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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.


  • Anti-surveillance fashion and Disney+ to launch in Australia

    Aug 23 2019

    A new clothing line lets you camouflage yourself as a car to mess with surveillance cameras. Teenagers get news from Facebook – who knew! And more streaming options with Disney+. Guests: Tegan Jones, Editor, Gizmodo @Tegan_Writes and Matt Hopkins, Pedestrian.tv

  • Podpass to my Houseparty

    Aug 16 2019

    Is messaging just not festive enough? DTS looks at the new video chat app Houseparty - you can create 'rooms' with friends. How does it compare with other message apps? Plus Facebook may or may not be listening to your voice-to-text messages but podcast producers do really want to hear from you and your data.

  • Video games probably don't cause US gun massacres

    Aug 09 2019

    Donald Trump linked the recent US shootings to violent video games....we explore that old bogeyman again. Why do websites end with .com? And meet some of the little known women who brought you the internet. Guests: Alex McCauley, CEO StartupAUS @alexmccauley Rae Johnston, Editor Junkee @raejohnston and Claire L. Evans, author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

  • Fortnite millionaires and Adelaide's games industry

    Aug 02 2019

    Payday for young gamers at the Fortnite World Cup - how did a battle royale game become such big business? Legislating against social media addictions and why Adelaide is a thriving centre for games development.

  • Choose your own emoji

    Jul 26 2019

    What is the emoji? The Unicode Consortium, which decides on new emojis, wants to know if you have an idea for a new one. Plus, Snapchat is alive and well - put some bunny ears on that profit statement! And how will Netflix handle its new big competitors?

  • Instagram doesn't like you anymore

    Jul 19 2019

    The legacy of the computer password, the app that will plausibly age your face to the point that it's kinda creepy and influencers of Instagram in mild revolt as the social platform kills of the visible 'like' counter. Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor, Junkee @raejohnston and Ariel Bogle, Technology Reporter, ABC Science @arielbogle

  • Cars and the future of transport

    Jul 12 2019

    The future of driving: AI in the driver's seat, electric and hydrogen car update, and will we own cars anyway? What's hype and what's not?

  • How much do you value your privacy?

    Jul 05 2019

    How much do you value your privacy? Does it bother you what social media companies, governments know about you - your money, your body?

  • The great firewall of China

    Jun 28 2019

    James Griffiths joins Marc Fennell to discuss the world's most sophisticated censorship system. China's internet blocks certain information, but it also prevents any organising of social movements. It turns out, other nations are adopting China's version of the internet.

  • Who needs cash when you got Zuck bucks?

    Jun 21 2019

    Facebook announces plans for a new global-cryptocurrency - the Libra, and joins a growing market of digital money. Can Hong Kong protestors fight facial recognition and did Instagram give up kids' phone numbers to the public?

  • How free is the internet?

    Jun 14 2019

    The moderation policies, fake news, fake faces - how much of this should be allowed on the internet under the principal of free speech? And Perth Council is pressing ahead with a trial of facial recognition technology to be installed in cameras across East Perth, despite concerns from privacy experts and local residents.

  • Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference and Vic Police go electric

    Jun 07 2019

    It's the software that revolutionised music, powered the iPod, and gave birth to streaming - what does the end of iTunes say about the state of music? Also on DTS: key announcements from the Apple developers conference and...the very expensive, very fast very electric new purchase from Victorian Police.

  • CrossFit kills Facebook and Toffee kills love?

    May 31 2019

    CrossFit deactivates Facebook pages over privacy concerns but deadlifts and squats go on. Also on DTS, arguably the most obnoxious dating app on earth (slight language warning). And the WHO declares 'gaming disorder' is a medical condition at least two decades after your mum already did.

  • Makeup, tears and subscriber counts

    May 24 2019

    What does a spat between two beauty influencers on YouTube tell you about how toxic the internet has become? Plus, the Chinese tech giant Huawei that’s becoming a pariah to western governments. And the troubled MacBook keyboard design… is Apple going to do something about it?

  • What the major parties say on tech

    May 17 2019

    How much do political parties know about you? The voter tracker software used by political parties to find out a lot about you. What the major parties are offering the tech and start-up world. Plus it was an iconic 90s piece of technology, in your pocket, beloved by millions, and it’s making a comeback…what is it?

  • Facebook tackles election trolls

    May 10 2019

    Remove, reduce and inform - that’s Facebook's strategy to battle misinformation and fake news in the federal election, but even with the best of intentions can Facebook deal with troll farms and memes when they move at lighting speed? Plus, Uber drivers strike and do you need a friendly neighbourhood social network?

  • Luminary's bumpy landing and TikTok explained

    May 03 2019

    Would you pay for a podcast? This week on Download This Show the launch of more paid subscription podcast services. The endless memes and happiness on the video sharing app TikTok - no snark or Nazis. Plus, Apple - protecting your security or edging out competitors?

  • Behind Sri Lanka's social media bans and why we still love Microsoft Paint

    Apr 26 2019

    Sri Lanka's ban on Facebook and other social media sites in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks was a move to stop the spread of misinformation and further potential violence - what were the implications? Also on DTS, are journalists being unfairly targeted on Twitter? Plus, a beloved piece of software is saved from the jaws of destruction. Guest: Ariel Bogle, Technology reporter, ABC Science @arielbogle

  • Disney+ and the future of streaming

    Apr 19 2019

    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 off some of the less content rich players? Also this week, inside 15 months of fresh hell at Facebook.

  • Catfishing

    Apr 12 2019

    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 electric cars? How long do they take to charge how much are they and when can we get one?

  • Social media laws and VR for good

    Apr 05 2019

    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 Churchill fellowship exploring how VR story-telling can be a powerful tool for not-for-profits.

  • Apple TV+ takes on Netflix

    Mar 29 2019

    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 with hardware like MacBooks, iPods and iPhones. Now they’re pivoting into services by announcing a new Netflix challenger video streaming service, and a credit card, and a digital magazine subscription. So will the gamble pay off?  Is any of it worth getting? And what ...more

  • Social media and personal responsibility in the spread of the Christchurch video

    Mar 22 2019

    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 Christchurch has raised many questions: about us, the internet and about responsibility. What role does technology and media have in making sure this never happens again? Also IGTV - Instagram's attempt to take on longer-form video platforms like YouTube...more

  • Pulling apart Facebook and Google

    Mar 15 2019

    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 your younger years on social media? And a genetic testing company is rolling out a controversial new type of disease prediction. Guests: Ben Grubb, Freelance tech/culture writer and Ariel Bogle, ABC RN Technology reporter

  • Protective fandom and data bias in a world designed for men

    Mar 08 2019

    A new documentary detailing allegations of sexual abuse has prompted Michael Jackson fans to aggressively defend his reputation on social media.

  • Digital gravestones and what’s up with WhatsApp?

    Mar 01 2019

    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. Plus, India goes to war with WhatsApp, and Facebook’s interesting new ploy to pull you back to Facebook pages.

  • Folding phones and inside Tinder's Algorithm

    Feb 22 2019

    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, Senior Editor, CNET and Matt Hopkins, Technology Editor, Pedestrian TV

  • Sex Robots (now with added tentacles)

    Feb 15 2019

    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 making Instagram influencers more accountable for the products they sell?

  • Troll hunting with Ginger Gorman and Harry Potter cryptocurrency

    Feb 08 2019

    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 DNA testing company? Well, it might end up in the hands of the FBI. And a new Harry Potter–themed cryptocurrency.

  • Buzzfeed crumbles and Spotify mysteries

    Feb 01 2019

    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 music and sneak it onto your playlists? Plus, how Buzzfeed went from the golden child of new media to laying off hundreds of employees and does Facebook want to do something stupid with your privacy? Guests: Jonathan Seidler and Claire Reilly, Senior...more

  • In driverless cars who needs windows?

    Jan 25 2019

    In driverless cars who needs windows to watch the world when you can have a built-in 270-degree screen? Apple has announced it wants to compete in the video streaming service and in 2019 every meme you love might be about to die! Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor Junkee, Ben Grubb, Freelance tech/culture writer

  • White Supremacists make a cameo

    Dec 14 2018

    Cameo screws up, Tumblr crumbles on sex and while you drink will Tesla drive? Guests: Seamus Byrne, Managing Editor, Innovation Aus.com and Rae Johnston, Editor of Junkee

  • Are smart rings a better form of wearable tech?

    Dec 07 2018

    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 fired up ? Guests: Olivia Rosenman — audio producer & journalist & Ariel Bogle — ABC RN online technology reporter

  • Footloose Fornite edition+ revolting Googlers

    Nov 30 2018

    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 online technology reporter, Seamus Byrne, Managing Editor, Innovation Aus.com

  • Inauthentic Instagram and Tumblr tumbles

    Nov 23 2018

    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 the top, and the blogging service TUMBLR - why has Apple pulled it from the app store? The answer is actually quite disturbing. Guests: Olivia Rosenman and Claire Reilly

  • Everybody lies: Internet truth

    Nov 16 2018

    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 reflections of our true selves. And if you’ve ever wanted to recall an email, message, or something that’s come out of your mouth - keep listening! Plus, the latest on My Health Record.

  • See through walls with Wi-Fi

    Nov 09 2018

    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. Plus, how you can see through walls with Wi-Fi. Guests: Aubrey Blanche, Head of Diversity & Belonging, Atlassian, Ariel Bogle, ABC RN online technology reporter and Peter Marks, Access Infomatics.

  • Gab: favourite social media of the alt-right

    Nov 02 2018

    Will Twitter kill the humble LIKE button and what exactly is the social media platform Gab? Guests: Ariel Bogle, ABC RN online technology reporter and Rae Johnston, Editor, Junkee.

  • Gone in 15 minutes: phone number hacking

    Oct 26 2018

    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 the colour of your skin? Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Executive Editor, Information Security Media Group and Teagan Jones, Deputy Editor, Gizmodo.

  • Facebook camera tracking you in your kitchen?

    Oct 19 2018

    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-purpose screen with an internet connected camera to track your movements around a room while you make a video call. Also on DTS: the death of Google Plus, Uber wants give equity to their drivers… and regrettable retweets. Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor of...more

  • Clicks and mortar: The future of shopping

    Oct 12 2018

    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 being used. Plus UBER wants flying cars... and frankly so do I, but should we want them? Guests: Claire Reilly, Senior Editor, CNET and Peter Marks, Access Informatics

  • Poop! confused robots (according to humans)

    Oct 05 2018

    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? Guests: Matt Hopkins, technology editor, Pedestrian TV and Teagan Jones, deputy editor, Gizmodo

  • Who controls what you see on Facebook?

    Sep 28 2018

    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 system in many parts of the world. Why is it so successful and what's the future for Android?

  • Twitter returns to its roots

    Sep 21 2018

    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 chronological roots. And satellites, streaming and songs - why new US music laws might be changing.

  • Russian trolls targeting #auspol

    Sep 14 2018

    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 voters here. Also on DTS, the EU Parliament has passed a drastic new law that could change how we use the internet and yes, Apple launched a bunch of new phones and watches.

  • China would like you to log off

    Sep 07 2018

    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 ABC RN science, and Seamus Byrne, freelance writer on technology, games, futurism, design.

  • Can you code like a girl?

    Aug 31 2018

    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 anyone paying attention to our tech future? And Facebook unveils a new way to watch video online… but is it worth using?

  • Drones vs Dogs (and everything else)

    Aug 24 2018

    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 your phone might help.

  • Happy Birthday from Harry Potter!

    Aug 17 2018

    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 provide law enforcement agencies access to your encrypted conversations and we explore the new service designed to help single parents be not so single.

  • Is it all over for Snapchat?

    Aug 10 2018

    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 facial recognition and what are the security concerns? Plus, how should Twitter tackle Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones?