Smart Talk

Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

Listen to Smart Talk live online from 9-10 a.m. weekdays and at 7 p.m. (Repeat of 9 a.m. program)

Host: Scott LaMar

Radio Smart Talk: Communications privacy

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 12, 2013 10:11 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, June 13:

digital image 300 x 170.jpg

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks forced Americans to think more about security and privacy and weigh the two against one another in many cases.

Government agencies charged with keeping the country safe did so in many cases by trying to find would be terrorists before they had a chance to implement their plans.  Often, that meant intercepting their communications.

Polls showed that most Americans didn't disagree with those methods. 

But then came the leaks last week that the National Security Agency had collected huge amounts of telephone records and other communications information from ordinary Americans.  It raised the debate to a whole new level.

Chuck Davis, a communications security expert from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Randy Lee, a professor of Law at Widener School of Law will appear on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss privacy and communications. 

RST Guests 6-13-13.jpg

Chuck Davis and Randy Lee

Tagged under , , ,

back to top
  • Lisa img 2013-06-13 08:34

    It is difficult to see how a majority of people can be upset about privacy concerns when a majority of Americans will seemingly post ANYTHING on-line on Facebook. If you really want privacy -- act like it!

    Of more interest to me is how a government contractor got top-level security access without apparently being vetted properly. Mr. Snowden seems to me to be exaggerating about what he had access to and could do while a government contractor. His comments have seemed to be melodramatic and make me wonder about his true motivation. I somehow doubt his motive was altruistic.