5 episodes

In this Spotify award-winning podcast, Oxford Internet Institute PhD students Josh Cowls and Nayana Prakash discuss the latest news in the world of tech, turning a skeptical eye to Silicon Valley and the use and misuse of technology around the world.

skeptechs Josh Cowls and Nayana Prakash

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

In this Spotify award-winning podcast, Oxford Internet Institute PhD students Josh Cowls and Nayana Prakash discuss the latest news in the world of tech, turning a skeptical eye to Silicon Valley and the use and misuse of technology around the world.

    skeptechs 4.5: Twitter, Ticketmaster, and three years of skeptechs!

    skeptechs 4.5: Twitter, Ticketmaster, and three years of skeptechs!

    It's three years since skeptechs launched, during which time the world of tech—and the world at large—has changed beyond measure. Josh and Nayana mark the occasion by covering two of the biggest stories of the past week in tech, before tackling the topics and trends that have loomed largest over the past three years.

    • 28 min
    skeptechs 4.4: mis&disinformation with special guests Felix Simon and Kirsten Eddy!

    skeptechs 4.4: mis&disinformation with special guests Felix Simon and Kirsten Eddy!

    Josh and Nayana are back for another conversation with special guests. This time, they sit down with returning guest Felix Simon, doctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Kirsten Eddy, postdoctoral researcher at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Together they cover questions about the study of mis- and disinformation and what the future holds for this rapidly changing subject.

    • 31 min
    skeptechs 4.3: Misinformation and Musk with Maggie McGrath

    skeptechs 4.3: Misinformation and Musk with Maggie McGrath

    This week, Josh and Nayana are joined by fellow PhD student Maggie McGrath (@maggieselfie), to discuss Maggie's research, which looks at how algorithms perpetuate misinformation. There's also time to discuss the news that Elon Musk has finally bought Twitter, and what it might mean for the platform.

    • 31 min
    skeptechs 4.2: Parler games

    skeptechs 4.2: Parler games

    Josh and Nayana are back to discuss the latest tech news, including the planned purchase of Parler by Ye, the adoption of workers' councils by TikTok employees, and the outage of the South Korean megaplatform Kakao. Plus, our reaction to the resignation of Liz Truss!

    • 28 min
    skeptechs 4.1: We're back! With special guests Hannah Kirk and Paul Röttger

    skeptechs 4.1: We're back! With special guests Hannah Kirk and Paul Röttger

    Josh and Nayana are back from a summer break with the latest tech news and research. This week, they sit down with Hannah Kirk (@hannahrosekirk) and Paul Röttger (@paul_rottger) to discuss their research, which asks how AI can be used to detect online hate speech. We've got many more episodes and conversations with more guests lined up for the coming weeks so stay tuned, and remember to rate and recommend the podcast if you enjoy it!

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Yuang Ying ,

Punny podcast, timely tech news, grandma-friendly

I don’t usually enjoy podcasts or puns but somehow this gem manages to be a delight that I’ve come to look forward to every week

It takes on some of most difficult developments in tech in both a timely and fashionable manner, with just enough ba dum tss moments. It also communicates tech news in a way that is very digestible and would recommend to anyone and their grandma.

To be honest, I’d rather my grandma hear about the latest killer robot from Skeptechs if anything.

Jubugon ,

Spectacular

Josh & Nayana are visionary thinkers the likes of which have not been seen in the podcasting world. The only way this show could be better is if they had a patreon so we could give them £££

Aliiii1990 ,

The only Oxford podcast you should listen to

Josh and Nayana are fantastic and I’m so grateful to learn about the OII community through them!

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