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Absentee ballot counting at the Albany County BOE.
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The embattled incumbent mayor has conceded the race after absentee ballots from Cohoes were counted this morning at the Albany County Board of Elections.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's response after U.S. Attorney General William Barr skipped a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee Thursday.

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The Cuomo administration has launched a survey to give New Yorkers an opportunity to provide feedback about online data privacy issues.

Roger McNamee is former mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and then reluctantly became a critic of the way big tech companies like Facebook and Google are abusing their users’ trust.

His new book is: “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.”

Shoshana Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor emerita, Harvard Business School. She is the author of In "The Age of the Smart Machine: the Future of Work and Power" and "The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism."

In her new book, "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power," she brings to life the consequences of surveillance capitalism as it advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets," where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification."

Zuboff's analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit; at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future. 

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On Thursday, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse walked out of the U.S. District courthouse in Albany after pleading not guilty to a seven-count indictment. Charges included wire fraud and misuse of political funds to pay for home repairs and vacations. What happens next?

  Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss tech jobs.

With a great deal of to-do, Amazon looked for a new headquarters to add to its home base in Seattle. They wound up selecting northern Virginia and Long Island City, but soon after the selection of Long Island City, Amazon decided not to pursue it. Much was made of the loss of potentially 25-40,000 jobs.

What were these job and the other jobs that the new corporations offer to communities? Rather than think of the raw numbers of jobs (sometimes classified as "well-paying jobs"), Jesse looks at the jobs that these companies are trying to fill. 

Jesse Feiler is an app developer and author. His apps include Minutes Machine Plus which helps you manage agendas and minutes for organizations as well as The Nonprofit Risk Book and App. He wrote the Saranac River Trail app and is launching its successor, Trails & Places which lets you build location-based apps without writing code. His apps are available on the Apple App Store.

"New Yorkers deserve to know that their personal information is safe."
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Authorities in New York state will investigate Facebook after a report said the social media company harvests a large amount of personal data from smartphone apps without users' knowledge.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Facebook's stock.  Dr. Chartock also discusses New York Governor Andew Cuomo's campaign efforts for November's election.

When Mark Zuckerberg changed the mission of Facebook this summer to be focused on community, he hired Jennifer Dulski to lead Groups, at the center of their new strategy, and used by more than one billion people to build meaningful communities around the world.

With a career as a tech executive at Yahoo! and Google, a startup founder and CEO, and a social change leader as president of Change.org, Dulski is now combining her own experience with stories of other inspiring leaders to show how we all have the power to start movements that matter.

In her new book, "Purposeful," she walks through the steps to go from idea to impact and shares specific tips and stories from real movement starters whose movements have created everything from new laws to new companies.

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Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss privacy regulations and what's new in Facebook's upcoming discussions.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant specializing in small business and nonprofit organizations. His most recent books are “The Nonprofit Risk Book: Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs” written with Gail B. Nayowith and “Learn Computer Science with Swift.” His most recent apps are “CyberContinuity,” a free app to learn about your vulnerabilities and “The Nonprofit Risk App,” a companion to the book.

     Facebook is bringing an education program for small business owners to Springfield, Massachusetts later this year.

4/12/18 Panel

Apr 12, 2018

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Francine Berman.

3/22/18 Panel

Mar 22, 2018

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Political Consultant Libby Post.

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A viral video of Coeymans, New York police running over a rabid raccoon is under scrutiny. 

Police in Central New York report arresting a woman after her 9-month-old baby was found crawling in a busy roadway.

New York state would require all political ads on social media platforms such as Facebook to contain the name of the individual or group that paid for it under newly proposed legislation.

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Some say President Donald Trump's fascination with twitter has led to social media rising as a factor in politics. And that may have trickled down to local races. The Capital Region is no exception.

Sgt. Matt Dearing and Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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Schenectady police continue to investigate the shooting of a city man during a confrontation with officers that was livestreamed on Facebook.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to discuss what is happening on the front lines of recent developers' conferences.

Microsoft's Annual Build conference was held this month as was Google I/O. Facebook developers met in April, and Apple's turn is June 5. What's in the air? What will products look like in the next year? 

Jesse Feiler is an app developer and author. His most recent app is Utility Smart (in the App Store); recent books are iPad for Seniors for Dummies (Wiley), and Exploring Swift Playgrounds (Apress).  

Facebook has lost a legal fight against a New York City prosecutor who sought search warrants for hundreds of user accounts. 

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to discuss the ins and outs of dealing with almighty #hashtag on social media..

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant working mostly with iOS and FileMaker for nonprofits, small businesses, and other organizations. His most recent books are iPad for Seniors for Dummies and Learn Apple HomeKit on iOS.

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With the city’s budget’s in limbo, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has launched a social media campaign to shore up a $12.5 million dollar deficit and find a permanent solution to end the annual funding crisis.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to discuss social media in the news and as the news.  

Jesse Feiler helps people and organizations get to know and use new technologies. Projects have included building the page caching module for the Prodigy Web Browser for Mac in the very early days of the Web, location-based apps for iPhone and iOS, as well as books and classes on new technologies. Forthcoming books include “iPad For Seniors for Dummies" (9th edition) and “Learn Apple HomeKit on the Mac and iOS.”

Current projects involve using apps and FileMaker databases for identifying and managing risk in nonprofit organizations as well as helping small communities build location-based apps to promote tourism, downtown economic development, and the wise use of natural resources. 

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Pope Francis proclaimed the internet was a gift from God. Amanda Scarpinati might just be inclined to agree with that.  Scarpinati's four-decade search for a nurse who cared for her as an infant burn victim came to fruition in a matter of hours days, thanks to social media...

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If you can't resist the urge to check Facebook on your smartphone during every waking hour, you're not alone. A  recent University at Albany study finds excessive use of online social networking can not only be addictive, but may also be associated with other impulse control disorders, including substance abuse.

12/23/14 Panel

Dec 23, 2014

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, and political consultant Libby Post, and College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard.

Topics include North Korea's Internet Collapse, Pope Francis warns Vatican leaders, Russian Facebook, DeBlasio Calls for Peace, Pakistan Executions, and remembering Joe Cocker.

5/1/14 Panel

May 1, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Minimum Wage Filibuster
NYC Teacher Deal
White House on Execution
Facebook Data Limits

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Representatives from about 200 western Massachusetts companies recently gathered in Pittsfield to get tips on how to use Facebook to boost business.

Facebook team members gave pointers on how small businesses can extend their reach and productivity by interacting with current customers and attracting new ones through the social media giant. Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal kicked off the event.

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Representatives from about 200 businesses attended a Facebook workshop in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday.

Facebook team members gave pointers on how small businesses can extend their reach and productivity by interacting with current customers and attracting new ones through the social media website. Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Congressman Richard Neal kicked off the event.

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