20 episodes

Big Tech is a bi-weekly podcast that explores how emerging technologies are reshaping democracy, the economy and society. Co-hosts Taylor Owen and David Skok have in-depth conversations with leading thinkers who are shaping our understanding of technology’s impact on the world.

Taylor Owen is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Beaverbrook Chair of Media, Ethics and Communications, and an associate professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.

David Skok is the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Logic. He has worked at The Toronto Star and The Boston Globe, and was the co-creator and director of digital for Global News.

Big Tech is presented by CIGI, a non-partisan think tank, and The Logic, an award-winning digital publication reporting on the innovation economy, in association with Antica Productions. Season 2 is produced by Trevor Hunsberger, Kathleen Goldhar and Mitchell Stuart. Season 1 was produced and edited by Trevor Hunsberger with Kate Rowswell as story producer.

Big Tech CIGI / The Logic, Taylor Owen, David Skok, The Logic, The Centre for International Governance Innovation

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Big Tech is a bi-weekly podcast that explores how emerging technologies are reshaping democracy, the economy and society. Co-hosts Taylor Owen and David Skok have in-depth conversations with leading thinkers who are shaping our understanding of technology’s impact on the world.

Taylor Owen is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Beaverbrook Chair of Media, Ethics and Communications, and an associate professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.

David Skok is the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Logic. He has worked at The Toronto Star and The Boston Globe, and was the co-creator and director of digital for Global News.

Big Tech is presented by CIGI, a non-partisan think tank, and The Logic, an award-winning digital publication reporting on the innovation economy, in association with Antica Productions. Season 2 is produced by Trevor Hunsberger, Kathleen Goldhar and Mitchell Stuart. Season 1 was produced and edited by Trevor Hunsberger with Kate Rowswell as story producer.

    Damian Collins on Joining Forces to Regulate Big Tech

    Damian Collins on Joining Forces to Regulate Big Tech

    Individual nations are looking to find solutions to online harms occurring on platforms. The scope of platforms is global, and common issues emerge. Nations can share their knowledge with one another to better address the big tech industry.

    • 26 min
    Emily Bell on Journalism in the Age of Social Media

    Emily Bell on Journalism in the Age of Social Media

    The internet presents great opportunities for journalists to share their reporting, but it has also had negative impacts on the industry. Social media platforms have siphoned ad revenue from newspapers as well as allowed fake news to be shared widely.

    • 34 min
    Matt Stoller on Taking on the Tech Goliaths

    Matt Stoller on Taking on the Tech Goliaths

    The tech giants have entrenched themselves in all aspects of the internet. It has become nearly impossible to avoid interacting with one of the big five American tech companies when going online. Do consumers have choice or is it time to break up big tech?

    • 28 min
    Maria Ressa on How Social Media Can Destabilize Democracy and Journalism

    Maria Ressa on How Social Media Can Destabilize Democracy and Journalism

    Journalism’s role in balancing power in democracy is being undermined by the spread of disinformation on social media platforms. By allowing any content to be posted online, regardless of its validity, platforms are enabling autocrats to destabilize democratic institutions.

    • 38 min
    Carly Kind on Contact-tracing Apps

    Carly Kind on Contact-tracing Apps

    A key next step toward restarting the economy following the pandemic is to track the spread of the virus. Public health authorities around the globe are looking at using mobile apps to aid in their efforts.

    • 32 min
    Joseph Stiglitz on a Post-COVID-19 Economy

    Joseph Stiglitz on a Post-COVID-19 Economy

    Across many sectors, businesses are suspending operations to stay afloat and weather the storm. Tech firms on the other hand are seeing a rise in their market values. Tech companies were already dominating markets, and this pandemic could contribute to even greater monopolies.

    • 21 min

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A listen TO A LOT of podcasts. This is the best one. If you want to understand how technology is shaping our world you have to listen to this.

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