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The Red Tape Chronicles

The Red Tape Chronicles

By Bob Sullivan
Technology run amok. Corporate misbehavior. Government Waste. Outright fraud. In The Red Tape Chronicles Podcast, author, journalist and advocate Bob Sullivan discusses tech and consumer issues.
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Many Americans *with* health insurance skip care over cost fears; open enrollment starts today

The Red Tape Chronicles

Many Americans *with* health insurance skip care over cost fears; open enrollment starts today

The Red Tape Chronicles

Many Americans *with* health insurance skip care over cost fears; open enrollment starts today
You're sick, and you pay for insurance, but you're still afraid to go to the doctor because of what it might cost. That's the reality for millions of Americans, suggests a new survey by Policygenius, an independent insurance marketplace and news site. Copays, deductibles, premiums...all these terms are still confusing to most Americans. This isn't some political football or a chance to score debate points. Health insurance illiteracy is a dangerous, potentially deadly problem in America. As open enrollment for many 2021 health insurance plans begins today, I speak with Hanna Horvath, a data analyst at Policygenius, about the risks of not understanding your own health insurance.
November 1, 2020
'It's very cheap to be a bad faith actor' -- why disinformation is an 'infinite game'
When you’re playing a game with someone who doesn't play by the rules...who doesn't play by any rules....who doesn't even really want to win the game....who simply wants to game to go on and on...well, you can't win. That's how disinformation works, says today's guest on the Red Tape Chronicles podcast. Alex Shepherd is an artificial intelligence researcher based in the UK, and he's advised organizations and governments around the world on battling disinformation.
October 6, 2020
Dirty digital politics: 'Brainwashing' and a virus attacking democracy
Dirty digital politics is a fact of life all over the world now. Democracies are going to have to learn how to live with it. One thing that could help US voters understand this murky world is to learn about the kinds of tactics being used in other countries.  Fortunately, that's what Nick Monaco does. He's the Research Director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at the Institute for the Future, and he's been studying digital disinformation for a long time. He just co-authored a new report about Taiwan's recent election -- which saw Chinese cyberarmies hired for as little as $330 a month work furiously to help a candidate favored by the Chinese Communist Party. There are accusations of brainwashing and of unleashing a virus on democracy.  Nick will explain, and offer a cautionary tale for the home stretch of America's 2020 presidential race.
September 11, 2020
Why aren't housing prices going down?
My conversation with Logan Mohtashami about the resurgence of housing prices during the pandemic. Bargain hunters will be disappointed in what Logan has to say. 
July 27, 2020
Up All Night with Lisa Napoli: The birth of CNN and 24-hour news
My conversation with journalist Lisa Napoli, author of a new book about the creation of CNN and always-on news.  
July 6, 2020
How to Lose the Information War
Nina Jankowicz has studied Russian disinformation techniques from the "ground" in Ukraine, Estonia, Poland. and the U.S. My conversation with her is both sobering and hopeful. 
June 30, 2020
Will consumers have to pay their banks interest?
Ken Tumin from Deposit Accounts joins me to discuss low interest rates, and why they might mean consumers have to pay financial institutions to park their cash somewhere.
June 23, 2020
How to detect fake anything in a zero trust world
Fake News. Fake drugs. Fake Olive Oil. Fake EVERYTHING. The "trust market crash" is having deep, lasting impacts on humanity. Perhaps, tech has a cure. My conversation with renowned fraud analyst Avivah Litan about her model for assessing truth in a world of fakes. 
June 18, 2020
Rik Willard, blockchain, and racism
My conversation with blockchain expert and entrepreneur Rik Willard about how the "Internet of Value" might disrupt -- for good -- the economist structures that encourage exploitation and racism. 
June 15, 2020
Where is my puppy??!?? As online shopping surges during Covid, so does online fraud
I talked to Merchant Risk Council CEO Julie Ferguson about online fraud in the age of coronavirus. 
June 8, 2020
Scattered Canary
My conversation with Armen Najarian, Chief Identity Officer at Agari, about Nigerian crime rings and unemployment fraud. 
May 26, 2020
Unemployment ID Theft, a cruel crime, is surging
My conversation with Identity Theft Resource Center CEO Eva Velasquez about the surge in unemployment ID theft. 
May 18, 2020
Author Lauren Sandler - This is All I Got
My conversation with Lauren Sandler about her new book, This is All I Got: A new Mother's Search for Home
May 15, 2020
Will someone - or some nation -- steal the Covid vaccine?
My conversation with Steve Moore, chief security strategist at Exabeam
May 14, 2020
The Super Bowl of Scams
I discuss the "golden age of scams" we are living through right now with PIRG's Grace Brombach.
May 5, 2020