Marketplace Tech

Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily show uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world.

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How constant surveillance puts protesters at risk

As Black Lives Matter protests continue around the country, police are using facial recognition and all kinds of other technology to arrest protesters and organizers. While, in some cases, the people arrested did commit crimes, after-the-fact arrests can have a chilling effect on free speech and lead to cases of mistaken identity. They also show us...

How the Gates Foundation’s values shape the world

The Gates Foundation is trying to eradicate polio and malaria globally. Bill Gates created a billion-dollar climate investment fund, funded multiple factories to find a vaccine for COVID-19 and is matchmaking companies around the world to get that vaccine distributed. Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, is in the position to do all this because he is one...

America is lagging on climate change. Where is our innovative spirit?

This week alone in our changed climate: More than two dozen people have died in wildfires in Western states and more are missing. Forecasters predict life-threatening flooding from Hurricane Sally in the Gulf. And the foundations of two major Antarctic glaciers are crumbling, threatening dramatic sea level rise. Bill Gates is founder of the billion-dollar...

Gates: The U.S. isn’t helping get a COVID vaccine to the rest of the world

Discovering, manufacturing and distributing a vaccine will likely be the only way out of the pandemic, which has devastated the world’s economy. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been part of the effort to underwrite that work, including playing matchmaker between several pharma companies to manufacture billions of doses, even if they aren’t...

With all this new tech in remote schooling, what are the privacy implications?

If your kids are going to school online, then one thing you’re probably concerned about is the data that’s being collected about them, and how it’s being stored and used. Well, there are some rules — actually, lots of them. You’ve probably heard of COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and perhaps FERPA, the Family Educational Rights...

Don’t lose sight of the proposed WeChat ban

We’ve been covering President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on the Chinese-owned TikTok. But the president is also proposing to ban the Chinese app WeChat. The administration says the apps expose American user data to China’s government, a possible national security threat. With WeChat, there is real concern about surveillance and censorship. But the...

Could a digital New Deal rewrite tech policy?

At this point, consumers, tech employees, even the CEOs of some big tech companies say there should be more regulation around online privacy, advertising and even disinformation. But what might that regulation look like? The German Marshall Fund think tank is pushing for an initiative called the Digital New Deal. It contains a bunch of policy proposals...

Medical tech is the new gold rush for investors during the pandemic

More and more people are are seeing their doctors at a distance during the pandemic. And this long-awaited shift to telehealth has investors interested. There was already a boom in biotech investing before COVID-19 hit. But WGBH’s Aaron Schachter has more on the latest investor push to put money into all kinds of ways to modernize medicine.

During the pandemic, social media can be an information lifeline for rural communities

One of the reasons it’s so hard to quit Facebook is that it’s actually become essential for information, support and connection. That’s especially true in small, rural communities where local news is mostly happening on Facebook and people are turning to the platform as a resource for information about COVID-19. But KUNC’s Adam Rayes reports from Colorado...

Back-to-school season kicks off this week, but laptops are sold out

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