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Ever wonder how the Internet really works? Or how the taxes you pay actually get used? Where do we even start is a podcast that gives you a starting place to understand and make sense of complex and inaccessible systems. Join us each season as we unpack some of the things most of us use or interact with but don’t really understand.
 
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What does it mean to be a disruptive force? In this episode we dive into the way the internet has changed things, and what about being able to send data back and forth has enabled internet startups to dethrone established businesses. We'll talk about Netflix and Blockbuster, Uber and Taxis, and other new services and companies that have come about …
 
Its billowing above, shaped like a whale, and its... storing all your data? Whats the deal with the cloud? In this episode we discuss the dividing lines between the cloud and the internet, how the advent of 'cloud computing' has shaped the way we all use the internet, and discuss some of the advantages, disadvantages and risks of using the cloud. W…
 
This week we talk about the influence our mobile phones have had on the internet, and how having the internet as our constant companion has shaped our lives. We talk about the differences between apps and website, and about the app first services that have come to dominate our lives (looking at you Instagram) as always if you want to learn more che…
 
Sending text is one of the most basic functions of the internet, so it makes sense that communication has been at the heart of the internet since the start. While we’ve been sending messages since the dawn of the internet the ways in which we communicate have changed and adapted over the years. From anonymous chat rooms, to MSN, BBN to WhatsApp the…
 
Ever wonder why so many website are begging you to accept their cookies? In this episode we dive into cookies, the pieces of web technology that helps e-commerce run smoothly and enable some snoopy services to target us with ads. Learn about what threat cookies could pose and what you could do to keep your privacy in check. If you want to ask us a …
 
As we’ve been diving into the depths of the internet we’ve seen the infrastructure, software, and people who make it all work - yet a big question remains: Who pays for all of it? This episode talks about the world of online ads, how much money advertisers are spending on your clicks, and what it’s like to set up. Give us a follow on twitter @wdwes…
 
The topic of this weeks episode needs very little introduction, its the way most of us navigate the internet and answer our nagging questions, its our trusty Search Engines! We dive into how these modern marvels actually work, why there are digital spiders crawling around the internet, and what types of website Google doesn't want you to see... As …
 
After talking about 1s and 0s and routers and modems for what seems like forever, we dive into the windows many of use use to look at the world wide web, a very important part of the internet, we’re talking about the thing I’m typing in right now, our Browsers! In this episode we talk about what a browser does, how web addresses take us from nothin…
 
But seriously what is the internet? Join us as we discuss the vast networks of networks that support our modern life. We discuss the core technologies that made the internet possible and what is really happening when you send that meme to your friend. Learn about the ways that the internet reaches your house, and start to get an idea of what your I…
 
Welcome to season 1 of Where do we even start? An attempt to pull apart some huge and confusing systems that play a role in our lives. Season 1 focuses on the internet, what is it? How does it work? And how does it continue to shape our lives? Join hosts Natalie and Mischa as they attempt to discuss and understand everything from WiFi to Wires cris…
 
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