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Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily show uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world.

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    • 4.6, 815 Ratings

Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily show uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world.

    How can we respond to mass protests if we can’t agree on what’s happening?

    How can we respond to mass protests if we can’t agree on what’s happening?

    Protesters demonstrated in dozens of cities across the country over the weekend, sparked by the alleged murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last week. But depending on what people saw on social media about the protests, they may have completely different ideas about what happened. Host Molly Wood speaks with Zeynep Tufekci, author of “Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.”

    • 5 min
    The regulation that helped build the internet may be in trouble

    The regulation that helped build the internet may be in trouble

    The debate over how social media platforms deal with content hit a new peak this week after Twitter fact-checked several of President Donald Trump’s tweets. That prompted Trump to sign an executive order trying to limit platforms’ legal protections. Currently, under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, internet platforms aren’t legally responsible for most content posted by users. Host Molly Wood speaks with Jeff Kosseff, author of “The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet,” a book on Section 230.

    • 7 min
    Demand for mental health apps is spiking

    Demand for mental health apps is spiking

    COVID-19 has opened up a conversation about remote therapy, but online mental health care goes way beyond talking to a therapist over video chat. App analytics companies say downloads of mental health and wellness apps are up almost 30% since the pandemic began. These include therapy services, but also meditation apps like Calm and Headspace. Do they work, and how is your data handled? American Public Media’s mental health reporter, Alisa Roth, takes a look. 

    • 5 min
    Public health officials stuck using faxes to track the coronavirus

    Public health officials stuck using faxes to track the coronavirus

    Tech has helped in the fight against the coronavirus, but there’s a bottleneck when it comes to contact tracing: public health departments. These government agencies are chronically underfunded, and some don’t have the right tech to get medical data quickly. Host Molly Wood speaks with Dan Gorenstein, co-host of the health-care podcast “Tradeoffs,” about trying to track the spread of the virus  with fax machines. 

     

     

    • 8 min
    Europe’s data-privacy law turns 2. Has it actually made our information safer?

    Europe’s data-privacy law turns 2. Has it actually made our information safer?

    This week marks two years since Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect. Companies spent millions of dollars on GDPR compliance, and people expected fines so big they’d put Big Tech out of business. That didn’t exactly happen, but what has the GDPR meant for consumer privacy? Host Molly Wood speaks with Jessica Lee, a partner with the law firm Loeb & Loeb who specializes in privacy.

    • 7 min
    Some people are making bread in quarantine. Others are making TikToks

    Some people are making bread in quarantine. Others are making TikToks

    TikTok has been in the news for its new CEO, who was poached from Disney, and for the record labels who think the service should pay more to publishers and artists for song rights. And there have been calls to ban it in the U.S. over its Chinese ownership and security fears. But its popularity keeps growing.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
815 Ratings

815 Ratings

Marvin072560 ,

Concise Tech News

I wake up to Marketplace Tech every weekday early morning on KPCC in Los Angeles. The content is timely and rich. Molly does an excellent job analyzing what can often be complex issues. I especially love when she paraphrases articles or documents and gets right to the point. Awesome!

Sirilbrinack ,

What Happened!?

The show is good but every other episode promotes censorship and control of the internet.

ElimiNathan ,

A great place for news on what's new

I love hearing about what's new in the tech world. The stories are always interesting!

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