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Insightful weekly commentary on news & current events from economist Antony Davies and political scientist James R. Harrigan.

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What Is a Wealth of Data Worth?

July 17, 2019

As people like, share, and upload on social media platforms, data is generated by users and gathered by tech companies. It’s a bit unclear, however, how companies handle user data. Is selling or storing user data a problem? Does the Fourth Amendment protect internet privacy? Should the government get involved?Join James Harrigan and Antony Davies—live from the University of Arizona!—as they discuss End User License Agreements, copyright law, data breaches, and more on this week’s episode of Words & Numbers.

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President Trump may not block critics from his Twitter feed

CBO estimates of the effect of a minimum wage hike

Foolishness of the week

Google recorded then leaked conversations that Google Assistant overheard

Topic of the week: Privacy

Expectation of privacy

Katz v. United States

Olmstead v. United States

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