Apple plans to scan devices including iPhones and iPads for child sexual abuse images. It’s commended by child protection groups but has privacy campaigners concerned. So, what’s the fine print for Apple’s new tool, neuralMatch, and could it be a game changer? Meanwhile, why Instagram creatives are angry and what exactly is a metaverse? Mark Zuckerberg has an idea. Plus, calls are growing to ban an artificial intelligence ‘nudification’ tool – the latest in a long line of unethical services. Guests: Meg Coffey, social media strategist & Ben Grubb, Editor of Innovation Aus
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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
Can AI prevent crime?
28:22Can artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive technology prevent crime? And what is at stake if it does? This week we look at an AI tool Queensland police are trialling to help predict and prevent domestic violence incidents, and what’s happening around the world with this type of technology more broadly and how transparency can underpin public trust and support of such tools. Guests: Professor Lyria Bennett Moses, Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW Sydney & Associate Professor Michael Cowling, Information and Communication Technology at CQUniversity Australia
The Original Conspiracy Viral Video?
28:22This week: How the conspiracy video Loose Change energized the "9/11 truther movement" and sparked an age of disinformation. Meanwhile, Facebook unveils Ray-Ban Stories which are designed for hands-free photos and videos. Plus, foldable phone sales are up and it’s yet to be determined if they’re the future or a fad, and how many mini-subscriptions are too many? Guests: Alice Clarke, Award-winning freelance technology journalist & Cam Wilson, Associate Editor at Crikey
Put down that controller, kid
28:22China is banning children from playing online games for more than three hours a week. The measures come in response to growing concerns over gaming addiction, but will it work? Meanwhile, El Salvador becomes the first country in the world to recognise Bitcoin as legal tender and Banksy’s website is reportedly hacked, despite warnings, leaving a fan out of pocket for buying a fake Banksy NFT. Plus, are gadgets that promise to track and improve our sleep just getting in the way of a good night’s rest? Guests: Liam Ridgeway, Co-Founder INDIGITEK and NGNY & Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, National technology editor News Corp
28:22If you backflipped any harder, there’d be spinal damage… this week we discuss how the subscription service OnlyFans which is famous for its adult content ended up doing a drastic about-face within days. Plus, what do new national security bills allow and who can be the target of these new powers? And Apple pays millions in a settlement and celebrates 10 years of executive Tim Cook. Guests: Ariel Bogle, Analyst at ASPI Cyber Policy Centre & Jonno Seidler, Creative Lead at Unyoked
Are OnlyFans screwing themselves?
28:22The work of adult entertainers is being disrupted again, after the subscriber-only website OnlyFans announced it will ban adult material. Meanwhile, an office in Bucharest is showing how post-Covid workplace life can look like, with anti-virus innovations. And how concerned should you be about the security of vaccination passports? Plus Mark Zuckerberg has a plan to turn your next work meeting into a weird virtual reality thing. Update: After this episode was published, OnlyFans announced it will scrap its new policy that would have prohibited users from posting any material containing 'sexually explicit conduct'. Guests: Natasha Gillezeau, technology, marketing and media journalist for The Australian Financial Review & Josh Taylor, technology journalist for The Guardian Australia
What will win: Your new phone or the planet?
28:22We use our smartphones for hours every day, but do you know what goes into making it? And more importantly, where are those metals going to come from in the future? Plus, Twitter lets go of one of its weirder and more pointless features. And is virtual reality a way forward for a struggling music industry and why is the gambling industry investing so heavily in Artificial Intelligence? Guests: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, National Technology Editor for News Corp & Daniel Van Boom, News Editor for CNET
Facebook + The Universe = The Metaverse?
28:21Apple plans to scan devices including iPhones and iPads for child sexual abuse images. It’s commended by child protection groups but has privacy campaigners concerned. So, what’s the fine print for Apple’s new tool, neuralMatch, and could it be a game changer? Meanwhile, why Instagram creatives are angry and what exactly is a metaverse? Mark Zuckerberg has an idea. Plus, calls are growing to ban an artificial intelligence ‘nudification’ tool – the latest in a long line of unethical services. Guests: Meg Coffey, social media strategist & Ben Grubb, Editor of Innovation Aus