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ETC Group Podcast
ETC Group discusses emerging technologies, critically assessing their promises, threats and impacts. We talk to folks on the ground as well as researchers and experts.
Jul 31, 2020
#4: What is Technology? With Jim Thomas
Zahra Moloo asks Jim Thomas a seemingly simple question: what is technology? The answer takes us into the core of ETC's work, and the basic ideas behind our multi-decade push for Technology Assessment.
May 27, 2020
#3: Which New Normal? ETC on COVID, food systems and big tech
This episode is also available with video. Those backing risky new technologies are seeing growing profits and power during the COVID-19 crisis. From fast-tracking genomic testing and novel vaccines to automation of ‘people-free’ supply chains, the pandemic is benefitting Big Tech. From the rise of Zoom and Netflix to enhanced data-surveillance of populations, Silicon Valley and its financial backers are not only shaping how the crisis is lived, but are positioning themselves to shape behaviours and write the rules in a post-crisis new order. At the same time, the COVID crisis has revealed the fragilities in our food systems and the ways in which we still depend on the peasant food web to sustain us. Although the pandemic has brought numerous risks, community alternatives have flourished, suggesting new ways of living and forging the future ahead. Participants: Verónica Villa (Mexico City, Mexico) Zahra Moloo (Montreal, Canada) Neth Daño (Davao, Philippines) Jim Thomas (Val David, Canada)
May 4, 2020
#2: The Next Agribusiness Takeover
In this episode (recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic began in earnest), ETC Founder Pat Mooney discusses ETC's communiqué, The Next Agribusiness Takeover: Multilateral Food Agencies and the moves powerful corporate actors are making to take over global food policy institutions.
Nov 11, 2019
#1: Gene drive organisms in Africa
ETC's Tom Wakeford speaks with Ugandan lawyer and advocate Barbara Ntambirweki about gene drives, a powerful new genetic technology that can change species in the wild and make species go extinct.