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From rampant AI's and gamification to social fundraising and new ways of donating. Join us on a meandering ramble through the ever changing landscape of tech that makes the world a better place.

    Wishing Polar Bears All The Best

    Wishing Polar Bears All The Best

    Welcome back to the Tech for Good Live podcast where we talk about technology for good, live.


    In this episode we talk about bias, privilege, and how rhetoric can take hold of our beliefs even when they can be clearly proven wrong. I know that is a shocker for everyone. And that’s why you listen to this podcast.


    We also discuss exciting developments in the virtual reality space and how it is being applied to medical science. 


    Hera Hussain is our host and she is joined by fellow TFGL team members Greg Ashton and Paul Jakubowski


    Our special guest this week is Graeme Heyes, researcher in sustainable design innovation and facilitator of sustainable design sprints with a PhD in sustainable business model design and environmental management. 






    Stat of the week 


    People from societally advantaged groups think equality-promoting policies will affect them negatively, even if they would actually benefit


    Privileged people misjudge effects of pro-equality policies on them - New Scientist






    1 in 3 U.S. adults believes an effort is underway to replace U.S.-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains. - US News










    Charity news of the week


    Financial times and Infosys demonstrate the importance of climate change policy in an excellent way:


    The Climate Game 






    Tech news of the week


    NeuroVirt brings full-stack VR treatment to physical rehab:


    Better rehab in virtual reality - PreSeed Now 






    And finally…


    Kickstarter for a football which is also a portable generator - Soccket






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    Listeners, what did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 


    Get in touch on twitter @techforgoodlive or Email at hello@techforgood.live 


    We’d love it if you gave us a nice iTunes review and told your pals about this podcast!


    Thanks to podcast.co for hosting our podcast. 


    Also, please don't forget this podcast is run by volunteers and we survive on sponsorships and donations. Right now one of our primary goals is to make sure all of our podcast episodes are accessible by making sure EVERY episode is transcribed. Sadly this costs money and we desperately need your help to make this become a reality! So if you've ever tuned into one of our podcasts or attended one of our events please consider chipping in the price of a cup of coffee.

    • 42 min
    Balancing Privacy and Protection

    Balancing Privacy and Protection

    Hello and welcome back to the Tech for Good Live podcast. It’s a podcast all about using technology to have a good social impact. 


    This week we are talking about privacy and how the tech world is shaping the age-old fight for reproductive rights in one of the world’s richest and most powerful nations. And it’s not just about one country, but how it’s a problem for all of us - everywhere.


    We also talk about what period-tracking apps are tracking, and if and who and what they’re selling about us.


    But it’s not all grim. We’ve also found the strangest brand collaboration. It’s really bizarre.






    Hera Hussain is on hosting duties and she is joined by fellow TFGL team members Greg Ashton and Paul Jakubowski.






    Our special guest this week is Kathryn Kosmides, joining us from New York. She’s the founder of Garbo, a new kind of online background check.






    Discussed in this episode:


    Stat of the week 


    It costs just over $160 to get a week’s worth of data on where people who visited Planned Parenthood came from, and where they went afterwards.


    Data Broker Is Selling Location Data of People Who Visit Abortion Clinics - Vice 






    Cycle-tracking apps stand behind their privacy policies as Roe teeters - The Verge






    Charity news of the week


    Does this win the award for strangest campaign collaboration: 


    You Can Now Pick Up A Designer Scarf Alongside Your Pret Lunch Thanks To A New Charity Initiative - Elle






    Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. The theme is loneliness - i






    Tech news of the week


    Tinder will let you perform background checks before swiping right for $2.50 - Fortune






    EU’s new rules for Big Tech will come into force in Spring 2023, says Vestager - TechCrunch 






    Nice of the week 


    It was local council election time in the UK recently and we wanted to give a shout out to Democracy Club, a civic tech initiative, whose data was used by Councils, Electoral Commission and other government websites.






    And finally…


    You think the roads are shit now, wait until they're made out of used nappies  - Positive.news






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    Listeners, what did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 


    Get in touch on twitter @techforgoodlive or Email at hello@techforgood.live 


    We’d love it if you gave us a nice iTunes review and told your pals about this podcast!


    Thanks to podcast.co for hosting our podcast. 


    Also, please don't forget this podcast is run by volunteers and we survive on sponsorships and donations. Right now one of our primary goals is to make sure all of our podcast episodes are accessible by making sure EVERY episode is transcribed. Sadly this costs money and we desperately need your help to make this become a reality! So if you've ever tuned into one of our podcasts or attended one of our events please consider chipping in the price of a cup of coffee.

    • 46 min
    Shiny Falling Knives

    Shiny Falling Knives

    Hello and welcome back to yet another episode of the tech for good live podcast. It’s a podcast where a bunch of mates get together and talk about using technology to have a positive impact on people and planet. 


    In this week's show we talk about e-scooters. Are they an illegal form of transport meeting an unmet need in society, or are they the one thing even more embarrassing than running a podcast about tech for good?


    In a shocking turn of events, Amazon continues to be what we’ve come to expect of Amazon and workers rights. What next you ask? They’re apparently hiding workplace injury figures by getting staff to work "light duties" for nonprofits. And some boffins have realized that video calls can curb creativity.






    Joining host Dama Sathianathan we have TFGL team members Bex Rae-Evans, Greg Ashton and Producer Paul.






    Our special guest this week is Max Wilson, founder of Spokesafe, who provide cyclists, couriers, delivery drivers, scooter riders and everyone in between with access to a network of secure places to park.






    Discussed in this episode:


    Stat of the week 


    Despite being illegal to use in the UK, 1 million e-scooters have been sold since 2018:  


    ‘I know they’re exciting – but calm down!’ Britain’s love-hate affair with the e-scooter - The Guardian 






    Charity news of the week


    Amazon hides workplace injury figures by getting staff to work "light duties" for nonprofits:


    Amazon accused of using charity work scheme to conceal warehouse incident rates - Engadget






    Charity digital skills survey 2022 is live!


    Take the survey here 










    Tech news of the week


    Peer reviewed report finds video calls curb creativity:


    Virtual communication curbs creative idea generation - Nature






     Does Zoom doom creativity in the workplace? - Protocol






     Hopin: virtual events start-up struggles as real gatherings return - FT


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    Listeners, what did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 


    Get in touch on twitter @techforgoodlive or Email at hello@techforgood.live 


    We’d love it if you gave us a nice iTunes review and told your pals about this podcast!


    Thanks to podcast.co for hosting our podcast. 


    Also, please don't forget this podcast is run by volunteers and we survive on sponsorships and donations. Right now one of our primary goals is to make sure all of our podcast episodes are accessible by making sure EVERY episode is transcribed. Sadly this costs money and we desperately need your help to make this become a reality! So if you've ever tuned into one of our podcasts or attended one of our events please consider chipping in the price of a cup of coffee.

    • 46 min
    Human Rights In The Digital Space

    Human Rights In The Digital Space

    Welcome to another episode of the tech for good live podcast, a podcast all about tech being used for social good. Or more likely, tech being used for social bad and how that makes us all really sad. 


    We are pleased to say that we’ve not been bought by Elon Musk. But Twitter has, we talk about that, it would be weird not to, right?


    We also discuss VPN’s, Facebook, harassment and other fun.


    Bex is back in the hosting seat and is joined by TFGL regular Greg Ashton and Producer Paul.


    Our special guest this week is Amanda Manyame, Digital Law and Rights Consultant at Equality Now. Amanda advises and conducts research on digital laws, policies, human rights and anticipates the legal risks and harms associated with technological innovation.






    Links from this episode:


    Stat of the week 


    8/14 of the top VPNs include trackers


    How Private Is My VPN? - The Markup 






    Charity news of the week


    White co-founder of No White Saviours accused of misuse of funds and harassment of her black co-founder - Twitter / @lovettejallow






    Tech news of the week


    Response to Facebook's request to dismiss the $150 billion lawsuit pulls no punches - Twitter / @jason_kint






    And Elon Musk couldn't be arsed to solve world hunger for $6 billion but buys Twitter for $44 billion - Associated Press 






    Nice of the week 


    Protecting people’s rights in the digital age: a Universal Declaration on Digital Rights - YouTube / Equality Now






    Women Leading in Artificial Intelligence, Equality Now proposes to mobilize the international community towards the creation of a Universal Declaration on Digital Rights (UDDR) - Equality Now










    And finally…


    Someone made a light that checks the local council website and tells you which bin to put out - Twitter / @tabard






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    Listeners, what did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 


    Get in touch on twitter @techforgoodlive or Email at hello@techforgood.live 


    We’d love it if you gave us a nice iTunes review and told your pals about this podcast!


    Thanks to podcast.co for hosting our podcast. 


    Also, please don't forget this podcast is run by volunteers and we survive on sponsorships and donations. Right now one of our primary goals is to make sure all of our podcast episodes are accessible by making sure EVERY episode is transcribed. Sadly this costs money and we desperately need your help to make this become a reality! So if you've ever tuned into one of our podcasts or attended one of our events please consider chipping in the price of a cup of coffee.

    • 42 min
    Toxic Positivity

    Toxic Positivity

    Welcome to another episode of Tech for Good Live, a podcast all about using technology to drive positive outcomes for people and planet. But more often than not, highlighting the many ways tech is causing havoc in our daily lives.


    If you're a long time listener, you’ll know that we’re quite a cynical bunch, but when we do hear stories of tech used to drive positive impact in the world, we’re all the more ecstatic and can’t wait to tell you more about them. 


    This week we are talking about rampant inequality and its effects on people’s happiness, a new social media platform designed to stop you from doom scrolling (hurrah!), and the metaverse coming for your soul.






    Dama Sathianathan is on hosting duties and is joined by TFGL team members Greg Ashton and Paul Jakubowski.






    Our special guest this week is Kathryn Dingle, Digital Product Manager at NPC, an organisation helping charities, funders and policy makers to maximise social impact. She is also a volunteer Co-Director for IC Change UK, a campaign to create a world where women are free from violence.






    Stat of the week 


    Countries that allow economic inequality to increase as they grow richer make their citizens less happy - The Guardian 






    Charity news of the week


    Plans for a new social media platform focused on positivity. Where a 'like' can help find charities:


    The new social media platform designed to stop you ‘scrolling through bile’ - Positive.News 


    Supernova 






    Tech news of the week


    The Metaverse is coming for your soul: 


    Metaverse Company to Offer Immortality Through ‘Live Forever’ Mode - Vice






    This has already been done by the brilliant Pete Trainor:


    Pete and James










    Nice of the week 


    Covid vaccination technology may be used as first heart attack ‘cure’ - Standard 






    And finally…


    Exo-seleton helps boy with cerebral palsy walk 






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    Listeners, what did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 


    Get in touch on twitter @techforgoodlive or Email at hello@techforgood.live 


    We’d love it if you gave us a nice iTunes review and told your pals about this podcast!


    Thanks to podcast.co for hosting our podcast. 


    Also, please don't forget this podcast is run by volunteers and we survive on sponsorships and donations. Right now one of our primary goals is to make sure all of our podcast episodes are accessible by making sure EVERY episode is transcribed. Sadly this costs money and we desperately need your help to make this become a reality! So if you've ever tuned into one of our podcasts or attended one of our events please consider chipping in the price of a cup of coffee.

    • 46 min
    Drinking Cynical Juice From A Plastic Bottle

    Drinking Cynical Juice From A Plastic Bottle

    Hello and welcome to yet another episode of the Tech for Good Live podcast!


    If you’re new here, it’s a podcast all about using technology to have a positive social impact. My main advice for any new listeners tuning in is to stop listening right now. Honestly, we’re not worth your time.


    If you do decide to stick around though, we’ve some interesting stories in this week’s episode.


    We’re talking about a new report into the dangers of Facebook’s encryption plans. Greenpeace wants you to help count some plastic. And, in a shocking development, Amazon continues to be absolute ass-hats. In their crosshairs this week… unions.


    Host Bex is joined by TFGL team members Greg Ashton and Fay Schofield.






    Our special guest this week is Joe Friel. Joe is co-founder of Yalla, a collective of web developers, designers, project managers and strategists. Yalla work with non-profit and impact-driven businesses across the UK, Gaza and Germany.






    Discussed in this episode:


    Stat of the week 


    New report from non-profit, Business for Social Responsibility, states Facebook's expansion of encryption would do more good than harm:


    Meta’s encryption plan has human rights benefits, report says - Washington Post


     


    Charity news of the week


    New Greenpeace campaign asks for the public's help to understand what plastic we're using and throwing away:


    The Big Plastic Count 










    Tech news of the week


    First Amazon union formed in the US, Amazon is obviously fighting this and has plans to block words like "Union" in its internal messaging app:


     ‘A marathon, not a sprint’: how Chris Smalls defied Amazon to form a union - The Guardian 






    Amazon says New York union organizers gave workers weed to help secure unionization votes - Insider 






    These are the words Amazon’s planned employee chat app reportedly won’t let you say - The Verge 










    Nice of the week 


    Advancing Healthcare Awards


    Robot Cat Cam






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    Listeners, what did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 


    Get in touch on twitter @techforgoodlive or Email at hello@techforgood.live 


    We’d love it if you gave us a nice iTunes review and told your pals about this podcast!


    Thanks to podcast.co for hosting our podcast. 


    Also, please don't forget this podcast is run by volunteers and we survive on sponsorships and donations. Right now one of our primary goals is to make sure all of our podcast episodes are accessible by making sure EVERY episode is transcribed. Sadly this costs money and we desperately need your help to make this become a reality! So if you've ever tuned into one of our podcasts or attended one of our events please consider chipping in the price of a cup of coffee.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

BexWho ,

Better than I expect

So, hands up, it’s Bex. I host on this podcast a lot. However, I rarely listen to them when I’m on them because I was there, so I don’t need to listen again. Also what kind of weirdo likes to listen to themselves? NOT ME. I realise it might be good practice to listen to ones I’m on, you know, to learn and improve… but what kind of weirdo likes to learn and improve!?

But, occasionally, I’m not on the podcast, so I listen. And I’m always genuinely surprised by how great they are. What a brilliant, educated team we have and definitely five star guests.

I do realise that the ones I’m on very well may be pants, but you know, if I don’t listen, I can just pretend they didn’t happen.

Soapiewater ,

Love this!

Really enjoying this brilliant podcast. Not listened to the whole back catalogue yet but have really enjoyed all the episodes I have heard. The 2 special series on the Circular Economy & WorkerTech were particularly excellent - really informative, but engaging & accessible at the same time. The weekly shows are good too, bit more freeform with good banter between the presenters & covering some really important topics in an absorbing way. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it :)

munkeh70 ,

Bloody Marvellous

I love listening to these folks chat about tech and goodness. Nicely done show where they don’t take themselves overly seriously but get elbow deep into some fascinating aspects of the world we live in.

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