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Insight: Smart Meter Hacking / New UC Merced Chancellor / SN&R / Julian Cash

Smart Meter Privacy/Security If someone in a utility control room can read your meter remotely, shut off power to your house, and modulate individual appliances to shed load during peak hours, then why can't hackers? Also, does the energy company's ability to monitor details of your home energy use violate your privacy?  We'll speak with a Smart Meter privacy attorney and security expert.   
UC Merced Chancellor UC Merced's new chancellor, Dorothy Leland, is at the state capitol today trying to convince legislators that UC Merced is the catalyst that can unlock the Valley's vast untapped potential and trigger the next great wave of invention, discovery and economic growth across the state.  She'll also be trying to secure funding for one of the state's smallest UC campuses.  UC Merced has been largely immune from major system-wide budget cuts so far, but in this economic climate it's impossible to guarantee that any school's programs will be routinely funded.  
Sacramento News and Review Guest host David Watts Barton talks with Sacramento News and Review Associate Editor Nick Miller about what's in the news and this year's Sammie nominees.  Our regular weekly segment with SacramentoPress.com Editor-in-Chief David Watts Barton will return next week.   
The People of Burning Man Bay Area photographer Julian Cash has just released a new photography book, "The People of Burning Man: Portraits of Revolutionary Spirits" -the Burning Man festival officially begins at midnight August 29th and runs through Labor Day in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.   
About our guest host: Sacramento-native David Watts Barton has been involved in Sacramento's music and cultural scene for more than 30 years as a writer, performer and fan. He now serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Sacramento Press and regularly fills in on Insight.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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