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12 Jul 2020

Marketplace Tech

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Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily radio show and podcast uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world. Transforming breaking news to breaking ideas, Marketplace Tech uncovers themes that transcend the hype in an industry that’s constantly changing. Reporting from Oakland, California host Molly Wood asks smart questions that connect the dots and provide insight on the impact of technology to help listeners understand the business behind the technology rewiring our lives. Molly has spent two decades covering the tech industry on all platforms and is known as a pioneer in podcasting. She is an IDEAS contributor at Wired and  has been recognized for her dynamic reporting by the Webbys, the National Magazine Awards, and is a Gracie Award winner. Prior to joining Marketplace, she was a tech columnist at The New York Times and before that an executive editor at CNET. The Marketplace Tech daily news podcast is available worldwide on platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, RSS Feeds and any place else where you get your podcasts.

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    What would it take to moderate a platform as big as Facebook?

    Civil rights experts say Facebook doesn’t enforce its policies against hate speech consistently. Facebook has said it’s difficult, if not impossible, to actually moderate content on a platform as big as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp combined. Molly Wood speaks with Spandi Singh, a policy analyst at New America’s Open Technology Institute.


  • Posted on 10 Jul 2020

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    How is bias built into algorithms? Garbage in, garbage out.

    In facial recognition and AI development, computers are trained on massive sets of data, millions of pictures gathered from all over the web. There are only a few publicly available datasets, and a lot of organizations use them. And they are problematic. Molly speaks with Vinay Prabhu, chief scientist at UnifyID. He and Abeba Birhane at University College Dublin recently studied these academic datasets. Most of the pictures are gathered without consent, people can be identified in them and there are racist and pornographic images and text. Ultimately, the researchers said, maybe it’s not the data that’s the problem. Maybe it’s the whole field.


  • Posted on 09 Jul 2020

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    What is venture capital doing to change its mostly white culture?

    For years, the venture capital industry has been pressured to be more diverse and inclusive — invest in and hire more women and people of color. In the past month, Molly Wood has talked with Black startup founders and investors about what it takes to drive real change in tech, and they say it’ll take work from big Silicon Valley firms and the big institutions that invest in those firms. She asked Ilya Fushman, a partner at Kleiner Perkins, what Kleiner is doing to improve representation at Silicon Valley.


  • Posted on 08 Jul 2020

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    The days of unlimited pandemic internet are over

    Marketplace has been looking at how, in the middle of this pandemic, the internet is everything. Access and cost are problems for many, but what about data? Many broadband providers limit how much data subscribers can use each month; go over, and there are extra fees. Some lifted these caps at the start of the pandemic, but now those are coming back. Molly Wood spoke with Tom Merritt, host of the “Daily Tech News Show” podcast.


  • Posted on 07 Jul 2020

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    Tech companies should make it someone’s job to think about ethics

    From hate speech to privacy, to labor and biased algorithms, society is reckoning with the power of technology and how it affects our lives. Molly Wood speaks with Emanuel Moss, a researcher at the nonprofit Data & Society and author of an upcoming report called “Ethics Owners.” It argues that data-driven tech companies should be creating specific positions for people whose entire job is to think about policies and product development with ethics in mind. Basically, a person who is hired to imagine the worst possible usage of a product.


  • Posted on 06 Jul 2020

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