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Erasing Your DNA

Heather Dewey-Hagborg never leaves a trace of herself anywhere. An artist and activist, Hagborg wants to make sure people understand the hidden secrets in the DNA they leave behind everywhere they go - and what people can do with them. She developed a spray that can mask your DNA wherever it’s left. Hagborg understands that her spray could be used by criminals too, but she’s convinced that as technology develops, it will be an essential tool to preserving our safety and privacy.


Meet the programmers on the frontlines of the war over security and privacy.
6 Episodes
Episode 1
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Episode 2
Hackers and journalists team up to expose crime and corruption around the world »
Episode 3
How do we make sure the next generation of hackers uses their talents for good? »
Episode 4
Can a bitcoin entrepreneur on house arrest convince the world it’s the currency of the future? »
Episode 5
Is a spray that can mask your DNA the frontier of personal privacy or a tool for criminals? »
Episode 6
An exiled blogger teaches journalists in his native Ethiopia how to avoid capture »