Crucial Tech

Crucial Tech
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:

Ep. 2:24 A follow up on contact tracing and putting my money where my mouth is
May 27 • 15 min
Last week I talked about the importance of tracking apps to help do contact tracing for the #Coronavirus epidemic and after I did that podcast I signed up for a study to get tested myself and I signed up for one of the apps (I chose one from Johns Hopkins…
Ep. 2:23 Using technology to stop a pandemic
May 18 • 21 min
We have the means and ability to take this pandemic down to nothing, but we all need to cooperate, be smart about it, and be ready to give up things that don’t really exist, like #privacy. #Contact_tracing needs the cooperation of companies like #Google…
Ep. 2:22 We told you so, Part 2: venture capital and entertainment changes
May 4 • 18 min
In the last episode, we looked at changes in how tech media and businesses are changing during the #COVID19 #pandemic and how @FootwasherMedia has been predicting these changes for decades. We’ve also had our thoughts about entertainment and…
Ep. 2:21 Hey, we told you so, Part 1
May 1 • 26 min
Joe Basques and I have been working in the tech world and media for several decades. We have often warned clients of what was to come and that they should be ready for it and almost universally we have been ignored or ridiculed. The funny thing is within…
Ep. 2:20 Trusted Computing Group: You’ve never heard of them but their work is keeping us safe online
Apr 13 • 23 min
In this episode, we talk to Steve Hanna from the Trusted Computing Group (@TrustedComputin) to talk about the organization’s work in making computing secure. You probably haven’t heard of them, but their standards form much of the #security basis for the…
Episode 2:19 What the hell are certificates and why you should care.
Apr 3 • 30 min
When searching the web, do you ever get a request to renew or accept a certificate? Yeah, you have but you probably had no idea what it was about. It’s kind of important, it should be more widespread and there are a few companies involved in the process.…
Episode 2:18 Digital corporations are selling your data to foreign governments
Mar 18 • 38 min
I hope that headling caught your attention. It should. We hear a lot about how the US government is watching us, but the information that Edward Snowden said was being collected on us pails in comparison to what Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft are…
Episode 2:17 Fingerprints? Probably not.
Mar 15 • 29 min
This week I found opt that is it probably less likely that the government is watching you than Amazon is. More importantly, to law enforcement you may not exist at all. Check out how tech firms are helping the good guys catch the bad guys. —- Support this…
Episode 2:16 The coming death of Amazon?
Feb 12 • 21 min
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 as well as new technology, the hegemony of Amazon, Facebook, Ebay and Google over retail may be coming to…
Episode 2:15 - The vulnerability of the internet of things
Feb 3 • 54 min
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 predicts that there will be five…
Ep. 2.14 - GDPR and CCPA are changing social media for the better
Jan 24 • 31 min
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 international expert, Patrick O’Keeffe on the subject of privacy and regulation, You need to meet this guy. He’s the…
Ep. 2:13 - The rise of private social networks
Jan 17 • 37 min
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 don’t sell your information to anyone. In fact, they don’t even collect it. Both ways that all social media…
Ep. 2:12 Cryptocurrency is vague, possibly corrupt … and inevitable
Jan 10 • 43 min
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 laws, new security challenges for the common man and more, but today we kick-off the first in a random…
Buckle up for 2020, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride
Dec 27, 2019 • 7 min
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 looking at Cryptocurrency, social media, renewable energy, security, threats to the 2020 election, Russia,…
Cryptocurrency, Mysterious Market forces and BS
Nov 18, 2019 • 25 min
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 companies are moving to automation……
Bringing Finnish education tech to the US
Oct 28, 2019 • 29 min
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 surprised by what I heard. There are many reports about how Finnish publlc education is exceptional but exporting…
Where did we go wrong on Autonomous Vehicles? Part 4, finale
Oct 18, 2019 • 22 min
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 have any actual presence in controlling them. This is the last of 4 parts —- Support this podcast:…
Where did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles, part 3
Oct 11, 2019 • 16 min
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 vehicles. Cooperation in a multi-faceted and challenging technology like autonomous vehicles is a good idea.…
Where did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles?: Part 2
Oct 4, 2019 • 24 min
Besides the difficulty in getting the technology to work, we still have a significant problem in making autonomous vehicle safe from hackers. We talk with Matthew Rosenquist, cybersecurity guru. —- Support this podcast:…
Where did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles, part 1
Sep 27, 2019 • 28 min
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 before we have what we think is just…
Preview: Where did we go wrong with autonomous vehicles
Sep 26, 2019 • 0 min
Friday, September 27 we will start a three-part series on the state of autonomous vehicles. Tune in and find out the 411 —- Support this podcast:
Special episode: Catfishing and what to do about it
Sep 20, 2019 • 24 min
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 self-reflection., But avoiding it is very easy.…
Catfishing and what you can do about it
Sep 17, 2019 • 0 min
It’s the biggest problem on the internet and it affects 1 in 7 people. Find out how you can defend yourself —- Support this podcast:
Why is Scandanavia the most secure place in the world?
Sep 13, 2019 • 20 min
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 Tosibox ( to talk about cyber security . This seemed like a good time to trot out the…
Episode 19: What banks are doing… and not doing to protect your funds
Aug 23, 2019 • 27 min
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 technical discussion, but once you…
Cryptojacking: It’s a thing
Aug 16, 2019 • 12 min
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 lethal. —- Support this podcast:…
Bill and Lou’s excellent adventure in Linux and IoT security
Jul 16, 2019 • 17 min
I wrote a column in a few weeks ago talking about the security issues developing in open source software, Linux in particular. And old friend popped up in the discussion. Meet Bill Weiberg. We will probably be hearing more from him in the…
Certificates? We don’t got to show you any stinkin’ certificates!
Jul 12, 2019 • 33 min
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 the late, great Alfonso Bedoya for the…
Dishonest telemarketing, Consumer privacy laws and a way to deal with them effectively
Jun 28, 2019 • 16 min
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 over the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and similar legislation in a dozen states in the US…
The standard you never heard of: GlobalPlatforms… and more
Jun 21, 2019 • 40 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Don’t trust a company to keep you safe
Jun 12, 2019 • 24 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Squirrels are the greatest threat to the internet and the power grid
May 9, 2019 • 30 min
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 world one pole at a time. —- Support this podcast:
Ethics in tech: It is a thing
May 2, 2019 • 19 min
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 in artificial intelligence is…
A good path for STEM careers for women
Apr 25, 2019 • 19 min
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 website at…
The Arrest of Assange: What is it all about?
Apr 15, 2019 • 9 min
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 your personal security is probably more important. —- Support this podcast:…
A special edition of Crucial Tech: the arrest of Assange
Apr 12, 2019 • 1 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Cyber predictions from Forresters are scary
Apr 12, 2019 • 25 min
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 just mid April. And the reasons for…
The Green New Deal isn’t as bad… or as good as you have heard
Apr 5, 2019 • 32 min
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 how his technology can actually make…
Artificial Intelligence: Good or Bad?
Mar 29, 2019 • 22 min
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a major theme in technology news, investment and science fiction and the conventional wisdom is that it can be very dangerous. Is that true? Maybe not. In this episode we talk to Axel Kloth, CTO of Axiado Corporation, about…
Applying artificial intelligence in hardware for security
Mar 22, 2019 • 19 min
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 episodes about AI —- Support this…
Creating decoys to catch and stop hackers
Mar 15, 2019 • 17 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Will hardware companies survive digital protection legislation
Mar 9, 2019 • 14 min
The European Unions General Data Protection Regulations and the California Consumer Protection Act do not apply to the hardware manufacturers that suppy equipment to the companies that collect and store our personal data…yet. Eventually someone is going…
The big hole in the cloud
Mar 8, 2019 • 28 min
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 news of the weeK: The Cloudborne vulnerability in cloud servers… all of them. —- Support this podcast:…