What goes into the technical choices that change our culture? Entrepreneur, activist and writer Anil Dash sits down with the developers behind some of the world's best-known apps, games and services, and also talks with users, critics and culture exp
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Bonus: Why Online Safety is a Human Rights Issue

In keeping with our season long discussion of trust on the internet, on this bonus episode of Function - we explore online safety. Writer and activist Feminista Jones talks about the lasting effects of online harassment. Then, Anil talks with Tarah Demant of Amnesty International about an Amnesty report that calls out the abuse and harassment women...

Fri Mar 6, 2020 21:07
Bonus: Live from Texas Tribune Fest: Reclaiming Community on the Web

The integrity of the internet is at stake -- what have we lost and how do we get it back?At the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, Anil spoke with web scholars and writers about reclaiming the internet through historical context, how we are tethered to social media and the inventive ways marginalized people have always reinvented the platforms available.PanelistsCharlton...

Thu Dec 19, 2019 16:30
How To Save the 2020 Election: Stopping Fake News

Are social networks downplaying their complicity in the problem that is “fake news?”Anil talks to Fadi Quran of the people powered social advocacy group, Avaaz, about how tech is used to target groups of people and spread disinformation that affects our elections, relationships, and social justice movements. Together they discuss insidious nature of...

Mon Dec 2, 2019 04:44
How to Save the 2020 Election: Journalism and Social Media

What happens when social networks become social media, and tech starts making editorial decisions?Anil talks with NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen about the priorities of tech companies and how their faux neutrality and feigned ignorance has taken a toll on our news cycles and elections. Together, they identify the problems that the press is facing,...

Mon Dec 2, 2019 04:44
Purple Reign: What it Was Like to Work with Prince"

Part 2 of Anil's discussion of Prince's complicated relationship with technology.How do you go from fan to colleague to friend with an icon?Prince’s manager, Phaedra Ellis Lamkins and Sam Jennings, one of Prince’s webmasters take us on a journey of growth and evolution of an artist realizing his worth and his power. As part of a team of trusted friends...

Fri Nov 15, 2019 23:13
Computer Blue: Prince's Online Legacy

What does it mean to be on the receiving end of a Prince direct message?This week on Function, Anil takes us through Prince’s complicated relationship with technology through his eyes and the eyes of super fans Jay Smooth, social commentator and former host of WBAI's Underground Railroad; and Andrea Swensson, host and writer at Minnesota Public Radio’s...

Fri Nov 15, 2019 23:13

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