What actually is a smart city? Can consent work in physical spaces? Did apps kill the gay bar? What happens when the Olympics machine comes to town? Recording in London and Vancouver we’re very excited to talk about how technology is changing the places we live. We also discuss digital gentrification, the controversial project in Toronto putting Google in the role of city designer, and bat-tech.Read More
The 'twentygayteen' year in review. We talk about our episodes from the last year, what we thought about differently, what we learnt more about. Plus thank a bunch of people who made this possible.Read More
How do novels predicting the future influence the tech we’re making right now? Who are the writers creating science fiction novels for the military, and why? Whose future does sci-fi imagine? Why is space always being “colonised” in literature? We interview author of “Nigerians in Space” and “After the Flare”, Deji Bryce Olukotun, for his insights on these questions and more.Read More
How did Peppa Pig videos get controversial? Can you control photos of your kids on Facebook? How is technology loved by stalkers being marketed to parents? We also talk about Elf on the Shelf, adult content filters in the UK, how we are all in the business of parenting, and if we can please just avoid falling into moral panic.Read More
Is the “death of cash” a good thing? What happens when we use algorithms to decide how much things cost? What exactly is the deal with Bitcoin, and how are bros using it to profit from the hurricane in Puerto Rico? In our episode on Money we also chat about the "illusion" that is designer clothes, the theatre of branding, and the brilliant economic theory found in Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.Read More
Who do we put up on our 'rockstar' pedestals? How does genius status and disruption ideology in the tech sector create the conditions for workplace harassment and abuse? "Move fast, and break things" was Facebook's motto - does the attitude include people too? We interview whistleblower, security expert and all-round badass Leigh Honeywell for her wisdom on these challenging questions, and talk about our experiences with power dynamics in the tech sector.
Content warning: This episode contains discussions of sexual abuse and bullying.
How is YouTube censoring trans creators? What’s up with gay dating apps and the concept of anonymity? What is ‘homo-nationalism’ and how are the military and spy agencies encouraging it, despite their past? Our #Pride episode is bursting with knowledge as we talk all things being Queer on the Internet. There’s a lot of room for our joy too, when we geek out over Queer Eye, Hannah Gadsby, Steven Universe, Sense8, the Getting Curious podcast, and how the web made possible the queer representation that’s making our lives better.Read More
Are libraries still relevant and revolutionary in the digital age? What does it mean to be a ‘radical librarian’? What role can public spaces play in resisting surveillance, or must they be complicit? Plus, the projects making us excited about these local community spaces one again, and a discussion of information-sorting ethics. We interview library worker and advocate Ian Clark for his insight on all these questions and more.Read More
What is SESTA, how is it bad for sex workers and for free speech? In “Sex” we interview OpenPrivacy Director Sarah Jamie Lewis about the details on this dangerous law. Plus discussions on the world of internet connected sex toys and ‘deep fakes’. How is the creepy porn technology having impacts on the nature of truth and politics?Read More
How does pregnancy lead to increased surveillance, especially for poor women? How is data on our bodies being used to police womanhood? In “Health” we look at some fantastic research into both of these issues, as well as getting into big questions like whose responsibility is health anyway, is self-care a con, and can fitness apps be fully anonymous?Read More
We discuss how we care for ourselves in a world that is constantly triggering. Is it time to mute ‘BREAKING NEWS’ on your feed and choose when to be angry? Plus we get into the attention economy, building empathy, the history of seat designs and the failures of campaigning NGOs to get truly intersectional!Read More
How are American truckers resisting surveillance? Why is homophobia weaponised in both Palestine and New York? And what does building a healthier, safer activist movement look like? In Episode 3 we discuss lessons from the international digital rights community at the Internet Freedom Festival.Read More
In which Ruth and Marianela ask themselves what’s the deal with Uber, AirBnB, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, etc. and how these platforms are changing the nature of work. Who benefits? Who doesn't? Listen on!Read More
“Shit’s going down in Hollywood”. From the #meToo movement to the new GDPR, Ruth and Marianela discuss consent, online and offline.Read More
Episode 0 – The podcast trailer is hereRead More