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Tech Policy Press is a nonprofit media and community venture intended to provoke new ideas, debate and discussion at the intersection of technology and democracy. The Sunday Show is its podcast. You can find us at https://techpolicy.press/, where you can join the newsletter.

Episodes
  • 2024 / 4 / 14
    The Societal Impacts of Foundation Models, and Access to Data for Researchers

    This episode features two conversations. Both relate to efforts to better understand the impact of technology on society. In the first, we’ll hear from Sayash Kapoor, a PhD candidate at the Department of...

  • 2024 / 4 / 7
    Elon Musk's X Loses in Court: Why It Matters for Independent Technology Research

    Last week, a federal judge granted a motion to dismiss and strike a lawsuit brought by X Corp, formerly known as Twitter, against a nonprofit research outfit called The Center for Countering Digital Hate...

  • 2024 / 4 / 6
    Nathan Schneider on Democratic Design for Online Life

    On this show, when we talk about technology and democracy, guests are often talking about the relationship between technology and existing democratic systems. Today's guest wants us to think more expansively...

  • 2024 / 3 / 31
    Reforming Tech Amidst a Global Backlash Against Women's Rights

    Last year, researchers at Human Rights Watch wrote about the global backlash against women’s rights. In multiple countries, they say, hard-won progress has been reversed amidst a wave of anti-feminist...

  • 2024 / 3 / 24
    Unpacking the Oral Argument in Murthy v Missouri

    On Monday, March 18, the US Supreme Court heard oral argument in Murthy v Missouri. In this episode, Tech Policy Press reporting fellow Dean Jackson is joined by two experts- St. John's University School of...

  • 2024 / 3 / 17
    What's at Stake in Murthy v Missouri?

    On March 18, the US Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Murthy v Missouri, a case that asks the justices to consider whether the government coerced or “significantly encouraged” social media executives...

  • 2024 / 3 / 10
    Exploring the Intersection of Information Integrity, Race, and US Elections

    At INFORMED 2024, a conference hosted by the Knight Foundation in January, one panel focused on the subject of information integrity, race, and US elections. The conversation was compelling, and the panelists...

  • 2024 / 3 / 3
    US Supreme Court Considers Florida and Texas Social Media Laws

    On Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Moody v. NetChoice, LLC and NetChoice, LLC v. Paxton. The cases are on similar but distinct state laws in Florida and...

  • 2024 / 2 / 29
    What Leverage Remains to Preserve Free Expression in Hong Kong?

    This week, a public consultation period ended for a new Hong Kong national security law, known as Article 23. Article 23 ostensibly targets a wide array of crimes, including treason, theft of state secrets,...

  • 2024 / 2 / 25
    Evaluating the Role of Media in the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol

    A new book that ships this week from Oxford University Press titled simply Media and January 6th assembles a varied collection of experts that aim to shed light on the interplay between the media and the...

  • 2024 / 2 / 25
    How to Counter Disinformation Based on Science

    If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, you know we’ve spent countless hours together talking about the problems of mis- and disinformation, and what to do about them. And, we’ve tried to focus...

  • 2024 / 2 / 24
    Pakistan and the Intersection of Tech & Elections

    It's become trite to say there are a lot of elections taking place this year. But of course, technology is playing a role in them all. At Tech Policy Press, we're lucky to have a group of seven fellows this...

  • 2024 / 2 / 18
    Ranking Content On Signals Other Than User Engagement

    Today's guests are Jonathan Stray, a senior scientist at the Center for Human Compatible AI at the University of California Berkeley, and Ravi Iyer, managing director of the Neely Center at the University of...

  • 2024 / 2 / 18
    FTC Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya on Algorithmic Fairness, Voice Cloning, and the Future

    In May 2022, Alvaro Bedoya was sworn in as a Commissioner of the US Federal Trade Commission following his nomination by President Joe Biden and confirmation in the Senate. In this conversation, Commissioner...

  • 2024 / 2 / 11
    Imagining AI Countergovernance

    Multiple past episodes of this podcast have focused on the topic of AI governance. But today’s guest, Blair Attard-Frost, has put forward a set of ideas they term "AI countergovernance." These are alternative...

  • 2024 / 2 / 4
    Tech CEOs Face the US Senate on Child Safety

    On Wednesday, January 31st, the US Senate Judiciary Committee hosted a hearing titled "Big Tech and the Online Child Sexual Exploitation Crisis." The CEOs of Meta, TikTok, X, Discord and Snap were called to...

  • 2024 / 1 / 28
    How to Assess AI Governance Tools

    Last year, the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit research organization, conducted an international review of AI governance tools. The organization analyzed various documents, frameworks, and technical material...

  • 2024 / 1 / 21
    How to Defend Independent Technology Research from Corporate and Political Opposition

    In October 2022, a group of researchers published a manifesto establishing a Coalition for Independent Technology Research. “Society needs trustworthy, independent research to relieve the harms of digital...

  • 2024 / 1 / 14
    Questioning OpenAI's Nonprofit Status

    Today’s guest is Robert Weissman, president of the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen. He is the author of a letter addressed to the California Attorney General that raises significant...

  • 2024 / 1 / 7
    Evaluating Social Media's Role in the Israel-Hamas War

    Today is the three month anniversary of the vicious Hamas attack and abduction of hostages that ignited the current war in Gaza. Just before the New Year, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab...

  • 2023 / 12 / 31
    Exposing the Rotten Reality of AI Training Data

    In a report released December 20, 2023, the Stanford Internet Observatory said it had detected more than 1,000 instances of verified child sexual abuse imagery in a significant dataset utilized for training...

  • 2023 / 12 / 24
    An FDA for AI?

    If you’ve listened to some of the dialogue in hearings on Capitol Hill about how to regulate AI, you’ve heard various folks suggest the need for a regulatory agency to govern, in particular, general purpose...

  • 2023 / 12 / 17
    What Are We Building, and Why?

    At the end of this year in which the hype around artificial intelligence seemed to increase in volume with each passing week, it’s worth stepping back and asking whether we need to slow down and put just as...

  • 2023 / 12 / 10
    Tracking Oversight of Surveillance in the US and EU

    In both the US and Europe, policymakers are making important decisions about the governance of the bulk collection of communications and data for intelligence purposes. In the US, some of these questions are...

  • 2023 / 12 / 10
    Europe Advances Its AI Act

    In April 2021, the European Commission introduced the first regulatory framework for AI within the EU. This Friday, after a marathon set of negotiations, EU policymakers reached a political consensus on the...

  • 2023 / 12 / 3
    Checking on the Progress of Content Moderators in Africa

    For the past two years, there has been a steady stream of news out of Kenya about the relationships between major tech firms – including Meta, TikTok and OpenAI – and outsourcing firms like Sama and Majorel...

  • 2023 / 11 / 26
    The Saga at OpenAI: Lessons for Policymakers

    To learn more about the recent leadership crisis at OpenAI and what lessons policymakers should take from it, Justin Hendrix spoke to Karen Hao, a contributing writer at The Atlantic who is currently working...

  • 2023 / 11 / 19
    AI and Harms to Artists and Creators

    On November 15, the Open Markets Institute and the AI Now Institute hosted an event in Washington D.C. featuring discussion on how to understand the promise, threats, and practical regulatory challenges...

  • 2023 / 11 / 14
    Broken Code: A Conversation with Jeff Horwitz

    This episode explores Broken Code: Inside Facebook and the Fight to Expose its Harmful Secrets, a new book by Wall Street Journal technology reporter Jeff Horwitz. His relentless coverage of Meta, including...

  • 2023 / 11 / 12
    Policing the City: A Conversation with Matthew Guariglia

    Today's guest is Dr. Matthew Guariglia, a senior policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and author of the new book, Police and the Empire City: Race and the Origins of Modern Policing in New...

  • 2023 / 11 / 5
    Artificial Intelligence and Your Voice

    Today’s guest is Wiebke Hutiri, a researcher with a particular expertise in design patterns for detecting and mitigating bias in AI systems. Her recent work has focused on voice biometrics,...

  • 2023 / 10 / 29
    A Design Code for Big Tech

    Today’s guest is Ravi Iyer, a data scientist and moral psychologist at the Psychology of Technology Institute, which is a project of the University of Southern California Marshall School’s Neely Center for...

  • 2023 / 10 / 22
    Unpacking the Bangalore Ideology

    At the September G20 summit in Delhi, the government of prime minister Narendra Modi promoted the country’s digital public infrastructure (DPI) as a model for the world for how to develop digital systems that...

  • 2023 / 10 / 15
    How to Control Our Appetite for Misinformation

    A lot is written about the supply side of mis- and disinformation, including how propagandists and political leaders are using messages and platforms to impact public opinion. But less is written about the...

  • 2023 / 10 / 8
    Digital Empires: A Conversation with Anu Bradford

    There is a term you've likely heard on the Tech Policy Press podcast in the past: the Brussels Effect. The term is meant to describe the European Union’s outsized...

  • 2023 / 10 / 4
    Artificial Intelligence as a Tool of Repression

    The 13th installment of the Freedom on the Net report from Freedom House finds that "while advances in artificial intelligence offer benefits for society, they have also been used to increase the scale and...

  • 2023 / 10 / 1
    The EU AI Act Enters Final Negotiations

    While US Senators are busy holding hearings and forums and posing for pictures with the CEOs of AI companies, the European Union is just months away from passing sweeping regulation of artificial...

  • 2023 / 9 / 27
    The Luddites and Lessons for the Next Rebellion

    In Blood in the Machine: The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech, Los Angeles Times technology columnist Brian Merchant has written a new history of perhaps one of the most famous movements for worker...

  • 2023 / 9 / 24
    Graphic Content, Trauma and Meaning: A Conversation with Alexa Koenig and Andrea Lampros

    The ubiquity of cameras in our phones and our environment, coupled with massive social media networks that can share images and video in an instant, means we see often graphic and disturbing images with great...

  • 2023 / 9 / 24
    Your Face Belongs to Us: A Conversation with Kashmir Hill

    In 2019, journalist Kashmir Hill had just joined The New York Times when she got a tip about the existence of a company called Clearview AI that claimed it could identify almost anyone with a photo. But the...

  • 2023 / 9 / 17
    The Problem with the "Big" in Big Tech

    Today’s episode features two segments, both of which consider the scale of technology platforms and their power over markets and people. In the first, Rebecca Rand delivers a conversation with University of...

  • 2023 / 9 / 10
    Assessing the Problem of Disinformation

    This episode features two segments on the subject of disinformation. In the first, Rebecca Rand speaks with Dr. Shelby Grossman, a research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory, on recent...

  • 2023 / 9 / 3
    Paul Gowder on The Networked Leviathan

    One of the problems we come back to again and again on the Tech Policy Press podcast is the problem of how to govern social media platforms. Today’s guest is Paul Gowder, Professor of Law and Associate...

  • 2023 / 8 / 27
    Choosing Our Words Carefully

    This episode features two segments. In the first, Rebecca Rand speaks with Alina Leidinger, a researcher at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam about her research-...

  • 2023 / 8 / 20
    Containing Big Tech

    This episode features two segments. In the first, Rebecca Rand considers the social consequences of "machine allocation behavior" with Cornell researchers Houston Claure and Malte Jung, authors of a recent...

  • 2023 / 8 / 13
    Assessing India's Digital Personal Data Protection Bill

    This week, Indian legislators approved a data protection law that will govern the processing of data in the country. The bill creates a data protection board and gives the government new powers, including to...

  • 2023 / 8 / 6
    The State of State AI Laws

    Lots of voices are calling for the regulation of artificial intelligence. In the US, at present it seems there is no federal legislation close to becoming law. But in 2023 legislative sessions in states...

  • 2023 / 8 / 2
    Examining the Meta 2020 US Election Research Partnership

    A unique collaboration between social scientists and Meta to conduct research on Facebook and Instagram during the height of the 2020 US election has at long last produced its first work products. The release...

  • 2023 / 7 / 30
    Alex Winter on The YouTube Effect

    In today’s podcast, Justin Hendrix talks with director, writer and actor Alex Winter, whose new documentary, The YouTube Effect, is in select theaters now and will be available on streaming platforms on...

  • 2023 / 7 / 23
    Ifeoma Ajunwa on The Quantifed Worker

    Today’s guest on the podcast is Ifeoma Ajunwa, the AI.Humanity Professor of Law and Ethics and Director of AI and the Law Program at Emory Law School, and author of the Quantified Worker: Law and Technology...

  • 2023 / 7 / 23
    Justine Bateman on AI, Labor, and the Future of Entertainment

    Artificial intelligence will likely impact every type of job. But this summer, Hollywood actors and writers have raised substantial concerns about the ways in which generative AI systems may be used to...

  • 2023 / 7 / 16
    Content Moderation, Encryption, and the Law

    One of the most urgent debates in tech policy at the moment concerns encrypted communications. At issue in proposed legislation, such as the UK’s Online Safety Bill or the EARN It Act put forward in the US...

  • 2023 / 7 / 9
    Extended Reality and the Law

    Tomorrow's virtual worlds will be governed, at least at first, by today's legal and regulatory regimes. How will privacy law, torts, IP, or even criminal law apply in 'extended reality' (XR)?Drawing from the...

  • 2023 / 7 / 6
    Reading the Civic Information Handbook

    This spring, Karen Kornbluh and Adrienne Goldstein from the German Marshall Fund’s Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative published a document they call the Civic Information Handbook, which they...

  • 2023 / 7 / 2
    Your Guides Through the Hellscape of AI Hype

    Alex Hanna, the director of research at the Distributed AI Research Institute and Emily M. Bender, a professor of linguistics at the University of Washington, are the hosts of Mystery AI Hype Theater 3000, a...

  • 2023 / 6 / 30
    The Implications of Canada's Online News Act

    Last week, Canada passed the Online News Act, legislation that requires tech platforms to remunerate Canadian news outlets, and the platforms are not happy. In response, Google announced it will remove links...

  • 2023 / 6 / 25
    Exploring Global Governance of Artificial Intelligence

    Over the past few months, there have been a range of voices calling for the urgent regulation of artificial intelligence. Comparisons to the problems of nuclear proliferation abound, so perhaps it’s no...

  • 2023 / 6 / 18
    A Conversation with Meredith Whittaker, President of Signal

    Earlier this month, Justin Hendrix traveled to RightsCon, the big gathering of individuals and organizations concerned with human rights and technology organized by Access Now. The sprawling event had...

  • 2023 / 6 / 11
    Recoding America: A Conversation with Jennifer Pahlka

    In the United States, it’s fair to say that federal, state and local governments have struggled in the era of digitalization. Decades in to that era, there is still a gap between the policy outcomes we seek...

  • 2023 / 6 / 4
    A Recap of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council Meeting with Mark Scott

    Last week, a group of very important people, including the U.S Secretaries of State and Commerce and trade representatives from President Joe Biden’s administration, met with top European Union officials in...

  • 2023 / 5 / 28
    Responsible Release and Accountability for Generative AI Systems

    Today’s show has two segments both focused on generative AI. In the first segment, Justin Hendrix speaks with Irene Solaiman, a researcher who has put a lot of thought into evaluating the release strategies...

  • 2023 / 5 / 21
    The Supreme Court Decides: A Final Word on Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh with Anupam Chander

    Last week, the Supreme Court released decisions in Gonzalez v. Google, LLC, and Twitter, Inc. v. Taamneh. In this episode we’ll discuss what it tells us about how the Court is thinking about social media and...

  • 2023 / 5 / 14
    Nick Seaver on Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation

    Today’s episode features a discussion with Nick Seaver, a professor at Tufts University and the author of Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation from the University of Chicago...

  • 2023 / 5 / 7
    Malcolm Harris on Palo Alto and the Project of Silicon Valley

    Justin Hendrix speaks to writer Malcolm Harris about his book, PALO ALTO: A HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA, CAPITALISM, AND THE WORLD, which considers the historical antecedents for the project of Silicon Valley.

  • 2023 / 5 / 3
    Gus Hurwitz on Technology and the Law

    Recently Justin Hendrix caught up with Gus Hurwitz, a professor of law at the University of Nebraska and the director of the Governance and Technology Center. He’s also the Director of Law and Economics...

  • 2023 / 4 / 30
    Twitter Whistleblower Anika Collier Navaroli Looks Forward

    In the course of its investigation into the insurrection at the US Capitol, the House Select Committee on January 6th spoke to hundreds of witnesses, including social media executives with insight into the...