Listened The strange world of TikTok: viral videos and Chinese censorship – podcast from the Guardian

The Guardian’s Alex Hern tells Anushka Asthana about a series of leaked documents he has seen that showed the company’s moderation policies. They included guidance to censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence and the banned religious group Falun Gong.

Anushka Asthana and Alex Hern discuss social video app TikTok. This includes unpacking the censorship associated with the algorithm central to the app. One of the challenges is that without the leaked documentation it is very difficult to know what has been blocked as videos are not actually removed, but instead they are not promoted by the timeline algorithm.
Listened Uber – a Silicon Valley drama: Chips with Everything podcast from the Guardian

Jordan Erica Webber chats to New York Times reporter Mike Isaac about Super Pumped, his new book on the rise and fall of Travis Kalanick

Mike Isaac discusses Travis Kalanick and the cult of the Silicon Valley CEO. Isaac explains that Uber was not dreamt up in Paris, but ripped off from Lift. One of the challenges faced with disrupting the industry are with laws and public relations. One of the shocks was how much data and manipulation of privacy involved to succeed.
Listened The death of iTunes… kind of: Chips with Everything podcast from the Guardian

The Guardian’s UK tech editor, Alex Hern, joins Jordan Erica Webber to discuss the imminent end to the iTunes store as we know it. They also take a nostalgic look at some of the other software we’ve lost

Alex Hern talks with Jordan Erica Webber about the division of iTunes into a series of smaller applications. I wonder if rather than ‘death’ this is better considered as an evolution. Google Reader on the other hand was an example of death as Google did not replace the application with anything else.
Listened ‘The End of Forgetting’: Chips with Everything podcast from the Guardian

This week, Jordan Erica Webber talks to Kate Eichhorn about her new book The End of Forgetting: Growing up with Social Media, which explores the dangers facing young people who may find it difficult to distance themselves from their pasts, long into the future.

Kate Eichorn talks about the impact of social media on refugees and growing up. We no longer allow children what Erik Ericson’s calls a psychosocial moratorium. Sometimes the memory is generated by somebody else, such as parents and ‘sharenting‘. What is overlooked in all this is how participation online is contributing in digital labour. Associated with this are the profits and data mining associated with platform capitalism. I am reminded of Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt’s call for empathy when responding to digital missteps. Clive Thompson also discusses the impact of technology on memory in Chapter Two of Smarter Than You Think.
Listened I’m a Barbie girl in a digital world: Chips with Everything podcast from the Guardian

To celebrate 60 years of Barbie, Jordan Erica Webber looks back at some of the key moments in the history of the world-famous doll, and examines how Barbie became a representative of the tech world

In this exploration of the reimagining of Barbie in a digital world, there is discussion of what was created and how things might have been different if different choices had been made. A part of this intent is to explore alternatives for moving forward.

When we imagine different histories we can imagine different futures.

Listened Algorithms and data – what does the future hold? Chips with Everything podcast by an author from the Guardian

Can the messy and complex world we live in be reduced to algorithms? And should we even try? Mathematician and lecturer Hannah Fry attempts to answer all this and more


In an interview on the Chips with Everything podcast, Hannah Fry discusses her new book Hello World. In it she discusses the rise of algorithms and computational thinking throughout the modern world. Fry paints a picture of where we currently are and possibly going. In doing so she warns:

We all need to be a bit more literate and a lot more sceptical.

It is interesting to listen to this alongside Cathy O’Neill’s Weapons of Math Destruction and
Adam Greenfield’s Radical Technologies.

Listened Will mind-controlled films change cinema? Chips with Everything podcast by an author from the Guardian

The movie industry has seen tech advances since its inception. But do audiences really want to have a say in a film’s plot?

Jordan Erica Webber is joined by the chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, David Schwartz, and Dr Polina Zioga, director the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, at Staffordshire University. This look back at the beginnings of film, as well as the future of a personalised experience.