Episode 13: Interview with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

April 6th 2017

ATTN: Staff

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Porn websites are stepping up their security game on the heels of a vote in Congress to repeal specific internet protections.


The protections, which would have gone into effect later this year, prohibited internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your browsing data. Congress, however, nixed this particular rule, meaning that ISPs can "mine and sell your browsing history, location information, and in some cases even the content of your communications," The Washington Post reports.

So to protect your specific porn habits from being sold, sites like Pornhub and YouPorn are adding an important security feature: an added layer of encryption. If you look at your browser on certain sites you may notice "HTTPS," a green lock with the word "secure," and the added letter "s" to the standard "HTTP." This means that there's an added level of security on these sites. (Gmail, Facebook, and others all have it.) The change to HTTPS was allegedly already in the works at PornHub, but the move from Congress made it especially important.

“With the switch to HTTPS, we are able to protect identity as well as safeguard them against exposure to malware by third parties,” said Corey Price, a vice president at Pornhub, told The Washington Post.

"Privacy is paramount to us – it always has been," Price added. "With HTTPS, users can rest assured that their browsing data is encrypted, not visible to anyone and, therefore, cannot be sold. While this transition … was in the works before Congress’ appeal, the timing is good."

The HTTPS doesn't mean that third parties like ISPs won't be able to see that you went to Pornhub, but what they're able to see is diminished, so the specifics of what you're watching can't be seen or sold.

“If you’re visiting sites that allow HTTPS, you don’t have to worry so much about what they’re doing to observe your traffic,” Joseph Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, told Wired.

The "Got Your Attention" crew discuss this added layer of protection to websites (how did they not have this already?), filibustering Judge Neil Gorsuch, Tina Fey calling out white women, and the biggest challenge in police training.

We'll also hear from a rising Democratic politician, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has announced he's running for Governor of California in 2018. Newsom sat down with ATTN:'s editor in Chief Matthew Segal.

Podcast notes:

Read more about the stories we did (and didn't) talk about this week on "Got Your Attention."

  • The White House announced that President Trump's first quarter salary will be donated to the National Park Service, specifically to preserve historic battlegrounds. #TBT to when he first became president and got into a feud with the National Park Service for tweeting out pictures of his inauguration crowds — or lack thereof. (Trump's proposed budget also includes cuts — $1.5 billion in cuts — to the Interior Department, which includes the National Park Service. The check he donated was for $78,333, according to NPR.)
  • Trump took a break from his regularly scheduled tweeting to bring attention to Autism Awareness Day and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. But his past comments and actions are coming back to haunt him.
  • Sean Spicer said that Democratic Senators are setting a “dangerous precedent” by saying they’ll filibuster President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. But are they? And if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does use the “nuclear option” what will that mean in the future? (And here's the New York Times op-ed by the former Deputy Chief of Staff for former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.) Update: Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon is currently holding the floor.)
  • The plot twist in HBO's "Big Little Lies" on Sunday tackled the nature vs. nurture debate about how children become violent. Read ATTN:'s story by Almie Rose.
  • Tina Fey called out white women who voted for President Donald Trump and publicly made a pledge of her own.
  • The majority of cats in a recent study preferred humans over food. Read more here and see photos of Sarah's cat Milton.
  • S Town is the new podcast from "Serial" and "This American Life." All seven episodes are here. (Seriously, listen.) Without giving away too much, the story brings up some interesting journalistic questions: Is this a nice memorial podcast — one of the main protagonists is dead — or is this person a private figure, who didn’t consent to have his personal life revealed in this way? Does it matter because he’s dead and his family and lovers have all agreed to talk on the record for this? Should you talk about somebody’s fetishes or issues like this after somebody’s dead? Vox has an interesting take on this.
  • So we all know Congress voted to allow internet service providers to sell your browsing history. In response, porn sites are stepping up their security game to make sure you can still watch your freaky porn in safety.
  • Radio host Bryan Fischer tweeted this weekend that the LGBT community "stole" the rainbow from God, and it should be returned.
  • Over the weekend The New York Times released a bombshell report about Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly and sexual harassment claims. On Monday, another woman announced she is suing Fox News for sexual harassment. Companies are also pulling advertising from O'Reilly's show.
  • Why Jackie Evancho, the girl who sang at Trump's inauguration is tweeting at President Trump and demanding a face-to-face meeting.
  • The police officer who shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, did an interview with "60 Minutes," which aired last weekend, and it exposed the biggest problem with America's police training when it comes to guns.

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