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Whatever you do on line — from filling out forms to making innocent requests for information — is subject to data mining.  That can lead to unflattering profiles or put you on lists that can be damaging — even though the data is often wrong. We hear calls for transparency and regulation.

Also, what's ahead for the fight over minimum wage? On today's Talking Point, the tiny, tech-savvy country of Estonia is the first nation to establish digital citizenship — with an ID that can help you file tax returns, authenticate e-mails and cast your vote for elected offices.  We talk to a man who has one.  

Banner Image Credit: Jason Cale

What's Ahead for the Fight over Minimum Wage? 6 MIN, 30 SEC

2014 was a big year for the battle over minimum wage. In November, voters in four states passed referendums to raise their state minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25 an hour. In December, Chicago became the latest city to set a higher minimum wage for workers, and next year, higher wages take effect in Hawaii, Maryland and West Virginia. Here to discuss this growing trend is reporter Josh Eidelson, who covers labor and politics for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@josheidelson)

The Downside of Data Mining 35 MIN, 51 SEC

Your personal data's all over the Internet, and it's up for sale. Data mining is now big business, with some 4000 companies searching everything all of us do on line, looking for patterns and compiling lists for sale to marketers, financial institutions and perspective employers -- and don't forget about the NSA. It might be secretly mining even the data of its own corporate partners. If you've just applied for a warranty or googled somebody else's chronic disease, you could be on a list of bad credit risks or unsuitable employees. If the information is wrong, there's not much you can do to correct it, because it's secret and there's almost no regulation, as we discovered in October when we first aired this conversation.

Peter Maass, The Intercept (@maassp)
Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland (@FrankPasquale)
Eric Siegel, Predictive Analytics World (@predictanalytic)
Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post (@lizzadwoskin)

The World’s First "E-resident" on the Benefits of Digital Citizenship 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Since the Internet was created, there have been problems with online identification.  We all know about fraud and identity theft.  The New Yorker's most often-copied cartoon show's a canine at a computer saying, “On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.”  Now that may be changing — in tiny Estonia. The country that gave the world Skype is now issuing digital ID cards to anybody who wants one.  Edward Lucas, senior editor at the Economist, took them up on it.  He's now the first “E-resident” of Estonia. Earlier this month, he discussed it with us.

Edward Lucas, The Economist (@edwardlucas)


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