Crucial Tech

Bringing Finnish education tech to the US

An episode of Crucial Tech

By Lou Covey
Unraveling the technology that affects us all but that few of us understand, in a format to give you a basic understanding in the time it takes to drive to and from the grocery store.
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Unraveling the technology that affects us all but that few of us understand, in a format to give you a basic understanding in the time it takes to drive to and from the grocery store.

More places to listen

Cryptocurrency, Mysterious Market forces and BS
I'm starting to to do something I have long dreaded: start talking about cryptocurrency. We introduce the concept and the problem about talking about it in the opening and then we get into something that explains why companies are moving to automation... and it is more than just greed.  I'd like to hear from you about this episode. you can leave a message here.
November 18, 2019
Bringing Finnish education tech to the US
I had a chance to interview a handful of Finnish tech start-ups at the 2019 TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco and was m,ore then pleasantly surprised by what I heard. There are many reports about how Finnish publlc education is exceptional but exporting all the techniques are difficult for a variety of reasons. The technology I saw changes that. You m ight want to be ready to turn up the sound in a couple of the interviews, because the Finns are often softspoken and there was a lot of background noise and electronic interference in Moscone Hall, but it is all worth the listen, especially if you care about education.
October 28, 2019
Where did we go wrong on Autonomous Vehicles? Part 4, finale
Josel L:orenzo, VP of product development for Axiado and an AI guru talks about the different levels of autonomous vehicles and whether humans can have any actual presence in controlling them. This is the last of 4 parts
October 18, 2019
Where did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles, part 3
We went to San Jose to talk to Chet Babbla, vice president for automotive technology for Arm Ltd., about a new consortium focused on autonomous vehicles. Cooperation in a multi-faceted and challenging technology like autonomous vehicles is a good idea. But in this case, do we have enough knowledge about the components needed to make a dent?
October 11, 2019
Were did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles: Part 2
Besides the difficulty in getting the technology to work, we still have a significant problem in making autonomous vehicle safe from hackers. We talk with Matthew Rosenquist, cybersecurity guru.
October 4, 2019
Where did we go wrong on autonomous vehicles, part 1
We're starting this three part series with Rik turner, principal analyst at Ovum, a british analysis firm, to get a history of how long vehicle automation has been with us, where it is today and how far we have to go before we have what we think is just on the horizon.
September 27, 2019
Preview: Where did we go wrong with autonomous vehicles
Friday, September 27 we will start a three-part series on the state of autonomous vehicles. Tune in and find out the 411
September 26, 2019
Special episode: Catfishing and what to do about it
Catfishing is the biggest scam on the internet. It is not easy to get out of it once you fall into the trap and it is very embarrasing, but it can be done with a minimum of effort, some patience and honest self-reflection., But avoiding it is very easy. Thism episode is brought to you without commercial interruption. So chip in at
September 20, 2019
Catfishing and what you can do about it
It’s the biggest problem on the internet and it affects 1 in 7 people. Find out how you can defend yourself
September 17, 2019
Why is Scandanavia the most secure place in the world?
We are starting season two of Crucial Tech with a look at security-conscious culture. A few months ago I met Jarno Limnell (@jarnolim), CEO of Tosibox ( to talk about cyber security . This seemed like a good time to trot out the interview considering the increasing occurrence of cyber attacks around the world. So why is Scandanavia, and Finland in particular so secure. You might be surprised that it isn't just technology.
September 13, 2019
Episode 19: What banks are doing... and not doing to protect your funds
This week we talked with Ugan Naidoo who, besides having a pretty neat name, is the CTO of Inetco, a Vancouver, BC company that monitors financial transactions for banks and large retailers worldwide. This is a pretty technical discussion, but once you hear it, you will understand how not paying attention to this ussue is costing you and everyone else, money.
August 23, 2019
Cryptojacking: It's a thing
Hackers can appropriate you computer system to make money on cryptocurrency without you knowing it's happening. It's annoying but not bad for individuals like you and me. For big corporations and governments it can be lethal.
August 16, 2019
Bill and Lou's excellent adventure in Linux and IoT security
I wrote a column in a few weeks ago talking about the security issues developing in open source software, Linux in particular. And old friend popped up in the discussion. Meet Bill Weiberg. We will probably be hearing more from him in the future/
July 16, 2019
Certificates? We don't got to show you any stinkin' certificates!
In this episode we learn about certificates,  securing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), botnets, DDOS, secure boot... It's jam packed. We interview Alan Grau, CTO of the Icon Labs division of Sectigo. Thanks to the late, great Alfonso Bedoya for the headline
July 12, 2019
Dishonest telemarketing, Consumer privacy laws and a way to deal with them effectively
I've been aware of a marketing technology for sometime and have been thinking about doing a podcast on them, but recent issues in the European Union over the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and similar legislation in a dozen states in the US made it crucial to all of us now. Businesses rely on telemarketing to deliver "qualified leads" to them. But they don't actually work as claimed. This technology could make telemarketers obsolete and end the annoying calls without regulation.
June 28, 2019
The standard you never heard of: GlobalPlatforms... and more
This episode is packed into 40 minutes with news of the week, an interview with the director of Global Platforms and much more.  This is stuff you need to know.
June 21, 2019
Don't trust a company to keep you safe
This is an interview I did a few months ago with Matt Rosequist, former senior security analyst for Intel. It's a wide ranging interview that cov ers a lot of issues you may not be aware is affecting you.
June 12, 2019
Squirrels are the greatest threat to the internet and the power grid
Yes, you read that right. The biggest threat to our infrastructure are cute, furry rodents. We interview the CEO of Critter Guard who is saving the world one pole at a time.
May 9, 2019
Ethics in tech: It is a thing
Government hearings are all the rage now for tech CEOs trying to justify massive breaches in privacy, security and basic trust within their markets. The discussion on how to make sure development of new tech, especially in artificial intelligence is bubbly to the surface. Maija-Riita Ollilie, an ethics scholar in Finland, was our guest this week with a view on how ethics will develop naturally with adoption of technology. 
May 2, 2019
A good path for STEM careers for women
A few weeks ago I met Lisa Jiggetts, founder and president of the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, dedicated to helping young women start careers in cyber security. A fascinating and important effort. Check out the website at
April 25, 2019
The Arrest of Assange: What is it all about?
Julian Assange was arrested last week in London. Some call it the death of free journalism, but it might be something else. And what it reveals about your personal security is probably more important.
April 15, 2019
A special edition of Crucial Tech: the arrest of Assange
While you won’t get into the guilt or innocence of the man, what he is accused of is important to understand. So stay tuned.
April 12, 2019
Cyber predictions from Forresters are scary
A few weeks ago I interviewed Forresters senior analyst Amy DeMartine about her predictions for cyber security in 2019. Now that I have a chance to publish it, two of those predictions have already come true and it is just mid April. And the reasons for the growth of cybercrime are sitting in out pockets.
April 12, 2019
The Green New Deal isn't as bad... or as good as you have heard
The Green New Deal in Congress is going to be debated for at least two years and I thought it was worth tying in a tech angle to the debate. We interview Evan Johnson, CTO of Hytech Power in Redmond, Washington about how his technology can actually make this happen with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of results. BTW, If you listen to this podcast on, you can leave messages, ask questions and make recommendations for inclusion in future episodes. Otherwise you can contact me on the Footwasher Media Facebook page, on my Linkedin page, or on Twitter @newtechpress.
April 5, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: Good or Bad?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a major theme in technology news, investment and science fiction and the conventional wisdom is that it can be very dangerous. Is that true? Maybe not. In this episode we talk to Axel Kloth, CTO of Axiado Corporation, about the potential dangers of AI and the potential benefits.
March 29, 2019
Applying artificial intelligence in hardware for security
It's been a busy week with ransomware at the top of the list. How can we stop it? Maybe with artificial intelligence (AI) applied directly to hardware. We are back with Axiado's CEO Ashok Babbar for the second in three episodes about AI
March 22, 2019
Creating decoys to catch and stop hackers
Dr. Prasad Calyam at the University of Missouri is working with a team of researchers to create a novel way of stopping hackers from staling data or installing malware in cloud-based systems.
March 15, 2019
Will hardware companies survive digital protection legislation
The European Unions General Data Protection Regulations and the California Consumer Protection Act do not apply to the hardware manufacturers that suppy equipment to the companies that collect and store our personal data...yet. Eventually someone is going to figure out that our data is vulnberable in the hardware and will want to sue the hardware companies. We talked to Axiado Corporation CEO Ashok Babbar about how difficult it is to secure data on current hardware, and what we have to do to secure it.
March 9, 2019
The big hole in the cloud
The last week of February was a bad one for digital security and we thought it would be a good time to start this podcast, focusing on the biggest news of the weeK: The Cloudborne vulnerability in cloud servers... all of them.
March 8, 2019
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