What are organizations doing to protect themselves from security threats? Why is multifactor authentication processes such a focus for CIOs? What should managers look for when bringing on security team members?
On our show we've been looking into the still very new economy of space. But while the space economy might be new to us, science fiction has explored it in great detail. Host Molly Wood talked with Daniel Suarez, the author of near-future sci-fi books like "Daemon" and "Freedom™." His most recent book, "Delta-v," is out next week. It’s about a group of asteroid miners recruited by an eccentric billionaire to kick-start the space economy.
Suarez was partially inspired by last year's United Nations report that said humans only have about 12 years to avert catastrophic climate change. He imagined a near future...
Recently none other than Prince Harry waded into the debate about whether video games are addictive. He said he thought "Fortnite" “shouldn't be allowed” and that it's designed to keep kids in front of a computer as long as possible. Last year, the World Health Organization classified game addiction as a mental health disorder for the first time. But many psychiatrists still disagree with that assessment. Some say video game addiction is the same as any digital addiction, like to phones or social media.
Host Molly Wood talked with Lindsay Grace, a Knight chair in interactive media and associate professor at...
It's been called "'American Idol' for science geeks." The George Barley Water Prize will award $10 million to the team that develops the most promising technology to remove excess phosphorus from freshwater lakes and streams. Phosphorus pollution, from chemical fertilizers and septic tanks, has led to the growth of toxic blue-green algae in the Florida Everglades and elsewhere.
Marketplace’s Amy Scott talked with Loren Parra, director of the George Barley Water Prize. She said the goal is to spark innovation. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Loren Parra: The way that we've previously been looking at the issue, or how...
This week the European Parliament passed a law establishing basic rights for workers in the gig economy. It could apply to some 3 million people, everyone from Uber drivers to couriers for the United Kingdom's Deliveroo. The law requires companies to pay when work is canceled last minute or for mandatory training. It also bans "exclusivity clauses," which prevent freelancers from "gigging" for other companies. It's supposed to make working short-term gigs a little more stable.
Marketplace’s Amy Scott talked with Joe Miller, a business and tech reporter with the BBC who's been following this law. The following is an edited...
Last year, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act, which requires companies to be more careful in the way they handle consumer data. It doesn't go into effect until next year, and it's still a work in progress. Big tech companies have been proposing almost constant changes to the law since it passed, while on the other side privacy advocates push for even more teeth. But however the final law is written, companies are also working on compliance, which is clearly confusing and can also be costly.
Host Molly Wood checked in with Jessica Lee, a partner at the law firm...
In a new book, Janet Napolitano, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, says it is “impossible to overstate the urgency of improving our country's cybersecurity.” She says we're vulnerable all over the place, from critical infrastructure like utilities and 911 dispatch systems to our elections and our personal data. But there are lots of federal agencies in charge of it, and they have to work with lots of private companies to address it.
Host Molly Wood spoke with Napolitano about her new book “How Safe Are We? Homeland Security Since 9/11.” She asked her what she wishes her agency...
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