The Secrets of Technology

Welcome to the Secrets of Technology from the Star Quest Production Network, your weekly look at the world of technology from a uniquely Catholic perspective. We’re not the usual tech news from New York or San Francisco. We’re creating conversations around technology topics that affect all of us, including social media, privacy, AI, the ubiquity of gadgets, parenting tech-savvy kids, and more.

Geek and gadget culture is mainstream in society at all age levels now more than ever. By exploring the intersection of faith and technology, we give you the tools to live your faith life and spirituality in harmony with the work of technology and media that you are immersed in.

But you don’t have to be Catholic or a believer to get something out of Secrets of Technology. Our regular panel will discuss the top tech stories, offer up technology tips and lessons, and give you our picks of the week for software, hardware, web sites, or information that will make you more productive, more entertained, more informed, and more secure. Join Domenico Bettinelli, Fr. Cory Sticha, Joanne Mercier, Fr. Michael Gossett, and Thomas Sanjurjo every week.

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Recent Episodes

Defense Against Spearfishing - How can you protect yourself against spearfishing attacks? Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, and Pat Scott discuss what it is and why you might be a target. Also the most interesting or just bizarre new technology at the Consumer Electronic Show.
Who’s Watching in Your Home? - With the recent news about Ring cameras being "hacked", Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Fr. Michael Gossett discuss where the responsibility for security lies, with owners or manufacturers. Plus, bone marrow donor chimaerism, the Far Side online, and Apple Watch helps an autistic child.
Security Beyond Passwords - Even good passwords are no longer considered enough to be secure online today, so Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Fr. Andrew Kinstetter discuss the basics of two-factor authentication and some best practices. Plus our final installment of Christmas gift ideas for tech geeks.
The Morality of Impossible Meat – The Secrets of Technology - Plant-based meat products are a hot, new technology, but are they morally and ethically superior? Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Jack Baruzzini discuss that and whether you could eat it on Fridays in Lent. Plus more Christmas gift ideas for your gadget geeks.
Christmas Tech Gift Ideas - It's almost time to start Christmas shopping and for the next few weeks we'll have some gift ideas for the techies in your life. Also, Dom, Thomas, and Jack discuss Google Stadia's launch and how and whether the Constitution protects digital rights, especially against search and seizure.

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