On today’s show, hosts April Glaser and Will Oremus introduce some of their favorite interviews from 2018. We have highlights from our conversations with journalist Taylor Lorenz about teen YouTube stars; former head of Facebook’s news feed Adam Mosseri about real-world violence in places like Myanmar; Data for Black Lives Founder Yeshimabeit Milner on how tech companies might share their data for social justice efforts; author Naomi Klein on cryptocurrency in Puerto Rico following the deadly Hurricane Maria; Virginia Sen. Mark Warner on how the government might actually regulate the big tech companies; and Paige Panter, a volunteer with the Tech Workers Coalition on how a broad coalition of tech workers are fighting for change.
1:21 - Interview with Taylor Lorenz
7:57 - Interview with Yeshimabeit Milner
15:49 - Interview with Adam Mosseri
24:09 - Interview with Naomi Klein
30:27 - Interview with Sen. Mark Warner
38:30 - Interview with Paige Panter
Stories discussed on the show:
Slate’s If Then:
• “Dudebros Every Day”
• “What if Facebook Used Data for Black Lives?”
• “What Keeps Facebook up at Night”
• “People Want Power, Not Just Electricity”
• “How Sen. Mark Warner Wants to Crack Down on Tech”
• “Tech Workers Fight Back”
Podcast production by Max Jacobs.
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