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From artificial intelligence and data mining to social media and dating apps, tech has touched our lives on every level. In Tech for Evil podcast, we talk about the impact of Big Tech on our minds, planet and liberties. We also expose what Big Tech doesn’t want you to know and what you can do about it.

Tech for Evil Manal al-Sharif and Reinhardt Sosin

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From artificial intelligence and data mining to social media and dating apps, tech has touched our lives on every level. In Tech for Evil podcast, we talk about the impact of Big Tech on our minds, planet and liberties. We also expose what Big Tech doesn’t want you to know and what you can do about it.

    Australia vs the World in Digital Rights with Angus Murray

    Australia vs the World in Digital Rights with Angus Murray

    How does Australia stack up against other countries when it comes to our digital rights? Do our privacy laws protect us or do they leave us vulnerable to the lightly regulated tech companies? To answer these questions, we’ve brought in our very first guest onto the show… a Top Gun of Australia’s legal profession – Angus Murray.  



    Angus is the co-founder and national director of The Legal Forecast, Vice President of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia policy team and a death metal fan to boot. Angus was recently awarded the ‘Young Alumnus of the Year’ by the University of Southern Queensland. So, strap in and let Angus demystify the legal jargon and give you an insight into the world of online digital rights and privacy in Australia. 



    In the blue corner of our title fight, today is the Australian legal system and privacy laws and in the red corner, we have the rest of the world. Angus does a blow by blow of how Australia’s legal history has shaped our current digital rights and privacy laws, compares them with our European contenders and gives his view on whether Australians can count on our rights as citizens to keep us safe while our human experience is being digitized with little or no say of our own.  



    Also in the episode, find out how Aussie politicians can get away with sending us unsolicited text messages on mass and whether or not your boss is allowed to monitor our work laptop activity, on today’s episode of Tech For Evil, where we expose what big tech doesn’t want you to know and give you ways to fight back. 



    00:30 – Introductions and Bio – Angus Murray



    04:38 – How Does Australia Compare to Europe? 



    08:00 – Origin of Australia’s LegalFramework



    10:00 – A digital social contract



    17:00 – Australia’s Privacy Act of 1988



    20:26 – Australia and the EU GDPR



    23:00 Informed Consent



    27:41 – Australia’s Privacy Commissioner and Ben Grubb



    30:00 – DIfference between breach of confidence and an invasion of privacy 



    32:22 – Angus on Facebook



    41:05 – Angus on our data being abused



    43:41 – A Skynet, Minority Report World



    44:54 – Break



    45:27 – Painting a dark picture, Australia, US, EU, UK



    46:53 – Politicians in my phone



    50:16 – Is my boss watching me?



    53:13 – The Legal Forecast



    01:06:20 – Remote controlled mice



    01:09:46 – What can we do to fight back?



    01:13:22 – Are we all doomed or is there hope?







    We want to hear from you. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at contact@tech4evil.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tech4evil. And if you've spotted Big Tech going too far, use the hashtag #EvilSpotter and mention @Tech4Evil and share your story.

    Music and media production by Reinhardt Sosin.



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    "We Don't Sell Your Data" and Other Hilarious Privacy Lies - Part 2

    "We Don't Sell Your Data" and Other Hilarious Privacy Lies - Part 2

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    “Mass surveillance creates a prison to the mind” Glenn Greenwald
    Have you ever found yourself clicking on “Yes, I have read and understood the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy” only to nervously wonder what terms you just accepted? Whether we’re in our home with our family or confiding to a friend at the park there’s a high chance we cherish the privacy we can have with them. But what if I told you that someone in your house, in this very moment, has the power to hear your self-talk and to hear that inner voice that allows your mind to wander through your fantasies and insecurities? What if I told you that it was you who invited them into your home? The online world may not be as private as we were all led to believe.
    Did you know that Facebook can read your private messages? Did you know that YouTube still keeps all your videos even if you delete your account? Did you know that Reddit keeps the drafts that you never submitted?
    Find out what you can do to fight back when Big Tech tries to peer into your private life and hear about the tools you can use to take back control of your privacy when you’re online on Part 2 of Episode 4 of Tech 4 Evil.
    01:24 – We don’t sell your data
    03:54 – You are in charge of your data
    10:05 – We anonymize your data before sharing it
    12:57 – If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear
    23:44 – Privacy is dead
    28:17 – What is privacy protection?
    31:35 – Privacy Law between Australia and China
    33:42 – What the tech community can do 
    39:30 – Manal’s message to the tech community
     
    We want to hear from you. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at contact@tech4evil.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tech4evil. And if you've spotted Big Tech going too far, use the hashtag #EvilSpotter and mention @Tech4Evil and share your story.

    Music and media production by Reinhardt Sosin. Research and content by Manal al-Sharif.

    Sources for this episode include "Why Privacy Matters?" TED talk by Glenn Greenwald, Teach Privacy, Terms of Service Didn't Read, AP News, PrivacyMonitor.com, TheNextWeb.com, PrivacyPolicies.com, Human Rights Watch, TheMarkUp.org, Mozilla.org, privacyinternational.org, Mobile Marketing Reads, WIRED, and "I have Nothing to Hide" book by Heidi Boghosian
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    "We Don't Sell Your Data" and Other Hilarious Privacy Lies - Part 1

    "We Don't Sell Your Data" and Other Hilarious Privacy Lies - Part 1

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    “Mass surveillance creates a prison to the mind” Glenn Greenwald
    Have you ever found yourself clicking on “Yes, I have read and understood the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy” only to nervously wonder what terms you just accepted? Whether we’re in our home with our family or confiding to a friend at the park there’s a high chance we cherish the privacy we can have with them. But what if I told you that someone in your house, in this very moment, has the power to hear your self-talk and to hear that inner voice that allows your mind to wander through your fantasies and insecurities? What if I told you that it was you who invited them into your home? The online world may not be as private as we were all led to believe.
    Did you know that Facebook can read your private messages? Did you know that YouTube still keeps all your videos even if you delete your account? Did you know that Reddit keeps the drafts that you never submitted?
    Find out what you can do to fight back when Big Tech tries to peer into your private life and hear about the tools you can use to take back control of your privacy when you’re online on Part 1 of Episode 4 of Tech 4 Evil.
    We want to hear from you. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at contact@tech4evil.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tech4evil. And if you've spotted Big Tech going too far, use the hashtag #EvilSpotter and mention @Tech4Evil and share your story.

    Music and media production by Reinhardt Sosin. Research and content by Manal al-Sharif.

    Sources for this episode include "Why Privacy Matters?" TED talk by Glenn Greenwald, Teach Privacy, Terms of Service Didn't Read, AP News, PrivacyMonitor.com, TheNextWeb.com, PrivacyPolicies.com, Human Rights Watch, TheMarkUp.org, Mozilla.org, privacyinternational.org, Mobile Marketing Reads, WIRED, and "I have Nothing to Hide" book by Heidi Boghosian
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    The Dark Patterns of Design

    The Dark Patterns of Design

    A good user interface design offers ease of use and a streamlined online experience, but some of your favorite websites have deceptive ploys built in to get you to do things you never intended to do. Are you an avid online shopper? Many e-commerce sites use cunning manipulation to get you to buy something you don’t want or need.
    You might be greeted by a digital guilt trip when you click “no” on an “exclusive offer” or end up with a product in your shopping cart that you never selected. Is your email inbox overflowing with spam emails and newsletters to which you never subscribed? Little did you know, when you clicked a random button or bought a product, you were automatically put on the mailing list.
    It’s right there in the privacy agreement that takes roughly 18 minutes to read. Attempting to opt-out of spam emails only adds to your frustration as you hunt for a minuscule unsubscribe button that takes eight tries to push successfully. Facebook users who try to disable their facial recognition can expect to be bombarded with the positive aspects of the software without any mention that it will also be used for targeted advertising.
    In this episode, Manal al-Sharif and Reinhardt Sosin dissect the dark patterns of user interface design. From color interpretation to “Bait and Switch,” they cover several of the cheapest tricks deployed by online giants to influence your decisions. Join Manal and Reinhardt as they expose some of these con artists.
    Welcome to episode 3 of the Tech4Evil Podcast: The Dark Patterns of Design.






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    • 46 min
    The Planned Obsolescence of Tech

    The Planned Obsolescence of Tech

    Manal al-Sharif and Reinhardt Sosin discuss the concept of Planned Obsolescence of Tech. Big Tech companies use a whole host of design and marketing tactics to get you to throw away your smart devices long before it’s necessary. Ever had a product break within weeks of the warranty expiring? What about that iPhone that slowed down after a software update? If you’ve ever walked away from a repair shop feeling frustrated after being told the cost to repair your device is close to the value of a new one, this episode is for you. Learn about the history of Planned Obsolescence, the detrimental impacts this concept has on our planet, and the ecocide, iFixit and the Right to Repair activists fighting Big Tech to take back our rights as consumers and protect our planet. Welcome to Episode Two of the Tech4Evil Podcast.
    2:40 – What is planned obsolescence? 
    3:05 – The four types of planned obsolescence of tech
    13:50 – Why are tech companies designing devices to break?
    16:08 – The economical and environmental impact of planned obsolescence of tech
    21:45 – A brief history of planned obsolescence
    25:12 – Repair Cafes
    25:13 – I Fix It or Ifixit.com
    27:24 – The Right to Repair movement
    29:09 – The Ecocide Law
    30:06 – The US, Europe and Australia  supporting the Right to Repair
    33:02- Steve Wozniak support
    35:15 – A call to action
    We want to hear from you. Tune in, and tell us what you think. Email us at contact@tech4evil.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tech4evil. And if you've spotted Big Tech going too far, use the hashtag #EvilSpotter and mention @Tech4Evil and share your story.

    Music and media production by Reinhardt Sosin. Research and content by Manal al-Sharif and Margaret Coomer.

    Sources for this episode include repaircafe.org , ifixit.com, the Atalntic's article on the global cost of e-waste, CHOICE's article "5 Ways to Take Control of Your Consumer Rights" and the Guardian's artcile on the world's largest e-waste dump and many more sources mentioned in our blog.

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    The Dark Side of Targeted Advertising

    The Dark Side of Targeted Advertising

    Is my phone listening to me? We’ve all been there: you have a conversation with a friend about a product or service, and within a day or two, you see an ad for that very thing on your favorite social media platform. It’s more than spooky; it feels intrusive, as if your phone has a direct connection to the thoughts in your head. No, it’s not technological espionage- it’s hyper-targeted advertising evolving to be surveillance-based advertising. Every time we go online or scroll through social media on our phones, we leave behind bits of data, like breadcrumbs, for Data Miners. Websites track our movements via cookies and tracking pixels. Companies pay big bucks for your personal profile that was structured from those breadcrumbs and then target you with specific advertising. In this episode, Manal al-Sharif and Reinhardt Sosin discuss the multi-billion dollar targeted advertising ecosystem, how it directly impacts your mental health and privacy, and how you can fight back against the digital dictatorship. Welcome to Episode One of the Tech4Evil Podcast where you find out what big tech doesn’t want you to know.






    Background reading.



    Targeted Advertising or Surveillance-Based Advertising?



    25 Aug 2021






    1:53 – Welcome



    2:27 – What is surveillance-based advertising?



    9:50 – How does surveillance-based advertising work?



    20:57 – The Norwegian Consumer Council Report



    30:13 – How big is the digital advertising industry?



    33:21 – The history of digital advertising



    36:12 – What are the impacts of the surveillance-based advertising model?



    52:30 – What are the alternatives?



    54:47 – How can we fight back?



    55:57 – A call to action



    57:57 – Your Crash Course in Digital Self Defence



    01:02:19 – Spot the Evil (#evilspotter)



















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