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Ralph welcomes civil justice advocate, Joanne Doroshow, to unpack the latest corporate efforts to deny you your day in court; and Dr. Richard Stallman joins us to discuss his views on digital surveillance, privacy and the free software movement.

Joanne Doroshow


Joanne Doroshow is Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School.  The Center is the first national consumer organization dedicated exclusively to educating the public about the importance of the civil justice system. Ms. Doroshow also helps to edit The Center’s blog, ThePopTort.com.

Richard Stallman


Dr. Richard Stallman is one of the pioneers of modern computer programming. Dr. Stallman has spent much of his career advocating for free-software, founding the Free Software Foundation, which is a nonprofit corporation that promotes free computer programs that can be freely modified and shared.


  1. Private Manly says:

    Liked Richard Stallman. I think these conversations about the technology of surveillance and how to avoid it by taking certain steps, if they are to be most productive, must be more specific about people’s every day lives, and answer more specific (and more numerous) questions about the realistic or practical means that a non-technical “average” person has to take those steps without having to become semi-hermetically sealed against generalized technological encroachment on privacy. I doubt that the individual method of technological self-defense, e.g., not using a credit card, avoiding Facebook, is a long-term solution to the problems Stallman describes, though I certainly admire his fortitude and clarity. The integration of certain technology into so many millions of our routines will require enormous effort to reverse, assuming that that is desirable. Most people simply will not make that effort, whether or not they should, once the offending technology has made landfall in their lives, if only because it portends ostracizing oneself and bogging oneself down in a raft of new ascetic practices in relation to technology to no obviously fructifying end. I would look forward to a more granular coda for this show, from the point of view of pursuing legal constraints on the abuse of privacy by technology, and the technical aspects of building a free software movement.

  2. Thomas says:

    It would be helpful if all bills referred to would have their official numerical IDs given. Then there would be no mistake in referring them to my representatives. Thank You.

  3. Maya says:

    Is there a transcript for this show?

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