Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
One coin to rule them all
28:22Some of the toughest ‘anti-troll’ legislation in the world is to be introduced in Australia, so how will it work? Meanwhile, the estate of Lord of the Rings creator JRR Tolkien has successfully blocked a crypto-currency called JRR Token. Plus, 193 countries have adopted the first global agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and the US blocks the export of quantum computing technology to Chinese organizations. Guests: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, News Corp National Technology Editor Alice Clarke, Freelance Award-Winning Technology Journalist
Fatwa declared on crypto
28:22The trading of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin has been declared forbidden for Muslims in Indonesia. So, what does this mean for the 6.5 million cypto investors in Indonesia? Meanwhile Tinder and Queensland Police launch a new campaign to combat assaults. It’s a world first but is it enough and what can other dating apps learn from it? And would you replace your own iPhone’s screen, battery or camera if it was broken? Well, if you’re brave enough, you now can as Apple makes parts and tools available for customers to fix their own devices. Plus, the almighty power of the singer Adele makes Spotify do something it’s never done before. Guests: Josh Taylor, Technology journalist at The Guardian Meg Coffey, Social media strategist and manager of digital marketing agency Coffey & Tea
Which big bank is betting on Bitcoin?
28:22The Commonwealth Bank is adding cryptocurrencies to its banking app, becoming the first Australian bank to offer such a service. Plus, Twitter launched its new subscription product, Twitter Blue, in the US this week but some experts are asking why some simple features are hiding behind the paywall. And the US Justice Department is suing Uber over allegations it has been overcharging disabled people. Guests: Natasha Gillezeau - Technology, Marketing and Media journalist at The Australian Financial Review Peter Marks - Software developer at Access Informatics
Facebook’s Meta facelift
28:22On the show this week, the panel discuss Facebook’s decision to eliminate facial recognition and what it means, and what we know about the Metaverse and its usability. Plus, Netflix introduces games – but do we want to play them and are they the future of streaming services? And why has Yahoo pulled its services from China? Guests: Angharad Yeo, Technology journalist and host of the Queens of the Drone Age podcast Cameron Wilson, Associate Editor at Crikey
The human brains behind the machine brains
28:22Who makes Artificial Intelligence, and how should it be made differently – if at all? All technology is the product of humans. But just who are the people behind technology? Whose interests shape how it's created? Which values and voices are prioritised, and which ones are excluded? And what factors influence why technologies are designed in certain ways for certain purposes? Guests: Dr Jathan Sadowski, Research Fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab & Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society, Monash University. Part of the ABC’s 2021 TOP 5 Humanities residency. Ellen Broad, Senior Fellow in the 3A Institute, Australian National University. Dr Thao Phan, Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society, Monash University
Could OnlyFans be a refuge for nude art?
28:19OnlyFans has developed a global reputation for its adult content, but the Vienna Tourist Board has found a new use for the site - it's become a refuge for nude artworks that other social platforms have censored. And, could an algorithm on the hunt for financial crime help bring down the price of housing? Plus, 20 years since it's launch, does the world still have a place for the humble old iPod? Guests: Rae Johnston, host of the Queens of the Drone Age podcast & Dr Emily van der Nagel, Social Media Lecturer at Monash University
Are home quarantine apps a step too far?
28:19South Australia is the only jurisdiction in Australia actively trialling home quarantine technology, but human rights groups are already raising concerns. Are there better options? Plus, a UK legal challenge is raising questions about whether politicians should be able to destroy their WhatsApp messages. And recent shutdowns in major online services could be a sign of things to come. Guests: Josh Taylor, Reporter at Guardian Australia & Alice Clarke, freelance journalist and game reviewer
What's being done about fake vaccine passports?
28:22We’ll soon be walking around with them and flashing them to wine, dine and travel – but how easy will it be to spot a legitimate vaccine passport compared to a fake one? We discuss what could have prevented a security flaw and what’s being done about fake vaccine passports. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia will be using an artificial intelligence tool to stem abusive messages being sent on electronic payments. Plus, Facebook and Instagram introduce new features in an effort to protect young users from harmful content. And would you wear a smart headband that claims to make you calmer? Guests: Ariel Bogle, Analyst at ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre & Peter Marks, software developer at Access Informatics
Why are we getting so many scam texts?
28:22If you’ve been getting strange calls and text messages asking you to click links or hand over personal information, you’re not alone. Scamwatch has reported a record $211 million in losses to scams so far this year – an 89 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. So where are the scams coming from and what should you do when you're targeted? Plus - YouTube removes all anti-vaccine misinformation, Donald Trump sues to get back on Twitter and the Facebook whistle-blower goes public. Guests: Amanda Yeo, host of the Queens of the Drone Age podcast & Kunal Kalro, Founder and CEO of Eugene
Can Europe untangle your wires?
27:52The EU plans to make USB-C connectors the standard port for all smartphones and tablets, angering Apple as the move would impact iPhones more than its rivals. And Facebook under fire again after leaked documents reveal a series of accusations about its internal workings. Plus, would you pay for a streaming service that’s just news? Guests: Natasha Gillezeau, technology journalist, The Australian Financial Review & Peter Wells, freelance technology journalist