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January 16, 2014

Net Neutrality

Tuesday, a circuit court in Washington D.C. struck down rules ensuring net neutrality. This hour on Focus we’ll talk about what that means for the internet.

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December 11, 2012

Computers, Tablets and More

Jim Eyrich of the University of Illinois and Bobbi Hardy from CITES join us. Jim works for the National Center for Supercomputering Applications and Bobbi is a User Services Specialist at the CITES Help Desk. Whether you’re looking for a new computer or tablet, have questions about online security, or need some troubleshooting advice, they’re happy to help.


September 27, 2012

Your "Permanent Record"

Jules Polonetsky, Director and Co-Chair, Future of Privacy forum

Frances Harris, Librarian, University Laboratory High School, Urbana

Host: Craig Cohen
Filing Cabinets

As we share more and more of our lives on sites like Facebook and Twitter, privacy questions naturally arise. But so does the issue of how long this material will stay around - perhaps much longer than any of us had originally intended. In an age of social media and digital archiving, can we escape from what we have posted or written online? Is the internet compiling a "permanent record" of our lives, the one grade school teachers and principals have been warning students of for decades?


August 01, 2012

Too Big To Know

Too Big To Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

David Weinberger, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, Harvard University

Host: David Inge

There was a time when knowledge rested in a small number of places. Today, there is more to know, and more places to find it than ever before. But has that made us smarter, or just more confused? Our guest will be David Weinberger from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. His book Too Big to Know looks at the ways that the Internet has made the world messier, but also richer in information. It’s an opportunity, he says, for us to become smarter than ever.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, January 13, 2012, 10 am


June 07, 2012


Debra Fligor, Network Engineer, Campus Information Technologies and Education Services, University of Illinois

James Eyrich, Security Engineer, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois

Host: Craig cohen


May 22, 2012

Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

Our guest will be Howard Rheingold. For many years he was been writing enthusiastically about the power of social media. But he says the media he has been using for three decades now do have their downsides and the way we use them does matter for us and society. His new book Net Smart is an argument for a kind  digital literacy. It presents a program for social media use that is intelligent, humane…and above all, mindful.


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