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G&T - Tech On The Rocks
Gigi Sohn talks tech, telecoms and policy in this new podcast!
Jul 15, 2020
Connectivity in the Time of COVID: Will Congress Ever Close the Digital Divide?
On this episode, Gigi speaks with former Clinton Administration aide and FCC official David Goodfriend about the possibility of another stimulus bill and what one might include as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Gigi explains the importance of including broadband provisions in any new bill, which could mirror the House passed HEROES Act. David examines the political path to a new bill and what might be off the table in the coming legislative battle. Tune in for their perspectives on all this and much more in Episode 6 of G&T: Tech on the Rocks!
Jul 5, 2020
G&T: Tech on the Rocks Episode 5 - Tip of the Iceberg: How Law Enforcement Surveils Protestors & Communities of Color
On Episode 5 of G&T: Tech on the Rocks, Gigi Sohn talks to Color of Change Campaign Advisor Brandi Collins-Dexter about the history of surveillance of civil rights protestors and communities of color, how sophisticated technologies have made spying ubiquitous and what protestors can do to protect themselves. They also discuss Color of Change's efforts to get Facebook to moderate hate speech and how to ensure that tech companies incorporate civil rights principles in every aspect of their businesses.
Jun 22, 2020
G&T: Tech on the Rocks Episode 4 - Did the Pandemic End the Techlash? Trump Answers My Question
On this episode, Gigi speaks with Siva Vaidhyanathan, director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia to address one central question: Did the COVID-19 pandemic kill the "Techlash?" Coincidentally, just hours after sitting down with Siva, President Trump appeared to answer that question. Along the way, Gigi and Siva discuss the future of big tech, the recent Twitter-Trump flare-up, Facebook's new "content review board" and much more!
May 21, 2020
G&T: Tech on the Rocks Episode 3 - Online Learning in the Age of COVID-19: What's it Like on the Ground?
On this episode, Gigi takes a look at what it's like to be a student or a K-12 teacher during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two veteran educators join Gigi to chat about the transition to online learning, the challenge of connecting millions of students to online tools, and what school might look like in the fall. Find out what educators on the ground feel about these unprecedented academic circumstances on this episode of G&T: Tech on the Rocks!
Apr 29, 2020
G&T: Tech on the Rocks Episode 2 - Local Broadband Needs in the Age of COVID-19
On this episode, Gigi chats with Francella Ochillo, the Executive Director of Next Century Cities to discuss the importance of universal broadband access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gigi and Francella discuss what cities and small communities across the United States are doing to connect residents who lack quality internet access and the policies that should be considered at every level of government.
Mar 31, 2020
G&T: Tech on the Rocks Episode 1 - 10 Years After the National Broadband Plan: A Look Back and Forward
Gigi sits down with Blair Levin, the former Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and the architect behind the National Broadband Plan, to discuss the successes and shortcomings of the project. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband access in the United States is more important than ever. Gigi and Blair share their first-hand perspectives of the importance of good policy to ensure internet connectivity in the entire U.S. during this inaugural episode of G&T: Tech on the Rocks.