PodTech Weekly: Al Gore on Science Censorship, and More

December 24th, 2006 |
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SAN FRANCISCO, December 24, 2006 (PodTech News) — Former Vice President Al Gore addressed a large crowd of earth scientists and journalists gathered in San Francisco for the American Geophysical Union‘s fall conference on December 14th. Perhaps because he was talking to a room full of scientists, Gore focused not on the science of climate change, but on the need for scientists to communicate better with the public and to speak out against government interference in their research. PodTech’s Catherine Girardeau has excerpts from the keynote.

Earlier this month, federal regulations got a little clearer when it comes to required storage and retrieval of electronic business communication. All forms of electronic information will be subject to the rule change. While some companies are already saving large quantities of information, many may be saving more than they need to. While the new rule may clarify what information needs to be stored and discoverable, it may also be laying the groundwork for future legal challenges when it comes to workplace privacy, with private e-mails and text messages being monitored and discoverable. PodTech’s Matt Kelly reports.

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Those stories and a Stat of the Day. It’s PodTech News.

Photo Credit: Catherine Girardeau

Blogs of interest:

Inconvenient Truth Blog

Foreign Policy Magazine blog

Red State Blog

Mother Jones blog

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  1. Kathy Craig
    July 5th, 2007 at 19:00 | #1

    What do you think about the new plastic caps, plastic inserts, plastic base for the cap on almost all of our new milk and soy milk cartons? They won’t disintegrate, will fill landfills. I can’t believe that we are going backwards here.

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