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Tech Policy Press is a nonprofit media and community venture intended to provoke new ideas, debate and discussion at the intersection of technology and democracy. The Sunday Show is its podcast. You can find us at https://techpolicy.press/, and on twitter at https://twitter.com/techpolicypress.
Confronting the Cybersecurity Threat in UkraineWhat's Next for the Digital Services Act?Accountability after the Facebook PapersA Fact Check Draws Fire; Closing the Digital DivideExtremism, Media & Tech One Year After January 6, Part IIExtremism, Media & Tech One Year After January 6, Part IReducing Harm on Social MediaRace, Technology and PolicyTech, Democracy and Market PowerAn AI Strategy for New York CityInformation Disorder and Who Profits From ItPlatform Integrity, Platform DemocracyThe Tech Worker Handbook & the Filter Bubble Transparency ActHolding Big Tech Accountable for Disinformation and Incitement to Violence
The first segment in this episode is a conversation with Congresswoman https://schakowsky.house.gov/ (Jan Schakowsky), a Democrat representing Illinois’ 9th district. Representative Schakowsky serves as Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has called the tech CEOs to testify in recent months and introduced proposed legislation.  The second is a discussion on the threat of big tech and disinformation to social movements that took place recently at NetRootsNation, conference for progressive organizers. It is hosted by http://melissaryan.net/ (Melissa Ryan), a Tech Policy Press masthead member and author of the https://actionnetwork.org/forms/subscribe-to-ctrl-alt-right-delete/ (Ctrl Alt-Right Delete), a newsletter that covers extremism that has grown to more than 15,000 weekly readers. Melissa uses her expertise to help people, policymakers and institutions combat online extremism and toxicity as the CEO of her firm, CARD Strategies. At NetRoots Nation, Melissa organized a https://www.netrootsnation.org/nn_events/nn21/the-threat-of-big-tech-and-disinformation-to-social-movements/ (panel of activists) to discuss how platform power and disinformation affected their communities in 2020, and how they plan to fight it in 2021 and beyond. They include https://twitter.com/bridgetmarie (Bridget Todd), who drives feminist cultural & political change at UltraViolet; https://twitter.com/brennansuen (Brennan Suen), a senior strategist at Media Matters, which tracks right wing disinformation; and https://twitter.com/michaelkhoo?lang=en (Michael Khoo), the Co-chair of the Climate Disinformation Coalition at Friends of the Earth and CO-CEO of Upshift strategies. Support this podcast
Nov 7 2021
1 hr 17 mins
A Conversation with the Oversight Board's John Samples & Julie OwonoThe Facebook Papers: Conversations with Jeff Horwitz and Dia KayyaliThe Facebook Papers: A Conversation with Adrienne LaFranceThe Perils of Amazon RingSeeing Inside the Algorithms
This is a two part show- first, a discussion about how to make sure independent researchers have access to the data from technology platforms; and second, a book talk with the author of How Algorithms Create and Prevent Fake News: Exploring the Impacts of Social Media, Deepfakes, GPT-3 and More. In the wake of the revelations brought forward by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, there is a great deal of focus among lawmakers and regulators in many capitals to figure out how to see inside the platforms. Last week, Nathaniel Persily, a professor of law at Stanford Law School and co-director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Center, put forward a draft of potential legislation, announcing what he calls the "Platform Transparency and Accountability Act" in a Washington Post column. We took the opportunity to invite Nate and two other experts on this subject- Rebekah Tromble, Director of the Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics and Associate Professor at George Washington University, and Brandie Nonnecke, the Director of the Citris Policy Lab at UC Berkeley and a fellow at the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy- to talk about how best to get researchers access to the vast troves of data the platforms hold on us. Noah Giansiracusa is a mathematician and data scientist who is Assistant Professor at Bentley University near Boston. Most of his papers are on things like algebraic geometry or machine learning. But recently, he wrote a book that looks at how algorithms are shaping our understanding of the world on social media. The book is called, How Algorithms Create and Prevent Fake News: Exploring the Impacts of Social Media, Deepfakes, GPT-3 and More. We spoke to Noah about the challenges of our algorithmically driven information environment, and whether AI might help us fix it. Support this podcast
Oct 17 2021
1 hr 19 mins
Reconciling Social Media & Democracy, Part 5: Ramesh Srinivasan