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Crucial Tech

35 EpisodesProduced by Lou CoveyWebsite

Unraveling the technology that affects us all but that few of us understand, in a format to give you a basic understanding in the time it takes to drive to and from the grocery store. Support this podcast:

35 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

The coming death of Amazon?

February 12th, 2020


The title is a bit melodramatic but history shows us that nothing devised by man lasts forever and, thanks to state, national and international laws …

Episode 2:15 - The vulnerability of the internet of things

February 3rd, 2020


The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing faster than the original internet. Cisco Systems predicts that internet-connected devices will represent 75 percent of all the internet traffic in less than 10 years, and Gartner …

Ep. 2.14 - GDPR and CCPA are changing social media for the better

January 24th, 2020


You've probably heard of the data privacy laws in the EU and California but you might not know what they do for you. A lot. We talk to an …

Ep. 2:13 - The rise of private social networks

January 17th, 2020


It has been a bad couple of years for Facebook and it isn't getting easier. This week, we look at social networks that do not have advertising and …

Ep. 2:12 Cryptocurrency is vague, possibly corrupt ... and inevitable

January 10th, 2020


Happy New Year and welcome back after the holiday break. This season on Crucial Tech we will be looking at changes in social media, consumer privacy …

Buckle up for 2020, it's gonna be a bumpy ride

December 27th, 2019


After two months of holiday partying, travel, illness and unavailable interviewees I'm ready to kick off the new year with a big portfolio. We'll be …

Cryptocurrency, Mysterious Market forces and BS

November 18th, 2019


I'm starting to to do something I have long dreaded: start talking about cryptocurrency. We introduce the concept and the problem about talking about it in the opening and then we get into something that explains why …

Bringing Finnish education tech to the US

October 28th, 2019


I had a chance to interview a handful of Finnish tech start-ups at the 2019 TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco and was m,ore then pleasantly …

Where did we go wrong on Autonomous Vehicles? Part 4, finale

October 18th, 2019


Josel L:orenzo, VP of product development for Axiado and an AI guru talks about the different levels of autonomous vehicles and whether humans can …

Where did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles, part 3

October 11th, 2019


We went to San Jose to talk to Chet Babbla, vice president for automotive technology for Arm Ltd., about a new consortium focused on autonomous …

Where did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles?: Part 2

October 4th, 2019


Besides the difficulty in getting the technology to work, we still have a significant problem in making autonomous vehicle safe from hackers. We talk …

Where did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles, part 1

September 27th, 2019


We're starting this three part series with Rik turner, principal analyst at Ovum, a british analysis firm, to get a history of how long vehicle automation has been with us, where it is today and how far we have to go …

Preview: Where did we go wrong with autonomous vehicles

September 26th, 2019


Friday, September 27 we will start a three-part series on the state of autonomous vehicles. Tune in and find out the 411

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Special episode: Catfishing and what to do about it

September 20th, 2019


Catfishing is the biggest scam on the internet. It is not easy to get out of it once you fall into the trap and it is very embarrasing, but it can be done with a minimum of effort, some patience and honest …

Catfishing and what you can do about it

September 17th, 2019


It’s the biggest problem on the internet and it affects 1 in 7 people. Find out how you can defend yourself


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Why is Scandanavia the most secure place in the world?

September 13th, 2019


We are starting season two of Crucial Tech with a look at security-conscious culture. A few months ago I met Jarno Limnell (@jarnolim), CEO of …

Episode 19: What banks are doing... and not doing to protect your funds

August 23rd, 2019


This week we talked with Ugan Naidoo who, besides having a pretty neat name, is the CTO of Inetco, a Vancouver, BC company that monitors financial transactions for banks and large retailers worldwide. This is a pretty …

Cryptojacking: It's a thing

August 16th, 2019


Hackers can appropriate you computer system to make money on cryptocurrency without you knowing it's happening. It's annoying but not bad for individuals like you and me. For big corporations and governments it can be …

Bill and Lou's excellent adventure in Linux and IoT security

July 16th, 2019


I wrote a column in a few weeks ago talking about the security issues developing in open source software, Linux in particular. And old …

Certificates? We don't got to show you any stinkin' certificates!

July 12th, 2019


In this episode we learn about certificates,  securing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), botnets, DDOS, secure boot... It's jam packed. We interview Alan Grau, CTO of the Icon Labs division of Sectigo.
Thanks to …

Dishonest telemarketing, Consumer privacy laws and a way to deal with them effectively

June 28th, 2019


I've been aware of a marketing technology for sometime and have been thinking about doing a podcast on them, but recent issues in the European Union …

The standard you never heard of: GlobalPlatforms... and more

June 21st, 2019


This episode is packed into 40 minutes with news of the week, an interview with the director of Global Platforms and much more.  This is stuff you need to know.

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Don't trust a company to keep you safe

June 12th, 2019


This is an interview I did a few months ago with Matt Rosequist, former senior security analyst for Intel. It's a wide ranging interview that cov ers a lot of issues you may not be aware is affecting you.

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Squirrels are the greatest threat to the internet and the power grid

May 9th, 2019


Yes, you read that right. The biggest threat to our infrastructure are cute, furry rodents. We interview the CEO of Critter Guard who is saving the …

Ethics in tech: It is a thing

May 2nd, 2019


Government hearings are all the rage now for tech CEOs trying to justify massive breaches in privacy, security and basic trust within their markets. The discussion on how to make sure development of new tech, especially …

A good path for STEM careers for women

April 25th, 2019


A few weeks ago I met Lisa Jiggetts, founder and president of the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, dedicated to helping young women start careers in cyber security. A fascinating and important effort. Check out the …

The Arrest of Assange: What is it all about?

April 15th, 2019


Julian Assange was arrested last week in London. Some call it the death of free journalism, but it might be something else. And what it reveals about …

A special edition of Crucial Tech: the arrest of Assange

April 12th, 2019


While you won’t get into the guilt or innocence of the man, what he is accused of is important to understand. So stay tuned.


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Cyber predictions from Forresters are scary

April 12th, 2019


A few weeks ago I interviewed Forresters senior analyst Amy DeMartine about her predictions for cyber security in 2019. Now that I have a chance to publish it, two of those predictions have already come true and it is …

The Green New Deal isn't as bad... or as good as you have heard

April 5th, 2019


The Green New Deal in Congress is going to be debated for at least two years and I thought it was worth tying in a tech angle to the debate. We interview Evan Johnson, CTO of Hytech Power in Redmond, Washington about …

Artificial Intelligence: Good or Bad?

March 29th, 2019


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a major theme in technology news, investment and science fiction and the conventional wisdom is that it can be very …

Applying artificial intelligence in hardware for security

March 22nd, 2019


It's been a busy week with ransomware at the top of the list. How can we stop it? Maybe with artificial intelligence (AI) applied directly to hardware. We are back with Axiado's CEO Ashok Babbar for the second in three …

Creating decoys to catch and stop hackers

March 15th, 2019


Dr. Prasad Calyam at the University of Missouri is working with a team of researchers to create a novel way of stopping hackers from staling data or installing malware in cloud-based systems.

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Will hardware companies survive digital protection legislation

March 9th, 2019


The European Unions General Data Protection Regulations and the California Consumer Protection Act do not apply to the hardware manufacturers that …

The big hole in the cloud

March 8th, 2019


The last week of February was a bad one for digital security and we thought it would be a good time to start this podcast, focusing on the biggest …

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