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How can technology tackle climate change or improve healthcare? What responsibility should tech companies take for how their solutions are used? And will the geopolitics of tech reshape our world order? These are just some of the issues we will explore in this series, bringing together diverse perspectives on how to make Tech Fit 4 Europe. Join Casper Klynge, Microsoft’s Vice President of European Government Affairs, in conversation with the people behind the policies that shape our use of t ...
 
How To Fix the Internet is a podcast mini-series from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that examines potential solutions to six ills facing the modern digital landscape. Over the course of 6 episodes, we’ll consider how current tech policy isn’t working well for users and invite experts to join us in imagining a better future. Hosted by EFF’s Executive Director Cindy Cohn and our Director of Strategy Danny O’Brien, How to Fix the Internet digs into the gritty technical details and the case ...
 
Consequential is a podcast that looks at the human side of technological change and develops meaningful plans of action for policymakers, technologists and everyday people to build the kind of future that reduces inequality, improves quality of life and considers humanity. Over the course of the first season, we will unpack important topics like industry disruption, algorithmic bias, human-AI collaboration, re-skilling and the future of work, as well as discuss policy interventions for using ...
 
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Norway may not be part of the EU, but it is certainly part of Europe and tied together with the continent on values, trade, and cooperation on EU and global affairs. In this episode, Minister Nikolai Astrup discusses the importance of seeing beyond borders when it comes to shaping a better future with technology. Nikolai Astrup is Norway’s minister…
 
Portugal took over the EU Presidency at a particularly difficult moment: the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences present an unprecedented challenge for the EU and its Member States. In this episode, Casper Klynge and Augusto Santos Silva discuss Europe’s plans to deliver economic recovery while transitioning to a digital and green…
 
The pandemic has provided countless examples of rapid progress and scientific advances that would not have been possible without an open and collaborative approach to data. In this episode, Microsoft's Jennifer Yokoyama talks about the data divide and also the need for technology companies to focus on making diverse groups feel included. Jennifer Y…
 
Digital tools must be developed with the protection of humankind and our natural environment in mind. In this episode, ethics and technology expert Father Paolo Benanti talks about what religion and technology can learn from each other. Paolo Benanti is a Franciscan monk and Professor of Moral Theology, Bioethics and Neuroethics at the Gregorian Po…
 
Natural language processing is the branch of artificial intelligence that allows computers to recognize, analyze and replicate human language. But when it’s hard enough for humans to say what they mean most of the time, it’s even harder for computers to get it right. Even when they do, we might not like what we hear. In this week’s episode looks at…
 
Open source software is the infrastructure of the Internet, but it is less diverse than the tech industry overall. In this deep-dive on gender in open source, we speak to CMU’s Laura Dabbish and Anita Williams Woolley about what’s keeping women from participating in open source software development and how increased participation benefits society a…
 
While the pandemic confined people to their homes, gaming has helped to create both community and learning opportunities. According to British journalist and author Keith Stuart, the increasing interactivity and inclusivity of video games is now giving them meaning and value for a whole range of new audiences. Keith Stuart is The Guardian’s video g…
 
From helping to identify tumors to guiding trading decisions on Wall Street, artificial intelligence has begun to inform important decision-making, but always with the input of a human. However, not all humans respond the same way to algorithmic advice. This episode of Consequential looks at human-in-the-loop AI, with guests Sumeet Chabria, David D…
 
The Enron emails helped give us spam filters, and many natural language processing and fact-checking algorithms rely on data from Wikipedia. While these data resources are plentiful and easily accessible, they are also highly biased. This week, we speak to guests Amanda Levendowski and Katie Willingham about how low-friction data sources contribute…
 
When Germany took the helm of the EU Council in July 2020, Europe was in the eye of the COVID-19 storm. In this episode, German politician Dorothee Bär reflects on the crisis and its long-lasting impact, and explains why Germany’s Presidency has heralded technology as the cornerstone for Europe’s post-pandemic recovery. Dorothee Bär is a member of …
 
Chris Lewis joins EFF hosts Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they discuss how our access to knowledge is increasingly governed by "click-wrap" agreements that prevent users from ever owning things like books and music, and how this undermines the legal doctrine of “first sale” – which states that once you buy a copyrighted work, it’s yours to resell…
 
Peer review is the backbone of research, upholding the standards of accuracy, relevance and originality. However, as innovation in the fields of AI and machine learning has reached new heights of productivity, it has become more difficult to perform peer review in a fast and fair manner. Our hosts are joined by Nihar Shah to unpack the question of …
 
Abi Hassen joins EFF hosts Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they discuss the rise of facial recognition technology, how this increasingly powerful identification tool is ending up in the hands of law enforcement, and what that means for the future of public protest and the right to assemble and associate in public places. In this episode you’ll lear…
 
The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped the world in many ways. In this episode, acclaimed political analyst Ian Bremmer talks about the geopolitics of technology, and how the competing visions from China and America are influencing Europe’s role on the global stage. Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a political-risk consulta…
 
Cory Doctorow joins EFF hosts Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they discuss how large, established tech companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook can block interoperability in order to squelch competition and control their users, and how we can fix this by taking away big companies' legal right to block new tools that connect to their platforms – t…
 
Jumana Musa joins EFF hosts Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they discuss how the third-party doctrine is undermining our Fourth Amendment right to privacy when we use digital services, and how recent court victories are a hopeful sign that we may reclaim these privacy rights in the future. In this episode you’ll learn about: How the third-party doc…
 
Traditional scientific research has a data diversity problem. Online platforms, such as Mechanical Turk, give researchers access to a wider variety and greater volume of subjects, but they are not without their issues. Our hosts are joined by experts David S. Jones, Ilka Gleibs, and Jeffrey Bigham to discuss the pros and cons of knowledge productio…
 
Gigi Sohn joins EFF hosts Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they discuss broadband access in the United States – or the lack thereof. Gigi explains the choices American policymakers and tech companies made to create a country where there are millions of Americans who lack access to reliable broadband, and what steps we need to take to fix the problem…
 
In the inaugural episode of EFF's "How to Fix the Internet" podcast, the Cato Institute’s specialist in surveillance legal policy, Julian Sanchez, joins EFF hosts Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they delve into the problems with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISC or the FISA Court. Sanchez explains how the FISA Cour…
 
In this episode, Colin Kahl from Stanford University joins us to discuss how the pandemic impacts global governance and multilateralism, and the role technology companies should play in enabling a global recovery. Colin H. Kahl is co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and formerly served as Depu…
 
Brussels policymakers are playing an increasingly important role in shaping global standards for technology and other areas. In this episode, hear from Professor Anu Bradford on the so-called ‘Brussels Effect’ and how the policies set in Europe impact the entire world. Anu Bradford is Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law …
 
In the first episode of Season 3 of Consequential, hosts Eugene and Lauren look at how underlying biases in the development of the EEG have impacted healthcare, medical technology, and scientific research, with guests Ben Amaba, Arnelle Etienne, Pulkit Grover, and Shawn Kelly.By Block Center for Technology and Society
 
The EU is focused on enabling a green economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. From increasing green investments to supporting the roll-out of carbon neutral technology, MEP Pascal Canfin weighs in on how to realize Europe’s green ambitions and the role the private sector must play. Former French Minister for Development Pascal Canfin is current…
 
In Season 3 of Consequential, hosts Eugene and Lauren will be exploring knowledge production in the Information Age. Beginning on October 21, this season will examine how AI and machine learning will impact research practices and data collection, as well as the development and dissemination of knowledge. Topics will include combatting disinformatio…
 
Today we're asking our experts: how do you coordinate a crisis response to an issue like COVID-19, where every public health decision has economic ramifications, and every economic decision has a direct impact on public health? To answer these questions, we speak to Dean Ramayya Krishnan of Heinz College; Professor of Machine Learning and Public Po…
 
With consideration to the events of the past week and in order to hold space for the voices that are boldly challenging systemic racism and injustice, we have decided to postpone the release of our new episode. We would also like to echo the sentiment expressed by Carnegie Mellon's President Farnam Jahanian, that it is up to each one of us – no mat…
 
Can teams still be effective when working together remotely? Is working from home the future of work? In this week’s episode, hosts Eugene and Lauren talk to Professor Anita Williams Woolley of Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business to learn about how communication and collaboration change once teams are no longer face-to-face, and we hear fro…
 
In the span of just two weeks, the entire American higher education system moved online due to COVID-19. While this is often considered a temporary measure, the truth is that higher ed may never fully go back to normal. And in some regards, we may not want it to. In this week’s episode, hosts Eugene and Lauren talk to professors across the United S…
 
How will certain new standards for data sharing and surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic impact the future of healthcare? In episode two of Consequential's two-part deep-dive on pandemics, public health and privacy, hosts Eugene and Lauren talk to David S. Jones of Harvard University and Henry Kautz of the National Science Foundation about the…
 
Mobile data records, tracking devices and government-mandated selfies have played a large role in both enforcing quarantines and providing data to better understand the coronavirus. In this week’s episode of Consequential, hosts Eugene and Lauren talk to Wilbert Van Panhuis, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh; Tom …
 
Don’t worry, your next doctor probably isn’t going to be a robot. But as healthcare tech finds its way into both the operating room and your living room, we’re going to have to answer the kinds of difficult ethical questions that will also determine how these technologies could be used in other sectors. We will also discuss the importance of more r…
 
The World Economic Forum has found that while automation could eliminate 75 million jobs by 2022, it could also create 133 million new jobs. In this episode, we will look at how to prepare potentially displaced workers for these new opportunities. We will also discuss the “overqualification trap” and how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing…
 
Big data disrupted the entertainment industry by changing the ways that people develop, distribute and access content, and it may soon do the same for education. New technologies are changing education, both within and beyond the classroom, as well as opening up more accessible learning opportunities. However, without reform in our infrastructure, …
 
Every time you order a shirt, swipe on a dating app or even stream this podcast, your data is contributing to the growing digital architecture that powers artificial intelligence. But where does that leave you? In our deep-dive on data subjects, we discuss how to better inform and better protect the people whose data drives some of the most central…
 
Our future isn’t a coin flip. In an age of artificial intelligence and increasing automation, Consequential looks at our digital future and discusses what’s significant, what’s coming and what we can do about it. Over the course of our first season, hosts Lauren Prastien and Eugene Leventhal will unpack the narrative of technological change in conv…
 
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