall Street Journal (@lizzadwoskin)
Carl Szabo, NetChoice (@CarlSzabo)
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Center for Democracy & Technology (@JoeBeOne)

More:
Center for Democracy and Technology on White House report showing that privacy matters
Dwoskin on White House taking aim at 'big data' discrimination
Dwoskin on Yahoo refusing to honor 'do not track' requests from users
Sasso on big data's marketing strategy possibly violating civil rights
Szabo on White House's 'mixed bag' report
White House on a 'Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights'

Insurgent Leader in Nigeria Says He Will Sell Girls as Slaves 8 MIN, 29 SEC

In the Nigerian village of Warabe, eight girls, aged 12 to 15, were kidnapped today by the Boko Haram. The Islamist militant group is said to have ties with al Qaeda. On a video released yesterday, its leader, Abubakar Shekau, claims responsibility for kidnapping at least 223 school girls several weeks ago, plus the girls that were seized today.

 

 

 

We get an update from Heather Murdock, Africa correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and Voice of America, who's based in Ajuba, and from Bronwyn Bruton, Deputy Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council.

Guests:
Heather Murdock, Christian Science Monitor and Voice of America (@heather_murdock)
Bronwyn Bruton, Atlantic Council (@BronwynBruton)

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