A weekly podcast covering the latest essential UK technology news and how it impacts our teams. Hosted by Sanjay Purswani, Neil Studd and Gwen Diagram.
Ep 8 - Who's Watching Our Kids?
In an episode which we promise is considerably more entertaining than the subject matter might suggest, the TWW crew take a look at the rise of digital monitoring software within schools and the workplace. We discuss the trade-offs between safety and snooping, the challenges of verifying the success of such tooling, and propose some possibly less alarming ways to help protect children online.
Plus: Sanj finally manages to refuel, Neil shares how he almost lost his job because of Google Analytics, and we get to the bottom of what Gwen would be willing to sacrifice for quicker software updates.
01:15 The Stand-Up
06:23 Social Engineering
09:38 This Week's Epic
28:13 News Bytes
34:46 The Wash Up
LINKS MENTIONED THIS WEEK:
YouTube: Postman livestream: A Busy Developer's Guide To Testing (Thursday 21st October, 7pm BST)
Black Tech Fest (19th-21st October)
State Of The Browser (30th October)
The Guardian: A boy wrote about his suicide attempt. He didn’t realize his school’s Gaggle software was watching
The 74: New Research: Most Parents and Teachers Have Accepted Student Surveillance As a Safety Tool — But See the Potential For Serious Harm
Gaggle (PDF link): The State of Student Safety 2020/21
Electronic Frontier Foundation: Schools Are Spying on Students – But Students Can Fight Back
Vox: The hidden racism of school discipline, in 7 charts
TechCrunch: Aware raises $60M for tech that monitors internal messaging platforms for legal compliance, sentiment analysis and more
UK Council for Internet Safety
Peloton Reddit: Update on User Flair
Pen Test Partners: Free BrewDog beer with a side order of shareholder PII?
TechRadar: Tesla’s driver safety scoring system could be a game-changer for car insurance
Ep 7 - Disaster at Facebook!
This week, we've got basically no choice other than to cover everything that's been happening during a chaotic week at Facebook. There's been downtime, whistleblower revelations, and rumours of a reversal of the company's "WFH Forever" policy (which has been denied since we recorded). Meanwhile, Neil battles through a horrible bout of flu in order to have a dig at the Tories.
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains some discussion of eating disorders.
01:26 The Stand-Up
08:25 Social Engineering
13:15 This Week's Epic
34:25 News Bytes
38:04 The Wash Up
LINKS MENTIONED THIS WEEK:
Facebook Engineering: More details about the October 4 outage
The Guardian: Facebook and Instagram say issues now fixed after second outage in a week
The Guardian: Facebook aware of Instagram's harmful effect on teenage girls, leak reveals
TechRadar: Facebook denies end to 'WFH forever' rule in wake of mega outage
The Guardian: "I might delete it": Facebook's problem with younger users
Haystack: Facebook Outage Increased Developer Throughput By 32%
BBC News: Conservative conference: Get off your Pelotons and back to work, says Oliver Dowden
Ep 6 - Buy Now, Pay Later!
Faced with a tight deadline, the team finally manage to deliver an episode of about the desired length! This week, Gwen, Neil and Sanj are looking at the explosion of new digital players in the 'Buy Now Pay Later' market, looking at the ethics of building features which can generate profit from the vulnerable, and asking whether employers are doing enough to encourage discussions about prudent financial behaviour. There's also discussion about loot boxes and other forms of gambling, during which Gwen gets mad at a fake casino.
There's still enough time for all three hosts to pick scarily similar stories in News Bytes - if you're interested in overpaying for novelty tech, this week is the episode for you (apart from Sanj's story, which could get you arrested if you're a careless Australian).
00:56 The Stand-Up
06:10 Social Engineering
09:54 This Week's Epic
25:13 News Bytes
34:12 The Wash Up
LINKS MENTIONED THIS WEEK:
YouTube: #LeadDev - Marco Rogers - Creating a career ladder for engineers
YouTube: Postman - The Busy Developer's Guide to Testing (21st October livestream)
CNBC: British fintechs are jumping into the booming buy now, pay later market
Mastercard: Mastercard reinvents installments to give consumers more payment choices wherever they shop
Money Saving Expert: First-ever financial education textbook lands in schools
Polygon: EA calls its loot boxes "surprise mechanics", says they’re used ethically
Citizens Advice Bureau
StepChange debt charity
The Guardian: An0m - the inside story of the most daring surveillance sting in history
Stack Overflow: No joke - you can buy our copy/paste keyboard right now
Digital Undivided: supporting Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs
The Independent: Amazon's new Astro robot is a "privacy nightmare"
Twitter: @DimaKrotov - the stranded Roomba
Ep 5 - Talking Openly About Pay!
This week, our main story is the debate over whether companies (and employees) should be happy to disclose salaries, in an attempt to drive pay equality, a chat made somewhat harder by Neil's repeated inability to pronounce the word "equality". We get deep into discussion about our experiences with knowing (or not knowing) how our colleagues are paid, companies and countries who we've seen get the balance right, and the challenges of introducing salary negotiations in the job-hunting process.
But there's more! We'll also be talking about a secret new privacy-shattering setting in Chrome which is enabled by default, and bemoaning the lack of accessibility options in some modern games (and championing others which lead the way). You'll also hear what we've all been up to this week, including a top quality J-Lo story from Sanj, unexpectedly relevant election news from Neil, and Gwen basically doing everything under the sun. Plus there's an awful lot of Diablo II discussion for a podcast which isn't from the year 2000.
02:02 The Stand-Up
14:43 Social Engineering
21:46 This Week's Epic
44:00 News Bytes
52:22 Competition Time
53:09 The Wash-Up
LINKS DISCUSSED THIS WEEK:
Ministry of Testing: Test.Bash() 2021
YouTube: Neil's Continuous Quality with Postman session
Jamie Tanna: Providing a Public Salary History page
GOV.UK: Equality Act 2010
Blind social network
YouTube: Kevin Goldsmith: How does Salary Work? (LeadDev 2019)
The Verge: Apple keeps shutting down employee-run survyes on pay equity - and labour lawyers say it's illegal
The Register: Google emits Chrome 94 with 'Idle Detection' API to detect user inactivity amid opposition
IGN: Deathloop's Lack of Accessibility Options Is Disappointing Players
Tweet thread from Courtney Craven (Can I Play That) outlining Deathloop's issues
Ep 4 - Frustration and time-wasting on Slack!
On this week's episode, we focus on some of the bad habits that we've seen when using communication platforms such as Slack and Microsoft Teams, and how we can help to adapt and prevent lost productivity. Plus one of us has job news, one of us is preparing for a return to the office, and another of us has automated their way to some prime cinema tickets!
Additionally we've got another Amazon voucher to give away, courtesy of the meal delivery service CookMyGrub.com!
01:28 The Stand-Up
07:22 Social Engineering
13:22 This Week's Epic
24:48 News Bytes
43:24 Competition Time
47:34 The Wash-Up
STORIES DISCUSSED THIS WEEK:
Technically: Vacation isn’t the answer to employee burnout
Wired: We finally know the true toll of all those bad Slacks
Neil Studd: My Communications Readme
TechRepublic: How to make a developer relations team work for your company
BBC News: Sir Clive Sinclair: Tireless inventor ahead of his time
Dick Smith's 1978 iceberg prank
InfoQ: Travis CI Vulnerability Potentially Leaked Customer Secrets
BBC News: Microsoft's passwordless plans lets users switch to app-based login
GitHub: Fortran MVC web platform
Ep 3 - When Testing In Public Goes Wrong!
On this week's episode, we look at the controversy behind an issue whereby planning applications were mistakenly modified in production by a junior engineer who thought that they were working in a test environment. We'll discuss whether we should lock-down our production environments more, whether we should protect our staff against being able to make critical mistakes on real data, and our general thoughts on testing in production.
Plus there's plenty of our usual life updates in The Stand-Up, where you can find out the result of Gwen's driving test, Neil's week one experiences with his Peloton, and Sanj rolling up his sleeves to work on some (awesome) new graphics for the show, and adding automation to our website!
Plus, courtesy of the kind folks at CookMyGrub.com we've got another opportunity to win a £20 Amazon voucher - tune in to find out how!
01:44 The Stand-Up
14:39 Social Engineering
22:56 This Week's Epic
35:14 News Bytes
45:48 Competition Time
50:12 The Wash-Up
STORIES FEATURED THIS WEEK:
Glean blog: How we discuss engineering improvements at Glean
Sky News: 'Your proposal is whack': Council worker mistakenly rejects planning applications with sarcastic comments - but decisions are legally binding
Statement from Swale Council
Reddit thread: "Accidentally destroyed production database on first day of a job"
LondonTechWatch: The August 2021 London Venture Capital Funding Report
London Tech Week
Mayor of London: Technology Design Lab
OWASP Top Ten
Wired: One Woman's Mission to Rewrite Nazi History on Wikipedia