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  1. Kiana Weber and Martin Howley | String Wizards | Episode One

    Kiana June Weber is a once-in-a-generation musician and public figure that combines her classical training with her love for American and Irish folk music.

    Kiana graduated early with a BM in violin performance from University of Michigan SMTD, and gave the commencement speech to her graduating class. At only 19, she was scouted by the violin troupe Barrage and toured internationally for three years. In 2012 she made a splash as the fiddler player in Celtic music’s favorite band, Gaelic Storm, with whom she recorded 4 billboard world No.1 albums. In 2017 she left the band to pursue her own career and toured as a special guest with Grammy award winning artist, Carlos Nunez. In 2018 she originated the role of fiddle on the First National tour of Broadway’s hit Come From Away.

    Kiana is an educator par excellence, with a unique pedagogic philosophy that yields measurable success in all learning styles. She founded her own company to further contemporary violin education. American born and living in the West of Ireland, Kiana tours internationally much of the year and enjoys openly sharing her experience.

    Martin Howley has been at the forefront of Irish Mandolin and Banjo for over a decade. Martin is a seven-time national champion on Mandolin and Banjo. He was the first Irish Banjo and Mandolinist to play at the hallowed Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee.

    Martin is leading the vanguard of Irish mandolin, bringing the instruments to new levels of virtuosity and innovation, and introducing Irish Banjo and Mandolin to new audiences throughout the world. He has performed with The Chieftains, Ricky Skaggs, Eileen Ivers, Carlos Nunez, Steve Earle, Bela Fleck, Altan and Mumford & Sons amongst others.

    In 2011, Martin founded We Banjo 3, with David Howley and Enda Scahill. We Banjo 3 began their career under the auspices of Music Network, recipients of the Music Network Young Musicwide award. Martin has managed We Banjo 3 and guided them to become the biggest Irish music act in the US. Their 6 albums to date have garnered multiple Album of the Year awards both in Ireland and the US, Billboard Chart World #1, and Songlines Top of the World Award.


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  2. 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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  3. 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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