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Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

    Inside Biden’s COVID Team

    Inside Biden’s COVID Team

    When Joe Biden takes office in two months, the federal government will take on a new stance in its fight to contain the coronavirus. The broad strokes of that strategy have been outlined in debates and on campaign websites, but now the real work begins.

    Two weeks ago, the president-elect appointed a team of 13 advisers to answer some key questions. How can the new government win the trust of the 73 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump? What would a national mask mandate look like? How will the different vaccines be distributed?

    A member of President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 council takes us behind the scenes.

    Guest: Celine Gounder, member of the Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board, and host of the American Diagnosis and Epidemic podcasts.

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    Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 25 min
    How Tough Will Biden Really Be on Big Tech?

    How Tough Will Biden Really Be on Big Tech?

    When Barack Obama first won the White House, back in 2008, with Joe Biden as his vice president, the executive branch’s stance towards tech and tech companies was seen as cooperative, progressive, and forward-thinking. This time around, the tech giants can expect a very different relationship.

    Will Biden be the president to finally rein in big tech?

    Guest: Cecilia Kang, technology reporter at The New York Times

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    • 24 min
    How the Gig Economy Won in California

    How the Gig Economy Won in California

    Companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash have always argued that their workers are independent contractors, not employees. This distinction has been crucial in their rise from startups to multi-billion-dollar companies.

    On Tuesday, Californians sided with these companies by approving Prop 22, a ballot measure that enshrines workers’ non-employee status. Why did progressive Californians side with Big Tech? And will the rest of the country follow California’s lead?


    Guest: Sam Harnett, Tech and Labor reporter at KQED

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    • 22 min
    The Fight Against Election Day Falsehoods

    The Fight Against Election Day Falsehoods

    The 2016 general election changed the way we think about information online and its power to sway results. Four years later, Americans will vote amid a surge of misinformation, collected and distorted to fit political narratives.

    What can people and platforms do to protect the truth in this most consequential election?

    Guests:
    Renee DiResta, Research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory
    Justin Hendrix, founder of Tech Policy Press
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    • 25 min
    A Historic Case Against Google

    A Historic Case Against Google

    It’s been 22 years since the federal government last brought a meaningful legal challenge to a big tech company. Back then, when the Justice Department sued Microsoft, the outcome changed the direction of the company for years to come. Now, the Department of Justice is coming for Google. Can the search giant resist this challenge to its role as the gatekeeper of the internet?

    Guest: Tony Romm, technology reporter at the Washington Post

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    • 23 min
    Facebook Flips on Holocaust Denial

    Facebook Flips on Holocaust Denial

    Two years ago, Mark Zuckerberg held up Holocaust denial as an example of the type of speech that would be protected on Facebook. The company wouldn’t take down content simply because it was incorrect. This week, Facebook reversed that stance. Is this decision the first step toward a new way of policing speech on the social network?

    Guest: Evelyn Douek, Lecturer at Harvard Law School and affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

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    • 25 min

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11 Ratings

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Excellent Tech Podcast

The best Tech news podcast I’ve listened to. Differs to some others I listen to by having more of a culture/society slant than nuts and bolts “tech”.

Thinkindave ,

Uninformed and opinionated - a bad combo

This podcast is essentially two "tech bloggers" who don't seem to have the time or the inclination to research things properly so, instead, just whine about what they see as the evils of technology. I have been listening for a few months in an attempt to stay up to date with tech news but it's no longer worth it, as it's become increasingly clear that I'm not getting any actual news. I believe both the hosts would be happier if they destroyed all their gadgets and went and lived out in the woods... and I think that might be the best result for everyone.

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