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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 25, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone

By Molly Roberts

A proposed law might determine what happens to our online accounts when we die. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.

Categories: Government, Privacy, Technology


Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - July 23, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law?

By Amanda Vinicky

Screenshot of video posted by trucker Brian Miner

It has been just over half a year since Illinois made it illegal to talk on your phone while driving without the use of a hands-free device. The law also makes an exemption for law enforcement. A recent YouTube sensation that raises the question: should police get special treatment?

Categories: Law, Technology, Transportation



NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles

By Elise Hu

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler.

A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission's commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. But the tech problems are buying those who want to weigh in some extra time — the deadline for public commenting is now Friday at midnight.




NPR - Illinois Public Media News - June 30, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

More on Illinois Public Media's coverage of mental health issues in central Illinois.

By Maanvi Singh

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Lauren Kay has never met her therapist in person. The 24-year-old entrepreneur found it difficult to take time off work for appointments.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - June 25, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Aereo’s TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says

By Bill Chappell

Aereo on an IPhone

Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, violates U.S. copyright law, the Supreme Court has ruled. The court's 6-3 decision reverses a lower court ruling on what has been a hotly contested issue.

Categories: Law, Technology

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