government http://kalw.org en Philosophy Talk surveys the New Surveillance Society http://kalw.org/post/philosophy-talk-surveys-new-surveillance-society <p>Recent revelations confirm what many already suspected: not only is Big Brother watching you, he is also potentially reading your emails, listening to your phone calls, mapping your personal networks, and tracking your every move. While many see whistleblowers as heroes, others see them as criminals who ought to be severely punished. So, how should we treat whistleblowers who break the law for moral or political ends? How do we adjudicate between national or corporate security and individual rights? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:12:13 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 47005 at http://kalw.org Philosophy Talk surveys the New Surveillance Society Philosophy Talk asks: What are Leaders made of? http://kalw.org/post/philosophy-talk-asks-what-are-leaders-made <p>There seems to be a paradox in leadership: the qualities of ruthlessness and opportunism necessary to attain power and become a leader are not necessarily the qualities of morality and a sense of justice that make for a good leader. Do the traits that make it likely that someone will become a leader correlate positively or negatively with the traits that make a good and effective leader? Do our democratic institutions lead to better leaders than, say, a lottery like the Athenians used? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:29:39 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 46289 at http://kalw.org Philosophy Talk asks: What are Leaders made of? Volunteers hack technology to improve Oakland city government http://kalw.org/post/volunteers-hack-technology-improve-oakland-city-government <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a Tuesday evening in Oakland’s City Hall. A group of people ranging in age from their </span>20s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to </span>50s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are sitting, many in front of their laptops. This is an Open Oakland hacking meeting. Though a lot of jargon is thrown around, some of the people here have no tech backgrounds at all, including Anna&nbsp;</span>Mathai<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:03:21 +0000 Laura Flynn 41134 at http://kalw.org Volunteers hack technology to improve Oakland city government Today on Your Call: How can communities organize to change local laws? http://kalw.org/post/today-your-call-how-can-communities-organize-change-local-laws-0 <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:14:43 +0000 Ali Budner 11821 at http://kalw.org Today on Your Call: How can communities organize to change local laws?