Technology Pill Podcast

Join Gus - our executive director - and a myriad of guests for our podcast, which looks at how technology is reshaping our lives every day and explores the new powers of governments and companies.

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This week we're having our own little christmas party, discussing things we've achieved throughout 2022.

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This week we speak to Gillian Tully, the UK’s former forensic regulator about the importance and challenges that come with trying to ensure that forensic evidence submitted in court is of a high quality.

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This week we're talking to Cory Doctorow about his new book Chokepoint Capitalism - coauthored with Rebecca Giblin, his as yet unpublished next book The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation, and how corporate power is shaping our rights.

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This week we're talking about Education Technology: what is it? Why are schools using it? Is it safe? How can we make sure that children aren't being asked to sacrifice their right to privacy in order to access their right to an education?

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This week we speak to Sebastian Meineck, a journalist from Netzpolitik about PimEyes, a free(ish) face search engine similar to Clearview, but for public consumption.

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In this episode, Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, our Director of Strategy, speaks to Nour El Arnaout, from the Global Health Institute, American University of Beirut, Lebanon and Yousef Khader, from the Global Health Development, Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network and the Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, about digital health in the Middle East and in particular digital maternal health and family planning initiatives they are working on, the impact of gender inequality, and the risks involved.

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This week we talk to Ina Sander from Cardiff University about how to talk to people about privacy, drawing on her research looking at how to teach 'critical data literacy' in schools.

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While being the world’s largest provider of aid, Europe also exports surveillance around the world by training police, providing surveillance tech and building widescale databases. While the benefits for European arms and security companies is clear, how this helps those it’s supposed to is less obvious.

We sat down with investigative journalist Giacomo to talk more about the impact of this financial flow to security forces and surveillance.

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Hundreds of companies around the world which develop and sell surveillance tech used to spy on people, making everything from malware used by governments to hack into phones to mass internet surveillance tools to monitor nationwide internet traffic. Italy is one of the main producers.

We spoke to investigative journalists Lorenzo and Riccardo from IRPI Media who have been digging into these companies.

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The migration crisis in 2015 brutally exposed the divisions in Europe. People who fled war and make it to Europe are being met with violence and intrusive surveillance at the border at the hands of state authorities.

We sat down with Natalie & Sergio from the Border Violence Monitoring Network to learn more about the situation at Europe’s borders.

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This week talk to Franz Wild from the Bureau of Investigative Journalists to discuss how the UK became a haven for the private intelligence industry and how corporate spies have been allowed to run wild.

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This week's episode is a grab bag of Clearview updates - from our latest campaign to their latest fine.

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This week we're taking a look at NSO Group - a tech firm that sells a hacking capability to governments around the world - and government hacking more generally.

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In 2020, two weeks before the UK headed into the first nationwide lockdown, we published a podcast about a marketing company being given access to hospital maternity wards. Now, almost 2 years to the day, we're coming back to you with an update about how companies operating data broking services, as Bounty did, are causing headaches for brands using personal data for targeted advertising.

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In this episode we look forward at the rest of 2022 and make our predictions about what to look out for in the year ahead. 

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This episode we look back at the predictions we made about 2021, What turned out to be true? What turned out better than we could have hoped? What turned out worse?