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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Ep. 23 - Patents: The Good, The Bad, and COVID Vaccine

Wed, 06/09/2021

Christal Sheppard and Sam Zyontz join Tech Refactored again to discuss patents: what they are, how they work, and how they impact innovation. Of course, we can't cover patents without discussion of the COVID vaccine and patent waivers in the news recently.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Christal Sheppard,
  • Samantha Zyontz
Listen to the full Ep. 23 - Patents: The Good, The Bad, and COVID Vaccine episode
Ep 22 - NASA's Artemis Accords, Presented by NGTC Student Fellows

Wed, 06/02/2021

Center Student Fellows C.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz,
  • Mitchell Clark,
  • Aryan Singh
Guest(s):
  • Matthew Schaefer,
  • Frans von der Dunk
Listen to the full Ep 22 - NASA's Artemis Accords, Presented by NGTC Student Fellows episode
Ep. 21 - How Should We Regulate Airbnb, Ride Shares, and Web Content?

Tue, 05/25/2021

This is our final episode in our Regulation at Scale series, featuring research focused on the 

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Eric Goldman,
  • Sajeesh Sajeesh ,
  • Kellen Zale
Listen to the full Ep. 21 - How Should We Regulate Airbnb, Ride Shares, and Web Content? episode
Ep. 20 - The Colonial Pipeline, Ransomware, and Cybersecurity with Jacob Tewes

Thu, 05/20/2021

On this TR/∂T (of the moment) episode we welcome cybersecurity attorney Jacob Tewes to the show to discuss the Colonial Pipeline and his experience working with companies on cyber security issues.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Jacob Tewes
Listen to the full Ep. 20 - The Colonial Pipeline, Ransomware, and Cybersecurity with Jacob Tewes episode
Ep. 19 - Law in Disasters: Specialized Courts and Oversight During Emergencies

Tue, 05/18/2021

This is the second of our Regulation at Scale episodes - we worked with a group of scholars on projects under the heading of “Regulation at Scale” looking at challenges that arise when new rules or technologies affect broad swaths of society all at once. This episode features Catherine Baylin Duryea discussing her paper, “Crumbs of Judicial Relief?’ Regulatory Oversight During Emergencies,” and Barak Orbach on his paper, “The Duty to Monitor Disruption Risks.”

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Catherine Baylin Duryea,
  • Barak Orbach
Listen to the full Ep. 19 - Law in Disasters: Specialized Courts and Oversight During Emergencies episode
Ep. 18 - Life as a Rural Internet Provider: The Prairie Hills Wireless Story

Wed, 05/12/2021

This episode features the full conversation Gus had with Kent Urwiller, who was featured on our last episode (Who CARES about WISPs?) where we discussed funding for telecoms and wireless internet providers. Kent’s story is so compelling we are sharing his full interview with our listeners in this additional episode.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Kent Urwiller
Listen to the full Ep. 18 - Life as a Rural Internet Provider: The Prairie Hills Wireless Story episode
Ep. 17 - Who CARES About WISPs?

Wed, 05/12/2021

In this episode we hear from Kent Urwiller, who founded a wireless internet provider, sharing his story and his concerns for the future, followed by a discussion with Christina Mason and Michael Romano on funding for telecoms and wireless internet providers.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Kent Urwiller,
  • Christina Mason,
  • Michael Romano
Listen to the full Ep. 17 - Who CARES About WISPs? episode
Ep. 16 - The Fabric of Civilization with Virginia Postrel

Tue, 05/04/2021

On this episode we’re joined by Virginia Postrel to discuss her book, The Fabric of Civilization, How Textiles Changed the World. As the book’s description explains, “since the first thread was spun, the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture” and in this episode we touch on all of that… plus a little college sports.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Virginia Postrel
Listen to the full Ep. 16 - The Fabric of Civilization with Virginia Postrel episode
Ep. 15 – Doctors and Lawyers and Such: Professional Speech and Platforms

Thu, 04/22/2021

This is the first of our Regulation at Scale episodes; 

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Tabrez Ebrahim,
  • Cassandra Burke Robertson,
  • Sharona Hoffman
Listen to the full Ep. 15 – Doctors and Lawyers and Such: Professional Speech and Platforms episode
Ep. 14 - An Uncommon Carrier Opinion on Section 230

Fri, 04/09/2021

On this episode we're talking to Eric Goldman, the Associate Dean for Research and Co-Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law. We are breaking down Justice Thomas's concurrence that dropped this week, discussing section 230 in response to a first amendment case. What's section 230? Passionate about 230? Either way, this episode is for you. This is the latest in the “just-in-time” series of episodes on recent news, we call TR/∂T. Shout out to the math fans who appreciate our fleeting calculus humor.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Eric Goldman
Listen to the full Ep. 14 - An Uncommon Carrier Opinion on Section 230 episode

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