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 1.7: Tipping Point
On this week's show Josh and Nayana discuss claims of censorship by Twitter and Instagram of Palestinian activists, which comes not long after reports that hashtags calling for Narendra Modi to resign were blocked on Facebook. Then they explore Twitter's new feature that lets users tip each other for valuable tweets.
skeptechs 1.6: Whatsapp in politics
Josh and Nayana are back to discuss the latest in tech. This week, why Indians are turning to social media in desperation as the country battles a Covid surge, how apps like WhatsApp and Signal are increasingly being used to do politics in private, and appropriate age limits and protections for younger users of TikTok and Instagram.
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skeptechs 1.5: Spies and effects
Josh and Nayana are back to cover the latest stories in tech. This time they cover leaked Facebook guidelines around handling harmful content against public figures, revelations about the use of social media to spy on Uyghurs, and backlash to Amazon's use of Twitter.
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skeptechs 1.4: Too Big to Bail?
Josh and Nayana are back to tackle three huge stories from the world of tech: Facebook's shocking response to new Australian government rules about online news, an American lawsuit taking on Amazon's treatment of its warehouse employees, and the UK Supreme Court ruling that Uber drives should be classified as workers. At the root of each story is the same question: are these big platforms too important to live without?
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Josh and Nayana are fantastic and I’m so grateful to learn about the OII community through them!