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. 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
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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
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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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Ep. 26 - D20s, n00bs, Grinding, and The Social Identity of "Gamers"

Fri, 07/02/2021

On this episode our producer, Elsbeth Magilton, joins Gus on the other side of the microphone to welcome Dr. Lisa Kort-Butler, a sociologist from the University of Nebraska who recently published a paper entitled 'The Wellbeing of Gamers, Video Game Players and Non Players,' to discuss the world of gamers.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Lisa Kort-Butler
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Ep. 25 - What Are Those Big Tech Antitrust Bills All About?

Wed, 06/30/2021

Another "just in time" exploration in our TR/DT series, this week we're looking at the many antitrust bills shaking up the business and tech world this week. Jennifer Huddleston, the director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum, joins Gus to break it all down.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Jennifer Huddleston
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Ep 24 - "Sharenting" and the Online Lives of Parents, Presented by NGTC Student Fellows

Thu, 06/24/2021

Student Fellows Jasmine Alexander and DeAndre' Augustus welcome center executive director Elsbeth Magilton to talk about her experiences online as a parent, and professors Valerie Jones and Elana Zeide to discuss the world of sharing the lives of children online.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz,
  • Jasmine Alexander,
  • DeAndre' Augustus
Guest(s):
  • Valerie Jones,
  • Elsbeth Magilton,
  • Elana Zeide
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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
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Ep 22 - NASA's Artemis Accords, Presented by NGTC Student Fellows

Wed, 06/02/2021

Center Student Fellows C. Mitchell Clark and Aryan Singh welcome law professors Matthew Schaefer and Frans von der Dunk to dive into space law and the Artemis Accords – a series of political commitments spearheaded by NASA.

Episode Notes: The number of signatories has changed since the recording of this episode.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz,
  • Mitchell Clark,
  • Aryan Singh
Guest(s):
  • Matthew Schaefer,
  • Frans von der Dunk
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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 challenges that arise when new rules or technologies affect broad swaths of society all at once. In this episode we examine Section 230 and web content, short term rentals and the platforms that facilitate them, and the economics of the ride share industry.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Eric Goldman,
  • Sajeesh Sajeesh ,
  • Kellen Zale
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