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Download This Show is your weekly access to the latest in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more. Presented by Marc Fennell for ABC Radio National. Published every Friday.

Download This Show is your weekly access to the latest in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more. Presented by Marc Fennell for ABC Radio National. Published every Friday.

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Sydney, NSW

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Download This Show is your weekly access to the latest in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more. Presented by Marc Fennell for ABC Radio National. Published every Friday.

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@DownloadABC

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English

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Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 02-8333 2821


Episodes

Tik Tok off the chopping block?

9/16/2020
Tik Tok has done a deal to stay online in the US but who has really won and lost? Small youth and lifestyle websites may be the accidental victims of the proposal to force the digital giants to pay for journalism. And are there lessons to be learned from new COVID-19 tracing apps being launched in other countries? Guests; Daniel Van Boom, News Editor CNET @dvanboom +Jessie Hughes, creative technologist

Duration:00:28:22

Secret cabals and QAnon explained

9/9/2020
US President Donald Trump has praised the followers of QAnon as ‘people that love our country’. Where did the conspiracy theory group come from, how widespread is it, what does it say about levels of distrust and paranoia online and in the media and where is it all headed? Guests: Sarah Moran, CEO, Girl Geek Academy @SarahMoran + Seamus Byrne, editor & host of Byteside @byteside @seamus

Duration:00:28:21

Facebook threatens to block news in Australia

9/2/2020
Why does billionaire Elon Musk want to be inside a pig’s head? Fitness technology that shows what you’d look like if you lost weight - hello body issues my old friend. Plus, Facebook threatens to ban all news on its platform in Australia. Is Facebook throwing a gigantic toddler tantrum, or is the move to force platforms to pay publishers for content too tough? Guests: Natasha Gillezeau, tech, marketing and media journalist, AFR @natashagillezeau + Kunal Kalro, founder & CEO Eugene Labs @kckal

Duration:00:28:21

The day the browser dies

8/26/2020
We’ve lost a lot in 2020, but now things have gone too far as the once loved browser, Microsoft Internet Explorer faces its final days. Plus, Airbnb have banned something we all need but probably shouldn’t have. The mobile phone company storming its way through India. And Tik Tok is suing Trump. Guests: Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @raejohnston + Nic Healey, tech writer and breakfast show host, ABC Western Plains @dr_nic

Duration:00:28:21

Apple vs Epic, Google vs ACCC

8/19/2020
The tech world got messy this week. Apple took on the creators of Fortnite, and Google took on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Who wants what and why? And facemasks — can a simple piece of cloth over your mouth up-end the billions of dollars spent globally on facial recognition technology? Guests: Ariel Bogle, online technology reporter, ABC Science @arielbogl+ Cameron Wilson, reporter, Business Insider and Gizmodo Australia.

Duration:00:28:21

Microwaves, nylon and Tinder fees

8/12/2020
It was a time of powerful technological change: weapons, transport, fabric, energy were all put into overdrive - 75 years after the end of WWII, what are the technological advances we don’t talk about? Plus, is Tinder charging you more or less than other people? Is Trump trying to shut down Fortnite? And a major milestone for the humble computer mouse. Guests: Sarah Moran, CEO, Girl Geek Academy @SarahMoran + Peter Marks, software developer, Access Informatics @petermarxy

Duration:00:28:21

Hacking the apocalypse and a surprise birthday

8/5/2020
Happy birthday MP3 - you revolutionised music and media but you're 25! Can technology save us from death, disease, tsunamis, the earth turning into fireball? Plus, Microsoft wants to buy it, Trump wants to ban it, teenagers want to make excellent dance moves to Taylor Swift dance remixes on it… the saga of TikToc somehow got even weirder. Guests: Claire Reilly, Senior Editor, CNET + Jessie Hughes, creative technologist

Duration:00:28:21

Television's greatest mystery

7/29/2020
The app that has somehow returned whimsy and possibly joy to the internet that's become incredibly dark of late. Why wear a fitness band when you could where a fitness ring? Plus, no one actually knows how many people are watching Australian TV - at least for several days that's been true. Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Executive Editor, Information Security Media Group @Jeremy_Kirk + Seamus Byrne, editor & host of Byteside @byteside @seamus

Duration:00:28:21

Touch skin tattoos & Twitter hacks

7/22/2020
The Twitter hack that saw the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Apple and more used for a bitcoin scam. The scary thing is how the hackers did it. Plus, phones keeping track of your mental health. Can Instagram produce a Tik-Tok competitor? And the question that you’ve been burning to have answered - why have a touch screen when you can have a touch tattoo? Guests: Sarah Moran, CEO, Girl Geek Academy @SarahMoran + Nic Healey, Breakfast show host, ABC Western Plains...

Duration:00:28:21

Ending stalkerware and inside Australia's cyber security HQ

7/15/2020
Google updates ad policy and bans stalker and spyware apps. Is mobile streaming service Quibi dead? Plus, in a nondescript government building in Canberra, sits a group tasked with protecting Australia on the digital frontier. What do you learn when you go inside Australia's cyber security HQ? Guests: Ariel Bogle, technology reporter, ABC Science @arielbogle + Peter Marks, software developer, Access Informatics @petermarxy

Duration:00:28:21

Can Uber buy its way to profit?

7/8/2020
Uber prepares to dish out $2.65 billion on whatever-you-can-think-of delivery company. Facebook is dumping one of its experiments. How tech companies are using Hong Kong as a testing ground for relations with China. Plus, China’s most influential social media platform in the West is increasingly being tested itself. Guests: Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @raejohnston + Kunal Kalro, Founder & CEO Eugene Labs @kckal

Duration:00:27:09

Why Australia doesn't use Apple-Google COVID tracing tech

7/1/2020
What happens when two major nations go to battle on the short, cute, video platform of TickTock, and could TickTock compete with Instagram and YouTube for all those ad dollars? Plus, the world’s most powerful new supercomputer. And why the Australian government won’t switch the COVID tracing app to the model supported Apple and Google. Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Executive Editor, Information Security Media Group @Jeremy_Kirk + Olivia Rosenman, audio producer and journalist @olivesophierose

Duration:00:28:21

Trump vs K-pop?

6/24/2020
Why are fans of Korean pop at war with Donald Trump? Why Twitter wants you to leave it a voice mail. Why we're under sustained cyber attack from China - except the government doesn't want to name China, so why say anything at all? And Apple thinks you’re not washing your hands properly. It's been a weird week in media, tech and culture. Guests: Alex McCauley, CEO StartupAus @alexmccauley + Angharad Yeo, host of ABC ME Spawn Point @angharadyeo

Duration:00:28:21

Facial recognition faces a rethink?

6/17/2020
Why major tech companies are pulling their facial recognition software back from police. Plus, “Want to read this before retweeting?” Twitter tests a new feature that could slow down the spread of rage and viral misinformation. And deep fake faces could have major repercussions on everything from politics to porn, but one social media giant has a plan to stop them…maybe. Guests: Sarah Moran, CEO, Girl Geek Academy @SarahMoran + Peter Marks, software developer, Access Informatics @petermarxy

Duration:00:28:21

#BlackLivesMatter and technology

6/10/2020
What role does tech play in the global protests against racism? How is it used by protestors and police? Plus, there's still a legal push to shut down piracy sites, even though the rise of streaming has largely achieved that. And which tech company wants to create digitally synthesised group selfies even though you’re socially distant? Yeah, its a thing! Guests: Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @raejohnston + Nic Healey, Breakfast show host, ABC Western Plains @dr_nic

Duration:00:28:21

Space - The final cashier

6/3/2020
Donald Trump has wielded Twitter to command, reshape and confound the new agenda for years, but what happens when Trump and Twitter go to war? If someone defames you in a Facebook comment - who do you sue? And we’ve entered a new age of commercial space flight with Elon Musk’s SpaceX taking humans to the international space station - but what are the knock-on effects of a corporate space industry? Guests: Sarah Moran, CEO, Girl Geek Academy @SarahMoran + Ariel Bogle, online technology...

Duration:00:28:21

Is Foxtel's Binge any good?

5/27/2020
First there was Foxtel, then Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and then Presto. For years Foxtel have tried to make the transition to a Netflix style streaming service - have they finally got it right with BINGE? Joe Rogan is one of the biggest podcasters on the planet. His interview show gets big names and in an exclusive deal with Spotify, Rogan will be paid megabucks. Why and will fans follow him? Guests Seamus Byrne, writer and broadcaster of tech, future, gaming, and digital culture...

Duration:00:28:21

Should we work from home forever?

5/20/2020
Now that millions of Australians have been forced to work from home, will the way we work ever quite be the same? Also, what data was taken in attacks on My Health Record and Service NSW? And, can Quibi be salvaged? Tegan Jones, Editor, Gizmodo @Tegan_Writes + Cameron Wilson, internet reporter, BuzzFeed News Australia @cameronwilson.

Duration:00:28:21

Artificial Intelligence Eurovision & Music vs COVID-19

5/13/2020
From online streaming to digital tip jars to platforms like Patreon, Australian musicians are turning to the internet to survive. But will it be enough? Plus, Australia just beat the world at making music with artificial intelligence. So what does a pop song written by AI actually sound like? Hear it this week, on DTS. Guests: Caitlin Welsh, Editor, Mashable Australia @Caitlin_Welsh + Dom Alessio, Digital Export Producer, Sounds Australia @domalessio

Duration:00:28:21

Success(ion): Foxtel keeps HBO

5/6/2020
Game of Thrones, Succession, True Detective... there's no shortage of iconic HBO shows, but how much does Foxtel need them for its new streaming service? Also, would you entrust Facebook with a messenger service for your kids? Guests: Angharad Yeo, ABC television presenter, video game critic, technology journalist and entertainer @angharadyeo + Ben Grubb, technology journalist and Homepage Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald @bengrubb

Duration:00:28:21