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189. Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur (@CharlesArthur) is a former technology editor of the Guardian and the author of Cyber Wars: Hacks That Shocked the Business World covering some of the world’s biggest cyber attacks. He also played a large role in the UK’s Free Our Data campaign to persuade the government to make non-personal government data available for free reuse.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • Thoughts on data-powered totalitarianism
  • A deeper dive into social media’s ability to influence us, and democracy
  • How data privacy and surveillance have changed in the last ten years
  • Why open-sourcing government data is a good thing
  • How mission-driven journalism both helps and hurts the world
  • A bold proposal to improve democratic outcomes
  • How to avoid heading towards 1984
  • Just how bad is the surveillance economy today
  • Which of the tech giants Charles is most worried about and why
  • Charles thoughts on COVID contact tracing


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