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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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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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Disney+ and the future of streaming

Will Disney's proposed streaming service 'Disney +' knock off other players like Netflix? Disney's back catalogue of content from Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Pixar certainly makes it an intimidating competitor. So will Disney+ knock ...
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How a catfish posing as an Australian actor built a web of lies to stalk and torment her victims. Also on DTS, it's only week one of the election who knew that electric vehicles would feature so much in the campaign debate? So where are we at with el...
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Social media laws and VR for good

New laws criminalising internet companies which do not quickly remove "abhorrent" video and images were rushed into law this week, despite strong criticism from the legal community and technology industry. Plus - VR for good. Jessie Hughes is on a Chur...
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Apple TV+ takes on Netflix

When you’ve built yourself up as one of the most - if not the most - iconic computing company in the world what do you do next?  You do Oprah,  Steven Spielberg and everyone else in Hollywood, apparently. Apple made its trillions really with hardware ...
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Social media and personal responsibility in the spread of the Christchurch video

Who's responsible when a massacre is streamed on Facebook Live? When the media clip it up for broadcast? When people share it? When hate groups have been quietly bubbling up in corners of the internet? This week on DTS: the terrorist attack in Christ...
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Pulling apart Facebook and Google

Google, Facebook and Amazon are the global internet behemoths that shape how we see the internet and how the internet sees us. On DTS - calls to break-up the powerful tech companies. Plus hitting delete on your youth - would you ever want to delete y...
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Protective fandom and data bias in a world designed for men

A new documentary detailing allegations of sexual abuse has prompted Michael Jackson fans to aggressively defend his reputation on social media.
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Digital gravestones and what’s up with WhatsApp?

When you die, how do you want to be remembered? With a headstone, photo on the mantlepiece - how about with a Bluetooth device that pings people with your life story as they walk past your grave? This week on Download This Show: death digital style. P...
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Folding phones and inside Tinder's Algorithm

Why have a phone when you can have a flexible tablet and a phone in one? DTS checks out a new bit of digital origami. Plus, Apple is set to launch the Netflix of news magazines, and we take you inside Tinder's algorithm. Guests: Claire Reilly, Senio...
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Sex Robots (now with added tentacles)

Consider yourself warned, this week's ep of Download This Show contains adult themes, sexual references and robots as we explore the different ways the future of sex and artificial intelligence are linked...sometimes literally. Plus, should we be mak...
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Troll hunting with Ginger Gorman and Harry Potter cryptocurrency

What is it like to be the victim of a concerted, organised troll attack? This week on DTS - the journalist who found herself at the centre of a troll storm and decided to go troll hunting. Plus, where might your DNA go if you use a direct-to-consumer...
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Buzzfeed crumbles and Spotify mysteries

Do you ever feel just a little bit ashamed of your music taste? Well you can blame hackers.  This week on DTS: the incredible world of mystery core - fictitious bands creeping onto Spotify playlists. Why would someone make a fake band to make fake mus...
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In driverless cars who needs windows?

In driverless cars who needs windows to watch the world when you can have a built-in 270-degree screen? And in 2019 every meme you love might be about to die! Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor Junkee, Ben Grubb, Freelance tech/culture writer
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White Supremacists make a cameo

Cameo screws up, Tumblr crumbles on sex and while you drink will Tesla drive? Guests: Seamus Byrne, Managing Editor, Innovation and Rae Johnston, Editor of Junkee
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Are smart rings a better form of wearable tech?

Why have a smart watch when you can wear a smart ring? This week on DTS; digital fitness moves to your actual digits. We examine the new Foxtel sports streaming service Kayo, and why has Australia's proposed new encryption legislation got people so fir...
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Footloose Fornite edition+ revolting Googlers

Fortnite’s dance revolution: from the floss to the Charleston - Fortnite kids get physical. Plus strikes at Google and "My phone is spying on me, so I decided to spy on it" - Simon Elvery's #DataLife project. Guests: Ariel Bogle, Ariel Bogle, ABC RN ...
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Inauthentic Instagram and Tumblr tumbles

If there’s one word to describe Instagram - it probably wouldn’t be authentic. This week on DTS - the platform made famous for fitness, beauty, lunch and fashion influencers is getting a clean up. Meanwhile Facebook sounds like it needs a clean up at ...
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Everybody lies: Internet truth

Alone with a screen people tell Google things they don’t reveal to social media; they even reveal things they don’t tell anybody else. On DTS meet Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a data scientist who’s spent years looking at how our online searches may be ...
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See through walls with Wi-Fi

What if the key to a more diverse tech industry… is moving away from the concept of diversity? This week on DTS: the unusual approaches being taken by Australian software company Atlassian to get a workplace that's balanced and reflects the world. Plu...
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Gab: favourite social media of the alt-right

Will Twitter kill the humble LIKE button and what exactly is the social media platform Gab?
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Gone in 15 minutes: phone number hacking

It can take less than 15 minutes for someone to steal your mobile phone and with it goes your email account, bank and a host of other services. On Download This Show: the market for mobile numbers. Also does Netflix market to you differently based on t...
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Facebook camera tracking you in your kitchen?

You know how everyone trusts Facebook implicitly with all of their data and they’ve never done anything at all to make you question the company's commitment to privacy? How do you feel about installing Facebook's new gadget, Portal? It's a multi-purpos...
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Clicks and mortar: The future of shopping

From drone delivery to smart screens to skin tight body suits that will measure your every inch before sending you a perfectly fitting outfit. On Download This Show this week - the future of shopping and the physical, digital and psychological tricks ...
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Poop! confused robots (according to humans)

Poop! This week on Download This Show, why is this one word is apparently enough to confuse artificial intelligence. Plus why hasn’t virtual reality caught on yet? And can/should you leverage your kid's screen time to get them to wash the dishes? Gue...
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Who controls what you see on Facebook?

When you see something offensive on the internet and hit report, that content goes to a person - a cleaner and they're usually in the Philippines. Meet the cleaners on DTS this week. Also 10 years of Android - it's now the most used mobile operating sy...
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Twitter returns to its roots

If you could introduce laws to regulate how Facebook and Twitter treat customers - what would you change? This week on DTS, the United Kingdom explores regulation to reign in social networks. What are the Brits targeting? Plus, Twitter returns to its...
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Russian trolls targeting #auspol

We know that Russia attempted influence 2016 US presidential election through troll factories spewing out misinformation, and it turns out they’ve also targeted Australia. Find out what issue caused the troll tweets to spike in an attempt to influence ...
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China would like you to log off

China is looking to cut back the amount of screen time young people spend online to reduce myopia. Facebook is pulling a swathe of Myanmar cultural leaders off the platform and Google Chrome turns ten. Guests: Ariel Bogle, online technology reporter AB...
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Can you code like a girl?

Inside the initiative to give women and girls the tools, confidence and support to code. Plus Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s first ministry brings with it changes for the technology sector in Australia - the 'Innovation' portfolio has disappeared. Is ...
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Drones vs Dogs (and everything else)

This week on Download This Show: we explore the different ways drones are starting to proliferate our lives. And are you just a little too addicted to your phone? We have tips to cut back and control your consumption - apparently taking the colour off ...
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Happy Birthday from Harry Potter!

How much would you pay to have a Harry Potter cast member wish you happy birthday? This week on DTS: Cameo's an app where you can pay for a shout out from your favourite personality. Check out the reactions. Plus we examine proposed federal reforms to...
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Is it all over for Snapchat?

On DTS this week: A big drop in the number of Snapchat users. How do you feel about retailers, banks, stadiums using knowing your face? Facial recognition is the next frontier for logging onto more things than your iPhone. What sectors are adopting fa...
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Democracy on-line: fast, cheap, and secure digital elections

Award-winning Melbourne start-up Horizon State is about to trial blockchain on-line voting in Indonesia. How does it work, can it be trusted and when scaled-up to a national level, how could it affect participation? Plus, might your musical taste prov...
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A Current Affair: Nine/Fairfax merger

Nine swallows Fairfax in one of the biggest takeover deals in Australian media history. What does it mean for journalism, advertising and the media you consume? Also on DTS, 3D printed guns are now legal, sorta, in the United States. And why you defini...
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My Health Record explained (hopefully)

Officially you have until October 15 to opt out of having a My Health Record, although some people trying to opt out have discovered they’ve already got one. So who can access your My Health Record? What’s in it? And just how easy is opting out?  Plus ...
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What happens when you smash your phone?

You know the sinking left your phone on the car, drove off and its been run over and you didn't back it up recently because you are an idiot! This week on Download This Show: data recovery. Piecing together the bits of your machine just l...
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The Chinese Government has drones disguised as birds ...because of course they do!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no it’s the Chinese Government spying on you with a tiny robot plane that looks like a bird. This week on Download This Show, the People’s Republic surveillance state takes to the skies. Is Gmail really handing the keys to yo...
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HealthEngine data scandal and which country banned the internet this week?

ACCEPT. It’s most clicked and least considered button in the digital world. The terms and conditions come up, and we press accept. Except, (with an e this time) sometimes we don’t think about information we’re handing over. This week, the ABC revealed ...
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FaceMe: Get your new bank loan approved by artificial intelligence?

FaceMe: Get your new bank loan approved by artificial intelligence? Forget facebook chatbots and call centres - how AI is changing being a customer. Plus, why Apple is paying out $9 million, Instagram launches IG TV and has computer gaming really been...
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IKKI: The robot giving young cancer patients support

It’s not quite toy, a robot or a medical tool - it's somehow all three. This week on Download This Show we feature the beautiful IKKI and explore how to design a special companion for kids with cancer and long term illness. Also, can you now sue Google...
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IKKI: The robot giving young cancer patients support

It’s not quite toy, a robot or a medical tool - it's somehow all three. This week on Download This Show we feature the beautiful IKKI and explore how to design a special companion for kids with cancer and long term illness. Also, can you now sue Google...
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'We didn't have visibility' Hillary Clinton's Chief Technology Officer on Cambridge Analytica

Hacked by Russians and out-targeted by Cambridge Analyticia - what was it like to be inside Hillary Clinton’s digital operation on election night? This week on DTS, Stephanie Hannon was the CTO of the Clinton campaign and the loss is still pretty raw....
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Why is PNG trying to ban Facebook?

Why is the PNG government is trying to take Facebook out of the picture and what does it mean for free speech? What sort of rules should Australia have for driverless cars? And have you wondered why every website is currently making you agree to new te...
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Can YouTube Music tackle Spotify and Apple Music?

Can YouTube Music tackle Spotify and Apple Music? You've got Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, so what the hell is YouTube going to offer that's any different? This week on DTS: which streaming service can offer the best music plan? Plus Google's inte...
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Should Spotify remove abusers from playlists?

Should Spotify pull abusers out of playlists? Spotify took a big stand this week pulling artists accused and convicted of assault out of some of their most popular playlists. Some say it's censorship, others argue that it's long overdue for streaming p...
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Happy Birthday iMac, Pocket Casts bought and self-driving car death

We celebrate the 20th birthday of the iconic iMac. Plus, why did NPR, This American Life, WNYC and WBEZ choose to buy the Adelaide start-up behind Pocket Casts?
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Where's your note?

This week on Download This Show - does the humble school permission note need a high-tech makeover? Facebook launches a dating service - no, not a joke, and when you sign up to one of those unlimited mobile data plans - guess what? There are some limit...
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Why Google wants to get into the podcasting business

Google has unveiled their new attempt to snag a bigger piece of the podcasting pile and we also explore the good, the bad and the unusual of app updates.
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Is that really you Barack Obama?

With the emergence of convincing, computer-generated fake human faces and voices - how can you trust anything or anyone? On Download This Show: how to defend against fake news in video and audio form, plus why Russia is trying to ban the messaging app ...
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Zuckocalypse Now!

This week on DTS: Mr Zuckerberg goes to Washington. In the wake of the Cambridge Analyticia scandal, what should change at Facebook? And how rampant is the use of the stimulant Adderall in e-sports? Does the professional gaming industry need its own a...
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