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Technology pioneers rewriting the rules

This podcast series looks at the maverick renegades of the internet who are pushing back against big tech monopolies, surveillance capitalism and climate change. People who reject mainstream technology narratives to try and forge a slightly better, less dystopian future for all of us.


Episode 11: Our emails shouldn’t be spying on us – Dave Smyth

Dave Smyth is a freelance web designer who started a campaign to remove hidden spy pixels from the marketing emails we receive every day.

Episode 10: IoT and technology-facilitated abuse – Dr Leonie Tanczer

Dr Leonie Tanczer has founded the Gender and IoT project, which looks at how IoT impacts on gender-based domestic violence and abuse.

Episode 9: The ‘better than Tor’ anonymous network – Ania Piotrowska

Ania Piotrowska is the Co-Founder and Head of Research at Nym, a new type of privacy focused mixnet.

Episode 8: It’s time to detox your digital life – Safa Ghnaim

Safa Ghnaim is the Project Lead for the Data Detox Toolkit which has clear suggestions and concrete steps to help people harness all aspects of their online lives.

Episode 7: We can sustain online publishing and uphold privacy – Karolina Iwańska

Karolina Iwańska is a lawyer at Panoptykon Foundation and has been leading their investigation into the online advertising industry’s practices related to data protection and privacy.

Episode 6: Imagine Google Docs without the spyware – Aaron MacSween

Aaron MacSween is a privacy researcher and the lead developer of Cryptpad – a set of encrypted, real-time collaboration tools.

Episode 5: Rediscovering the web browser – Adrian Cochrane

Adrian Cochrane is a web browser developer from New Zealand. His work includes the Odysseus browser for Linux and Rhapsode, an ‘audio browser’.

Episode 4: Studying the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on local communities – Sarah Kiden

Sarah Kiden is a researcher and technologist studying the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) technology on local communities. She has also researched internet speeds and connectivity across Africa.

Episode 3: An ethically and ecologically sensitive approach to design – Rob Bartlett

Rob Bartlett has changed his website to reduce his digital waste and has taken several actions to make his design work more sustainable and responsible, championing charities who are changing laws, behaviours and beliefs.

Episode 2: Building the world’s alternative search engine – Finn Brownbill

Finn Brownbill is the Head of Marketing for Mojeek, a fully independent, privacy respecting search engine from Brighton, UK.

Episode 1: Anti-tracking and peer-to-peer technology pioneer – Sam Macbeth

Sam Macbeth is the Tech Lead for Cliqz based in Munich, Germany where he has developed innovative, user-empowering, and privacy-preserving software in the Cliqz browser, a fork of Firefox.