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The Techdirt Podcast, hosted by Michael Masnick.

    Trust & Safety Has A Posse

    Trust & Safety Has A Posse

    As the debates about content moderation rage on, it is becoming increasingly clear that most people don't know a whole lot about how large internet platforms actually handle these decisions — namely, that they have teams of people who have been working and studying under the "trust and safety" umbrella for a long time. Recently, an association and related foundation were launched to help bring these experts into the public conversation, and this week we've got two of the founding board members — Adelin Cai and Clara Tsao — joining us on the podcast to discuss the actual process of addressing tough content moderation choices.

    • 47 min
    The Latest Attacks On Section 230

    The Latest Attacks On Section 230

    Last week, the attacks on Section 230 kicked into high gear with Senator Hawley's bill and the DOJ recommendations both coming out on the same day. As usual, the content of the bill and recommendations — and the discussion around them — is a huge mess, so this week we've got returning guests Emma Llansó and Cathy Gellis joining us to discuss just what's going on with Section 230 and what these proposals would do.

    • 48 min
    Pandemic Privacy

    Pandemic Privacy

    COVID-19 has thrust old questions about privacy into the spotlight, often with new and different framing, and raised the big question of whether our conception of privacy needs to change entirely in the midst of a pandemic. On this week's episode, we're joined by reporter, analyst and investor Esther Dyson to discuss the challenging ethical quandaries raised by the pandemic.

    Also, as a bonus, Dyson (who is a former founding chair of ICANN) takes a moment at the beginning to respond to our recent episode with Mike Godwin.

    • 43 min
    Section 230 & Trump's Executive Order

    Section 230 & Trump's Executive Order

    This week, we've got a special cross-post from 16 Minutes On The News — an excellent tech podcast by a16z that's well worth subscribing to. For the latest episode, host Sonal Chokshi interviewed Mike all about Section 230 and Trump's recent executive order about social media — and as you might imagine, it took a lot longer than 16 minutes! We've got the complete interview here on the Techdirt Podcast.

    • 42 min
    The .ORG Deal Post-Mortem, With Mike Godwin

    The .ORG Deal Post-Mortem, With Mike Godwin

    We're back! It's been a while since the last podcast, for obvious reasons, but today we've got a new episode following up on something we discussed with Mike Godwin in January: the Internet Society's proposed sale of the .org domain registry. That deal has since been cancelled, and some groups including the EFF assert that it showed ISOC can't be trusted to handle the registry, so this week Godwin joins us again to discuss what happened in more detail.

    • 57 min
    Protocols Versus Platforms, Part 2

    Protocols Versus Platforms, Part 2

    Last week, we featured the first half of a panel discussion organized by Lincoln Network, all about the concept of open internet protocols versus proprietary walled-garden platforms. The panel is moderated by Marshall Kosloff and features Mike Masnick, Cory Doctorow, Ashley Tyson and Mai Sutton, and this week we've got the second half of the discussion plus the audience Q&A.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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Audio quality

I love this podcast, but the audio sounds like I have water in my ears, or maybe it's just Mike's mic.

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If only everyone listened to Techdirt

I just finished listening to the Indian Call Center episode and related Reply All episodes. Without this podcast I might have missed some of the finest reporting and excellent follow-up, on the Internet.

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Irregular

This podcast kind of gets on my nerves in a few ways. The schedule is inconsistent, the hosts/guests go off topic a lot, audio quality of guests isn't great. It always seems like the host holds a contrarian opinion that just kind of wants to make people angry. I used to like this podcast a few years ago but now it's in my "only if I listen to everything else" grouping.

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