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The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators.

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The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators.

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    Google Protest Leader Meredith Whittaker on the Future of Tech Activism and the Deep Flaws of ‘The Social Dilemma’

    Google Protest Leader Meredith Whittaker on the Future of Tech Activism and the Deep Flaws of ‘The Social Dilemma’

    When I interviewed Tristan Harris ( https://onezero.medium.com/social-dilemma-star-tristan-harris-responds-to-criticisms-of-the-film-netflix-s-algorithm-and-e11c3bedd3eb ) about The Social Dilemma earlier this month, my mentions filled with people saying, "You should speak to the people who were critical of the social web long before the film.” One name, Meredith ** Whittaker, stood out. An A.I. researcher and former big tech employee, Whittaker helped lead Google’s walkout in 2018 amid a season of activism inside the company.

     On this edition of the Big Technology Podcast, we spoke not only about her views on the film, but of the future of workplace activism inside tech companies in a moment where some are questioning if it belongs ( https://blog.coinbase.com/coinbase-is-a-mission-focused-company-af882df8804 ) at all.

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    • 40 min
    Emergency Podcast: Department of Justice vs. Google with Yelp's Luther Lowe

    Emergency Podcast: Department of Justice vs. Google with Yelp's Luther Lowe

    The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Google on Tuesday, alleging the company unlawfully maintained a monopoly in search and search advertising. The antitrust action was the most significant since the DOJ's case against Microsoft, and is sure to send ripples through Silicon Valley where Facebook, Apple, and Amazon will be paying close attention since they might be next.

    To talk about what it all means, Yelp's senior vice president of public policy Luther Lowe joined the Big Technology Podcast on extremely short notice. Lowe has been pushing the case against Google forward for years, and his on the ground perspective can help shed light on what's at stake and what comes next.

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    • 24 min
    New York Times’ Ben Smith Talks Slack, Newsroom Politics, And Tech Regulation

    New York Times’ Ben Smith Talks Slack, Newsroom Politics, And Tech Regulation

    As the Media Equation columnist at The New York Times, Ben Smith is covering an industry going through transformation and turbulence. And as the former editor in chief of BuzzFeed News — a place I worked until this June — he lived that change while managing a newsroom of reporters who lived online in a VC funded media company.

    In this week’s edition of the Big Technology Podcast, I caught up with Smith for a discussion focused on how tech is changing journalism, what media companies can do to connect with people that have shut them out, and where big tech regulation may lead.

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    • 33 min
    Netflix's 'Social Dilemma' Star Tristan Harris on the Film and Its Criticisms

    Netflix's 'Social Dilemma' Star Tristan Harris on the Film and Its Criticisms

    You won’t find a more controversial film in Silicon Valley than The Social Dilemma. The film, now available on Netflix, features confessions from early consumer internet employees who rue the destruction their inventions have wrought.

    To address the film and its critiques, Tristan Harris, its star and the co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, sat down for an interview on the Big Technology Podcast with no questions off limits.

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    • 54 min
    Reporter Roundtable: Discussing Media Narratives and Tech Industry Attacks On The Press

    Reporter Roundtable: Discussing Media Narratives and Tech Industry Attacks On The Press

    When the Big Technology Podcast debuted last month, The Verge’s Casey Newton joined to talk about why people can’t stand the tech press. Our wide-ranging discussion explored how tech reporters should be more upfront about their values, how algorithms and social media reframe their work, and why some go astray in the quest for retweets. But there was more to discuss.

    This week, three talented reporters—Bloomberg’s Eric Newcomer, the Financial Times’ Hannah Murphy, and OneZero’s Brian Merchant—join the show to pick up where Newton left off.

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    • 26 min
    Why Venture Capitalists Are Mad, With Bloomberg Beta Venture Capitalist Roy Bahat

    Why Venture Capitalists Are Mad, With Bloomberg Beta Venture Capitalist Roy Bahat

    Venture capitalists, founders, and others in the tech industry are feeling pretty raw these days. Once admired as upstarts fighting the status quo, they now feel under siege, under attack for the negative things their products lead to without being appreciated for how they improve our lives. Bloomberg Beta head Roy Bahat, a veteran venture capitalist, joins the Big Technology Podcast for a nuanced conversation about what's going with the tech world, how its innovation might be linked to its problems, and how it should handle the criticism.

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    • 51 min

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Strong opener with a lot of potential

The host has excellent credentials and started with two high quality guest, look forward to more episodes.

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