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Big Tech is a bi-weekly podcast that considers how emerging technologies are reshaping democracy, the economy and society. Co-hosts Taylor Owen and David Skok sit down with leading scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs, to have in-depth and thought-provoking discussions about the good and bad aspects of technology’s impact on the world. Taylor Owen is the Beaverbrook Chair of Media, Ethics and Communications, an associate professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, and a CIGI senior fellow. David Skok is the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Logic. He has worked at The Toronto Star and The Boston Globe, and was the co-creator and director of digital for Global News. Big Tech is presented by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a non-partisan think tank, and The Logic, an award-winning digital publication reporting on the innovation economy. The podcast is produced and edited by Trevor Hunsberger with Kate Rowswell as story producer.

Big Tech is a bi-weekly podcast that considers how emerging technologies are reshaping democracy, the economy and society. Co-hosts Taylor Owen and David Skok sit down with leading scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs, to have in-depth and thought-provoking discussions about the good and bad aspects of technology’s impact on the world. Taylor Owen is the Beaverbrook Chair of Media, Ethics and Communications, an associate professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, and a CIGI senior fellow. David Skok is the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Logic. He has worked at The Toronto Star and The Boston Globe, and was the co-creator and director of digital for Global News. Big Tech is presented by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a non-partisan think tank, and The Logic, an award-winning digital publication reporting on the innovation economy. The podcast is produced and edited by Trevor Hunsberger with Kate Rowswell as story producer.
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Canada

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Big Tech is a bi-weekly podcast that considers how emerging technologies are reshaping democracy, the economy and society. Co-hosts Taylor Owen and David Skok sit down with leading scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs, to have in-depth and thought-provoking discussions about the good and bad aspects of technology’s impact on the world. Taylor Owen is the Beaverbrook Chair of Media, Ethics and Communications, an associate professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, and a CIGI senior fellow. David Skok is the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Logic. He has worked at The Toronto Star and The Boston Globe, and was the co-creator and director of digital for Global News. Big Tech is presented by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a non-partisan think tank, and The Logic, an award-winning digital publication reporting on the innovation economy. The podcast is produced and edited by Trevor Hunsberger with Kate Rowswell as story producer.

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English

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Episodes

Anand Giridharadas on How Taxes — Not Philanthropy — Will Change the World

1/16/2020
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There is a growing sense that governments are not able to effectively solve the problems of the world. The narrative that governments are slow, costly and not informed enough to make the right decisions. This stands in contrast to the private sector; business leaders are regarded as effective leaders because they generate incredible wealth. The “savior complex” is particularly strong among the wealthiest tech executives. Their world view is rooted in the idea that we can use technology to...

Duration:00:41:30

James Der Derian on How Quantum Tech Will Change Our Lives

1/2/2020
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Google and IBM are in a race to achieve quantum supremacy — both sides claim that they are winning. But what does quantum supremacy really mean? Quantum technologies have the ability to solve complex solutions to build better materials, design more effective pharmaceutical treatments or optimize large distribution networks. Nations or corporations that can harness the power of quantum technologies will have an advantage over their competitors. The leap in technology could be so great that it...

Duration:00:42:40

Katherine Maher on Tools for Combating Disinformation

12/19/2019
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Truth and facts are not the same thing. To find truth, we must combine the best available information (what we know to be facts) with our own lens. This is especially challenging on social media: posts may be presented as if they are truthful, but truth comes with some subjectivity. This is where fact checking tools — like the encyclopedic knowledge of Wikipedia — are essential. That is, if they present neutral information, offer unbiased results, have a transparent process and are able to...

Duration:00:39:53

David Carroll on the Dark Side of Digital Advertising

12/5/2019
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Online platforms like Facebook and Google Ads are positioned as superior tools for micro-targeting advertisements. The promise of greater returns on investment and granular control over who will engage with an ad has attracted advertisers. In this episode of Big Tech, co-hosts David Skok and Taylor Owen speak with David Carroll, an associate professor of media design at Parsons School of Design at The New School. Carroll’s own understanding of the ways in which platforms were monetizing his...

Duration:00:46:10

Kate Klonick on Facebook’s Oversight Board

11/21/2019
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Facebook is establishing a 40-person oversight board to pass rulings on whether or not content should remain on their platform. The board aims to represent all regions of the world, rulings are set to be released in multiple languages and decisions about content to be made expeditiously. Only one researcher, Kate Klonick, was invited in to observe the process that went into establishing the framework for this oversight board. In this episode of Big Tech co-hosts David Skok and Taylor Owen...

Duration:00:42:47

Rana Foroohar on How Tech Lost Its Way

11/21/2019
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After discovering several small charges to her credit card that totaled upward of US$900, Rana Foroohar figured her card must have been stolen. She quickly realized those micro-transactions were coming from a game her son was playing. Unknowingly, he was spending real money inside a free-to-play game. As a journalist, Rana was fascinated by the way in which apps were capturing people’s attention and wallets. In this episode of Big Tech co-hosts David Skok and Taylor Owen speak with Rana...

Duration:00:46:15

Nobody Cares About Privacy and Technology: Taylor and David Introduce the Big Tech podcast

10/24/2019
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Taylor Owen and David Skok have known each other for many years; their work in democracy and journalism ensures that their paths often cross. Taylor is an academic studying technology’s transformative impact on democracy. David has spent his journalism career in the thick of an ever-changing media landscape. They both recall one meeting at a restaurant in Toronto about ten years ago, when Taylor brought together a group of academics and journalists to discuss how technology was reshaping...

Duration:00:04:26