The Conversation and Big Data


The 1974 release “The Conversation” starring Gene Hackman.
What does it say about the NSA and big data?


GUEST: Siva Vaidhyanathan is Chair and Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and the author of The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry). Faculty website. Wikipedia page.


TOPIC: Siva explores “big data” — what it is and how it is launching new fields of research from science to politics, and how the University of Virginia is positioned to become a national leader. He also discusses the proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner Cable, in addition to the “Heartbleed Bug” that threatens web security in a frightening new way. All that plus Francis Ford Coppola and Alfred Hitchcock, Gene Hackman and Will Smith!


ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Wednesday, April 9, 2014.