Tech Refactored


Tech Refactored

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center studies the ever-changing relationship between law and technology – how the law can regulate technology and how new technologies affect what the law can do. Our podcast, Tech Refactored, shares the research and expertise coming from the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center.

The podcast is hosted by our founder and director Gus Hurwitz and produced by Lysandra Marquez and Elsbeth Magilton. You can also catch Tech Refactored Sunday mornings on 90.3 KRNU in the Lincoln area.

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S2E6 - Farming From Your Phone: Developing Autonomous Ag Tools at Nebraska

Fri, 09/10/2021

On this episode Jack Keating, a 2021 graduate of the University of Nebraska’s mechanical engineering program, tells us about the creation and development of his business Corral Technologies. Jack is joined by Dr.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Jack Keating,
  • Santosh Pitla
Listen to the full S2E6 - Farming From Your Phone: Developing Autonomous Ag Tools at Nebraska episode
S2E5 - Put Down That Scanner: Encrypted Police Communications and Civil Liberties

Fri, 09/03/2021

Across the country law enforcement units are encrypting their communications, barring the general population and journalists alike from following police radio channels. Weighing concerns with privacy and officer safety with citizen watchdog oversight and freedom of the press is an extremely complex policy issue.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Danielle Conrad,
  • Mailyn Fidler
Listen to the full S2E5 - Put Down That Scanner: Encrypted Police Communications and Civil Liberties episode
S2E4 - Broader Considerations of Technology with Colton Harper

Thu, 08/26/2021

In this episode of Tech Refactored Gus and our Research Associate Neil Rutledge speak with Colton Harper of Broader Considerations of Technology (or BCT), a student organization that is a part of the Kutak Ethics Center at Nebraska. BCT is launching several impressive initiatives from data visualization workshops, to game jams, to a science fiction and ethics book club.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz,
  • Neil Rutledge
Guest(s):
  • Colton Harper
Listen to the full S2E4 - Broader Considerations of Technology with Colton Harper episode
S2E3 - Teaching Girls to Code: Tech Literacy for Underrepresented Groups at the Local Level

Fri, 08/20/2021

On this episode of Tech Refactored our Executive Producer Elsbeth Magilton interviews Justin Stark and Aakriti Agrawal, founders of local non-profit, Girls Code Lincoln.

Host(s):
  • Elsbeth Magilton
Guest(s):
  • Aakriti Agrawal,
  • Justin Stark
Listen to the full S2E3 - Teaching Girls to Code: Tech Literacy for Underrepresented Groups at the Local Level episode
S2E2 - The Internet of Towns: Building Out Municipal Broadband

Fri, 08/13/2021

Ronald Rizzuto from the University of Denver joins Gus to discuss the history and state of the cable and telecommunications industry with a focus on how municipalities try to build out broadband services, why it often fails, and what is takes to succeed.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Ronald Rizzuto
Listen to the full S2E2 - The Internet of Towns: Building Out Municipal Broadband episode
S2E1 - Culturally Rerouting the Oregon Trail

Fri, 08/06/2021

We're discussing the role of video games in shaping popular understandings of history - specifically the game a generation of adults played as kids, The Oregon Trail.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Margaret Huettl,
  • Katrina Phillips
Listen to the full S2E1 - Culturally Rerouting the Oregon Trail episode
Ep. 30 - 2021 Initiative on Closing the Rural Digital Divide

Wed, 07/28/2021

Over the past several months we collaborated with a group of scholars working on projects to discuss the challenge of the rural digital divide, or internet access gap--from virtual learning in the face of a pandemic to politics to dig permits. We are discussing the projects in a series of one-on-one discussions. This endeavor was undertaken in conjunction with the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Christina Biedny,
  • Brian Whitacre,
  • Roberto Gallardo,
  • Tim Obermier,
  • Angela Hollman,
  • Jacob Manlove
Listen to the full Ep. 30 - 2021 Initiative on Closing the Rural Digital Divide episode
Ep. 29 - Mining the Moon with Kristi Bradford

Tue, 07/20/2021

On this episode we discuss a prospect that has moved from fantasy to possible feasibility - the mining and extraction of resources from asteroids and the moon. Our producer (and space lawyer) Elsbeth Magilton co-hosts and welcomes Kristi Bradford from In-Q-Tel to learn about the economic and business development side of space resources.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz,
  • Elsbeth Magilton
Guest(s):
  • Kristi Bradford
Listen to the full Ep. 29 - Mining the Moon with Kristi Bradford episode
Ep. 28 - What If... with Mike Tobias

Wed, 07/14/2021

We're joined by Mike Tobias, host of the What If? series from Nebraska Public Media. Mike shares what's it like to seek, find, and explore the interesting characters and topics around Nebraska, and how to best tell their stories.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Mike Tobias
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p. 27 - Robocalls: SHAKEN or STIRed?

Thu, 07/08/2021

Have you stopped answering your cell phone because most of the calls are scams or ads? As of June 30th, 2021, every telephone carrier in the United States is required to have a plan in place to deal with robocalls. In this episode Richard Shockey joins Gus to break down why we get so many of these calls and whether these new plans will help address them.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Richard Shockey
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