Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
How bad is foreign election interference in 2020?
The maelstrom of online interference during the US election. Tech companies are scrambling to deal with political misinformation and probably worse. Plus, gone before we knew ye - streaming service and one-word punchline QUIBI calls it quits. And he’s the tech magnate known as the Hermit King, whose reign affected most mobile phones. Who is it?
Guests: Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy @GirlGeekAcademy + Jeremy Kirk, Executive editor at Information Security Media Group @jeremy_kirk
Is Apple quietly killing your phone?
Does Apple slow down your phone down to encourage you to buy a new one? Imagine a world without news on Google or Facebook - other countries have done it, so how did it play out for them? And is Twitter too good at dealing with sketchy content on the platform? Guests: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, national technology editor for News Corp @jendudley + Cameron Wilson, reporter, Business Insider, Gizmodo Australia @cameronwilson
Sick of doing video calls?
What if you could get an AI face to do your video calls for you? The push to break up huge tech companies coming from Washington DC. Plus, are Twitter and Facebook doing enough to stop misinformation and is Tinder doing enough to stop sexual assault?
Guests: Peter Marks, software developer, Access Informatics @petermarxy + Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @raejohnston
*CONTENT WARNING: references to sexual assault
Social dilemmas and strange drones
It flies, it spies, it’s the strangest security camera - what does it tell us about surveillance and fear? What The Social Dilemma gets right and wrong. Plus, if you’re working from home, should your boss be allowed to use monitoring software to spy on you?
Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Executive editor at Information Security Media Group @jeremy_kirk + Natasha Gillezeau, tech and media journalist, AFR @natashagillezeau
Newer Broadband Network?
Which streaming service is in dire straits and why does Marc care so much about this platform? Plus, fibre-to-the-node and now to the home! Some Australians will be able to get fibre-to-the-home internet by 2023 as part of a NBN upgrade due to start in a few months.
Guests: Seamus Byrne, editor & host of Byteside @byteside @seamus + Ariel Bogle, reporter for Click-Sick – a new 3 part series on health misinformation @arielbogle
Making better disability tech
Whether permanent, temporary or as result of age, millions of Australians will experience a form of disability. How do we make tech more inclusive? Meet some of the innovators with lived experience of disability driving tech innovation in Australia.
Steve Ralph, tester for voice enabled mobile app, Maslow
Heather Morrison & Andrew Gurza, co-founders of Handi, developers of sexual health products
Pete Horsley, founder of disability tech accelerator, Remarkable
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Like the podcast! It’s a must-listen to when I’m cooking in the galley of my boat on a Friday night in the Marshall Islands. Mark: You are terrific ... I particularly like it when Clare Riley is on the panel... and I enjoy most of the topics... I guess my favorite stuff is new gizmos, sites, and trends... Thanks, Karen