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. 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; we have been working 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 Tabrez Ebrahim discussing his work on how digital platforms may create access to justice, followed by Cassandra Burke Robertson and Sharona Hoffman discussing the regulation of professional speech.

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
Ep. 13 - Joshua Tucker on Social Media and Democracy

Thu, 04/01/2021

On this episode Gus is joined by Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics and co-Director of the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University. Joshua joined our center earlier in the month for a guest discussion on his recent book with our faculty fellows.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Joshua Tucker
Listen to the full Ep. 13 - Joshua Tucker on Social Media and Democracy episode
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Ep. 12 - The Lifeblood of Satellites: Spectrum and How It's Governed

Wed, 03/17/2021

We’re discussing spectrum: what it is, how the government decides who can use it, and why maybe that process needs to change - from the battle for spectrum between 5G and satellites, to forecasting the policies of the new administration. Spectrum refers to the invisible radio frequencies that signals travel over. Those signals are what enable us to use our mobile devices, but wireless uses are only a portion of what spectrum is used for.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz,
  • Matthew Schaefer
Guest(s):
  • Jennifer Manner
Listen to the full Ep. 12 - The Lifeblood of Satellites: Spectrum and How It's Governed episode
Ep. 11 - The Texas Power Grid Failure

Fri, 02/26/2021

On this episode we discuss the recent Texas power grid failure during the record cold temperatures in mid-February. We’ll be talking to Lynne Kiesling, who has been studying energy regulation for two decades about what happened and where to go from here. 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. Everyone else, happy googling.

Host(s):
  • Gus Hurwitz
Guest(s):
  • Lynne Kiesling
Listen to the full Ep. 11 - The Texas Power Grid Failure episode

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