How Big Tech Is Taking On Big Government

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    Steven Levy, senior writer for Wired, has written an article called "How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet." He tells Audie Cornish about what he learned from security personnel at many of the top tech companies. They claim that they were surprised to learn of the National Security Agency’s data gathering.

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  2. Why Terrorism Fails: A Discussion with Max Abrahms - Covert Contact

    We know that terrorism succeeds at terrorizing its targets but does it help the groups behind it achieve their political goals? In this episode I’m joined by Northeastern University professor and terrorism theorist Max Abrahms who makes a persuasive case that terrorism does not succeed where other more selective uses of violence might. I made a similar argument in episode 7 when I said that the much discussed (and very barbaric) ISIS social media campaign would ultimately be considered a failure because it had helped permanently undermine any possibility that the group could ever transition to political legitimacy.

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  3. Andrew Zammit on sensible ways to think about terrorism

    Is there a way to think about terrorism without politics? Do counter-terrorism responses make us safer? What are sensible ways to sift through news reports about acts of terror?

    Andrew Zammit takes us through these and other questions. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and has worked on terrorism-related research projects at Monash University and Victoria University.

    He sets out the history of terrorism in Australia, and how injustice is embedded in both terrorism and responses to it. He also considers elements of the recently announced Home Affairs portfolio, which brings together several national security agencies under a single minister.

    Music: Aces High by Kevin MacLeod ( under CCBYA 3.0.

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  4. 6. Sam Harris | On Terrorism by The After On Podcast on Podchaser

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  5. The manipulative tricks tech companies use to capture your attention

    A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they’re all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want.

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