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Internet of Humans, with Jillian York & Konstantinos Komaitis

Internet of Humans, with Jillian York & Konstantinos Komaitis

By Konstantinos Komaitis
There is something profoundly human about the Internet, its infrastructure. The ability of people to join without permission and innovate, the ability of actors to act independently, yet obey to certain standards and the ability to provide the services that allow people to communicate - are all features of a very human technology. At the same time, beyond this heavy machinery, humans feed the Internet constantly with data that affects their lives and those of others. While we talk about issues of speech in the Internet, we rarely pose to consider the impact speech suppression has on humans.
Chris Riley
In this episode, we talk to Chris Riley, a global internet policy and technology executive.  We talked about disruption and the internet, user agency, platform moderation and competition policy. As Mozilla's former director for public policy, we also talked a bit about the fight for freedom and where things currently stand. Finally, we discussed a bit his concept of "modularity" in the context of platform accountability, which he is currently researching. You can see Chris writing: 
August 02, 2022
Episode 8: Amanda Bennett
After the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, abortion rights have become centre in American politics. One of the main concerns is the role technology and, the internet in general, can play in this new world, especially when it comes to issues of privacy and security. In this episode, we talk with Amanda Bennett, who works at the Digital Defense Fund, an organisation established in 2017 in response to the increased need for security and technology resources in the abortion rights movement after the 2016 election.  Here are some of the links for organisations Amanda mentions:  Midwest Access Coalition: Online Abortion Resource Squad: Repro Legal Helpline:  National Association for Pregnant Women: 
July 12, 2022
Special Episode: Hello! My Name is the Internet...
In this special episode of the Internet of Human, Jillian York narrates what would the Internet say if it had a voice. The story is based on an oped by me, Konstantinos Komaitis for the Tech Policy Press, available 
June 23, 2022
Episode 7: Heather Burns
In this episode, Konstantinos and Jillian speak with Heather Burns about the Online Safety Bill in the United Kingdom. The Bill, which has been promoted as the one to make the UK the safest place to be online, has received significant criticism about the way it undermines human rights as well as important security protocols. Heather elaborates on these issues as well as why she believes the Online Safety Bill is the UK's "Internet Brexit" moment, why she has called the bill the "Nick Clegg law" and what she believes the future of the UK will be after the passage of the Bill.  
June 06, 2022
Episode 6: Dia Kayyali
In this episode, we talk with Dia Kayyali, a digital rights activist and researcher who currently serves as the Associate Director for Advocacy at Mnemonic. We touched on several issues, from extremism content online to community organising and, of course, Elon Musk and Twitter. Dia is an expert on content moderation focusing on marginalised communities and they have spent many years talking about the outsized impact that content moderation has on such communities.
May 02, 2022
Episode 5: Mike Masnick
In this episode, Konstantinos and Jillian speak with Mike Masnick, founder & editor of the popular TechDirt blog as well as the founder of the Silicon Valley think tank, the Copia Institute. During the discussion we touched on a range of issues, including Internet regulation, focusing on the Internet's infrastructure, big tech and how it shapes much of the current regulation and we also tried to do some predictions for the future. 
February 01, 2022
Episode 4: David Kaye
In this episode, Jilian and Konstantinos talk to David Kaye, who was the United Nations special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression between August 2014 and July 2020. He is clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine on public international law, international humanitarian law, human rights and international criminal justice. During our chat we discussed a wide range of issues, including encryption, content moderation, platform governance, democracy and the safety vs. security argument that is underlying currently the Internet regulation narrative. 
January 03, 2022
Episode 3 Maria Farrell
In this episode, Konstantinos and Jillian are speaking with Maria Farrell. Maria is an Irish author and speaker working on how to change tech so it supports us as individuals and as a species, and helps us fix the huge challenges we collectively face. During our chat, we discussed the Facebook Papers and the role of whistleblowers and, in particular, that of Frances Haugen, internet regulation and her now famous piece on the "Prodigal Tech Bro". At some point, during the discussion we touched on James C Scott: "Seeing it like a State" and the need to organise and support the tech workers movement in the US. 
December 01, 2021
Episode 2 Rebecca MacKinnon
In this episode, Jillian York and Konstantinos Komaitis talk to Rebecca MacKinnon. Rebecca, a long advocate of human rights who currently serves as Vice President for Advocacy at Wikimedia Foundation, talks about about how the convergence of unchecked government actions and unaccountable government practices is threatening the future of democracy and human rights around the world. Focusing on the way the Internet has evolved over the past years, Rebecca discusses the role platforms play in the exercise of human rights and how relevant her book, "The Consent of the Networked", still is 10 years later.
November 08, 2021
Episode 1: Introductions
In this first episode, Jillian and Konstantinos introduce themselves and have a conversation about their experiences, concerns and observations over a coffee and a smoothy. They remember when they discussed the idea of the podcast, they reminisce about the first time they interacted socially with the Internet, they touch on current events and they talk about some of the issues they want to address as part of this podcast series.
October 14, 2021