What happens—or could happen—to our data after we die? Listen to Ray, Luis, and Steph talk about the possibilities.  Listen to Episode 61 – More notes: What happens to our data after we die?  What can we do with our digital assets?  Is data only for the living?  Grief bots Commercial Executors for online profiles […]

In this episode, we talk about the past, present, and future of influencers. What are influencers, and how did they come to be? What kind of influencers should marketers work with? How is the power of influencers shifting? Episode notes:  What defines an influencer? The Present: How much do influencers get paid? How do you become an […]

What are some popular conspiracy theories? Can a conspiracy theory be proven wrong? How have social media propagated conspiracy theories and what are the implications for free speech? Should communication platforms limit or block conspiracy theorists? What is your favorite conspiracy theory? (Commercial: Conspiracy World!) Listen to our recent episode on conspiracy theories.

What is spam, where did it start, and how does it affect us today? Episode notes:  From online forums of the 1980s to social media and beyond Forms of spam Why do people send spam? Statistician Paul Graham Robo calls Spam vs. scams CAN-SPAM Act Commercial: Future Spam Protection Spam in social media, online reviews, […]

In this episode, we spoke with Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, founder of Bitnation. Listen to our conversation: Episode notes: What is a nation-state? Globalization and local communities How will Bitnation redefine the nation-state? Security and jurisdiction Government is like an icecream shop Globalization and the preservation of culture The potential for private armies Governments’ roles in […]

In this episode, we discussed the idea of decentralized voting using blockchain technology. Listen: Episode notes: What is Democracy.Earth? Origins of Democracy Earth Foundation Democracy and voting Problem to be solved- Corruption Commercial – DemocracyEarth Ambassador Program How do you prove your identity without a third party? Facebook as an authoritarian regime Trust How the Internet […]

In this episode, we talk about Internet+ethics. Put on your snorkel, because we’re going to be looking below the surface. Episode notes:  We start with our first memories of the Internet. Then we discuss fake news and echo chambers. Can we find good sources and can we trust the press? What is a good incentive […]

What does a good or bad public apology look like? What have corporations done in the face of a social media crisis? Listen in as we share real-life examples. Episode notes: Perception, crafting an apology, timing, blame, responsibility, hurt, guilt, and more! Examples include: Kitchenaid, Amazon reviews, Dove, Netflix, Apple, a steakhouse in Brighton MA, […]

So you went to college online. Or maybe you didn’t. Maybe you learned how to build a house learning exclusively from YouTube videos. Well, listen to this. Episode notes:  What is a MOOC? Are MOOCs more interesting than normal college courses? Are MOOCs the future? Are online courses effective? The role of online learning in […]

Are any of us really in control? Find out by listening to this episode. Episode notes: Independence as control Cosmic lack of control Controlling the weather Do humans ultimately desire to conquer and control? Civilization as control over environment Do we ever desire to lose control? The spiritual side: acknowledging a lack of control The […]