Elon Musk has a tech solution for everything, but who do his ideas really serve? In each episode of Tech Won't Save Us, Paris Marx will be joined a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its thought leaders, and the worldview that emanates from Silicon Valley. They will challenge the notion that tech alone can drive our world forward by illustrating how separating tech from politics has consequences for nearly everyone, especially the most vulnerable. But if tech won't save us, what will? This podcast isn't simply about tearing down tech, but presenting radical ideas for a better world; one where cities are oriented around people instead of cars, where the economy serves the public instead of profit, and — yes — where tech is designed for human flourishing instead of surveillance, acquisitions, or to boost stock prices. A better world is possible, and so is better technology.
Why Google’s Ad Business Could Implode w/ Tim Hwang
Are digital ads really as effective as Google and Facebook want us to believe? Tim Hwang says they’re not — and the financialization of the digital ad markets has created a bubble that could alter the internet as we know it.
Silicon Valley is Embracing Anti-China Nationalism w/ JS Tan
How are tensions between the United States and China affecting the tech industry? JS Tan explains how Silicon Valley executives are embracing nationalism as China’s tech companies threaten their global dominance.
Major Publishers Want to Shut Down Digital Lending w/ Maria Bustillos
Should libraries be allowed digitally lend books they own? Maria Bustillos explains how a new lawsuit by major publishers could destroy the Internet Archive and end digital ownership in favor of restrictive licenses.
How Google & Facebook Dominate Digital Ads w/ Shoshana Wodinsky
How do Google and Facebook maintain their dominance? Shoshana Wodinsky explains how digital ad markets work and how their control of key pieces gives them a privileged (and very profitable) position.
How Foxconn Treats the Workers Who Built Your iPhone w/ Jenny Chan
The media lauds Apple’s new products, but what about the workers who build them? Jenny Chan explains what life is like in the Foxconn factories and the barriers that existing to better working conditions.
A Better Internet Requires Ending the Monopolies w/ Cory Doctorow
Why do so many people believe conspiracy theories? Cory Doctorow argues we need to stop buying the sales hype. It’s not because tech has uniquely powerful tools, but an outcome of corporate consolidation.