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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Oct 5, 2017

Earlier this month, Facebook said it was handing over information about suspicious advertising purchases made on its network by Russian companies and individuals. The disclosure raises questions about whether the world’s largest social networks were used to influence the 2016 election.

This week on “Wake” we’re going on a world tour of internet regulation, looking at how countries, including ours, are trying to balance competing interests of national security, privacy and free speech. Is such a balance even possible when internet and information companies like Facebook wield so much power?

To help us answer that question are:

  • Natasha Tusikov, Assistant Professor at York University and author of "Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet"
  • Alan McQuinn, research analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

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Recorded September 29, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.