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From artificial intelligence and data mining to social media and dating apps, tech has touched our lives on every level. In Tech for Evil podcast, we talk about the impact of Big Tech on our minds, planet and liberties. We also expose what Big Tech doesn’t want you to know and what you can do about it.

Tech for Evil Manal al-Sharif and Reinhardt Sosin

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From artificial intelligence and data mining to social media and dating apps, tech has touched our lives on every level. In Tech for Evil podcast, we talk about the impact of Big Tech on our minds, planet and liberties. We also expose what Big Tech doesn’t want you to know and what you can do about it.

    "We Don't Sell Your Data" and Other Hilarious Privacy Lies - Part 2

    "We Don't Sell Your Data" and Other Hilarious Privacy Lies - Part 2

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    “Mass surveillance creates a prison to the mind” Glenn Greenwald



    Have you ever found yourself clicking on “Yes, I have read and understood the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy” only to nervously wonder what terms you just accepted? Whether we’re in our home with our family or confiding to a friend at the park there’s a high chance we cherish the privacy we can have with them. But what if I told you that someone in your house, in this very moment, has the power to hear your self-talk and to hear that inner voice that allows your mind to wander through your fantasies and insecurities? What if I told you that it was you who invited them into your home? The online world may not be as private as we were all led to believe.



    Did you know that Facebook can read your private messages? Did you know that YouTube still keeps all your videos even if you delete your account? Did you know that Reddit keeps the drafts that you never submitted?



    Find out what you can do to fight back when Big Tech tries to peer into your private life and hear about the tools you can use to take back control of your privacy when you’re online on Part 2 of Episode 4 of Tech 4 Evil.



    01:24 – We don’t sell your data



    03:54 – You are in charge of your data



    10:05 – We anonymize your data before sharing it



    12:57 – If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear



    23:44 – Privacy is dead



    28:17 – What is privacy protection?



    31:35 – Privacy Law between Australia and China



    33:42 – What the tech community can do 



    39:30 – Manal’s message to the tech community







    We want to hear from you. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at contact@tech4evil.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tech4evil. And if you've spotted Big Tech going too far, use the hashtag #EvilSpotter and mention @Tech4Evil and share your story.

    Music and media production by Reinhardt Sosin. Research and content by Manal al-Sharif.

    Sources for this episode include "Why Privacy Matters?" TED talk by Glenn Greenwald, Teach Privacy, Terms of Service Didn't Read, AP News, PrivacyMonitor.com, TheNextWeb.com, PrivacyPolicies.com, Human Rights Watch, TheMarkUp.org, Mozilla.org, privacyinternational.org, Mobile Marketing Reads, WIRED, and "I have Nothing to Hide" book by Heidi Boghosian



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    "We Don't Sell Your Data" and Other Hilarious Privacy Lies - Part 1

    "We Don't Sell Your Data" and Other Hilarious Privacy Lies - Part 1

    Listen to Episode 4 Part 2



    “Mass surveillance creates a prison to the mind” Glenn Greenwald



    Have you ever found yourself clicking on “Yes, I have read and understood the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy” only to nervously wonder what terms you just accepted? Whether we’re in our home with our family or confiding to a friend at the park there’s a high chance we cherish the privacy we can have with them. But what if I told you that someone in your house, in this very moment, has the power to hear your self-talk and to hear that inner voice that allows your mind to wander through your fantasies and insecurities? What if I told you that it was you who invited them into your home? The online world may not be as private as we were all led to believe.



    Did you know that Facebook can read your private messages? Did you know that YouTube still keeps all your videos even if you delete your account? Did you know that Reddit keeps the drafts that you never submitted?



    Find out what you can do to fight back when Big Tech tries to peer into your private life and hear about the tools you can use to take back control of your privacy when you’re online on Part 1 of Episode 4 of Tech 4 Evil.





    We want to hear from you. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at contact@tech4evil.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tech4evil. And if you've spotted Big Tech going too far, use the hashtag #EvilSpotter and mention @Tech4Evil and share your story.

    Music and media production by Reinhardt Sosin. Research and content by Manal al-Sharif.

    Sources for this episode include "Why Privacy Matters?" TED talk by Glenn Greenwald, Teach Privacy, Terms of Service Didn't Read, AP News, PrivacyMonitor.com, TheNextWeb.com, PrivacyPolicies.com, Human Rights Watch, TheMarkUp.org, Mozilla.org, privacyinternational.org, Mobile Marketing Reads, WIRED, and "I have Nothing to Hide" book by Heidi Boghosian



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    The Dark Patterns of Design

    The Dark Patterns of Design

    A good user interface design offers ease of use and a streamlined online experience, but some of your favorite websites have deceptive ploys built in to get you to do things you never intended to do. Are you an avid online shopper? Many e-commerce sites use cunning manipulation to get you to buy something you don’t want or need.



    You might be greeted by a digital guilt trip when you click “no” on an “exclusive offer” or end up with a product in your shopping cart that you never selected. Is your email inbox overflowing with spam emails and newsletters to which you never subscribed? Little did you know, when you clicked a random button or bought a product, you were automatically put on the mailing list.



    It’s right there in the privacy agreement that takes roughly 18 minutes to read. Attempting to opt-out of spam emails only adds to your frustration as you hunt for a minuscule unsubscribe button that takes eight tries to push successfully. Facebook users who try to disable their facial recognition can expect to be bombarded with the positive aspects of the software without any mention that it will also be used for targeted advertising.



    In this episode, Manal al-Sharif and Reinhardt Sosin dissect the dark patterns of user interface design. From color interpretation to “Bait and Switch,” they cover several of the cheapest tricks deployed by online giants to influence your decisions. Join Manal and Reinhardt as they expose some of these con artists.



    Welcome to episode 3 of the Tech4Evil Podcast: The Dark Patterns of Design.












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    The Planned Obsolescence of Tech

    The Planned Obsolescence of Tech

    Manal al-Sharif and Reinhardt Sosin discuss the concept of Planned Obsolescence of Tech. Big Tech companies use a whole host of design and marketing tactics to get you to throw away your smart devices long before it’s necessary. Ever had a product break within weeks of the warranty expiring? What about that iPhone that slowed down after a software update? If you’ve ever walked away from a repair shop feeling frustrated after being told the cost to repair your device is close to the value of a new one, this episode is for you. Learn about the history of Planned Obsolescence, the detrimental impacts this concept has on our planet, and the ecocide, iFixit and the Right to Repair activists fighting Big Tech to take back our rights as consumers and protect our planet. Welcome to Episode Two of the Tech4Evil Podcast.
    2:40 – What is planned obsolescence? 
    3:05 – The four types of planned obsolescence of tech
    13:50 – Why are tech companies designing devices to break?
    16:08 – The economical and environmental impact of planned obsolescence of tech
    21:45 – A brief history of planned obsolescence
    25:12 – Repair Cafes
    25:13 – I Fix It or Ifixit.com
    27:24 – The Right to Repair movement
    29:09 – The Ecocide Law
    30:06 – The US, Europe and Australia  supporting the Right to Repair
    33:02- Steve Wozniak support
    35:15 – A call to action
    We want to hear from you. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at contact@tech4evil.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tech4evil. And if you've spotted Big Tech going too far, use the hashtag #EvilSpotter and mention @Tech4Evil and share your story.

    Music and media production by Reinhardt Sosin. Research and content by Manal al-Sharif and Margaret Coomer.

    Sources for this episode include repaircafe.org , ifixit.com, the Atalntic's article on the global cost of e-waste, CHOICE's article "5 Ways to Take Control of Your Consumer Rights" and the Guardian's artcile on the world's largest e-waste dump and many more sources mentioned in our blog.

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    The Dark Side of Targeted Advertising

    The Dark Side of Targeted Advertising

    Is my phone listening to me? We’ve all been there: you have a conversation with a friend about a product or service, and within a day or two, you see an ad for that very thing on your favorite social media platform. It’s more than spooky; it feels intrusive, as if your phone has a direct connection to the thoughts in your head. No, it’s not technological espionage- it’s hyper-targeted advertising evolving to be surveillance-based advertising. Every time we go online or scroll through social media on our phones, we leave behind bits of data, like breadcrumbs, for Data Miners. Websites track our movements via cookies and tracking pixels. Companies pay big bucks for your personal profile that was structured from those breadcrumbs and then target you with specific advertising. In this episode, Manal al-Sharif and Reinhardt Sosin discuss the multi-billion dollar targeted advertising ecosystem, how it directly impacts your mental health and privacy, and how you can fight back against the digital dictatorship. Welcome to Episode One of the Tech4Evil Podcast where you find out what big tech doesn’t want you to know.






    Background reading.



    Targeted Advertising or Surveillance-Based Advertising?



    25 Aug 2021






    1:53 – Welcome



    2:27 – What is surveillance-based advertising?



    9:50 – How does surveillance-based advertising work?



    20:57 – The Norwegian Consumer Council Report



    30:13 – How big is the digital advertising industry?



    33:21 – The history of digital advertising



    36:12 – What are the impacts of the surveillance-based advertising model?



    52:30 – What are the alternatives?



    54:47 – How can we fight back?



    55:57 – A call to action



    57:57 – Your Crash Course in Digital Self Defence



    01:02:19 – Spot the Evil (#evilspotter)



















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    Episode 1 Trailer: Surveillance-Based Ads

    Episode 1 Trailer: Surveillance-Based Ads

    In our first episode we explore the hidden world of targeted advertising and how they evolved to know everything about us, even the things we don’t share.

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Informative and funny along the way

Great podcast presented in a lighthearted yet informative way revealing facts that you normally don’t get to hear about. The best part though is that it is presented in an ‘easy to understand’ manner with some fun along the way. Well done guys 😀👍

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One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to in recent years. Lots of surprises and a powerful point of view.

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Magnificent, informative and entertaining

The two hosts lead us through contemporary online security issues. They expertly explain complex ideas simply. These podcasts are useful for an adult wanting to find out about, then navigate the issues, or a school child wanting to do an assignment on the issues.

I had accepted the right of companies to my data. But, then they abused my trust.

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