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Find out how technology is reshaping our lives every day and explore the new powers of governments and companies.

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Last Episode Date: 30 April 2024

Total Episodes: 79

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30 April 2024
A letter from the Russian government: Defending encryption in Court

This week we speak to Ioannis, a senior lawyer at PI, about his and his colleague's work on the landmark case protecting encyrption at the European Court of Human Rights: Podchasov v. Russia. The case dealt with a Russian law obliging telecommunications service provide...

34 min
23 March 2024
What is Encryption? Codes, Keys, and Hashes

What do you know about cryptography? Have you ever wanted to get a better understanding of some of the maths behind encryption? This week we speak to Ed, a Senior Technologist at PI, about some of the history and basics of encryption. Find out more about encryption: - Comp...

55 min
13 February 2024
GPS tracking of migrants in the UK: Performative cruelty and dodgy tech

This week we speak to Mark Nelson, a car mechanic and father of five, who has been forced to wear a GPS tag by the Home Office for the past 20 months, and his lawyer Katie Schwarzmann of Wilsons Solicitors. The pair have been challenging the Home Office's ongoing imposi...

43 min
15 December 2023
Good News: Things you might have missed in 2023

This week we talk about good things (or good-ish things) that you might have missed from 2023! Links Companies getting disciplined - Ovulation Tracking App Premom Will be Barred from Sharing Health Data for Advertising Under Proposed FTC Order https://www.ftc.gov/news-eve...

53 min
20 November 2023
Generative AI: Our hot takes on deep fakes

This week we have a think about generative AI. After a concerning Guardian article about deep fake scams, we ask the question: did we really understand the risks when we started a podcast? The audio clips featured in this podcast episode are the intellectual property of Sma...

45 min
18 October 2023
No Competition: Big Tech, Big Problems

This week we speak to competition expert Dr Deni Mantzari about competition, monopoly, and regulation. Are big tech companies monopolies? And if they are is that a problem? Since we recorded this podcast there has been an update on the Microsoft Activision merger: https://...

52 min
25 August 2023
Tech Assisted Abuse: How smart devices can facilitate abuse

This month we speak to Dr Leonie Tanczer about her work looking at tech abuse: the use of “everyday” digital systems (computers, smartphones, apps) to coerce, control, and harm a person or groups of individuals. This is increasingly prevalent in the context of domestic a...

43 min
28 July 2023
10 years since Snowden: Legacy, Law, and Litigation

In this episode we chat with Ben Wizner - Edward Snowden's lawyer, and the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project - and Caroline Wilson Palow - PI's Legal Director about what it was like to be knee deep in the legal and policy responses to...

50 min
23 June 2023
GPS tracking migrants in the UK: Who profits?

This week we're discussing the UK Home Office's practice of forcing migrants to wear GPS ankle tags or carry GPS fingerprint scanners. Find out more about the policy, its impact on people, how the trackers work and why we think its wrong for a company to profit fro...

51 min
5 May 2023
Election Observation: Data, Elections and a trip to Kenya

This week we’re joined by Lucy and Laura to discuss the use of technology in elections, and their time monitoring the Kenyan Presidential Election in 2022. Links Human rights abuses including unlawful killings by police, violence at Kenya's 2017 election: https://ww...

36 min
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