Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
The new core of Apple+ Robodebt payout
The Federal Government has agreed to pay $112 million in compensation for its botched robo-debt welfare recovery scheme. How did it go so wrong? Can Airbnb weather the pandemic? Plus, what happens when one of the world’s most valuable computer companies breaks up with the firm that has made their insides tick along for many years? Guests: Peter Wells, tech writer and host of Meta, a podcast about podcasts @peterwells + Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, national technology editor for News Corp @jendudley
Netflix invents a 'TV channel' and the alt-right flock to Facebook rival Parler
The bold, innovation from Netflix — we believe it’s called television! How the social media giants fared against the torrent of US election misinformation. Plus, are people leaving Facebook for new right-leaning social media apps? And why does Google want to buy a fitness tracker company?
Guests: Ariel Bogle, analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute + Angharad Yeo, host of ABC Good Game Spawn Point
2020: QR codes finally became useful
Why have the little black and white grids you have to photograph to go to a café become the go-to tech for the pandemic? Can artificial intelligence tell if you have Covid from the sound of your cough? And Marc's given up on hovercars, but maybe we can still get holograms in our future…Guests: Jessie Hughes, VR expert and creative technologist + Peter Wells, tech writer and host of Meta, a podcast about podcasts @peterwells
How bad is foreign election interference in 2020?
The maelstrom of online interference during the US election. Tech companies are scrambling to deal with political misinformation and probably worse. Plus, gone before we knew ye - streaming service and one-word punchline QUIBI calls it quits. And he’s the tech magnate known as the Hermit King, whose reign affected most mobile phones. Who is it?
Guests: Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy @GirlGeekAcademy + Jeremy Kirk, Executive editor at Information Security Media Group @jeremy_kirk
Is Apple quietly killing your phone?
Does Apple slow down your phone down to encourage you to buy a new one? Imagine a world without news on Google or Facebook - other countries have done it, so how did it play out for them? And is Twitter too good at dealing with sketchy content on the platform? Guests: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, national technology editor for News Corp @jendudley + Cameron Wilson, reporter, Business Insider, Gizmodo Australia @cameronwilson
Sick of doing video calls?
What if you could get an AI face to do your video calls for you? The push to break up huge tech companies coming from Washington DC. Plus, are Twitter and Facebook doing enough to stop misinformation and is Tinder doing enough to stop sexual assault?
Guests: Peter Marks, software developer, Access Informatics @petermarxy + Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @raejohnston
*CONTENT WARNING: references to sexual assault
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Let’s go verbing
• August 2, Episode “Fortnite millionaires and Adelaide’s games Industry”.
In which a guest uses “pathway” as a verb.
Though to be fair, a trigger warning was issued, noting the guest would be American.
• September 17, 2020, Episode: “Tik Tok Off The Chopping Block”
In which a guest describes someone as “ ... one of the only ...”.
Huh? This is clearly gibberish. Did he mean the person was “the only one” or “one of the few”?
And in which the other guest seemingly, like, can’t make a sentence without saying “like”. Perhaps invite her back when she’s grown up.