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  1. Do better: Making businesses and product designs ethical

    This episode explores how to operationalise responsibility in online retail, and how starting today can make a difference in how we interact online in the future.


    Cennydd Bowles is an expert in digital product design and a technology ethicist. He is the author of Future Ethics and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art.

    Cennydd’s views have been published in Forbes, Wired and The Wall Street Journal, and he is currently a consultant at the ICO, the British Data Protection Authority. BEING RESPONSIBLE: HOW TO TRANSLATE ETHICS INTO ACTION

    In this episode, Cennydd and I talk about business ethics in the context of data privacy, the usefulness of cookie banners and transparency in personal data collection.

    Cennydd emphasises we should work towards a genuine value exchange: data for other values, but in a clear and transparent way. Even though GDPR is a lawful basis, when it comes to legitimate interest it is hard to defend. The interest is only on the business side, and the user does not know what is going on, especially when it is buried in a privacy notice which is not only unethical but difficult to understand with legal jargon. Instead, he reminds us how consent must be freely given, specific and informed, in a clear affirmative act. This is made easier (or more difficult!) through specific designs which are often persuasive in one direction. Instead, it could be made fair, understandable and simple if you don't use cookies at all. The act of implementing GDPR correctly and transparently is an ethical act in itself.

    Whichever way, cookie banners will probably never be clear enough which is why Cennydd thinks they are not here to stay, but instead browsers will have to offer some built-in consent options, like Do Not Track (DNT).

    Using zero cookies is not a popular option for many businesses, particularly from a marketers’ perspective, as they gather most insights and analytics from data. But with more people opting to block tracking and reject all cookies, data-driven marketing becomes a more difficult task. LEAVING DATA-DRIVEN TRACKING BEHIND

    How can we face this dilemma? The answer is not new, sounds very simple and is yet so hard to achieve: It all comes back to trust. Earning trust through transparency (as required by GDPR) in your publishing principles, declaring your values but mostly through your actions. There are plenty of technical options and privacy-enhancing technologies to support this, such as on-device processing or encryption and others.

    Additionally, companies can turn to guidance from the ICO and other national DP regulators about transparency and design.

    Another big issue marketers and brands face is that giving up collecting and processing lots of personal data means a reduction in insights and analytics which will eventually result in being less competitive and falling behind your competition. A valid concern, Cennydd acknowledges, but it is just as equally important to recognise the fact that the age of nonconsensual tracking is over. As he explains, many have relied too heavily on data, transforming it into a crutch.

    Instead, data with more value can be gathered from higher quality data in attitudes and habits, rather than in the sheer quantity. Good old fashioned market research and UX research are examples of more helpful and privacy-friendly alternatives.

    Having said that, we agree that all industries have responsibility: Are you helping to build an Internet that we trust? Or contributing to worries of exploitation and deception?

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  2. Podcast #876: Why You Like the Music You Do | The Art of Manliness

    What albums and songs are getting a lot of play on your Spotify or iTunes app currently? My guest would say that the music you put in heavy rotation comes down to your unique “listener profile.”

    Her name is Susan Rogers, and she’s a music producer-turned-neuroscientist as well as the co-author of This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You. Today on the show, Susan unpacks the seven dimensions of music and how they show up along a varying spectrum in every song. She explains how everyone has an individualized taste for the configuration of these dimensions, and that how closely a particular song aligns with this pattern of sweet spots accounts for whether you like it or not. Along the way, we discuss artists that exemplify these dimensions, how Frank Sinatra injected virility into his music, how part of your musical taste has to do with the way you prefer to move your body, and much more.

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  3. How to Wrap Our Heads Around These New Shockingly Fluent Chatbots

    The latest generation of chatbots, powered by their ingestion of huge chunks of writing from the internet, have continued to wow and frighten. ChatGPT and an experimental bot from Microsoft’s Bing are shockingly fluent in English. And being humans, we struggle to imagine anything that could master our language without tremendous intelligence. So, what, then,

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  4. TASTE Podcast 185: Anne Helen Petersen | TASTE

    We wanted to have journalist Anne Helen Petersen on the show not only to talk about modern office lunch culture…we wanted to have journalist Anne Helen Peterson on the show to talk about soup! Peterson is the author of the amazing newsletter Culture Study, and she has much to say about the intersection of food and pop culture. She also name checks some of her favorite cookbooks from Ali Slagle, Alison Roman, and Jenny Rosenstrach to name a few. This is such a rich and textured conversation from one of the sharpest observers around. We hope you enjoy it.

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  5. The Irish Rebellion of 1798

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the momentum behind rebellion in Ireland in 1798, the people behind the rebellion and the impact over the next few years and after. Amid wider unrest, the United Irishmen set the rebellion on its way, inspired by the French and American revolutionaries and their pursuit of liberty. When it broke out in May the United Irishmen had an estimated two hundred thousand members, Catholic and Protestant, and the prospect of a French invasion fleet to back them. Crucially for the prospects of success, some of those members were British spies who exposed the plans and the military were largely ready - though not in Wexford where the scale of rebellion was much greater. The fighting was initially fierce and brutal and marked with sectarianism but had largely been suppressed by the time the French arrived in August to declare a short-lived republic. The consequences of the rebellion were to be far reaching, not least in the passing of Acts of Union in 1800.

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  6. Ursula K. Le Guin : Words Are My Matter - Tin House

    “Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society & its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, & even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries—realists of a larger reality…” Words Are My Matter collects talks, essays, intros to beloved books, & book reviews by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of our foremost public literary intellectuals. It is essential reading, & through the lens of deep considerations of contemporary writing, a way of exploring the world we are all living in.

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  7. Ursula K. Le Guin : Steering The Craft - Tin House

    Ursula K. Le Guin believes we cannot restructure society without restructuring the English language, and thus her book on the craft of writing inevitably engages class, gender, race, capitalism, and morality, all of which are not separate from grammar, punctuation, tense, and point of view for Le Guin. Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than sixty books of fiction, fantasy, children’s literature, poetry, drama, criticism, and translation. She talks today about her writing guide, Steering The Craft, newly rewritten and revised for writers of fiction and memoir in the 21st century.

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