The Private Citizen is a weekly politics podcast covering issues of privacy and technology by veteran freelance journalist Fabian A. Scherschel. It places a particular emphasis on analysing primary sources and enabling the listener to think for themselves. The goal is to develop a pragmatic approach to problems and to possible solutions for them. While obviously coloured by the opinions of the host, the show strives to hear opposing viewpoints as much as possible.
Episode 68: Who Gets to Decide the Truth?
If we start to outlaw fake news, wo will decide what is fake and what is the truth? Do we trust the state? Should journalists do it? And what are we actually afraid of here?
Episode 67: The Luca Disaster
Here in Germany, we are plunging the country into an Orwellian nightmare which now, for the first time in the history of the country, also includes actual curfews. Meanwhile, the government's next anti-COVID-app is a complete failure on pretty much all levels.
Episode 66: FLoC of Sheep
Third-party cookies are on the way out and Google says it has found a privacy preserving way of replacing them, using a technology called Federated Learning of Cohorts. Is such a thing even possible? And what are the potential problems we, as web users, are facing here?
Episode 65: Insane Cloud Stupidity
In this episode, Ubiquiti explains to us how to not run a company these days: Put things in the cloud needlessly, f**k up on security not once, but twice, and then mislead your customers about it.
Episode 64: The Problem With Facts
Even though science is almost a pseudo-religion to many people these days, a lot of them don't really understand what the word means or how scientists work. And one of the biggest factors in this is that people do not understand a scientist's relationship to facts.
Episode 63: The Scientific Method
Explaining the scientific method (or: how scientists think) as a basis for further discussions on the podcast.