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Download This Show is your weekly access to the latest in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more. Presented by Marc Fennell for ABC Radio National. Published every Friday.

You know how everyone trusts Facebook implicitly with all of their data and they’ve never done anything at all to make you question the company's commitment to privacy? How do you feel about installing Facebook's new gadget, Portal? It's a multi-purpose screen with an internet connected camera to track your movements around a room while you make a video call. Also on DTS: the death of Google Plus, Uber wants give equity to their drivers… and regrettable retweets. Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor of Junkee, That Start-up Show and Peter Marks, Access Informatics


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From drone delivery to smart screens to skin tight body suits that will measure your every inch before sending you a perfectly fitting outfit. On Download This Show this week - the future of shopping and the physical, digital and psychological tricks bei
Poop! This week on Download This Show, why is this one word is apparently enough to confuse artificial intelligence. Plus why hasn’t virtual reality caught on yet? And can/should you leverage your kid's screen time to get them to wash the dishes? Guests
When you see something offensive on the internet and hit report, that content goes to a person - a cleaner and they're usually in the Philippines. Meet the cleaners on DTS this week. Also 10 years of Android - it's now the most used mobile operating syste
If you could introduce laws to regulate how Facebook and Twitter treat customers - what would you change? This week on DTS, the United Kingdom explores regulation to reign in social networks. What are the Brits targeting? Plus, Twitter returns to its ch
We know that Russia attempted influence 2016 US presidential election through troll factories spewing out misinformation, and it turns out they’ve also targeted Australia. Find out what issue caused the troll tweets to spike in an attempt to influence vot
China is looking to cut back the amount of screen time young people spend online to reduce myopia. Facebook is pulling a swathe of Myanmar cultural leaders off the platform and Google Chrome turns ten. Guests: Ariel Bogle, online technology reporter ABC R
Inside the initiative to give women and girls the tools, confidence and support to code. Plus Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s first ministry brings with it changes for the technology sector in Australia - the 'Innovation' portfolio has disappeared. Is any
This week on Download This Show: we explore the different ways drones are starting to proliferate our lives. And are you just a little too addicted to your phone? We have tips to cut back and control your consumption - apparently taking the colour off you
How much would you pay to have a Harry Potter cast member wish you happy birthday? This week on DTS: Cameo's an app where you can pay for a shout out from your favourite personality. Check out the reactions. Plus we examine proposed federal reforms to pr
On DTS this week: A big drop in the number of Snapchat users. How do you feel about retailers, banks, stadiums using knowing your face? Facial recognition is the next frontier for logging onto more things than your iPhone. What sectors are adopting facia
Award-winning Melbourne start-up Horizon State is about to trial blockchain on-line voting in Indonesia. How does it work, can it be trusted and when scaled-up to a national level, how could it affect participation? Plus, might your musical taste provide
Nine swallows Fairfax in one of the biggest takeover deals in Australian media history. What does it mean for journalism, advertising and the media you consume? Also on DTS, 3D printed guns are now legal, sorta, in the United States. And why you definitel
Officially you have until October 15 to opt out of having a My Health Record, although some people trying to opt out have discovered they’ve already got one. So who can access your My Health Record? What’s in it? And just how easy is opting out? Plus can
You know the sinking left your phone on the car, drove off and its been run over and you didn't back it up recently because you are an idiot! This week on Download This Show: data recovery. Piecing together the bits of your machine just long
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no it’s the Chinese Government spying on you with a tiny robot plane that looks like a bird. This week on Download This Show, the People’s Republic surveillance state takes to the skies. Is Gmail really handing the keys to your
ACCEPT. It’s most clicked and least considered button in the digital world. The terms and conditions come up, and we press accept. Except, (with an e this time) sometimes we don’t think about information we’re handing over. This week, the ABC revealed tha
FaceMe: Get your new bank loan approved by artificial intelligence? Forget facebook chatbots and call centres - how AI is changing being a customer. Plus, why Apple is paying out $9 million, Instagram launches IG TV and has computer gaming really been pr
It’s not quite toy, a robot or a medical tool - it's somehow all three. This week on Download This Show we feature the beautiful IKKI and explore how to design a special companion for kids with cancer and long term illness. Also, can you now sue Google fo
Hacked by Russians and out-targeted by Cambridge Analyticia - what was it like to be inside Hillary Clinton’s digital operation on election night? This week on DTS, Stephanie Hannon was the CTO of the Clinton campaign and the loss is still pretty raw. Sh