California Update for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018
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• The Supreme Court struck down California’s Reproductive Fact Act Tuesday, siding with anti-abortion groups who argued the policy tread on free speech.


• An initiative that would allow Internet users to learn what companies like Facebook and Google know about them — and stop the sharing or selling of their data — has qualified for California’s November ballot.


Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola

California Update for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jan 30, 2018

• The California Senate has voted to impose its own version of net neutrality on the state.

• The Department of Water Resources announced today that contractors who receive water from the State Water Project will get more than originally thought.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ezra David Romero.

Teaching Media Literacy

Mar 30, 2017

How prepared are today's young people to deal with the growing amount of misinformation on the Internet?  In today's North Bay Report we look at legislation to update public school curriculums to teach youngsters survival skills for the digital age. 

While some may be concerned that teaching students about fake news could bring politics into the classroom, the sponsor of SB 135, Senator Bill Dodd, doesn't think the legislature will agree.

The Illusion of Cyber-Security

Feb 9, 2017


It’s true:  Big Brother IS watching us. And listening, and reading our emails and more, while we are making it easier for our data to be captured and sold.

The ever-expanding corporate and governmental intrusion into private personal communications and activities should be of concern to everyone, contends cyber security analyst Bill Blunden. It’s not whether or not one has something to hide, but a matter of protecting vital Constitutional rights.

The Inner Workings of Wikipedia

Jan 24, 2017

Fifteen years ago, the idea of a free, digital encyclopedia, compiled and edited almost entirely by volunteers, and available at no cost to everyone, seemed like an idealistic fantasy. Today, Wikipedia offers millions of articles in hundreds of languages, and continues to grow every day. And it is easier than you might think to contribute to that growth.

Although tens of thousands of editors have added to Wikipedia, some are far more prolific than others. By his own reckoning, Winsdor’s John Broughton is among the more active contributors.

Project Censored in 2016

Nov 9, 2015

  “Media Freedom on the Line” is the subtitle for the annual volume of media analysis and under-covered news stories from Project Censored. Today's report looks at the latest work from the media watchdog group.

How the Internet Changes Thinking

Mar 22, 2015

The Digital Divide isn’t just about online connectivity; it’s also a reflection of cross-generational differences in navigating the world through the Internet.

These differences in mental processing are manifesting most visibly in the modern workplace, suggests Dr. Ofer Zur, through a breakdown in the old hierarchical management structures.


  The emergence of “digital natives” has become a global phenomenon, observes Zur, one that is not limited to highly technological societies.

A Net Neutrality Victory for Consumers

Feb 5, 2015

  In an industry dominated by a very few big corporations, the FCC’s new move to support net neutrality may restore some balance, and reflects widespread public demand that their interests be protected.

Start-up Turns Commuters into Couriers

Jul 18, 2014

  From Craigslist, eBay and Amazon to Lyft, Uber and Air BnB, innovative applications of online communications have been streamlining customer services and upending long-established business models. A new start-up, launched by Cotati-based entrepreneur is now out to do the same for package delivery and courier services. Let’s hear from him.

This video, from the Shipbird website, explains their business model in greater visual detail.

Net Neutrality At Risk

Apr 26, 2014

  The FCC is preparing new rules to govern Internet access, amidst worries that those changes will give industry giants an unfair competitive advantage.

Watching the 'Heartbleed' Bug

Apr 14, 2014

  While most computer users have not experienced problems associated with the Heartbleed bug that was revealed last week, online security professionals remain watchful and wary.

The most reliable source for information about the Heartbleed bug can be found here. Wired Magazine has also published informed speculation that the NSA may have been involved in creating or exploiting the bug.