FROM Milton Mueller
Heartbleed Bug Reignites Debate over Net Security, Governance Every Internet user has now been warned: change all your passwords. Two thirds of all websites could be vulnerable to a security flaw called Heartbleed. Then again, they might not. Few examples of hackers exploiting Heartbleed have been reported so far. But its discovery has revealed how much online security depends on free software maintained by a few volunteers. There are predictions of global disaster. Can governments create rules of order, or should openness be the rule? Meantime, what’s an Internet-user to do? Since Heartbleed was made public early last week, tens of millions of Android devices are now said to be vulnerable. In Canada, 900 social insurance numbers have been reported stolen. On the British website for parents, called Mumsnet , cyberthieves may have obtained passwords and personal messages before the site was repaired.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.