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Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.


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Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.






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Has Facebook given up on NFTs?

Explore the latest in technology, social media, consumer electronics, digital culture and more.


The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank

What does the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank mean for the tech industry? And TikTok's new policy to bring in a 1 hour limit for teenagers.


Are robots set to take over household chores?

Are robots set to take over household chores?


Why would you sue Twitter for an Isis attack?

This week we examine two landmark cases which question whether tech giants can be held liable for aiding terrorism if their platforms are used. Plus, would you pay to be verified on Facebook and Instagram? And NBN's Sky Muster vs Elon Musk's Skylink. Which is the better option for rural Australians?


What Does it Take to Interfere with an Election?

This week a consortium of undercover journalists exposed the hacking and disinformation team which claims to have manipulated more than 30 elections worldwide. Also what will Australia's new privacy reform measures actually mean for your data?


AI Chatbots Go Head to Head, Starlink and War and Too Much Tweeting

Which AI chatbot is better, Microsoft's ChatGPT or Google's Bard? We examine the rivalries, the big tech race, and their potential for our future. Ukraine has been relying on satellites for its network of surveillance drones again the Russian invasion. So why have their access to satellites been turned off by Elon Musks’s Starlink company?


Hello Siri...Cortana...Alexa...Are You Listening?

Are we falling out of love with voice assistants? Plus, why Netflix is no longer sharing the love (and by love I mean passwords) and why Australian government departments wanted to ban the social media service tiktok from certain phones.


Swipe Left, Swipe Right

This past week, the government and dating apps have come together to work out ways of making online hooking ups, I mean romance a bit safer. Plus getting medication and primary care over the web. What are the benefits and pitfalls?


Is ChatGPT worth the hype?

It talks like a human. It writes like a human. It can create poems, resumes, Shakespearean text. It has comedy troupes and university examiners scratching their head. What is the big deal about ChatGPT? Plus, is 2023 the year AI becomes unavoidable? Guests Guests Meg Coffey, Managing Director at Coffey Natasha Gillezeau, product manager at Flux Finance


How 2022 changed technology (and us)

Its been a year of devastating hacks, billionaires buying things they might regret, and a roller coaster of news. What were the biggest tech news stories, the strangest products of the year 2022. And how different will our world look next year? Guests Alice Clarke, freelance technology journalist Peter Marks, software developer at Access Informatics


Elon Musk wants to put a chip in your brain

It was one of the world’s most trafficked exchanges for cryptocurrencies, and now it’s in tatters. What does the FTX scandal mean for the future of digital currencies? And, what would it take for you to put a computer chip in your brain? Elon Musk wants to know. Plus, a US police unit just had invested in killer robots. Is this the future of policing? Guests Meg Coffey, managing director of digital agency Coffey and Tea Reinhardt Sosin, co-host of the Tech 4 evil podcast


Who's afraid of artificial intelligence?

A Taylor Swift concert has triggered an antitrust lawsuit into the largest online ticketing agency in the world. Could this be the end of the much maligned booking fee? Plus, Pong turns 50. Why the the video game is more relevant than ever at its half century. And, how an online tool has crafted a mysterious horror story. Guests Natasha Gillezeau, product manager at Flux Finance Josh Taylor, reporter at Guardian Australia


A whole nation in the metaverse

Tuvalu, a low-lying Pacific nation, is set to become the world’s first-ever digitised nation in response to climate inaction. But what does this mean exactly, and can it even be done? Plus, Donald Trump’s Twitter profile, banned for inciting violence, has been reinstated. What does this say about the future of the now-controversial social media platform? And, Deliveroo is no longer. Is the seemingly sudden demise of the food delivery app a sign of an evolving culture, or just an...


Does it ever pay to pay a hacker?

As Australia's private health data is leaked onto the dark web, the government is proposing to make it illegal to pay ransoms to hackers. But with stakes so high, could paying criminals ever be justified? And as Musk's Twitter fiasco enters another chaotic week, are we witnessing the last days of the tweet? Guests Claire Reilly, Principal Producer at CNET Peter Marks, software developer with Access Informatics


Musk's Twitter mayhem continues

The social media platform Twitter has always been characterised by its speed and immediacy but in the last seven days it’s set a breakneck record for changes. What is actually going on? Plus can the tech industry keep moving when one of its biggest manufacturers is in COVID lockdown? And we say goodbye to a dearly beloved piece of technology. Guests Josh Taylor, Reporter at the Guardian Australia


Welcome to Elon Musk's Twitter

The ultra rich man behind Tesla has assumed control of Twitter with a promise that it can no longer be a "Free-for-All Hellscape". Is he really the man to deliver on such a promise? Plus, Facebook may be about to play a game of chicken with Canada and New Zealand. And the Medibank hack of user data is worse than was initially thought. What does it mean for customers? Guests Manal al-Sharif, author and presenter of the Tech4evil podcast Associate Professor Michael Cowling, Information and...


Is your medical information in the hands of hackers?

The hack of Medibank customer data may be one of the most alarming personal data compromises in recent Australian history. What are the implications? And, just how good is TikTok at stopping misleading information? Plus, instead of protesting in the streets - should people be protesting in zoom meetings? Guests Seamus Byrne, Head of Content at Byteside Alice Clarke, freelance technology journalist


Has Alex Jones lost the Infowars?

Alex Jones must pay Sandy Hook families nearly $1 billion for hoax claims made on his conspiracy news service Infowars. Will it help to deconstruct one of the most potent engines of misinformation in the history of media? And what is the point of going to work in an office if you’re just going to spend the day on video calls? Experts discuss. Guests Natasha Gillezeau, Product manager at Flux Finance Peter Marks, National technology editor at Access Informatics


A European dream: One wire for all your devices

New EU legislation means there’s a good chance you can get rid of a bunch of wires for charging a certain phone. Will it translate to Australia? Also, would you pay not to be tracked by advertisers online? And we discuss model laws that could control the 'wild west' of facial recognition in Australia.


Would you sell the rights to your face?

Explore the latest in technology, social media, consumer electronics, digital culture and more.