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Reimagining the Internet
30 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
Forgetful Advertising with Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci
How could we curtail one of the most ambitious surveillance operations deployed in human history? This week on Reimagining, our very own Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci explains his new paper co-authored with Ethan outlining a new model for online advertising that eschews invasive data collection. Chand’s and Ethan’s paper “Forgetful Advertising: Imagining a More Responsible Digital Ad… Continue reading Forgetful Advertising with Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci
37 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
See Through AI Hype with Arvind Narayanan
Arvind Narayanan is a Princeton computer science professor who wants to make it easy for you to cut through the AI. In a fascinating and plain old helpful interview, Arvid runs through all the big claims made about AI today and makes them very simple to understand.
30 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
Librarian Jessamyn West on the Classroom Where We Learn to be Human
In part 2 of our interview with Jessamyn West, the new MetaFilter owner tells us about her day job as a librarian in rural Vermont and her years spent working to close the digital divide. Inevitably, we talk about the library as a new battleground for right-wing reactionaries and its role as one of the few remaining public institutions.
28 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Why Does a Librarian Own a Social Media Site That’s Been Around for Longer Than Facebook?
Jessamyn West is not just one of the web's favorite librarians, but the new owner of Metafilter, an incredibly long-running social network that dates back to a very different Internet. In the first part of our interview with Jessamyn, she tells us just how Metafilter has kept going and stayed healthy since 1999.
38 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
Googling like an Evangelical with Francesca Tripodi
What does Francesca Tripodi have in common with the Evangelical Christians she studied? They both do their own research, and they find lots of propaganda. This week on Reimagining, Francesca gives us a crash course on the sprawling conservative disinformation ecosystem.
35 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Ben Tarnoff Wants an Internet for the People
Ben Tarnoff has a radical idea: unprivatize the Internet. The writer, Logic Magazine founder, and tech worker activist joins us to talk about his new book outlining what a truly public Internet would look like, from the fiber optic cables to the social media platforms platforms.
37 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Will Google and Meta Control Africa’s Broadband? with Andrew Blum and Carey Baraka
Google and Meta have been spending a small fortune to lay undersea cables bringing more broadband to Africa. Journalists Andrew Blum and Carey Baraka join us this week to talk about their years-in-the-making article for Rest of World asking if those companies will control what Africans can and can't access onli
36 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
The Attention Economy with Vincent F. Hendricks and Camilla Mehlsen
Loads of stimulus, quick hits of dopamine, and no natural light: does this describe a casino or Facebook? The Danish philosopher Vincent F. Hendricks and digital media researcher Camilla Mehlsen join to walk us through their new book The Ministry of Truth, which explore how the attention economy incentivizes social media companies to make products… Continue reading The Attention Economy with Vincent F. Hendricks and Camilla Mehlsen
28 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Brandy Zadrozny, NBC’s Conspiracy Theory Sleuth
Brandy Zadrozny just made one of our favorite podcasts of the year, NBC's Tiffany Dover is Dead, so we needed to get her on the show to talk about the ins and outs of debunking conspiracy theories with gumshoe reporting.
36 minutes | May 26, 2022
Internet of Goldfish with Bruno Patino
Bruno Patino thinks the economics of the Internet are set up to give us the attention spans of goldfish. In this week's episode, Bruno tells us why France, a country such good public broadcast media, has so much trouble reigning in corporate social media.
27 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
How do we reimagine Twitter?
With news that Elon Musk is purchasing Twitter, we recorded a rare hot takes episode. In addition to Ethan sharing his thoughts, we invited Deepti Doshi from New Public and Nathan Schneider on to talk about the need for platforms that bolster democracy.
33 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Brandon Silverman, ex-Crowdtangle/Facebook: “legislation is coming”
Brandon Silverman developed a news analytics tool called Crowdtangle that was so good at tracking popular stories on Facebook that the company acquired it. Today on Reimagining the Internet, Brandon tells us how he’s working to regulate his former employer. Transcript Ethan Zuckerman: Hey, everybody. Welcome back to Reimagining The Internet. I remain Ethan Zuckerman.… Continue reading Brandon Silverman, ex-Crowdtangle/Facebook: “legislation is coming”
31 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Cory Doctorow wants to set your Facebook data free
What the hell is "adversarial interopability"? Science fiction writer and prolific blogger Cory Doctorow thinks it's going to set you free from Facebook, letting you take your data and pictures wherever you want to go. And he believes surveillance capitalism is standing in your way.
44 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
It’s About Safety in Gaming with T.L. Taylor
were thrilled by her accounts of how gaming spaces are harbingers of social trends to come, online and off. Sometimes those are real problems like coordinated harassment, but sometimes those are collective solutions like distributed moderation and efforts to forge safe spaces.
38 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
How to Fix the Internet with EFF
this week to share an episode from our friends' podcast. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an excellent show hosted by Cindy Cohn and Danny O'Brien called How to Fix the Internet. Our show has a lot in common with theirs – in fact it has so much in common that they had Ethan on their show back in January. We're that interview today, and if you enjoy it, be sure to subscribe to How to Fix the Internet for more.
4 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Reimagine with Us
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34 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Molly White Thinks Web3 is Going Just Great
Molly White thinks web3 is going just great and this week she tells us about the wash trades, rug pulls, and the opportunity for abusive airdrops on the blockchain. In her fascinating and often hilarious account, blockchain's early days are past
36 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Jonathan Corpus Ong on Digital Labor in the Phillipines
What do Facebook content moderators and Rodrigo Duterte's troll armies often have in common? This week on Reimagining, Jonathan Corpus Ong lends us fascinating and surprising insights from his work interviewing members of the Phillipines' burgeoning digital working class, and how we might expect the Filipino Internet to play into the country's elections in May.
37 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
Olivia Junell and Alex Inglizian, Experimental Sound Studio
Nearly as soon as COVID-19 lockdowns began in March 2020, people started throwing livestream concerts. This week, our producer Mike chats with two of the organizers the Quarantine Concerts, a series that ran on Twitch nightly for months and raised nearly $100,000 for performers, bringing in performers and organizers from all over the world.
36 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
The Lost French Web with Kevin Driscoll
en you think about early Internet users, do you picture French people trying to find love and teens in after-school programs? Kevin Driscoll joins us for this edition of our history series "How They Imagined the Internet" to tell us about France's nation-wide public Internet that ran for decades and how BBS laid the groundwork for the web to be a social place.
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