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The Business of Spying

Duration:
18 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 02 October 2013

In the era of Wikileaks and CIA whistle-blowers, the business of keeping state secrets clearly is not what it used to be. Will the spook industry ever be the same? Charlie Stross, a British novelist and writer on cyber-issues, tells us why he thinks job security is the key to recruiting effective spies. We hear about the latest efforts of some leading UK companies to enlist the skills of hackers to help guard their products.

And we speak to Sten Kirkbak, founder and CEO of Filip Technology, who has developed a tracking device specifically to monitor the whereabouts of your child. He says using it will help parents relax and give kids greater freedom. But has the modern obsession with security gone too far?

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